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AS BAVARIA'S AID
RUSH TO RHEIMS
Prince Rufiprecht Dispatches Picked Troops;
French Army Continues to Cross Marne in
Strong Force Northeast of Chateau Thierry;
Following Rapidly on Heels of Hun.
With the French Army on the Aisne-Marne Front, July 22.
? There were signs everywhere today that the Germans are de
stroying the material and munitions in the pocket to the north
of the River Marne between Soissons and Rheims, preparatory
to the entire evacuation of that area.
' J The Germans are having the greatest difficulty in main
taining their communications in the salient. . They are unable
to utilize most of the railroads leading northward, owing to the
incessant harrying from entente-allied aviators and artillery.
London, July 22.The French troops in Champagne, be
tween the Rivers Suippes and Massiges have regained all their
old front line, according to advices reaching London this eve
Paris, July 22.' Heavy German counter attacks launched
'for the purpose of checking the progress of the allies between
. the Marne and the Ourcq today were without avail, according
to the war office announcement tonight, and the French and
,.' British made, further advances in the region of La Croix and
iGarisolles, as well as northeast of Mont St. Pere.
By Associated Press.
Paris, 'July 22. When "the Bavarian crown prince
answered the German crown prince's appeal for help and sent
some of his divisions from the Picardy front to aid the Germans
in the Marne salient, an equal number of British divisions were
detached from theTiorthern front and moved to the battle sector
' southwest of Rheims. The British divisions are composed of
Resume Old Places. Q-
It is interesting to note that the
British divisions on the front south
west of Rheims have again taken the
, same old, place in the battle "order
which the Britishr' occupied when
' driveJTTack""in "tfijC.May offensive.
Their" transport : from. ; the British
front to. the Champagne front was
executed in a most skillful manner.
French Cross Marne.
French troops, says La Liberte,
continue to cross the River Marne in
strong force northeast of Chateau
Thierry. Tljey are following rapidly
on the heels of the enemy, who can
rot Jong hold ground with General
- de Mitry's army coming up from the
south and General de Goutte's army
coming from the west. The latter
army already has reached the region
, of Chatelet wood. General dc Goutte's
. troops, which have been fighting hard
since the beginning of the counter of
fensive last night, crushed the effort
made by the Germans and. took 1,000
Germans Take Guns Back.
Information received in Paris this
morning says that French patrols
.operating beyond Chauteau Thierry
have learned that the retreat of the
f Germans extends several miles deep.
- The German artillery can scacely be
, heard, this seemingly indicating that
the big guns have" been ordered re
moved to the rear. I
v In their rapid advance north of the
River Ourcq French infantry, recap
(Contlnucd on Pan Three, Coliiinc Four.)
Hint Germany May Be
Forced to Transfer
Troops to Middle East
' London, July 22. Dispatches from
The Hague to the Daily Mail say
- German newspapers are calling at
tention to conditions in Russia and
hint that Germany may have to be
content to hold the western front
and transfer active operations to the
near middle east.x
" The annexationist press has rcpeat
, edly referred to the warning of the
Turkish ambassador that the war
cannot be" ended in the west and Brit
t sin must be smitten in her Asiatic
The general situation in the west
and this much-advertised eastern
propaganda form, in the correspond
ent's opinion, the basis for. rumors
in. Holland that the German's intend
to fall back to the 'Aisne and their
old Somme positions while troops are
transferred to the east, but he admits
. that a solid foundation for the report
cannot be discovered.
Civilians to Enter Camp
Taylor Training School
Louisville, Ky., July 22. With the
announcement that the officers train
ing school at Camp Zachary!Taylor
will graduate 1,200 of its 5,358, stu
dents August 15, and civilians may
now enter this, the only artillery
officers' training school in the United
' States, Lt Col. A. H. Carte, com
mandant, today began a campaign for
students. These are wanted frorn
civilian life between the ages of 20
jears and 8 months and 40 years and
, the school provides the first oppor
tunity since last fall for civilians
to become officers.
Edward A. Rumely
Life Story of Man Who Bought
New York Mail for the Kaiser
' nk Page ; Ten of: This Issue.
NAVAL REPORT ON
Investigation Started After
Failure of Shells to Explode
When Dropped Near Ger
, man Submarines.
By Associated Press.
