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GERMAN CHANCELLOR PROPOSES IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF HOSTILITIES
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
A powerful movement is apparently under way in Germany for a general armistice and peace. The new German chancellor, Prince Maximilian of Baden, is reported to have proposed or to be on tKe
eve of proposing a general suspension of hostilities, the appointment of plenipotentiaries to meet at a neutral place for the discussion of a league for arbitration, disarmament and the forwarding of a request t
to the entente allies for their terms. It is furthermore reported that the German chancellor has expressed his willingness to accept President Wilson's 1 4 peace conditions.
Austria-Hungary through its minister at Stockholm is requesting the Swedish government, according to advices from Berne, to transmit to President Wilson a proposal for a general armistice with the
entente allies on land and sea, and in the air, and start without delay negotiations for peace. These negotiations are to be based on the terms set forth by President Wilson.
A new peace note to be issued by Baron Burian, the Austro-Hungarian foreign minister, it is announced will make clear that all of President Wilson's terms have been accepted by the dual monarchy.
And, finally, from Berne comes the announcement that Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey intend simultaneously to approach President Wilson with the object of having him make representations
to the other entente allies for a general armistice and negotiations looking to peace.
DRIVE ON IN FACE
, OF FURIOUS FIRE
Americans Continue Advance Steadily in Argonne
Though Germans' Fighting With Old Time
Ferocity, Do Their Utmost to Halt Offensive;
Hundreds of Thousands of Shells Fired.
Order Fixing Date to Lift Re;
strictions Probably Will
Be Made Monday; Ac
tion Stops Spread.
Definite reports from Omaha doc
tors on the number of cases of Span
ish influenza in Omaha will not be
received until Monday morning hut
from scattered reports it is appar
ent that the spread of the disease
With the Americaa-AimyrJriKwcst oLyerduii, Oct.. 5.
Fighting with all the ferocity of the early days of the war
the GermansdidTtheir utmost today to bring to a halt the
Early this morning and in the forenoon the Americans
pushed forward through a blanket of fog a yard at a time,
and later in the day when the mists lifted they drove forward
a further distance against the German line.
Almost no change has been made
on the right rear the Meusc, but
on Ihe left the operations of the
French west of the Argonne forest
and the Americans on the east de
fined more clearlv- the salient m
which the enemy still has a con
siderable force opposing the Am
ericans, who have been steadily
clearing the forest of machine gun
Artillery Action Terrific.
Again the Germans concentrated
their ere.itest efforts on the center
in an effort to prevent the swing
ing upward of their line to a point
which would endanger yet further
that part of the army left in the
It was a day of artillery action
more than anything else. Kach side
sent hundreds f thousands of
shells, both high exp' v. shrapnel
and gas, into the o r's territory.
Repeatedly the Germans gathered
in force, to launch counter-attacks,
but always with negative result.
The Americans, most of whom have
now had experience on the battle
fields, stood like veterans, here and
there changing their defense to of
fensive and gathering in another
tiny bit of ground between them and
the Kriemhilde positions.
The Americans threw a flood of
artillery fire into the German lines
and moved infantry up with machine
guns. Through the woods around
them and up to the crest of the
liigh hill line they solwly edged
their way for hours.
Airplanes Active Factor.
The American planes were an ac
tive factor until late tonight. Be
fore the fog actually had lifted, they
were over the German lines- machine
gunning the men in the trenches and
harassing the transports and artil
lery. Time and again the roads be
hind the lines were choked by fiyers.
it.lirt lx-ith thpir marliin crime rfrnn-
ped the horses dragging guns and
transports. This choking of the
roads was accomplished without the
loss of a single plane. Of the few
enemy planes that did fly over the
American lines, one was brought
down by an anti-tank gun captured
a few hours before.
Stand Behind Barricades
As one means of holding up the
American push the Germans had cut
down trees in the Argonne and in
terlaced wire among these ob
stacles. Behind the barricades thus
formed, the enemy machine guns
contested the advance.
The effect of the American artil
lery bombardment is known to have
been considerable, It left one bat
talion of the enemy with only two
-v machine guns. It also has been
learned that two of the seven guards
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badly cut up since September 26.
