The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on March 23, 1918 · Page 1
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March 23, 1918

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PRI Connellsviile's Biggest and Best Newspaper. Sworn Average Daily Circulation Last Week, 6,503 VOL. 16, NO. 113. CONNELLSVILLE, PA., SATURDAY, EVENING, MARCH 23, 1918. EIGHT PAGES. GERMAN ARTILLERY AND INFANTRY MAKE BREAK IN BRITISH LIES; PARIS FROM GERMAN BATTERIES 62 MILES AWAY TROOPS FALL BACK IN GOOD ORDER TO NEW POSITIONS IN REAR, WAR OFFICE ANNOUNCES ®- Unexpected Advantage of the Teuton Forces May Necessitate Withdrawal of the British Along Wide Front and Precipitate Open Warfare; Defensive Trench Systems Have Heretofore Been Pronounced Impregnable by Military Experts; on Either Side of Broken Section Hindenburg's Forces Have Been Unable to Make More Than the Anticipated Progress; Americans Under Heavy Fire. SMASH AN EPOCH IN WEST FRONT FIGHTING By Associated Press. PARIS, March 23.--Germans have been firing on Paris with long range guns. Since 8 o'clock this morning shells, of 240'iniH- ·teters have been reaching tbe capital and suburbs at internals of a quarter of an hour, killing tabout 10 persons and wounding about 15. The shortest distance from Paris to the front is over 100 kilometers or 62 miles. The announcement that Paris, -was being bombard, ed was made officially this 'afternoon. Measures for counter attacking the enemy cannon are under execution. The official announcement that Paris is being ,,-- bombarded must remain unexplained until further details hare been received. The statement in rhe dispatch that the shortest distance from Paris to the front is over 104 kilometers indicates that there has beea ao break in the battieline above Paris such--as would permit of bringing up guns to within what lias been previously regarded as the extreme range of . heavy pieces. Unless the Hermans have some new invention no suck range as 60 miles is conceivable . The most powerful gwns in action heretofore have been able to hurl their projectiles only 20 miles or thereabouts. BRITISH AHMY HEADQUARTERS IN FRANCE, March 23. --(11 A. M.)--The British, gallantly flghung, are still presenting i solid front to the fiercely attacking- Germans although the de- 'ensive troops have -withdrawn their lines in certain places ior strategic reasons. All day yesterday and much of fast night the conflict con- .inued to rage with'increasing violence as fresfi" German divis- .ons were hurled into the fray in an attempt to smash through .he British defenses. More intense fighting is expected. Forty-nine German divisions have been identified thus far in the battlefront and prisoners have been taken from 18 of hem. Some estimates place t"he number of German divisions engaged as high as, 90, but it is impossible to say whether this s accurate. LONDON. March 23.-- Powerful enemy attacks delivered mth great weight of infantry and artillery have broken through he British defensive system west of St. Quentin, the war office mnounces. The British troops on the northern portion of the battlefield ire holding their positions. The British west of St Qnentin are falling back in good or- ler to positions farther west. 'Very heavy fighting with fresh enemy forces is ift. progress. The War Office states that there are prepared positions be- lind the British to which they are falli ag back. ' The statement follows "Heavy fighting continued until a late hour last n.ght on he whole battlefront^ During the afternoon pcwerful hostile ittacks, delivered with great weight of infantry and artillery, iroke through our defenshe west of St. Quentin. "Our troops on this part of the battle front are falling back n good ordei across the .devastated area to prepared, positions artier west. Our troops on the northern portion of the battle ront are holding their positions, reah aostile forces is in progress." Very heavy fighting with For the first time in the war on-the western front since the ipposing armies established themselves in their trench systems he defensive zone has been broken through. In other great at- acks the British French and Germans have been able to bend lack the lines but not to strike through the zone of defense. Many military critics bad reached the opinion that on ac- ount of the strength of the lines it would be impossible to break hem. until one side or tin other iiad been worn down to such! This statement of the British, war office that tbe troops west of St. Quentin are falling back to prepared positions indicates that tic Germans although they have broken through the British defensive system have not pierced the entire British line of defense Tbe allusion in the statement to the defensive system may be only to the main battle front behind which other lines have been prepared. If that is the case the Germans have done little more than repeat what the British did in the battle of the Somme when they pierced the Hmdenberg lino forcing the Germans to retreat to prepared