Washington, July . 22. Secretary
Daniels today asked the commandant
of the First naval district for a report
as to the reasons for the failure of
bombs to explode after they were
dropped by naval aviators who yester
day attacked a German submarine off
the Massachusetts coast. The aviators
twice circled over the submarine when
it was shelling a tug and barges, but
apparently none of the bombs they
let loose exploded. l
Boston, July 22. An investigation
was started today to determine why
bombs carried by naval aviators failed
to explode when dropped on ofabout
theUerman submarine which attacked,
the tug Perth Amboy and its barges'
off Cape Cod yesterday.
Experts at the headquarters of the
first naval districts here said bombs
were provided to the different naval
districts with explicit instructions
that the mechanism must not be over
hauled or any effort made to improve
it. It was reported that some of the
aviators had said that some of the
bombs had failed in tests.
Rear Admiral spencer S. Wood,
commanding the district, refused to
comment on the report that the
bombs dropped by the airmen yester
day were "duds. In regard to the
attack, he said:
' "I want to correct the impression
given currency by certain published
stories that the Chatham aircraft were
late or not otherwise promptly 'on
the job.' Such stories I know to be
a misrepresentation of the facts. They
were there and dropped two bombs,
the explosion of either one of which
might have been effective in destroy
ing the hostile craft."
No further reports from the sub
marine were received today, although
a viglant watch was kept along the
coast by naval patrol boats and hydro-airplanes.
Declines to Run for
Governor of New York
Oyster Bay,. July 22. Col. Theo
dore Roosevelt issued a statement to
night in which he declared that un
der no circumstances would he ac
cept the republican nomination for
governor of New York.
Colonel Roosevelt did not refer to
prohibition or woman suffrage, nor
did he propose a candidate. In the
message he said: ..
"My work is for the men who are
fighting this war. My mind dwells
continually on the problems of the
war, on the international problem of
the peace which is to close and justify
the war and on the tremendous prob
lems yre shall face after the waft"
Trying to Save
London, July 22. One of
the German high command
actively engaged in endeav
oring to find some way of
holding up the American
forces at the bottom of the
pocket, between Rheims and
Soissons, is Major General
Hell, formerly Field Marshal
von Mackensen's chief of
staff, who recently was sent
to the west front from Uk
raine. The Americans cap
tured several documents
bearing General Hell's sig
nature. ALLEGED OMAHA
HELD IN DAKOTA
Omaha House Plats and Kit of
Punches in Car; Said to Be
Heads of Gang Work
Sioux Falls, S. D., July 22. It now
is reasonably certain that Frank Mes
sex and Genevieve Morris, who were
arrested here, will be able to throw
light on a long series of automobile
robberies in .Omaha. This is the
opinion of H. J. Nielsen, superinten
dent of the bureau of criminal identi
fication of Omaha, who came to Sicux
Falls when informed of the arrest of
Messex and the woman with whom
he had been consorting for some time,
were arrested here last Thursday
in an automobile, whtchhupu .Niel
sen has flow identifiedal TiaviiTg'een
stolen irora his garage last MaVr The
local police charge that Messex was
away from Sioux Falls at that tinje.
The woman claims she also pur
chased the car from a stranger at
Nielsen Identifies Car,
After Superintendent Nielsen had
identified the car, Detective Ross,
of the Sidux Falls police department,
gave the automobile a thorough
search and found a kit containing
punches which are used in changing
the numbers on the engines of auto
mobiles, and also some charts which
Superintendent Nielsen identified as
being Omaha house plats. Thesee
plats were marked in such a manner
as to show the homes of osvncrs
whose -cars have been stolen in Oma
ha during the last few months.'How
these came into possession of Mes
sex is something which Messex will
have to explain in court
.According to the theory of Nielsen,
the finding of these plats is another
link in the chain of the operations
of the Omaha auto stealing gang,
which has been preying on automo
bile owners in that city for some
time. During 1917 alone, 241 jrd
cars were stolen in Omaha, of which,
124 were recovered. The meOiod
was always the same, to change he
engine number, and the charts and
punches found in the Ford car .hich
Messex and (he woman were driving
when arrested is 'believed to be an
important clew 'which, may enable
the Omaha police to run down the
German Empress in Mourning;
Trains Delayed by Wounded
Geneva, July 22. Railway traffic
between the Rhine towns is greatly
disorganized owing to the number .of
wounded arriving daily from the
French front in hospital trains. Trains
from Germany are arriving at the
Swiss frontier many hours late. The
German empress returned to Berlin
yesterday in mourning.
