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Whole of Chipilly Spur Captured After Fighting of Most
Desperate Character; Rapid March, Last Part
,on Run, Made by U. S. Boys So as to
A Get Into Battle.
Wp' tle British Army in France, Aug. 10. The whole of
the Chipilly spur is now in possession of Americans and British
after fighting of the most desperate character.
The casualties of the Americans were not more than was
w to be expected, considering the bitterness of the figkting.
Details of the brilliant battle which the Americans and
British fought for the spur are now available. In order to go
over the top at the appointed time yesterday afternoon the
Americans were forced to make a rapid march, in the last part
of which they ran, so as to be in the fight.
iHnrriett on their way by the ad 0 7- '
nncingf allies on the Amiens-Somme
battlefield, the Germans throughout
the day retired all along the line, at
tempting to save whatever they could
as the French launched a. new attack
en Montdidier. The elements of the
German divisions became badly con
fused in their operations through try
ing to h61d up the allies in their sev
eral attacks. It was a victorious day
for. the allies, who smashed all the
Americans Keep Going.
In the American attack the German
Infantry held for a while and then
broke and the Americans kept going,
at some places without the assistance
of the tanks. The ground, pitted with
deep gullies, was unsuited for tank
V There were no trenches, but a thin
smoke screen blowing across the
ground indicated where the enemy's
positions lay. At the same time the
'German artillery became active- and
dropped shells in the direction of the
troops, which inflicted a few casual
ties. The .Americans ran on and
reached the smoke line just as it
lifted. There they found themselves
at grips with the enemy.
Meanwhile certain American units
had reached positions in front of a
wood when the Germans opened fire
with machine guns. Many of these
enemy machine gunners came up
from deep dugouts after the Ameri
can barrage had ceased and they
placed their guns in prepared pits.
The Americans faced a hail of bul
The Germans continued to fire untI
the Americans and English put them
out of action.
Destroy Their Supplies.
North of the Somme and also
south of it the Germans are showing
every sign of a rapid retreat. The
enemy continues to destroy his stores
of " munitions in various localities
along the battle front, as is the prac
tice of a beaten army.
Further successes east of Mont
didier would iron out the whole sec
tor north to Lihons and result in the
v freeing of a great territory from the
Germans and wresting from them
much of the gains that resulted from
the enemy's spring offensive. In ad
dition, a forward movement would
take from the invaders the bountiful
crops tftat they have been cultivating
inside their lines and which now are
ready to harvest.
Many more prisoners have been
taken during the operations of the
v last 24 hours, among them f troops
from at least four new divisions that
were hurled in north of the Somme.
Apparently the enemy has rushed in
- new troops from wherever they could
be obtained, for among the prisoners
are some from reserve battalions of
divisions located far to the north.
This would indicate that considerable
confusion prevails among Crown
- Prince Rupprecht's forces as a result
of the unexpected allied assaults and
their continued success.
Amiens Safe and ,
Use of Allies
London. Aue. 10. Sneaking at a
luncheon today at Newport,. Mon
mouthshire, Premier Lloyd George
emphasized the importance of the
Dushine back of the Germans from
within gun range of the Amiens rail
"Hundreds of trains used to pass
through Amiendaily," the premier
laid, "but we were temporarily de
prived of its use until "recently, when
we were able to employ 20 trains
"Amiens now is safe through the
recent allied triumphs on the Marne
ind the Somme, which were due to
'.he unity of command. Those two
; treat victories have resulted in the
rapture of between 50,000 and 60,000
prisoners and. between 800 and 900
American Soldiers: Buy.
: ; Million Swiss Watches
Geneva, Switzerland. Aug. 10
American expeditionary forces in
France have ordered 1,000,000 watches
from Swiss firmi - , '
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Desperate Fighting Takes
Place in Region of Fis
. mette; Repeated At
By Associated Press. - ;
With the American Army on the
Vesle Frontt Aug. 10. Int attempt
ing to dislodge the French and the
Americans from positions from north
of h"e Vesle rivefNon both sides of
Fismes, the Germans launched re
peated counter attacks whieh began
"just before dark Friday night and
continueduntil Saturday mprning.
There was desperate fighting in the
regioaj, of Fismette where the Ger
man tacks were repulsed by the
Americans, who were clinging to the
outskirts of the village.
In the region of Bazoches, the
Germans made several vicious at
tacks but the allies successfully
fought them off.
Flyers Beaten Off.
The Germans began with airplane
attacks, the aviators sttempting to
bomb infantrymen north of the Vesle
and bridges over which their troops
were passing. French and American
anti-aircraft guns beat off the Ger
man flyers, however.
