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IN BITTER CONTEST
French Advance To Outskirts of Happlincourt and
Obtain Foothold on Slopes of Mont St. Simeon;
Germans in Pocket Between Cana!
Du Nord and River Aisne.
If est Point Woman at
83 Knits 33 Pairs of
Socks for Soldiers
11. C. High of Scottsbluff was in
Omaha yesterday returning from
his old home at West Point, Neb.,
where he visited his parents, who
have been married 63 years. His
mother, Mrs. D. E. High, although
83 years old, was just finishing
knitting her 33d pair of socks for
By Associated Press.
Paris, Aug. 29. The French, after capturing Noyon in t
heavy fighting today, continued their advance and now have
a foothold on the southern slopes of Mont St. Simeon, more than
a mile to the east, according to the War office announcement.
They'have also taken Landrimont and Morlincourtand' have
crossed the Ailette river at several points.
The text of the statement reads
"During the course of the day our
progress continued in the region ot
the Canal Du Nord, which we have
reached along its entire length except
near Catiany and Serniaize. We hare
occupied Quesnoy wood northeast of
Ecuvilly and Beaurains.
Go Beyond Noyon.
"Further south we captured Noyon
in a bitter struggle and advanced as
fa. south as the southern outskirts
of Happlincourt. To the east of
Novon we gained a footing on the
southern slopes of Mont St. Simeon
and took Landrimont and Morlin
court. MVe captured several hundred
"Between the Oise and the Aisne
our troops crossed the Ailette river
at several, points north and south of
Champs despite the resistance ottered
by, the enemy.. Quny and Ppnt St.,
Mard are triour hands.'
Germans in Pocket.
AVith the French Army in France,
Aug. 29, The operations of the past
two days have put the Germans into
another pocket between the Canal
Du Nord and the river' Aisne. They
will have to evacuate it promptly or
run a big risk of having their posi-,
Hons there turned from the north
by the French along tjie valley of the
Since the fall of Noyon, which was,
the . apex of this salient until this
.morning, Mont St. Simeon, a mile and
a quarter to tlie east, is tne advanced
defense. This heigh dominates the
valley of the river Meve and the Canal
Du Nord fo the north. These valleys
were lines in the salient last night.
Guns Command Ham Road.
The taking of Quesnoy woodthis
morning hat tightened the pocket
from the western side, bringing the,
French within shelling distance of the
main road leading out of it in the di
rection of Ham.
Between the roads to Ham and
' auny a sueression 'of heights ex
tending from Mont St. Simeon to
Chaijny form a position of great
strength. The Germans are violently
shelling the French lines from there
today, but the imminence of danger,
threatening their communications to
the north, suggests that they are
merely using part of their immense
ammunition supplies there to case a
pressure which had become so strong
as to require them to abandon am
munition all over the field of the
Retreat in Good Order.
With the French Army in Rrance,
Aug. 29. (Reuters.) The enemy is
retreating in good order, but is mak
ing the French fight for all points
South of Nesle the First army is
is progressing in the region of Moy
encourt and Breuil. The Germans
are counter-attacking fiercely, and the
fighting has reached the pitch of
The Third army to the south re
ports hTrd fighting also. Its troops
'hold the line of the unfinished canal
from Nesle to Ndyon, which means
:hat the French have Beaurins and
Genera! MangVs army is fightiug
in very difficult country.
The net step in 4he development
of the battle depends on the advance
-of he armies north of the Oise.
Americans on Vesle Front
" Bombard Enemy's Position
- With' the American Army op' the
Vesle Front. Aug. 29. The Ameri
cans early in the day along the VesW
front sent over a large number of
prjectiles and gas shells against the
Germans, who replied feebly. Pa
trols were active on. both sides dur
ing the night. The fighting line re
. American officers deny the German
assertion that 250 Americans were
made prisoner in recent fightings saying-
that only a few-of their men are
NEW TRIAL TO
I. W. VV. LEADERS
SENATE VOTES BAN
ON BEER AND WINE
EFFECTIVE JULY I
"Bone Dry" Prohibition Pro
vided for in Amendment to
Agricultural Bill Adopt
ed Without Record.