AMERICAN INDIANS ARE TOO
Are "At Home" on Battlefields of France;
Show Desert Cunning Before Angry Germans.
CRAFTY FOR GERMAN ENEMIES
By Associated Press,
With ihe American
Aisne Marne Front,
American Indians in
adjusted themselves to the conditions
of the country.. They soon became
just as cunning as in their native
haunts. This is illustrated by an inci
dent when the Germans were with
drawing across the Marge. Indian
scouts, with Americans were sent over
the river. .
At one crossing three Indians im
provised a raft and chained it to the
north side of the Marne. They hid
the raft and then started on an ex
ploring expedition; The Germans
discovered the sjrange footprints on
the river bank and came upon the
raft. They awaited tne Indians' re
turn, but, after reconnoitering, the
Indians approached their hidden raft
cautiously, and scenting trouble, made
a hasty retreat.
The Germans realized that these
strange red men were tint nf th;r
Ikiad, and must therefore be an en
AMERICANS CROSS MARNE ON -HEELS
OF HARASSED FOE
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IN EFFORT TO
Allies Will Win Great Victory
If They Break Through
Concentrations Near "
By Associated Press.
Washington, July 22. The German
high command apparently is making
desperate efforts to hold open the
base of the salient between SoisonS
and Rheims until troops far down
the center of the great pocket toward
the Marne can be withdrawn. With
French and American troops hammer
ing away from the west and French,
British and Italian forces battering
at the east flank of the German po
sition, it was still far from cerUin
tonight that the enemy would be aile
to get his forces out of the northern
end of the salient without terrific
Take 20,000 Prisoners.
Already great numbers of prisoners
and guns have been taken Ly the
American and allied forces. The only
estimate from official sources cover
ing the aggregate captures by French-
American and Italian troops during
the first two days of the counter ot
fensive'. cave 20.000 as the probable
Hotal. - There are indications that
the number, captured on Sunday might
be greater,' altnougn enemy witn
drawal from the Marne and Chateau
Thierry sectors probably accounted
in some part for the swiftnessjof the
advances made during that day. .
The situation On"'the flanks of tne
salient was not so clear tonight.
Apparently the enemy is fighting
hard to hold' his position . around
Oulchy-le-Chateau, where a railway
line from Fismes, probably his chief
advance base and located at the ap
proximate center of the base line of
the salient between Soissons and
Rheims, has permitted him to . as
semble considerable forces 'to resist
the Franco-American advance.
May Turn Into Rout.
Should the counter attack succeed
in forcing this position or in break
ing through either to the north or
south of Oulchy, it is indicated that
the German defeat might be turned
into a disastrous rout.
If the Franco-British-Italian forces,
as officers here hope, are able to break
through strong enemy concentrations
toward Rheims, itself, disaster would
threaten the German position south
of this place.
Missing 3alloon pnd
Occupants Land Safely
Chatham, Mass., July 22. A dirig
ible balloon which has been missing
from the naval aviation station here
since Friday landed at Summersde,
N. S., according to word received to-,
night. Its three occupants are safe.
Candidates for Annapolis.
Washington, July 22. (Specials
Representative Lobeck today desig
nated the following Omaha boys to
take the examination in Februarjtfor
entrance to the naval academy: v3s
mond Harlow Phillips, Oswald Mer
gen, Clifford L. Larson, Robert Syl
vester Bertschy, Josephus Asa Briggs.
Mr. Lobeck has two vacancies at An
napolis to fill.
emy, ana began firing, ihe Indians
ran through the.woods like deer, and
finally struck for the water, in an en
deavor to reach the south side.
These Indians, .reared along the
rivers swim like Hawaiians and are
able to remain below the surface for
a long time. The Germans saw
splashes in the water and began firing
until the Indians dived and swam
down stream under water. When
they came to the surface for air they
brought up a handful of clay, which
they had grabbed from the river bot
tom and with this they camouflaged
their hands and, face while on' the
surface for a brief breathing spell.