positions in the rear The experiences of the attacking forces in other campaigns show that the Germans as they progress are ! .fcely to find their movement more difficult and the resistance of the British more effective. The more deeplj they strike into the British 1 nes the further they must mo-,e from their bases. »hich entails increasing difficulties m bringing up supplies They must move forward over a devastated area while the British will have the great advantage of good roads and railroads Perhaps the greatest problem of the Germans will he to bnng up their heavy artillery. In every previous campaign Ir has been necessary for the advancing forces to halt frequently while bringing up the heavy guns. The extent of the British defensive has been a subject of much specula- t.on but it is known they have been greatly improved dunng the winter. Earlier in the v ar when the offensive rested with (he Drench and British loss attention was paid to positions in rear. The British in particular $40 PJDR jiOJTTH AND BOAJU FOR JtAlf CAJf ITOBJf MITH SITE. Cyrus Sipe o£ Mill Run has a place on his farm for a good hand At th. meeting of farmers yesterday attei Jlev. J. L Proudttt bad mentioned tbe subject of wages saying that the volunteer worker only wich- ed what he was worth, the Mill Run man got up and said, "I'm 72 ears old and Til give $40 a month with board to any person who can drive one of mj teams and follow me " He said he was willing to give Rev Proudfif a tryout, and tbree or four others at the meeting also claimed his services mm ROADS INTO FARMERS AND BUSINESS OF CITY JOIN HANDS FOR FURTHERING NEEDS OF WAR Are Beady ito Supply Products When Highways Are Improved. TWELVE MEN NOW IN BOX FOR THE LfflDLEY TRIAL Last Joror, Brotrnsv!7!c SCan, Drawn at 1:42 O'clock This Afternoon. COURT THEN ADJOURNS Two Yenureinen "Examined Thirinp the MANY EFFORTS BEEN MADE Renipz-kable Gathering, First of Its Kind m History of the Community, Is HeJd in Masonic Temple at Which La- 1 bor Shortage and ,Cnrb Markets Are .Folly Discussed and at Which Steps Are Taken ior Forming Organizations to Put Machinery in Motipn. REPRESENTATIVES OF BOTH SIDES GIVE VIEWS To Boost Conitmction ot the Con- neUsYille-to-Fanrongton Boad But Without Sliccess; City-Jarm Gath- tnng Urges Commissioners to Act FnifT marked an epoch m the loalory of the Connelisville For tie first time the business men and the fanners of the surrounding djs- Another matter of great importance tnct got together to discuss curb markets and the farm labo«- situation. Tb.8 to Connellsville, brought up by the farmers were entertained at the Masonic Temple -where over 225 men, half of farmers at the dinner yesterday dur- their from rural districts, gathered for dinner The eoloier of the soil who ing the disctu.sion of thp_carb market is backing the soldier m the trenches, in turn was shewn that the citizens proposition, was tho necessity for bet-' of this city are back of-him in helping to increase the production, of food in ter roadi into tbe farming sections j thit country, at least during this, the one year which ma decide the destinies la ordei to facilitate tbe marketing { or nations in years to follow. / The citizens of Connellsville, bust. of farm products. Farmers living in tbe Indian Creek valley expressed their willingness to back the establishment of a market m Conaellsville, and also to bnng their predicts acre tor sale, provided such improvements are made in tbe highways as wiil make hauling easier and less expensive ihan at present T. D. Gardner of Mill Run, who has long been active, along with the progressive and public-spirited farmers In that section, m promoting the building of an Improved highway from Forenoon Accepted !or Service Out i Connellsville to Fanmngton, drew at- of TMrd Special Panel of 7SCal]caS! te ?" 0 u t M he **?.?** V* 11 and * ' I south line through the center cf Pay- Oaly One lestcrday Afternoon. The jury for the Lindley murder trial has been completed. The 12th juror was drawn a.t 1 12 o'clock, when John Ball of Brownsville wab selected Court immediately adjourned^ and the 'were said to" scorn"e]aDora*te' defen- f t r a i l w11 ! opea . at 10 °'** Monday. sire ones such as the Germans had morning constructed After the defection o f f . with ^ imors . secured in_the_Wnd- of. German strfn^th in the west it be- i la 5- Judge Van Swearingen an- came necessary ior the allies to con- j nounced that court would remain in sider defensive mi'.isures which Here carried out during the winter LONDON, March 23.