Forced to Abandon Ground
Gained at Heavy Cost; Ba
paunje and Ham Taken
Judge Landis Hears Story of
Each of 100 Defendants -and
Will Announce Sen
Chicago, 111., Attg. 29. Federal
Judge K. M.: Landis today. ajfterk deny
ing a new trial to the 40(1 i. W. W.
leaders recently found guilty of anti
war conspiracy, later granted three of
the defendants continuances of their
cases and announced that the remain
ing 97 will be sentenced tomorrow
This decision was reached only af
ter Judge Landis had listened to the
individual story or eacn aeienaani.
He was visibly affected by the stories
of some and showed every inclination
to give each defendant the benefit of
anv doubt that might exist.
Nearly three and a half hours were
occupied with the speeches of the
defendants and at tbe end of this
time Judge Landis announced that so
much new matter had been introduc
ed that he wished time to consider
the new evidence.
William D. ("Big Bill") Haywood,
secretary and treasurer of the I. W.
W., was one of the last to jtep before
the bar of justice. He, cool and col
"I feel that the verdict in this case
is one of the greatest mistakes ever
perpetrated in a court of justice. No
member of the I. W. W. is guilty of
any act against the United States,
If released, there is nothing I could
do but continue to uphold the I. W.
W. constitution as I have done in the
Two Injured When Struck
By Auto on Farnam Street
An unidentified woman was 'run
down and slightly iifjured by an au
tomobile operated by J. Frost, 621
Sixteenth street, at Thirteenth and
Farnam streets at 3 o'clock Wednes
day afternoon. She refused to give
her name and address, but consented
to let Mr. Frost take her to within a
few blocks, of her home.
Louis Morocco, 206 North Sixteenth
street, while crossing the intersection
at Twenty-fifth and Farnam streets
on a bicycle was run down by an
automobile operated by C. S. Ander
son, 710 Park avenue. Morocco suf
fered slight bruises about the body.
He was taken to the Central police
station, given surgical assistance by
the police surgeon and taken to his
Washington, Aug. 29. National
prohibition moved a considerable step
forward today in congress, v
Without a record vote being taken
or requested, the senate late today
adopted the leaders' compromise on
"bone dry" prohibition, effective
July 1, 1919, and continuing during
the war and until the American
troops are brought-home and dmo-
The compromise and amendment
by Senator Sheppard of Texas, prohi
bition leader, to the $11,000,000 emer
gency agricultural appropriation bill
is expected- to remain in the measure
under the harmony agreement of the
"wet" and "dry" factions although
technically subject to another vote.
Passage of the bill itself is planned
tombrriw and the- measure will be re-
turned to the house, which, is expect
ed by prohibition 'advocates to ac
cept the senate provision.
No Record Votes Taken.
Efforts to change materially the
Sheppard substitute were futile.
Amendments to advance and defer the
effective date arid. o extend the time
for its pperation against beer and
wine were overwhelmingly defeated
without record roll calls.
Senator Phelan of California made
a vigorous fight for a longer lease of
life for. the wine and beer industries.
He offered amendments making the
effective date for their prohibition
June 30, 1920, Instead of a year pre
vious, .as the amendment pnovides,
and also by applying the later date to
wines alone. Both were rejected over
whelmingly by viva voce votes and
sufficient senators did not support
Senator Phelan's request for a roll
call. Another Phelan amendment
drowned ,in roars of "nos"; would
have extended the effective date for
wines for six months longer, or until
December 31, 1919.
Amendment Is Substitute.
The amendment passed is a wibsti
tute both for the original amendment
of Representative Randall of Cali
fornia prohibiting use of money pro
vided in the agricultural appropria
tion bill until the president should
(Continued ofi Pas Two, Column Tiro.)
