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"The Stars and Stripes
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IN ATTACK ALONG
Infantry Advances Under Vigorous Barrage and Reaches
Designated Objectives North and East of Chavigny
Within Hour; Germans Recapture Fismette As y
U. S. Troops Gain in Bazoches Region.
By Associated Press. ,
With the American Army in France, Aug. 28. The Ameri
cans began an attack against the Germans northwest of Soissons
' shortly after 7 o'clock this morning and within an hour the first
! objectives, aggregating something more than a kilometer, had
i been obtained north and east of Chavigny.
ine uermans counter-auacKea umy
with the exception of a small, part pi
one wing the American line held
Steady. Where it gave way, about 300
meters, the withdrawal was due to the
necessity of straightening the line.
Action Carefully Planned.
The fighting, which for the most
part involved the artillery, continued
throughout the. day and was still
going on tonight.
The early action of the Americans
was part of a plan carefully made and
carefully carried , out. It was pre
ceded by artillery preparation and the
infantry advanced under a vigorous
The Americans moved northward
over the brow of the long plateau a
part of that plateau separating the
Aisne and the Vesle further to the
cast and the possession of which
would make difficult the tenure of the
positions by the Germans.
Enemy Infantry Retreats.
There was little infantry resistance
by the Germans" who are clinging
to their recently adopted tactics of
retreat with the establishment of ma
chine gun echelons, supported by ar
The American artillery, acting with
' - the French, smashed into the enemy
and tonight the lighter field pieces
were firing point blank from an open
field on the plateau.
, The prisoners taken were from one
of the . Jaeger divisions. They were
" from a detachment that was cut off
and enfiladed tyr the advancing
Americans and surrendered. The
prisoners included two officers.
in the 'action the Americans cap
tured 92 "prisoners, although they
played a comparatively minor part on
a front of about two kilometers with
French troops on either side. It was
the first time that American forces
had been used" north of the Aisne.
With the American forces on the
Vesle, Aug. 28. Fighting between
American troops and German forces
continued all night in the region of
Bazoches, to the east of Fismes.
arly this morning the Americans se
cured a foothold on the eastern out
skirts of the town.
Some German snipers and machine
gunners arc stubbornly clinging to
the northern edge of Bazoches, using
cellaVsand the walls of houses for
American and French big guns are
pounding away at the enemy, and the
Germans havebeen" unable to bring
While the American troops gained
ground in the vicinity of Bazoches,
German forces, after fighting which
lasted all night, gained, a hold upon
Fismette. There were numerous hand-to-hand,
encounters in the town.
German machine gunners who had
dug into the hills in line with the
streets of Fismette endeavored to
shoot down the Americans when they
were driven from the houses by Ger
man artillery and the bombs of ene
my aviators. American patrols are
now fighting for possession of Fis
mette. I JZnemy Regains Fismette.
With the American Army on the
Vesle, Aug. 28, 9 p. m. The Ameri
cans have incrceased their, hold on
the Bazoches region, but the Ger
mans have recaptured Fismette, ac
cording to the latest report.
The lines on both . sectors, are
wavering from time to time.
The Americans are determined not
to give ground in the Bazoches re-
gion, and the Germans are stubbornly
- clinging to Fismette.
U. S. Losses Heavy, Berlin Reports.
Berlin, via London, Aug. 28. In the
operations in the Vesle sector the
Germans claim to have inflicted severe
losses n the Americans and taken
, more than 250 prisoners. This claim
"fs set forth in the statement from
. general headquarters today.
The German official communication
issued tonight claims the repulse of
allied attacks on various sectors of
the fighting front. ,
Sub Sinks Ship Loaded
with Tobacco from Brazil
A Canadian Atlantic Port, Aug. 28.
The Newfoundland three-masted
. schooner Bianca was captured and
- sunk by a German submarine Satur
day night. Its crew landed today.