Finally the Indians reached the
south bank far i.elow the German's,
the current assisting them very ma
terially. Then they crawled back and
peered through the bushes and watch
ed the Germans seeking the bronzed
figures who apparently had been
drowned. The Germans, thoroughly
angered, snot the raft to pieces.
FIRE ABB RONS K BADE QFQUHS
ODED ALLIES GAIN UPPER Hflffi
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Yanks Push Four Miles Forward 'on South
ern Bank of Stream; Many More Pris
oners Taken as Pursuit Continues
Washington, July 22.
south of the Ourcq river, crossed the Soissons-Chateau
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uurcq anu me ugon ounaay nigni, uenerai rersnmg reported in -toaay s com
munique. The towns of Bezu, Epieds and Charteves have been occupied by the allied
troops. American troops also have crossed the Marne and occupied towns on the
north bank, which, the communique says, the Germans hastily evacuated.
IN DISTRESS OFF
Possibly Victim. of: Submarine
Attack; Heai -Firmg-rts "
Heard! Nti :v Definite In-'
formation Received. :
1 Nantucket, Mass., July 22. An air
plane which landed , at the village of
Wauwinet tonight brought woro that
a steamer was in, distress near Great
Round Shoals, about five miles off the
eastern, end of the island. The ves
sel was described as in need of im
mediate assistance. but.the nature of
its injuries was not disclosed.
After requesting"that the Navy de
partment be notified and that word
be sent also to the- nearest .coast
guard station, the aviator again as
cended and was lost to view.
The crew of the Coskata coast
guard station has gone of the assist
ance of the vessel. The'jiea is calm.
The village'of Wauwinet is at the
extreme eastern end of the island.
Great Round Shoal isj 15 nautical
miles distance from the point off
Orleans on the Cape Cod coast where-
a German submarine sank empty coal
In the absence of amy definite in
formation it was thought that the
steamer possibly was the victim of a
submarine attack. Whether it was a
merchant steamer or a naval vessel
was not disclosed.
Sounds of heavy firing were heard
this afternoon in the general, direc
tion of the shoals, but thick haze pre-;
vented observation from shore. j
Planned for 100,000
Germans to Invade
Mexico Before War
New York, July 22. That Teutonic
conspirators planned, even after this
country's entrance into the war, to
use German reservists to invade Can
ada and Mexico is indicated in the
seized correspondence of Dr. Freder
ich Augu&t Richard von Stensch,
according to federal officials. Von
Strensch, when arrested, was describ
ed a$ a former protege of Bismarck.
Today he was described as a relative
The objects of the proposed inva
sions, according to the authorities,
were to hamper the despatch of Ca
nadian ' troops abroad and to join
armed Mexicans for the purpose of
making an attack on the United
Federal officers believe Alexandra
Varda; better known as the countess
von Scheele. was the author of let
ters signed 'L," which were found in
the belongings of Von StrenschThe
woman was arrested shortly after Von
Strensch's apprehension last week.
In these letters were sentences indi
cating that batween November 1915,
and April 20, 1917, plots were in ex
istence for 25,000 German reservists
to cross from . puffalo, N. Y. to
Bridgeburg, Ont., and for 100,000 Ger
mans to enter. ' Mexico at unnamed
points along the Rio Grande.
Red Cross Specifies Who
May Enlist in Service
New York, July 22. To correct the
impression that women with near rel-.
atives in the army or navy cannot en
roll in the army nurse corps for serv
ice abroad, the Atlantic division of
the Red Cross today announced that
"nurses who wish to engage in special
service abroad for the Red Cross and
other, women not under direct mili
tary control are the only ones forbid
den to cross to the other side,"
- Franco - American troops,
By Associated Press.
The drive of the Americans and French into the Soissons
Rheims salient continues. At some points the Germans arc
counter attacking desperately, but their efforts have proved
futile in more than impeding the advance.