--The scene of session until the last man had been secured The llth man selected was Harry Croushore of Fayette City. During the ette county divided it into two sections That on the west is devoted largely .to manufacturing and the production of coal and coke, that oil the east is devoted exclusively to farming adequate This section meaas Tor is without transporting farm products to the local markets, hence the great need for the construction of an. important internal improve- road Gardner said that activity behind tbe battlefront baffles morning Juror No 10 was secured in descnption but everywhere there is | the same well ordered organization and quiet confidence "* Tbe weather is wonderfully fine although the visibility is handicapped by local mists The Germ ns this morning were pressing hard the British forces defending Hermies (about two and one- half miles back of the old lino in the region southwest of Cambrai.) Throughout the night the battlefront extended (.outh-nard and it was reported this morning that the French army was now engaged The most Intense fighting apears to have been around Roisel and Tr'n- court The slaughter in th$ enemy ranks 'was appalling Twelv e times every available gun in tbe area was concentrated on "solid masses of enemy troops while the airmen grew weary with emptying their machine gun drums and tliopping their bomls into the gray eiowds of troops and ng for more ammunition. AMERICANS OJF TOtff, SECTOK HEATHY GASSED. WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY IN PRANCE, March 2y--The Germans launched a heavy gas attack against a certain town m our lines nor'nwest person, nf Athol Greaves, of Brownsville These two men wero drawn from a special panel of 75 ordered yesterday afternoon for ! o'clock this morning, after a special panel of 35 iiad been exhausted in securing one juror, A. C Fouch of Uniontown yesterday afternoon. Up to last evening a total of 158 men had! been examined. the farmers along the line of this road are read and willing to produce practically of! home-grown foodstuffs I Coiuiellsvillo will need, but they can' not do so unul provided with, facilities for bringing it to market Appeal ba,J been made to the legislature, to the- State Highway Department and the county commissioners to hasten this improvement, but thus far nothing has been accomplished in that direction, Realizing tbe importance of securing tins connecting link between Connellsvil'e and an important producing center, Mayor Duggan FARJtEBS ACCEPT OFFER Of HELP FEOM CITS 3EEH. Waen the offer of city labor to help out in emergencies on tbe farm was made, most of those in attendance expressed their sincere appreciation and declared it to be most acceptable. Some of the farmers last fall experienced what it was to be shorthanded and they fear to go ahead with heavy crops this year, as the outlook seems worse. The organization of Connellsville's industrial army, however, composed of men from e\ery wsdk of life, will in a great measure reduce tbe farm shortage, as the men will work only "hen needed and the farmers will not have to be pajmg a man whether he is needed or not, to hg!d him As one farmer said, they did not expect the city "farmer" to do the hardest jobs that could be found for them, but they cpujd be used to advantage. " ~ ^ w n o really could farm were nesb, professional and men m other walks of life all lent a hand m making the farmer feel the necessity of a curb market and increased crops, and tha earnestness with which plans were beuig made to formulate a labor army to work at any time for a farmer -ft ho is short of help. The fanners responded both to the appeal for a curb market and offer to help, committees being appointed, consisting of business 3nen and farmers, to go ahead dad formulate definite plans for carrying out both propositions. rAfter a delicious dinner, prepared and served by the domestic science classes of the high school in cbaige of Misses Anna Reynolds, and Mary Sans, pians for establishing a curb market m Connellsville were immed- mtelj taken up M"ch interest v,as evidenced by both the farmer and cm- ' zen in the plan and each was prepared to meet the other halfway on the proposition To make it more clearly understood FffiST LOCAL SOLDIER TO DDE IN WAR GIVEN A MILITARY FUNERAL Joseph C»n*o. Killed by Kick of Horse in Camp Sherman, . Buried Today. The funeral ot Josepn Cuneo, the offered a resolution requesting the - .county commissioners to take *n!- mwhaic steps to provide for the buildius ,,! die CoDnellsville-to-l arm- mston. road The resolution met with ft" hearty approval of the fanners and when a vote on it was called every ^man in the room uttered an enthusiastic "aye ' . .J L-Froulfit was first to speak i besides en »ns a con e farm labor question. He said sr f de .