Is Accused of Too Frequent
Sale of Cheering Liquid
Like the pitcher that went to the
well once too often, Dan (Dinty)
Brady, proprietor of a soft drink
parlor at 1605 Leavenworth street,
sold whiskey just once too often and
today he will tell the court just why
he unlawfully had liquor in his possession.
In a little cubby-hole next door to
his soft drink parlor "Dinty" is stated
to have had a classy little bar and if a
patron had the password and could
give the proper "highsigns" he was
admitted to the bar and could buy
a drink of the juice that cheer's.
The police say this is "Dinty's"
second or third offense. If it is his
third offense and he is found guilty
he ma' be interned in a state man
sion near Lancaster for a period of
six months. I '
London, Aug. 29. The occu
pation by the British of Ba-
4)aume and Ham was oificially
anuounced tonight in Field
Marshal Haig-'s report from
Field Marshal Haig repoVts that
along the whole front from Bapaume
southward, the Uermans have been
forced to retreat with great loss in
prisoners. guns and material. The
British have reached the west bank tf
the Somme opposite Brie and
Somme Lines Untenable.
Successful attacks delivered since
Aug. 6 by the Fourth, Third and
First British armies have rendered the
enemy's positions on the old Somme
battle field untenable.
"On the whole front from Bapaume
southward the enemy has been forced
to abandon, with great loss in prison
ers, guns and material, as well as
killed and wounded, the ground
gained at such heavy cost in last
March and April. We have reached
the west bank of the Somme opposite
Brie and; Peronne and have fak-m
,Ham. ' : :
"North of Ham we are advancing
on the general line of Com bles, Mor
val, Beaulincourt and Fremicourt.
Sharp fighting occurred ,on this front
today and many casualties have been
inflicted oh. bodies of German infantry
wno attempted to delay our
cress:- ' ;
New Zealanders Take Bapaume.
"This morning the New Zealanders
took possession of- Bapaume, driving
out the enemy's rear guard.
"In the sector north of Bapaume
the enemy is stilt" endeavoring to
maintain his positions. Our troops,
after hard fighting about Yraucourt,
Ecoust St. Mein and Hendecourt-Les-Cagnicourt,
made progress and have
taken many prisoners.
"North of the Scarpe successful
operations today enabled our troops
to re-establish themselves in the po
sitions on Greenland hill from which
they were forced back by the enemy's
counter attack on Tuesday. We
gained further grcuiffd during the
day on both sides of the Lawe river
north of Bcthune and also east of
Huns Fighting on "New Lines." ,
Berlin, via London. Au.tr. 29. The
evening communication from general !
headquarters says: !
"Southeast of Arras fresh engage
ments developed in the afternoon.
Forefield fighting took place in front
of our new lines east of Bapaume and
Peronne and east of Noyon. Infantry
fighting took place on the Ailette.
"Between the Ailette and the Aisne
especially strong attacks by French
and Americans failed completely with
very Heavy enemy losses. So far
50 tanks are reported shot to pieces."
Hun Killed Estimated
At Nearly Three Million
After Study of Tables
London, Aug. 29. It is estimated
by experts here that the German
losses in killed alone now reach
a total of more than 2,00d,000
and probably approach 3,000,03
These figures were given out
after a study of tables of German
and allied losses which have been
BACK ON WHOLE
. BRITISH FRONT
Large Numbers of Machine
Guns Are Left Bjehind on
Ground Out of Which
Huns Are Pushed. '
YANKEES S WEEP
GERMANS BACK ON
Strategic Position Taken in Dramatic Drive of Light
French Tanks Which Smash Nests of Machine Guns :
Left by Germans as Defense While Their
Infantry Is Falling Back.
Flyer Killed in Fall.
Guthrie, an aviation instructor at
Chanute field, was killed this after
noon when his airplane fell while he
was returning from a flight. - The
cadet with him escaped serious injury.