One battalion had only 150 men
left. One of the guards divisions
has been taken out of the fighting
altogether while another has had its
ra&ks &Us4 ia ivith laadwsta '
By Health Commissioner
"The health office has ben
deluged with requests for in
formation as to the duration of
the restrictions recently imposed
on the public directed towards
the control of the epidemic of in
fluenza. "It was originally announced
that in from three to six days all
persons exposed would have con
tracted the disease because the
incubation period is usually only
four days. At present the de
partment has no reason to change
this decision. Consequently, af
ter the reports from Omaha phy
sicians Monday it will probably
be then possible to set a time
when the restrictions may be re
moved. "The measures adopted are
having the desired effect. People
are co-operating earnestly with
the department. The Red Cross
and other organizations are of
fering their full support and it
is confidently hoped that no more
stringent measures will be necessary."
has been practically stopped and is
No) new deaths have been
reported in the last 24 hours. All
cases suspected of having the dis
ease are '.,eirg k.t under the closed
At Fort Omaha the medical corps
reports the conditions as being ex
tremely satisfactory. But one serious
case in the hospital. Ccveral men
have been taken to the hospital with
severe colds and grippe but the doc
tors are optimistic regarding them.
Men developing colds and grippe
are being given immediate attention
to prevent their contracting :."'7'Vi
enza. It is believed that' prompt
action in quarantining the post is
(Continued A Xlj ftunui Xf.)
No Armistice Possible so Long
as Teutons Hold Any Con
quered Territory, Is
Washington, Oct, 5. rThe i
statement was authorized of
ficially tonight that the Amer
ican government had received
no new peace proposal from
Austria and had no official in
formation whatever concern
ing new developments report
ed to be impending in the
Teutonic campaign for peace
An Austrian appeal was made for
an armistice set for discussion of
peace on President Wilson's own
terms is regarded here as the logical
sequel of the president's recent sum
mary rejection of the proposal that
hostilities be suspended for secret
and non-binding peace discussions.
Enemy Must Surrender.
What the American government's
answer to such an appeal would be
is indicated by the statement au
thorized when Austrian-Hungraian
foreign minister complained that his
acceptance of President Wilson's
prinicples had not been noticed
that peace could not be talked of
upon any terms so long as Germany
and Austria occupied a single foot
of conquered territory.
News and more aggressive phases
of the Teutonic effort for peace by
negotiations before the allied and
American soldiers invade German
soil evidently are about to be
launched, and the only question is
the exact form they will take. Of
ficials here will be surprised neither
by the Austrian armistice plea,
which Berne press dispatches
through Paris tonight say is com
ing, nor by a similar move by Ger
many herself, which the new chan
cellor, Prince Maximilan of Baden,
is said to have proposed or to be
about to propose in the reichstag.
There is no disposition to believe,
however, that an early end of the
war is in sight, in spite of the fact
that the Germans are known to be
desperately anxious to halt by diplo
macy the steady advance of their
enemies toward the German border.
Teutonic Alliance Will Crumble.
Proposals will continue to come
through and there is no doubt here
that sooner or later, as the great
task of driving the Germans out of
Belgium and France progresses, the
Teutonic alliance will crumble and
seek such terms as were given Bul-
(Cnntinnrd on Fane Two, Column Four.)
Cussing Kaiser Not
Profane, Rule Police
After Arresting Man
Is swearing always profane?
The crowd at Fifteenth and Dodge
streets thought so and had t. L.
Bennet, 4111 Corby street, arrest
ed for uttering firey oaths in a
loud voice Saturday afternoon.
But it happened that Mr. Bennet
had recently received news of the
death of his son in France, while
fighting with the American Ex
peditionary force, that his remarks
were addressed at the . kaiser.
Moreover, Mrs. Bennet was with
him to testify with silent grief to
the death of their son. The police
decided that swearing was not
profane in this case, at least, and
Austria Asks Sweden
to Transmit Armistice
Proposal to Wilson
Paris, Oct. 5 The Austro-Hungarian minister at Stockholm has
been charged to request the Swedish government to transmit to Presi
dent Wilson a proposal to conclude immediately with him and his allies
a general armistice and to start without delay negotiations for peace.