Just after dark the Germans
launched an artillery attack which
steadily increased in volume until
nearly daylight, when the Franco
Americans counter attacked, with
such force that the Germans were
forced to lessen the volume of their
During the night the Germans at
tacked Fismette three times and once
after 'daylight Saturday.
From the region southeast of
Braisne to Fismes the Franco-Ameri
cans put down such a terrific barrage
that the Germans were stopped.
Saturday morning the Teutons
started another attack along the same
line, but heavy artillery quickly
checked this assault. The enemy
used much gas in attempting to dis
lodge the Americans from Fismette.
Infantrymen plentifully supplied with
machine guns also made futile at
tacks.v ' .
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Many Couples Volunteer -to
Adopt Homeless Waif
Sleeping peacefully,, unconscious
thather fate hung in the balance, the
little - homeless waif at The Bee
office was reviewed Saturday by
numbers of prospective mothers.
"Can't I have her? O, please don't
give her to anyone else," exclaimed
one woman. "I came down so late.
Did I lose my chance?" pleaded an
other. "We are not rich, but none
could love her better than I would,"
said a third. And so it went all day
long. Everyone who saw her wanted
to keep her. Almost all 'day she either
Slept or else she smiled and cooed and
showed her dimoles. Late in the aft
ernoon she got tired and cried a lit
tle, but' those who saw ner crying
wanted her, too.
There are several names now un
der consideration by Beatrice Fair
fax of The Bee and Mrs. Rose Ohaus
superintendent of the Board of Pub
lic Welfare, who has consented to
help make the decision. The refer
ences will be looked up and the baby
awarded to the ones who seem most
to need her and to be best able to
provide a good, wholesome home to
bring her up, though not necessarily
the most wealthy. f
gooa home is assured her, for
most or those applying are desirable.
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Dotted line shows position of
front at latest report of allies,
CITY LAID WASTE
BY W GUARDS
Jaroslav, Famous for Its
Churches and Monaster
ies, Destroyed by
By Associated Press.
London, Aug. 10. The" story of
the tragic fate of the Russian city of
Jaroslav is transmitted to. the Frank
Jaroslav, famous for its splendid
churches and monasteries, was almost
completely destroyed after a siege' of
12 days by the Bolsheviki and thou
sands are homeless.
The counter-revolutionaries planned
a simultaneous rising at Jaroslav,
Moscow anU other- cities for July 6.
At dawn that day the insurgents at
Jaroslav, led by a former Russian
army officer, arrested the members
of the local soviet in their beds and
executed many of them immediately.
They seized the arsenal, several arm
ored cars and river steamers.
The surprised Red Guard troops
were driven out of the city. They
entrenched themselves in the vicinity,
and after receiving reinforcements
from Moscow, occupied commanding
positions and began shilling the city.
Fires broke out in, different parts
of the town and most' of the public
buildings were demolished. Both
sides fought with extreme ferocity,
no quarter being given.
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Where Allies' lines Advanced.
Germans before recent drive of allies. Parallel line denote
though constantly changing as armies drive Huns back.
Allied Army Hospitals
Attend to More. German
Wounded Than Allied.
" Witfc the BrirWAftny lit France,
Aug. 10. (Reuter's.) The present
battle has brought more German
wounded to the allied casualty
clearing - stations than there are
wounded among the allied soldiers.
Many German1 doctors and hos
pital attendants have been captured
and they are doing good service in
attending the wounded.
Since July 18, the Germans have
lost almost as much material as
they captured in the big offensives
President Declares in Letter
. Re-Election of Vardaman
Would Be Condemnation
Jackson, Miss., Aug. 10. President
Wilson through a letter to Myron
McNeil, an attorney of Hazelhurst,
Miss., has declared that should the
voters of Mississippi re-elect Senator
James K. Vardaman to the United
States senate he would regard "their
action as a condemnation of my ad
ministration," as Senator Vardaman
"has been conspicuous among the
democrats in the senate for his oppo
sition to the administration."
The president's letter follows:
"Replying to your letter of the 23d
of July let me say that it is always
with the utmost hesitation that I
venture to express an opinion about
candidates for election, either to the
senate or to the house, because 1 feel
that it is not from any point of view
my privilege to suggest to the voters
of a state what their action shall be.