120,000 Prisoners Captured .
By Allies Since July- 18th
By Associated ress.
London, Aug." 29. The total en
tente allied 'captures on the western
front since July 18 now approach
120.000 prisoners and 2,000 giTns. The
British captured more than 21,000
prisoners between August 21 and Au
gust 26, while the British total losses
in the same period, including all kijl
ed, wounded and missing, were only
slightly in excess of that figure. A
considerable proportion of the British
casualties are- in the lightly wound
ed class. The total captures by the
British since August 8 exceed 47,000
officers and men and the captured
guns number nearly 600.
British military observers say it is
now clear that the Germans Intend to
retire to a shorter line on the western
front, where they cjn obtain better
! defensive positions against the con
stantly repeated entente allied blows
and so that the enemy can economize
his forces, which has become an ur
gent necessity on account of his les
sening man power.
The most important obstacle, how
ever, is tne recent british advance on
both sides of he Scarpe, which is a
serious flanking threat to the whole
While - it is necessary to .guard
against exaggerated expectations of
a German collapse, it is nevertheless
true that the fighting of the last
month has given definite evidence ofja
notable deterioration in German
Captured orders tell of the refusal
of new drafts to enter the trenches
Oth ers censure officers for laxity in
dealing with offenders.
All Men Must Ascertain
Their Exact Age Before
Date for Registration
Washington, Aug. 29. Men likely
to be affected by the extension of
draft ages to include all between 18
and 45 were notified tonight in a
statement from Provost Marshal
General Crowder that the obligation
rested on them to ascertain their
exact age before the new registra
Selection of a date in the near,
future for the registration is known
to be under consideration by tlje
provost marshal general. The pros
pective dates are September 10, 11
or 12. -
Persons in doubt as to whether or
not they come within lElie new age
limits of 18 and 45 years should
make every effort possible to clear
up this doubt between now and the
day set for registration," General
Crowder said in his statement.
"Failure to do this will not excuse
, a man from registering if as a mat
ter ot tact ne comes withm. the age
limits la'.d down by congress. All
resources of the nation will be used
to locate persons who so fail to
register. 'Such persons under the
law would' be guilty of a misde
meanor and upon conviction, would
be liable to a year's imprisonment.''
With the British Army in France,
ug. y. J tie British forces gained
additional ground today. There has
been hard fighting in the Scarpe re
gion, wiiere the ucrman resistance is
being sustained regardless of cost, in
an effort to save their Drocourt-
Uueant line. As a matter of fact the
line is still intact, but this is solely
because the British have notlactually
carried out any assaults against it.
In the operations today there was
desperate fighting, this for the pur
pose of-straightening out the British
line and pushing closer to the enemy
positions. Individual Germans in this
locality as at other places are showing
increased dislike for the war that is
going against them. Their officers
have been forced to. shoot some of the
men for refusing' to obey orders.
Nevertheless "the enetnjT' if ; offering
me stmest ot resistance.
. Australians to Fore.
South of, the Somme the German
are retreating before the Australians.
me i-rencn, o tne. soutn navmg
reached the banks of the Somme back
proi waters, the Australians -are engaged
in clearing the enemy from the small
bit of ground remaining' t6 him west1
and south of the river within the
angle created by its course.
Bapaume has virtually been sur
rounded for several days, British
patrols having been in its western
outskirts, and it has just officially
been reported to have fallen.
South of Bapaume the battle con
tinues. This afternoon the British
were "east of Maurepas and Comblcs,
while Ginchy and Guillemont have
been stormed and captured. The
British are pushing on.