This announcement is made in a Berne dispatch to the Havas
The text of the proposal follows:
"The Austro-Hungarian monarchy, which has made only de
fensive warfare, and has borne witness several times to its desire to
put an end to the bloodshed and conclude an honorable peace,
proposes by presentation to President Wilson to conclude imme
diately with him and his allies a general armistice on land, on sea,
and in the air and start without delay negotiations for peace.
"These negotiations will be based on the 14 points in Presi- -dent
Wilson's message of January 8, and the four points of his
speech of February 12 (February 11), 1918. and those equally of
September 27, 1918."
In transmitting this dispatch, the Berne correspondent of the
Havas agency says:
"Germany and Turkey must take the same steps as Austria.
Meanwhile the semi-official news agency at Berlin withholds the news,
evidently awaiting the meeting of the Reichstag, which will be held
"The imperial chancellor, Prince Maximilian, certainly will make
an important announcement in the Reichstag, which has assembled
four days in advance of the regular time.
"The action of the Austrian government has been preceded by a
number of conferences with representatives of Berlin and Hungary,
both civil and military and representatives from the states of the Ger
NEW YORK CITY
GIVEN SCARE BY
Traffic Over Bridges and in
Subways Suspended in
Fear of Great T. N. T.
New York, Oct. 5. Traffic over
all bridges and subways between
New York and Brooklyn was sus
pended suddenly at the beginning of
the heavy rush hour this afternoon
by order of Mayor Hylan and the
public service commission after
they had received reports that
further explosions, more violent
than any which had yet occurred,
were expected momentarily at the
Gillespie plant at Morgan, N. J.
Xot even pedestrians were allowed
to cross the bridges and Brooklyn
was isolated except for a few in
adequate ferries. Hardly liad this
order gone into effect when the
tubes under the Hudson, connecting
Xew York and New Jersey also
Walk in Middle of Street.
Occupants of buildings in lower
Broadway were ordered by the po
lice to leave immediately and to
walk in the middle of the street,
lest they be injured by falling glass.
Superintendents of buildings ,and
apartments all over the city were
ordered to keep doors and windows
open in order to lessen the force
of the expected concussion. Ten
(Conttnupd on Iuk Two, Column Two.)
Enemy Hurriedly Evacuating
Lille as British Armies
British Headquarters in France,
Oct. 5. (Havas.) British troops
on entering Lens found that the coal
mines in the city had been entirely
destroyed. The church could scarce
ly be found amid the ruins. The
city hall, monuments and houses
also were destroyed.
London, Oct. 5. Field Marshal
Haig reports some progress by
British troops around Montbrehain
and Beaurevoir in the St. Quentin
sector. His staement tonight adds
that the Germans have begun to
withdraw from the high ground be
tween Le Catelet and Crevecoeur.
EN TEN TE ALLIES TO BE ASKED
TO STATE TERMS, PRINCE
MAXIMILIAN TELLS REICHSTAG
Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey in
Concert to Appeal to President Wilson
For His Good Offices to Effect
Truce and Conference.
By The Asso ciated Press.
Paris, Oct- 5.-Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey have resolved simul
taneously to ask President Wilson to make representations in their interest for a
general armistice and negotiations for a general peace according to a Berne dis
patch to the Havas agency.
! Amsterdam, Oct. 5. -The immediate suspension of hostilities has been
proposed by the imperial German chancellor, Prince Maximilian, in the reich
stag, according to the Berlin correspondent of the Tijd. The entente allies are
to be asked to state their terms.
Proposes Discussion of Issues.
The chancellor's proposal embraced also the dispatch of plenipotentiaries
to a neutral place to discuss the question of a league for international arbitration
The plenipotentiaries are further to be empowered to discuss the creation
of a federal Austria, the right of self-determination for Russian frontier states,
the restoration and indemnification of Belgium, autonomy for Alsace-Lorrains
and the return of the German colonies.