"But upon the questions of fact I
am at liberty to speak. You call my,
attention to certain statements made
on behalf of Senator Vardaman, in
which an effort is made to create the
impression that I would not regard
the return of Senator Vardaman to
the senate as a verdict against the
"Such statements are caluclated to
put a very false face upon Senator
Vardaman's candidacy. Senator Var
daman has been conspicuous among
the democrats in the senate for his
opposition to the administration. IfJ
the voters, of Mississippi should again
choose him to represent ihem, I not'
only have no right lo object; I would
have no right in any way to criticise
them. . ,
"But I should be obliged to accept
their action as a condemnation of my
administration and. it. is only rig!it
that they should know thi before
Drops Safely With Parachute
From Plane in'Fast Flight
Fort Worth, Tex., Aug. 10. Lt.
James H. Dale of St. Louis jumped
from an airplane traveling 90 miles
an hour at an altitude of 3,000 feet
with a parachute and landed without
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U. P. EMPLOYES IN
FIRST PICNIC FOR
All Branches of Service, From
Manager, Along Whole Line
Attend Outing at Krug
The general manager and the other
officials of high and low rank rubbed
elbows and exchanged pleasantries
with the shopmen and the humblest
of the clerks. It was a case of where
they all met on the same social level
and the occasion was the annual pic
nic of the Union Pacific family. It
was at the Krug park Saturday after
noon. Prior to 20 years ago Union Facific
picnics were annual affairs. Twenty
years ago the Union Pacific's picnic
train was wrecked just outside the
rajjroad yards in Logan, la., and since
then and until Saturday the annual
family gatherings of this character
ere discontinued. .
Band Gives Concert.
However, at the picric Saturday
there -was nothing wrecked aside
from the contents of the hundreds of
well filled lunch baskets. And this
wrecking occurred at 6 o'clock in the
evening when the 5,000 or more men,
women and children gathered about
the tables and under the trees, where
they partook of the lunch.
The picnic .was a success in every
particular. Officials and employes,
together with their wives and the
members of their families, were there.
They commenced to gather shortly
after noon and remained until the
close of the dance, not far from the
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ITALIAN AVIATORS CONVEY
Successful Flight of , Squadron Over
' Alps Described by Captain' D'Annunzio
WARNING MESSAGE TO VIENNA
By Associated Press.
Rome. Aug. 10. The feat of drop
ping' manifestoes on Vienna Friday
morningwa? accomplished by a pa
trol of eight Italian machines and all
returned safely except one. The air
planes were commanded by Capt.
Gabriele D'Annunzio and the patrol
was comprised of one biplane and
seven monoplanes. The total flight
was about 1,000 kilometers, of which
800 was over enemy territory.
Engine trouble forced the missing
machine to land.
The flight over the Alps was made
in a great windstorm and through
strong mountain currents at a height
of about 10,000 feet.
. The manifestoes dropped on Vi
enna contained a warning of what
the Italians might do if they, saw fit
to return on a bombing expedition.
Captain D'Annunzio gave the fol
lowing description of the flight of
"When we left at 6 o'clock in the
morning the weather was splendid,
but we soon were enveloped in thick
mist. . We kept at a height varying
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Nab. tottata tiil IVIj UEjiNId.
CHAULNES TAKEN '
BY ALLIED TROOPS-
Crown Prince Rupprecht's Armies Put in Precarious ,
Position by Loss of Railroad; Other Avenues of
Escape and Bridges of Somme River Under
Heavy Fire; Many Prisoners Captured.
By Associated Press. r
The French have driven the Germans before them for an
important fain east of Montdidier in Picardy. That city, which
was the apex of a German salient that now has bee,n wiped out,
fell to the French Fourth army at midday Saturday.
Before nightfall, according to the French war office state
ment, the victorious French forces had carried the battle line
onward to an average depth of six miles on a front of approxi
mately 20 miles. ' .
In the three days of engagements that culminated in the'
taking cf Montdidier, the French took 8,000 prisoners. Their
captures also included 200 guns and an enormous amount of
o jyortn of tne Somme, stubborn en
BY FINE DASH
French Show they , Have Lost
.....None, of Their Vigor and v
Courage After 'Four -
; Years of War. , :
' By Associated Press.
With the. French Army in France
Aug. 10. French patrols are in Chaul
nes, the principal railway center of
the Germans west of the Somme river.
Many thousands of prisoners were
taken when Montdidier was captured;
The French attacked this morning
in the sector east of Montdidier, be
tween Courcelles-Epayelles and 'the
Matz. There wasi no artillery prep
aration before the attack. ' ' .
The Germans were on the alert,
but were completely overwhelmed by
the suddenness of the attack. By 8
o'closk tanks were in Ressons-Sur-Matz
and by 1 o'clock the French
had taken Mortemer, Cuvilly and Mar
queglise. At sdme points the ad
vance was nearly ,fixe miles.
Objectives Gained Quickly.