Further ground has been gained by the allied forces south
of Soissons, in the center of the line along the Ourcq river and
north and east of Chateau Thierry. Additional large numbers
of Germans have been made prisoner and numerous quantities
of guns ant war materials have been captured. , ; . '
In th& 'Marne region the" American trodps 6T lie northern
bank of the stream are well on the heels of the fleeing enemy
east of Chateau Thierry, between Charteves and Gland. ; At
last reports their advance had been pushed virtually four miles,
from their old positions on the southern bank, and they were
pressing the enemy northwards in the direction of Fere-en-Tardenois,
possibly with the intention of endeavoring to link
up with the French forces proceeding eastwards along the
Ourcq. Farther east akmg the Marne the French have been
enabled to throw forces across to the northern bank of Jhe
stream. ' -.V; ' . . . '
FRENCH REGAIN LOSS. ,
Severe fighting is in progress between the British, French
and Italian troops and the enemy southwest of Rheims, where
the British have made a further advance, while In Champagne
to the east of Rheims the French are reported to have regained
all their old front line positions between the river Suippes and
the town of Massiges. . ' :
The German defensive ' has noticeably stiffened on the
western side of the Rheims-Sc'3sons salient, but, although large,
numbers of reserves have been thrown into the fighting, the
jnaneuvers seem to be more in
guard action designed to help the large forces of the enemy in
the Chateau Thierry pocket to escape northeastward than a
purpose to stand and give battle
ng or beating back the Franco
Pfl IHOIirO TAI I
110 POUNDS, NEW
Physical Standards for Draft
ed Men Changed to Include
Larger Stature; Reg
ular Army Same.
Washington, July 22. Physical re
quirements for drafted men have been
amended so as to make the minimum
height 60 inches and the minimum
weignc iiu pounas.
The minimum requirements as to
height for the regular army remains
at 62 inches.
Mrs. Rose Ohaus
Resigns Place as
, Board Superintendent
Mrs. Rose Ohaus tendered her res
ignation as superintendent of the
Board of Public Welfare at a meeting
held last night. The board did not
accept the resignation, voting to hold
it over for consideration at a later
"My resignation is offered," stated
Mrs. Ohaus, "that there may be no
embarassment of the board by the
holding over of old officers in the new
"I am. anxious for the work to pro
ceed unhampered and value the fu
ture of the welfare work in Omaha
more than I do my personal part in
-Mrs. E. B. Towle and Mrs. Jejinie
Callfas, the new members, were
present. Mrs. Callfas was elected sec
retary of the board.
r The next meeting will be held Mon
day, July 29, at H a. m, ,
continuing their advance
Thierry road between the
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the nature of a strong rear.
with he ultimate aim of hold-
- American troops.
O Burning Villages!
f e Germans now realize, to -
the full that the allies have the unoer
hand in' the battle seems apparent j
from repqrts that they are burning
villages behind them in their retreat
and destroying large quantities of
munitions and war materials through,
out the entire 'section where they "
have found it impossible to move,
owing to .fie rapid strides "of the al
lies. Big guns now are throwing
shells far behind the lines searching
out the entire countryside, while al
lied airplanes are harrying the retreat '
ing columns with machine gun fire.
The efforts of the Germans to re
tard the Franco-American forces were :
particularly heavy Monday in the re-
gions ' of Croiselfes and Bezu-St. Ger-
main, respectively, northwest and V
north of Chateau Thierry, and to the t -'
east of Chateau Thierry, where the .
Americans are giving battle. On all
three sectors the enemy lost further
ground, and his forces in the Cha- .
teau Thierry pocket were therefore
placed in greater jeopardy.
Realizing the seriousness of his pre
dicament, the German crown prince
is said to have sent out distress sig
nals to his cousin. Crown Prince Rup
precht of Bavaria, whose men are
facing the British in France and
Flanders. Rupprecht dispatched sev
eral divisions of reserves. To offset
this Field Marshal. Haig immediately
detached an equal number of divisions :
of picked British troops. from Picardy
and moved them into the battle area
southwest of Rheims. , ;
The latest German official com- j
munication says in Sunday's fighting
between the Aisne and the Marne
complete success rested with the Ger ,
man arms. " ' . , ,
In France and Flanders the British)
continue to harass the German lines
,with small attacks while the Italians '
are keeping up their pressure against
the Austrians both in the Italian .
theater and in Albania. In the latter
region considerable ground has been
gained along the Devoli river.
All QuieV Says Berlin. ,
Berlin, via London, July 22. The
official communication issued by the
war office this evening says: "Quiet -reigns
at many, points of the battle '
front, on the Aisne and MarncThere
have been local
of the Ourco."
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