The schooner was bound from Brazil
to a Caal.an port with a cargo of
' TO RELAX YOUR
VOL. 48-NO. 62. ttZTSttSZEft K OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, AUGUST
. NORTH OF AVRE
French Troops Recapture 40
Villages in Swift Advance
and Reach Left Bank'
By Associated Press.
Paris, Aug. 28. In a swift advance
today, covering more than six miles
at certain points, the French troops
south of the Somme recaptured 40
villages, the War office. announces to
night. The left bank of the. Somme has
,iejyiieacJbxii JstisKeiiJancourt and
Nesle, as well as the west bank of
the canal Du Nord between Nesle
and Noyon, over the greater part of
American troops in the region of
Juvigny repulsed numerous German
counter attacks and broke up an
enemy attempt to cross the Vesle
south of Bazoches.
With the French Armies in France.
Aug. 28. The German retreat north
of the Avre river has been far more
speedy since the fall of Chaulnes.
Pursued by the French and harassed
by the mustard gas shells which they
left behind and which are being fired
from German guns by French gun
ners, the enemy is making haste
to cross the river Ingon in the region
of Nesle and the canal Du Nord.
Cavalry Pursues Foe.
General Debeney's men without
great opposition advanced four and
one-half miles during the night and
this morning their cavalry was upon
Nesle, close on the heels of the re
tiring enemy. The pursuit toward the
canal Du Nord slackened this morn
ing when the enemy's artillery of all
(Continued on Fate Two, Column Four.)
Action by Senate on
By Death of James
Washington, Aug. 28. Plans of
senate leaders for compromise legis
lation on national war time prohi
bition, proposed to become effective
July 1 1919, instead of January 1, next,
moved forward today with the holding
of additional conferences and the
holdings of hearings by the agricul
The program for the bill's consider
ation was upset by the death of Sen
ator Jatmes. Tomorrow it is pro
posed to bring the bill before the
senate for continuous consideration
While the conference of leaders
was in progress vigorous protest
against the legislation, even as pro
posed by the compromise,was made
before the senate agriculture commit
tee by representatives of the wine in
dustry, distilling interests, national
hotel keepersand others.
Harry S. Byrne
Harry S. Byrne, well known in
surance man, will leave Friday night
for- State Camp, Jacksonville, Fla.,
where he will go into training as a
buck private. He enlisted early, in
August and received his orders this
week. v ,
Mr. Byrne expects to be admitted
to an. officers' training campand will
strive for a commission. He is a col
lege man and was on the staff of a
Baltimore newspaper before he came
to Omaha. t
He has been- resident manager of
the Fidelity and, Deposit company of
Maryland. His insurance business
will be taken over by W. Lincoln
Byrne, a brother who is in business
MIND FROM WAR, READ "OH, MONEY! MONEY!" NOW RUNNING IN THE BEE
"Old Hindenburg" Line Is Outfanked
And Teuton- Forces are in Dire Peril
Everywhere, From Arras to Soissons
The Germans facing the alliedSby the sharp curve of the Somnie riv-
forces from Arras to Soissons every
where are in dire peril.
On almost every sector of the bat
tle front the enemy line continues to
crumble before the allied attack, not
withstanding the violence, born of
desperation, of the counter offensive
Near Arras the old Hindenburg line
now is well outflanked; from the
Scarpe to the Somme the hostile
line gradually is falling back, while
from the south of the Somme o
Soissons the enemy front has liter
ally been smashed and the German
hosts apparently are caught in two
distinct traps, escape from which
without heavy losses in men made
prisoners and guns and material cap
tured seems almost impossible of
Dig Into Enemey's Terrain.
Scores of additional towns have
been captured by the British, French
and American troops, the Americans
having entered the fray with the
French northwest of Soissons, while
all of the old German salients in the
allied lines now have been flattened
out and the allies themselves have
dug deeply intc the enemy's terrain.
The first trap in which the enemy
finds himself is the triangle formed
FCR AIR SERVICE
Desfgners Fit New Types of
Planes to Standard Amer
ican Engine; Abandon
Bristol as Unsafe.