The dash of the French troops was
STlcji(lid. Their first objective nva3
so quickly taken that the hour of at
tack on the second objective had to
In this new battle of the Somme,"
the French are showing that after
four years of war they have lost none
of their dash and courage.' They have
also proved that the Germans are not
always able to plead surprise as an
excuse for defeat. The French suc
cesses north of Montdidier were par
tially due to surprise, but the Germans
were aware of the impending attack
south of the town. They were defeated,-
just the same. .
Attacking at 6 o'clock last evening,
the ' French conquered the heights
of Assainvillers and Rubecourt in two
hours. This morning they struck
along tjie line down the front through
the region of Mery, southeast of
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from 8,000 feet to 10,000 feet. -
"In crossing out former frontier,
I was deeply affected at looking down
upon Cividale and thewide stretches
of our country that have, been held
for the last nine months by the en
emy. "We reached Vienna about 9
o clock in the morning and descended
to within 1,500 feet. The people in
the streets were at first terrified and
fled in panic until they saw that we
were throwing out only manifestoes,
Then crowds assembled and watched
us with intense curiosity.
"I "particularly wished to approach
close to the museum that contains
the authentic image of St. Catherine
of Alexandria, and made a detour
which permitted observation of this
"The weather became bad on our
return trip and we experienced dan
gerous air currents while crossing
the Alps. We also were attacked by
hostile artillery fire and a fleet of
hydroplanes, but came through safe
ly by noon of the same day "
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emy resistance at Chipilly spur, a
height which dominated the whole
valley of the Somme in that region, v
ha's been broken and the Germans
north of the river have joined their
comrades in retiring. , , : '
Plunge Through German Lines. ,
South of Montdidier, the French
have plunged through the German
lines on the hills west of the Matz . '
river and . are reported to be in the
valley of the, stream at Marqueglise, -
When the situation is studied on a -map
it can be seen that the Germans -are
in a serious position east of Mont
di(lier.,.The. allies have "closed in on .
Chaulnes and have had the railroad '
Junction 'south of that town under
artillery fire"f6r two days.' If Chaul- 1
nes is lost to the GVrmahs' they will . '
be forced to make a long, perilous
mar.ch eastward over a country road
toward Noyon. The rapid progress
of the French below Montdidier has
placed even this road under fire and
made it almost impossible as an ave- '
nue of escape.'
Roads Under Fire, ;
' In the center the Germans, are re
ported to be in full retreat' Allied
airmen have-seen- roads filled Willi
German motor lorries and have been -active
in bombing these lines of trans
port. The bridges of the Somme riv
er south of Peronne are unijer fire and (
the one at Peronne is reported to havp ' '
been broken. : This. will (hrovv new)
complications ; in ,the German ing!'
command's task of extricating' its' '
shattered arimes from the field whcie '
they have been defeated. '
It now appears that the ' German.
lines in Picardy must have been '
stripped when Crown Prince' Run-i: -
prccht sent troops to the rescue of the! .
German crown prince's armies south
of the Aisne three .weeks ago. Paris .
newspapers remaric on tne tact tnat ( .
the captives taken are. for the most '
part, rather old and it is said that .
they are members of . reserve divi-t; 4
sions. I '
Crown Prince Rupprecht iV known' ;
to have a large number of splendid ,
troop3 which probably will be thrown
into battle at pnee. So far only two '
of these divisions have come in con-:
tact with the allies but they have been
unable to check the lOnward rush of
the victorious . armies of Haig and
Debeney. . ."7 . ",-
Two Divisional Quarters Taken.. .
The number of prisoners captured
during the first three davs of tho
offensive is very large. It is hinted at
aris that it exceeds by far the fig-
ures given out in the official state--'
Two divisional headquarters, "with
their staffs, are said to have .heen :
taken. The guns and ' war material ' .
lost by the enemy contitpte a very
heavy loss;. ' -'" , . - . ,
Since the American forces occupied :
Fismette", the northern suburb of Fis-
mes, on the Vesle, therei have been ;
no reports of further attacks in that
region. It is believed, however, they
are gathering themselves for a new '
assault which, may have its effect on.
the great battle going on further
Although there have been 'rumors
of heavy fighting south of "Arras. -therehas
been no confirmation yet
Nothing is known on the situation
in Flanders where on Friday the Geri
mans were reported to be withdraw
ing from their advanced positions,
Seminoff Defeats :
Russian Red Guards f
On Chinese Frontier
Amsterdam Aug. 10. General'
Seminoff, the anti-bolshevik leader
with the help of Chinese artillery,:
has defeated. the Russian red guard
on the Chinese frontier and dispersed
them, according to, a Moscow tele-i
gram to the Rhenish Westphaliaf
Gazette of Essen.
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