Other British troops this afternoon
beat down the opposition and are
moving through Thilloy, ust south
of Bapaume. The whole British line
here seems to be on the move. The
Germans are falling back, leaving
large numbers of machine guns on the
ground out of which they are being
Iii the north heavy fighting is in
progress on both sides of Bullecourt
and in front of that town. Villers
Carbonnel and Barleaux have been
Within the past 24 hours the Ger
mans have launched several heavy
counter-attacks, fresh troops being
employed. In every case except one
the enemy was beaten back with
terrible losses, gaining no ground
The only exception was a counter
attack south of Gavrelle, north of the
Scarpe, where the Germans managed
to penetrate the British lines.' But
(CoDllnurd on Pats Two, Column Fire.)
ay Associated rress. . , . v
With the American Army in France, Aug. 29-tate' thjs
afternoon the Americans held positions in the fighting line in
the Soissons region extending in a northerly direction from Cha
vigny. :,-':v ';''; V
Accompanied by a fleet of tanks and .covered by a heavy
artillery barrage, the Americans swept forward early today
against the German lines that slowly and reluctantly fell back
over Juvigny plateau. . -
The little operation carried out yesterday by the French
and Americans had been merely preparatory to the attack which
began at 7 o'clock this morning. The kink had been taken out
of the line yesterday but no determined effort was made to ad
vance to any extent. . -
The firing was continuous through-
uui me iiigni on oom siues; tne uer
man gutw being especially active. The
JAPS ROOT ENEMY
IN FACE OF HEAVY
MACHINE GUN FIRE
Allies 'Advance on the Ussuri
v Front; rown' Men's - Fury
Excited by Mutilation '.
By Associated Press. '
Harbin, via, Peking, Tuesday, Aug.
2). General Seminoff, ' the, anti
bolshevik leader, .continues ; his ad
vance toward Chita and has captured
Dawua station and Karanor . sidinr.
'The bolsheviki have retired to Soka-
tui siding. - , i
General Seminoff's cavalry is en
gaged with the Bolshevik rear guard
five versts west of Karanor. The
enemy main force is concentrating at
eorsa station 50 miles north of the
Lawyers Support All
Needed War Measures
Cleveland, Aug. 29. IDr. T.
Miyaoka of Tokio, representing the
Japanese government, addressed the
40,th annual convention of the Amer
ican Bar association at its session here
tonight on "The Safeguard of Civil
The rCport of the committee on in
ternational law recorded the various
violations of international law com
mitted by Germany during the past
The committee on jurisprudence
and lav reform presented a report
and a resolution containing a me
morial addressed to congress support
ing every grant of power desired by
the president to help in the task of
winning the war.
Vladivostok, Monday, Aug.. 26.
The enemy in considerable numbers
attacked desperately along the Ussuri
front last Saturday. All the allied
forces participated in the nghtinff
except the Americans. Upwards of
300 of the enemy were killed. -
Ihe Japanese bore the burnt of
the fighting. They captured two ar
mored trains and several field guns.
According to a wounded Czech, the
Japanese, infuriated by finding muti
lated comrades on the battlefield,
charged and routed the enemy in the
face of heavy machine gun and rifle
The Japanese report that the allied
troops are advancing steadily.
Disarmed By Allied Patrols.
Entente allied and Czecho-SIovak
patrols today succeeded in disarm
ing all the Russian volunteers who
nad revolted and had gone over to
Lieutenant General HOrvath, the anti
bolshevik military leader in eastern
Advires received in Washington
Wednesday from Vladivostok said
that General Horvath had completely
failed in his attempts, with the aid
of General Pleshkoff, to establish a
dictatorship in Siberia.
Charge to &e Required
For Telephone Installation
Washington, Aug. 29. Under or
ders issued today all changes in tele
phone rates must be submitted to
Postmaster General Burleson for ap
proval before becoming effective, and
the companies are required to make
a charge for installing new tele
phones or changing the location of
Arp You Reading
Oh, Money! Money!
By ELEANOR H. PORTER
Author of "Pollyanna" and -"Just
Today's Installment on Page 4
Adoption of Prohibition
By March, 1919, Predicted
Washington, Aug. 29. Chairman
L. B. Musgrove of the National Anti
saloon league's committee today is
sued a statement predicting, the pro
hibition 'constitutional ' amendment
would be adopted by March, 1919,
and become effective in March, 1920.