Washington, Aug. 28. John D.
Ryan, second. assistant secretary- of
war and director of aeronautics, today
made a statement, "of what work has
been going on in the bureau of air
craft production during the last few
months while investigations and reor
ganizations have made it advisable to
In announcing it has been necessary
to abandon the Bristol, because it
was found unsafe and of little mili
tary value, Mr. Ryan said the same
thing might happen again. He point
ed out that De Haviland planes, im
proved by experience, have reached
quantity production and told of suc
cessful efforts of American and for
eign designers to fit new types of
planes to Liberty motors. Orders for.
Liberty 12-cylinder motors have been
increased from 22,500 to 50,000. he
said, and building of Hispano-Suiza
and eight-cylinder Liberty motors had
been ordered "to balance the pro
gram." Motor production was fully up to
expectations, Mr. Ryan said, and each
of the allied governments is seeking
more Liberty motors than can be
"We are making a good many De
Haviland fours," he said.. "There has
been a good deal of criticism of them,
and there have.J)een a good many
changes made on them recently.
These changes have not been discov
ered in the way that is generally sup
nosfH." An explanation in behalf of "officials
who had charge of the original air
craft fund of $640,000,000 was made
in the senate today by Senator
Thomas of Colorado, chairman of the
military sub-committee which recent
ly made a report charging waste of
millions of dollars in aircraft produc
tion. The senator said published ac
counts of the report were erroneous
and did the officials an injustice in
stating that the committee reported
the original appropriation practically
wasted. What the report said. Sena
tor Thomas explained, was that "a
substantial part"of the fund had been
in Q. M. Corps
here. Another, brother is Captain
Walter S. Byrne, formerly with the
Nebraska Power company and now
attached to the United States ord
nance department at Watervliet ar
senal. Mr. 'Byrne has" be.n actively iden
tified with republican politics. He'is
now a member of the executive com
mittee of the state central committee;
also president of the McKinley club
and secretary of the Omaha branch
of the National Security league.
A host of friends and acquaintances
are extending best wishes to "Harry"
as he goes forth to enter the lists of
those who are making the world safe
By Associated Press.
er with Peronne its apex and with
Cudlu on the Somme and Fresnes, re
spectively, its northern and southern
base. This triangle is a little more
than three miles deep and six miles
wide, and in it the Germans are
fighting with their backs toward the
Somme on both the north and the
Odds Heavily Against Germans.
Desperate resistance is being of
fered by the enemy in order that his
men may have time to reach a haven
of safety across the stream, but the
British are hard after their quarry
and with the French a little to the
south almost up to the river to aid
them by an outflanking movement, it
would seem that the odds are heavily
against the Germans.
It was the French troops who
sprang the other trap. With the
fall of Chaulnes the French forces
routed the enemy over a front of
about 19 miles and penetrated the
region to a depth at some points of
nearly seven miles. From the north
of-Chaulnes to Nesle the penetration
of the French.reached the heights on
the left bank of the Somme; south
ward the advance left the French
along the canal Du Nord at various
points between Nesle and the out-
Poles, Czechs and Slavs
Mobilizing for Rebellion
Against Dual Monarchy
Amsterdam, Aug. 28. A dispatch
to the Weser Zeitung of Bremen
from Vienna reports that something
like a general mobilization is pro
ceeding in the Polish, Crech and
south Slav districts and expresses
the fear that hostilities may open
shortly with the connivance of the
entente powers, ' V .
Th correspondent says be be
lieves Great Britain' recognition
of the Ceecho-Slovaka was made in
agreement with the Czechs, and re
calls that at, about the same time
Dr. Karl Kramarz, who is high in
the councils of the1 Czech parlia
mentary association,, on behalf of
the Czech national council issued
an appeal to the population in which
he referred to the time when the
people would pass from words to
The correspondent mentions
many indications of a coming ac
tion and says serious things are be
ing prepared for in Bohemia and
the time- for action cannot be far
BOTH HOUSES IN
MAN POWER BILL
Work or Fight Amendment
Eliminated in Joint Confer
ence; Wilson to Sign
Washington, Aug. 28. Senate and
house conferees on the man-power
bill reached a complete agreement
late today, eliminating the senate
work or fight amendment.