^ Breen , soods found among the volunteers theyi jnst w h a t a curb m arket was and could be given different lines of work. 1 wllat n dld to stimulate production consumer a better than is shipped the citj from outside points, F Adams, county faim agent , *"" ~ ut -' er county outlined what had y _ »_ j been done there !as( . ycaf ^ anJ whicll 11 be repeated again this summer, euro market i Rev. on the in bis younger days he was a farmer and, in fact, was still one, only be had taken a little time on to "There are some broad minded fann- ers and business men who see things m the proper light ' saifl Rev Proud- flt. "The farmer is just as patriotic as any of the rest of us He knows the absolute importance of producing | establlsll ,,,,, bere ' icided success and from Mr. Adams' talk, it would need onlv the cooperation of the farmers and citizens to. everything possible if we are going to win this war. The man back of tie plow is as much of a patriot as toe man dnnvmg tbe team which hauls the people wer £ conmlmlngj ^ ,° cairaon to the Song line "Some farmers think we cin't do ranch to help them That might be (Continued on Page T w o ) He said that m Butler it was felt that tbe farmer was not being encouraged to produce the things the MORE RECRUITS NEEDED taking care ot teams when thev come to the city There is no parking place and as a consequence, A. C Oglevee of Dunbar township said he T t Tohltttcer - rect it the public market was established "The establishment of a -narket brings tbe man who produces and the person who consumes in clos- , er contact, aud Bringing them in con- I tact accomplishes the thing we want ,--'t gets them to understand each The Butler agent oeclared that a public market also raised the stand- first Counells-vflle soldier to lose his j always had to drive to the outskirts of Toul last night. No wind was blow- j home of Anthony GandoHl in East ing and the fumes of mustard gas from| Crawford avenue to tho church, and pany G- Pennsylvania, Reserve Militia, which is being orgam/ed here. *Cap_ _ _ _ _ _ _ tain C o x this morning said h e could life m the war against the Huns, who ! °£ the city. ' Some times to South j use 10 more men - Two additional re- died at injuries received when, kicked' Connellsville," to hitch his team The crmts ve TM accepted last night by a horse In Camp Sherman, Chilli- ' same conditions exist m Uniontown, In order that it will be possible for cothe, 0 was held this morning from the St Rita Italian Catholic church on th« West Side. A great throng of friends and relatives of the deceased soldier filled the church.. The body was escorted from the Recruits are still needed for Com-jard of produce placed on sale _If ,TM r. Bonnn..)TM,.^ =,,,. -\f.t.i.. ' the shells hung over the lines several hours The batteries firing Uie then, to'the St Joseph cemetery, w here interment was made A sQuad of Span- shells were located to the right "t | ist-American «ar veterans flied a Richecourt and our-artillery was busy'salute Boy Scouts and the Immacu- . point that it would be no longer able to man it strongly. Unless the BntislL-are able to restore the situation by a ounter attack a -withdrawal on a wide front may be necessary vith open field warfare. The point at which the British line has been broken is near he southern end of the German attacking front, which extends rom Arras to La Fere, 15 miles below St Quentiu. Below this ·ector is the great arc in rhe front where ijie line approaching tearest to Paris turns sharply to the east. i The German offensive has developed with almost unparal- Hed rapidity. One reason for this is indicated in Field Mar- haVs Kale's reporx. showing that the Germans are constantly ·ringing uj fresh bodies oi' troops. all morning with a retaliating shellsng. The Germans again have been ^i\en an example of accuracy of the fire of our 37 millimeter guns an enemy machine gun emplacement which has Been annoying the Americans for the last two days, was located and then the batteries of "little fellow", as they are known along the frront, got into action, firing rapidly They secured a number of direct hits and put the emplacement gun crew out of commission. The small guns which are about the size of a one, pounder are easily moved from place to place even in the trenches They also secured direct bits on the junction of communication trenches ,as ^ men were passing and into the entrance of the dugouts which a number ot the enemy were seen to enter and from which smoke was rising Our infantry discovered one enemy j patrol inside our wire The Germans were driven off and it is believed thej suffered casualties There was increased aerial activity today. late Conception cadets were in line. The funeral was largely attended, and there »as a long line of carriages lri"~the procession. The caiket of the dead soldier was draped with a large American nag Requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev Father Henry DeVivo pastor of St. Una's church, assisted by Rev. Fathei John T. Burns of thelmmacu- late Conception 4 churci) as deacon, and Rev Father Nicholas Albanese of Our Lady* of Grace Catholic church, Greansburg, as sub-deacon. Anthony, Albert^ L E , and John Cuneo, J C. DeOre and Tonj Deferio, all cousins of the deceased, were pallbearers. Measles C.isc Itcported. One case of measles was reported to the Board of Health this morning one man declared. persons wishing to enlist to see him Mayor Duggan again assured the I at their convenience, the armory will farmers that adequate measure? for taking: care of them after they arrive in; this city will be made TEN MAKE PROFESSION Good Itcsnlts Obtained »rom Week's TTethodist Protestant HeTivul. A week has Uos-ed m Lhe revival in the Methodist Protestant