The terms of tfye entente allies will be asked at the same time with the ol
ject of forming a basis for the consideration of these important questions.
Willingness to join a league of nations on a basis of equal i
With the British Army in France,
Oct. 5. Wide gains of great im-j
portance have been made today by j
the fighting British armies. In the
north the line of the Haute Deule ;
canal has been reached and the Ger-'
mans are hurriedly evacuating Lille.
Charles C. Roebling Dead.
Trenton, N. T. Oct. 5. Charles C.
Roebling, president of the John A.
Rotl.'Ing's Sons Company., wire and
cable manufacturers- died at
home here todav.
Germans Forced to Abandon
Positions Held Since 1914
Under Pressure by
French and Yanks.
THE BEE IS FIRST
The Bee was first to give Oma
ha people the news of Germany's
latest move for peace.
As soon as the first bulletin
was flashed over the Associated
Press wires early Saturday night
bringing the news that the im
perial German chancellor had ad
dressed the reichstag asking for
an immediate suspension of hos
tilities, and the dispatch, had been
confirmed from Stockholm, the
machinery of the great Bee plant
was pur in motion so that Oma
hans might know WITHOUT
DELAY the latest and most start
ling development of the war.
.The Bee extras announcing the
request for an armistice and the
res'gnation of the Austrian pre
mier were on the streets within
A FEW MINUTES of the time
that the dispatches were received
over The Bee wire.
The Bee's competitors were thor
oughly beaten by more than an
hour, proving again the fact that
THE BEE IS FIRST WITH
The fact that The Bee was first
to tell Omaha the vital news of
impending peace is but another
earnest of the SERVICE which
this newspaper is rendering and
will continue to render to the peo
ple of Omaha
Fans, Oct. 5. The German re-
njs , treat before Gouraud's army, which
is supported Dy tne .Americans on
the right, is quickening perceptibly.
French troops this 'afternoon
reached Bethenville lying about
three miles north of Moronvillers,
Fort Brimont has been captured
by the French troops the war office
announces tonight. The massif of
' Moronvillers has been taken and
the massif of Nfogent L'Abbesse
; "We hold the whole course of
the Arnes rivers, we have crossed
! the Suippe river at Orainville and
the Arnes. at several points," the
' statement adds.
"In victorious attacks our troops,
in collaboration with the Americans
on the Yesle front and in Chani
, iagne, compelled the enemy to make
j a general retreat toward the Suippe
and the Arnes. He abandoned
strongly fortified positions held
rights was declared by Chancellor Maximilian in his address
He also proposed complete rehabilitation of Belgium and im
mediate establishment of popular representative bodies in the
Baltic provinces of Lithuania and Poland. He emphatically;
declared that the new government stood on the basis of a)
just peace, regardless of the war situation.
WILL PUBLISH NOTE AT ONCE.
Other advices say that the chancellor has not yet made
the statements credited to him regarding the suspension of
hostilities', the appointment of plenipotentiaries and the re
quest for the allies' terms, but that it was understood he
would make such proposals.
The new peace note of Baron Burian, Austro-Hungarian
foreign minister, will declare that all of President Wilson's
terms have been accepted, according to a Vienna dispatch
to the Frankfort Zeitung, which is quoted in the Dutch press.
The note will be published immediately.
ACCEPTS PRESIDENT WILSON'S TERMS.
Stockholm, Oct. 5. Prince Maximilian of Baden, the
new imperial German chancellor, is willing to accept Presi
dent Wilson's fourteen peace conditions, according to reports
received from Berlin by circles closely connected with thej
foreign office here even though this for many reasons may
not be thoroughly demonstrated in his statement before the
AUSTRIAN PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS.
London, Oct. 5. Baron von Hussarek, the Austrian
prime minister, has resigned, according to a dispatch from
Zurich. Switzerland, to' the Exchange Tl
Baron von Hussarek handed his resignation as Austrian If ft
premier m uie name or me eMire caDinet to tne emperor on '! I
reichstag. . 1
Friday. It will be officially announced, the dispatch say,Jtf (
after a succeesor to von Hussarek has been found. The neVjV )
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