The report will be submitted to
both houses tomorrow and the bill
probably will go to the president for
his signature before night.
Grouping of new draft registrants
under the pending man power bill into
three general classes, including those
between 19 and 21, 31 to 36, and 36 to
45, as proposed by the provost mar
shal general, it was explained offi
cially-today, is not intended to be
used for the deferment of calling any
one of these classes into service.
The purpose of this separation, it
was stated, is to facilitate classifica
tion and make men quickly available
to meet draft calls. The only defer- j
ment contemplated by the War de
partment is that of the 18-19 year men,
whose summons to the colors will be
postponed as long as it is possible to
carry out the educational program
now being arranged.
Recruits immediately necessary to
organize additional units will be
drawn from men in Class 1 between
the ages of 19 and 45 until the reser
voir has been exhausted, but it is fore
seen that these men may be used up
in some local districts before they are
in others. In such localities those be
tween 18 and J9 will be Summoned at
Are You Reading
0b, Money! Money!
By ELEANOR H. PORTER
Author of "Pollyanna" and
"Just David" '
Today's Installment on Page 10.
29, 1918." WiVij:rS St TWO CENTS.
skirts of Noyon; south and south-
east of Noyon gains also were made
and Noyon and the entire region be
tween Nesle and Soissons now are
in a great pocket and with the French
pincers working hard to close upon
Americans In. Violent Conflict.
The Americans are fighting with
the French northwest of Soissons in
the operation which has in view the
blotting out of the Noyon sector and
the outflanking of the Aisne and the
old Chemin-Des-Dames positions.
Official reports have the Americans
and French fighting violently with
the enemy around Juvigny and
Chavigy, where they have gained
some ground. The Americans have
successfully sustained several enemy
counter-attacks in this region.
The Americans and the Germans
also are engaged in bitter battles
around Bazoches and Fismette on
The Germans endeavored to ford
the Vesle south of Bazoches but were
held by the Americans. Likewise an
enemy assault against Fismette was
stopped. Tire German official com
munication asserts the Americans
have suffered severe losses and lost
more than 250 prisoners in the battle
along the Vesle
NOGALES AGAIN .
FIRE LAST NIGHT
American Commander Gives
Notice That He Will Cross
Line if Another Shot
Nogales, Ariz., Aug. 28. Firing
was resumed about 9:55 o'clock to
night. Between 15 and 20 shots were
fired from the , Mexican side of the
border. One American enlisted man
A machine gunner of the Tenth
cavalry fired eighteen shots to cover
the , rescue of his wounded comrade.
When other American soldiers went
to the aid of the wounded man, shots
at them were fired from the Sonora
side of the line. The Americans re
turned the fire.
General Call, after the exchange
of shots, sent a message to General
DeRosey Cabell through the Ameri
can and Mexican consuls, in which he
declared that the first shots fired to
night were from the rifles of Ameri
can negro soldiers on the line.
Threatens to Cross Border.
To this, through the same means of
communication, General Cabell re
plied that he had no negro troops on
the line tonight, that shots from the
Mexican side were fired first,
wounding an American soldier and
that other soldiers, going to his aid,
fired in self defense only when fur
ther shots were fired at them.
In concluding hjs statement to
General Calles, General Cabell said1
"If another volley is fired by your
people, I will take every man I have
and come over and get you and every
thing you have. We are through
with this nonsense."
A general alarm was sounded when
the first shots were fired and mobili-
(Contlnord on Page Two, Column
Indiana Governor Injured
Seriously in Auto Wreck
fndianapolis, Ind., Aug. 28. Gov.