cburcli with 10 decisions and a numbei of recon- secrations Evangelist L A Bennett, of Baltimore, will be here all next week and looks for a loa) awakening. Latt night was ^'cst Penn night. J iTomorrov,- afternoon the evangelist and Rev J IE Lambe-ton will go to Broad Ford; to assist in a service at Hickory Scuare LAST GAME TONIGHT Greensburf, Higli Close local S«ason at High School Gym. The higb\ school basketball team be open tonight and also tomorrow afternoon f "ora 2 o'clock to 5 o clock. The company here will be made up of 35 men. , -- ^ KMTS-12J5WEATERS Dairson Woman, 87 Tears Old Is Ac- Mrs. tive Irorker. Joseph -^Welsbons, although nearly 87 years old, is one of the most active knitters for the Na-\y League and Red Cross Mrs Wels-bons who resides with her daughter, Mrs. Jobn Gibson at Da-wson is finishing iei lath sweater. Other articles knitted by the aged woman for lie soldiers and s*rlors included eight pans of wristlets, one helmet, one scarf, and one pan of socks Mrs, W-elshons will soon celebrate hci 87ta birthday REV. WAGNER VERY ILL :;i c t: trr. f *"? s " ^r«. TM mtr TM.£i q»*h ,, when the Gieensburg team, w II played for the second time this year In addition to the game tonight the learn has one to play at Irwm to which place- they -will go next Friday Pneuitioitla. Tie condition of Rev C E "tYo.sn ei ivho has been ill at hih fcome m Hast one man's goods wei e Hot up to standard tho consumer goes on to the next stall. Then the farrnei who lost the sale soon does his best to please the bujer He said that farmers bringing their produce to market were often sold out \utliin an hour or an hour ,and a half after Uie, market opened. He stiongly recommended that the inarkel Le located m the business district as it would be more successful there, allowing patrons to combine a shopping toui with a tup to the market 'The demand tor the market is here/ he said, ' and .farmers are not making a mistake m supporting i t " After Mr Adams had defimitely out- Jmed tie plan on which the Butler curb market was run and answered queries of several farmers, the guests of the city were asked (o express their opinions One man said that he believed the farmers weie ready as soon as tbe city acted and added tbat "it will be better for all of u s " Another said, "The success of a curb marktt depends on two things--demand and supply I believe the demand is here allnght, and it jou help -us get the supply in, jou'll have all you want" P E. Dougherty, agent of the Fav- etle Countv Farm Bureau, declared that everyone was interested in one thing just now--the winning of the war T believe Uie curb market is one of tbe best % ays we hav e av ail- able at this time to encouiage pro- Gencrally *fair tonight and Sundav, armer Sunday, is the noon weatht forecast foi Western Pennsylvania. Convicted, After being out MX hours the jurj i m the case of Mont McCormick, tn loutown constable charged with Green street, since earlj m the week ductlon . Speaking to the citizens '5 very cuuial It is feared his illnes. pre f ent h _ bajd ht - knm hal if toe may prose fatal Rev Wagner was i f b markets TMTM astablishec the taken i 1 of pleiir.sy and a day or t»o ilj" 116 " would brms m thc11 PTM 0 ' «· ago pneumonia developed Late th,s i H f.. said t!le coum v larm nurca«,»a» aftf-nooa his condition was reported W "" n 6 to do e\erything to gM a c m b EKEXT AERKKK STBffiE AT PARIS; ABE DRIVEN OFF- PARIS, March 8--At 9 o clock tonight a group oC enemy aeroplanes crossed the line and ascertain number ot bombs were dropped on Compeigjiel and different towns in that region. Se ir eral machines advanced farther to the south but\were forced to turn back i The Yough river fflt during the warmer Sunday, is tie noon weather sh ° olui e George Adams, was found ·" guilty on fwo counts, assault and bat* tery and aggravated assault and bat- terv In Ujiiontown, with the recommendation that no meicy be exteno- Temperafcare Becord. 191S 1917 Maximum _--_----_ 67 62 Minimum' _____ - ---- 31 fS Mean 60 55 by the flre of our artillery I night Irom 2 90 feet to 2 80 feet. A1I services tomorrow at ihe Timity Reformed -hurch or%h'ch Rev "\Vag- n.er is pastor bave been cancelled ed rood ConsenatJon AUoin r t v F, S t Younicin and J C Grossman a'ldiessed a food conservation meeting la^t evening at the Gil- Domitcd to Hospital. s, includ ^ coffee, cream |buttei, cabbage celeo, bread and "ojsters left qiei from the banquet served the fanneis yesterday In the Itfasonic temple, were donated to the more school bouse Bullskm township Cottagt State hospital market established here "In the three jcars I have been hcic," he said, ' this is the first time I can recall of the business men evci in'vi-- ing the farmers to attend anytning in HIPP c ty " The following committee of fanners , and men ot tlie city was appointed to §:et together on. tie curb market quos- lion immediately and detcrmino eiact- ly what is, to be done: E. T. Norton, J7, Continued an Pastt your.

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