The war prohibition measure, he said,
would operate td expedite national
I Besides the 14 stateshich already
ratified the amendment, Mr. Mus
grove claimed 18 Alabama, Maine,
Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina,
Tennessee, West Virginia, Colorado.
Oregon, Washington. Arkansas, Iowa,
Idaho, Nebraska, Michigan, Utah,
Indiana and New Mexico "con
cededly' will ratify the amendment,
f lorida, Wyoming, Minnesota, Mis
souri and Vermont, he asserted, are
five "wet" states certain to ratify the
amendment, while Nevada, Illinois
and Ohio are "practically sure." he
said. In Pennsylvania, New York,
New. jersey and California, he de
is a '.'splendid fighting
rains of the earlreveninar ceased be
fore the ground had teea converted
into mud, so when the orders were
given today the men tnoytd forward,
'Advance Over; Plateau. ;
The German positions were shelled
most, vigorously by ;ha,vv. guns, njor
tars and,' light "pieces, ftrhj almost
poiftt -blank as well .as by lonj range
naval,' guns .'which, searched; ihe posi
tions far,, and. near, . And. theo the
infairtry. advanced. ,; ' j, ,-',! V".
: i Up over the ,'nlateau .the infantry
men went towards Jtjvigny and across
the little railroad running north and
south. . "The Germans, immediately
began to employ' the tactics of sim
ilar retreats, , leaving their rear de
fended by, a line of -machine guns
hidden behind every clump of brush.
promontory and woods., Only a few"
detachments of .infantry, were lett,
the enemy again adopting measures
calculated, to save the most men pos
sible. ' "'. . " .
pare Deadly Cross Fire.
From Couronne woods and. other
little woods standing .like sentinels
between Juvigny and the American
lines, the German guns delivered a
deadly cross fire. Juvigny is "only
a village, but, located along- the side
of a hill, it offered a peculiar oppor
tunity for defense until the advancing
forces moved into positions from
which they were able to make it un
tenable. The Germans then retired
farther east into more broken ground.
The frontage assigned to the, Amer
icans was less than 4 wo 'miles. 'That
part in which Juvigny. is located was
(Continued on Fate Two, Cotnma Tour.)
Fifty Hun Planes Are
Brought Down in Year
N By French Ace Fonck
With the French Army In France,
Aug. 29. Lt. Rene Fonck, the leading
French ace, has brought down, since
January 1, SO of the more than three
score German aircraft he ' has de
stroyed. This constitutes a record for
.Between July. 16 and July 22 he
felled 11 machines, nine of which have
already" been recently accounted, for.
On July 16, while ataticmed ia the
Somme, he was ordered to report to
the Champagne. He left for Paris
that day at 10 o'clock.: , He lunched
therer and set-back for the Somme,
arriving there shortly before 5. At
5 o'clock he had become . the con-
queror of two boche machines. He ,
left that evening for his new assign
ment. , .
The following day in . the Cham- '
pagne he felled a -German machine
and on the next two. On July 19 he
brought down three, on July 21 two
and July 22 one.
Jm Local Grocers Penalized
Tor Violating . Food Rules
Two Omaha grocers fell under the
ban of the federal food administration
for Nebraska yesterday for violating
the rules , and regulations governing
the sale of- sugar, flour and oatmeal
. Both we're penalired by Oscar
Allen, Douglas county, food adminis- .
trator, by being prohibited from
dealing in the commodities until fur
R. Kulakofsky, manager for the
Central, market, 1608 Harney street,
couldn't explain satisfactorily charges
against his company that they took
excessive profits on -flour and oat
meal, so the prohibition, order fol
lowed. " '
Julius Newman, 1337 Park street,
sold sugar in excessive amounts, for
which he goes out of the sugar busi
ness. " ,;-
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