James P. Goodrich of Indiana was
perhaps fatally injured tonight when
his automobile collided with a street
car. He suffered concussion of the
brain and a skull fracture. He is
only partly conscious.
Killed in Aerial Accident.
Washington, Aug. 28. Herbert F.
Canfield, chief quartermaster, aviation,
whose home was in Seattle. 4was
killed in a seaplane accident at Miami.
Friends for Years Killed
Together, Buried Together
Intimate friends for years, George
Abariotes, proprietor of the A. B.
Sweet shop, Sixteenth and Jackson
streets, and Peter Scietos. proprietor
of the Palace Pool halt, 1318 Douglas
-street, who met death together in an
automobile accident Sunday at Mil
ford, la., were Wednesday after
noon buried in adjoining graves at
Forest Lawn cemetery.
Last honors were paid to the two
I men by their host of Greek friends in
the city as the two automobile
hearses, flanked by bareheaded pall
bearers, wound through the down
HAIG'S MEN TEAR
HOLES IN ENEMY'S
LINES ON SCARPE
Hordes of Huns Thrown Into Fighting to Hold Famous
Queant-Drocourt Switch Line Smothered in De
"fenses; Australians Meet Strong Opposition in
Efforts to Reach Somme Crossings.
By Associated Press.
London, Aug. 28. The Australians have reached the line,
of Fresnes-Herbecourt, according to Field Marshal Haig's re
port from British headquarters tonight, but have met with much
opposition in their efforts to reach the crossings of the Somme
river at Brie and Peronne. ' ,
FORCE ENEMY TO
STAND AND FIGHT
Fate of Old Hindenburg Line
Likely to Be Decided by
Developments of Next
Washington, Aug. 28. Develop
ments on the western battle front
during the next 48 hours should de
termine the fate of the much-vaunted
"Hindenberg line," in the opinion
of some military officials here. ..With
me strengtn of the line aireadv ma.
terially impaired, observers believed
that scheme of defense, -popularly
held. In Germany to berths bulwark
of the western front, it in s-fair way
to. become untenable.' , .
The impression prevailing in mili
tary circles 1 here is that General
Foch's tactics have forced the enemy
to make every effort to stay the ad
vance, without the option of with
drawing "unnoticed." For more than
six weeks the main German armies
have been under ceaseless pressure.
This withdrawal, while not pre
cipitate, has been Swift enough to
bring their main concentrations with
in allied artillery fire with a conse
quent effect on the morale of the ene
my's men and on his every attempt
to organize an effective resistance.
The longer the tactics of the past
week are kept up, army officers say,
the more difficult will be the attempts
of the German general staff to stop
Opinion here is that German resis
tance will stiffen within the next few
Prisoners taken since July 1, Gen
eral March said today, total more
than 112.000, while 1,300 guns of
heavy caliber field pieces and larg
erwere captured. It was under
stood that General March's figures
included only prisoners passing
through detention camps up to the
beginning of the present week. Cap
tures reported by the British and
French since then have averaged
more than 3,000 a day, which would
bring the total to more than 130,000.
Twelve Divisions Eliminated.
This would, represent a loss to the
enemy of four complete divisions
and if the moderate estimate of one
to two be assumed for other casual
ties, a total of 12 German divisions
ha been put out of the fighting.
Latest official dispatches reaching
the War department did not cover
the fighting of today, apparently
the most successful since the allied
advance began. General March said
the French activities reported in the
Paris communique this morning had
made a new deep salient wnicn was
beiiiR nut "between the pincers."
apture by these troops of the rail
road junction at Roye and the high
ground to the east was of great im
portance to the allied plans, General
Amsterdam, Aug. zo.ln an air
raid on Ludwigshafen Sunday night
a great number of bombs were drop
ped, according to Frankfort Zeitung,
Much damage was done to buildings.
town streets Wednesday afternoon at
the head of a long train of auto
mobiles filled with groups of mourn
ers. The cortege left the Hoffmann
Funeral home at 2:30 p. m. and took
its way to St. John's Greek Orthodox
church at Sixteenth and Martha
streets, where Rev. Gust Harvarlis
read the impressive ritual bf the
Greek church before several hundred
countrymen of the deceased men.
Both of the men were unmarried.
Abariotes, who was 34 years old,
is survived by two brothers, Pete
and Gus. Scietos was 39.
Fair probably Friday;
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? With the British Armv In France.
Aug. 28. On both sides of the Soarpe
river hard fighting continued . today.
the British . launching fresh, attacks
and wresting from the desperately
resisting enemy additional valuable
stretches of ground, many more ad- '
vantageous positions and -numerous
towns, including Croisilles. . -
In the center of the wide battle-'
field on which three British armies
the First, Third and Fourth the op
erating, there seems to be a slight
pause. ' .
Smother Hordes of Huns. '
South of the Somme, Fay and Ab
laincourt were taken by the British
without much difficulty, for the Ger
mans, being hard pressed south of
these points by the French, were
ready to go with slight persuasion. "
Since early this morning, storm
after storm has been sweeping across
this section of France. Despite the
unfavorable weather, the forces in the -north
have driven deep into the hur- .
riedly arranged enemy defenses,
smothering hordes of the Huns. , '
: These, Huns had been thrown into
the fighting in this section, ia an ef
fort to keep the. British from pene-. .
trating the famous Quent-Drocourt
switch line, which formed the nor
thern continuation of the old Hinden
burir line after the British last year
beat the Germans back from Arras.
This line has been approached in ;ey-
era! nfieea and has beeri reached m
at leasi one place, in the neighborhood
of the Sensee river. . . ;.
The success of this drive here and
the breaking through of the bid Ger
man defenses system may have far
reaching effects. V "
Beyond Fontaine. i
South of the Scarpe the Canadians
captured all of Pelves after brisk
street fighting. Their advanced pa-
trols entered Remy and Haucourt.
The British are well east of Fontaine,
and the main body of the Germans
has retired from Hendecourt ,
Heavy fighting is in progress from
a point soutn ot i-ens ' 80uinwara
across the Scarpe river to the Arras- .
Cambrai road. The British are beat
ing down the German resistance with
steady blows. v - . t "
At least two new German divisions
have just been identified in this fight
ing. But while they are opposing
the allies, and in most cases are
battling hard, there have been some
instances m which the enemy troops
have shown themselves to be exces
sively nervous, which is as it should
be, considering the pounding they
have had and re still getting ' from
the British cannon and the defeats -they
have suffered at the hands of the .
A larce boche force was brought
up to counter-attack the British posi
tions east of Monchy. Some or the
companies at the last moment accord
ing to prisoner's statements, refused
to participate and the rest went: on
without them, the British withdraw
ing 400 yards. , - .
Refuse to Attack. ' ;
Later, the British re-attacked, pay
ing particular attention to the flanks,'
(Continued on Pft Two, Column OM.)
Stephens Defeats Rolph
For Republican Nomination
San Francisco, Aug. 28. A lead of
nearly 8.000 votes with about two
thirds of' the precincts of the state
accounted for, was the statistical basis
early tonight on which rested a-state-ment
from Gov. William D. Stephens
thanking the republican voters of the
state for nominating him. Through
out the afternoon- and evening the - .
governor drew steadily ahead, catch--ing
and passing his active rival, Mayor .
James Rolph of San Francisco.
Mayor Rolph, also running as a
democrat under California laws which
enable a candidate to run on as many
tickets as he likes, had a wide lead
over Francis J. Heney.
Struck in Bombipg Rate
With the British Army in France,
Aug. 28. Prisoners say duringpne of v
the British bombing raids the head
quarters of Prince Rupprecht of Ba
varia was struck and among the cas
ualties were a general of pioneers and
a staff captain. Rupprecht was absent. .
Th,e prisoners expressed the- view
he. should be with , his army instead
of courting his princess fiancee,