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fHi Wiwl II A * WfiMften tot THi * A&auclATKO PHEM • V. WHICH II THE BEftT • •Silts, 1^4 • t • i t 1 THE HUTCHINSON NEWS. **«•*.***•» ****** • tHE NEWS HAS THE • • tAfteeST CIRCULATION * • OP THE PAPERS IN * • CENTRAL KANSAS • ««•»*«•»»«»»»••• 'VOL. XXXIV. HUTCHINSON, KANSAS. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER -3, IWS. LAST EDITION NO. 15. LENS OCCUPIED BY BRITISH; EVACUATED BY THE Ate Towti of Queant Was Also Taken by the English, Who Have Advanced j; Several Miles North and East of the " Latter Place. , The British Took More Than 10,000 Prisoners Yesterday and More Making an Advance of Four Miles on a Front of Twenty Miles—Fall of Lens Weakens the Entire Hindenburg Line. Today, THE ENEMY HAS NOT REACTED HEAVILY ON DROCOURT-QUEANT LINE A~SEETHING INFERNO. TSsc Germans Were Heavily Defeated in Their Prepared Defenses and Are Said to Be Retiring Along a Large Part of the Front. British Forces Are in Pronville, Doignies and Bertincourt and Are Carrying Everything Before Them—Paris is Enthusiastic Over the Gains Made All Along the Lins . North of Soissons. GERMANS IN FULL RETREAT (By Tho Associated Press.) On a front of virtually fifty miles, from just below Ypres to a point near Peronhe on the Somme, the German armies are in retreat. This retrograde movement 1B not a voluntary one on the part of the enemy, but has been forced by the series of unremitting hammer blows inflicted by Marshal Foch in the past six or seven weeks. It has noWr.been accelerated by the notable victory won by Field Marshal Halg yeoterday in breaking through the strong defensive lines protecting the railway centers of Douai and Cambral and threatening to outflank even the main Hindenburg line south of St. Quentin, Already the taking of ten thousand prisoners by the British In their advance Is reported and the German casualties In killed and wounded are declared to have been notably heavy as their thickly maseed forces felt the force of the British blow. TERRIFIC GERMAN "LOSSES. With the British armies in France, 8ept. 3.—(By the Asso. elated Press.)—While the British were fighting their, way further forward well Inside the brocourt- Queant line today an attack was launched just to the south where a strong British force is driving ahead on the northern reaches of the Hindenburg line proper. Again there has been furious fighting, thousands of prisoners,have been taken and the enemy has suffered terrific losses. . GERMAN STATEMENT. So pronounced and BO speedy Is the German retirement Unit It seems as If the enemy, If lie has not mot with disaster la perilously on the verge of ono. In what appears tike on effort tq_ cscupe In lime, tlie Gorman retirement, which had been proceeding somewhat leisurely both north and south of the So ID mo, has been markedly north of tho rlvor. Lens Is Occupied. This movement the Important French coal mining city, of 1-ons, at the gates ot which tho llrltlsh pounded vainly virtually all lust year has boon evacuated, the British moving In. To the north It) Flanders, tho retreat Is continuing and the British have further closed up tho Lys salient by liking possessipn of Wulverghem, two miles sputlt of, Kemmel, A ~H"n Defeat. South of Lens, the Germans apparently are acknowledging themselves beaten on the Queant-Drocaurl line, whore Haig's, break-through wan effected, and are retreating In this vitally Important sector without attempting a counter drive upon the victorious British/ ; StlU further south the retirement lias resulted in' the evacuation of areas three to four miles deep on both sides of tho Bapaunie-Cambrot road, the British takjog town after town in this area in'their (Toady advance. On the Switch Lin?. Although tie aerroan command must have hQfn} ; expecting on attack on tlie Hindenburg switch line, which the British USS 1 closely approached lu tlielr earlier advances, it .apparently was not expected at the'mo­ ment. The CSernWns seem to. have been surprised at the quickness with which Haig's Canadians and other British forces, after fighting their way up the lino, organized a crushing attack against the line. Itself, This morning • alone on tho twenty mile front where the British are mainly engaged) they are'reported to have advanced no less than a maximum of four miles. This- seems to emphasize the clearness of the break, and, with the largo captures of prisoners, potato to the deniorallsatton of the German forces in this wea, • •••• Might .Make Big Chuue, • it is too ekjrjjr to esiinjate^Vith any desreo ot ftlgurqoy what eflept the ,,reaei\l blfcjjftyp P f U»o Allies Way dtlumtcly »^|^ T M RFTU 91 &>m Berlin, Sept. 3.—(Via London) South and east of Arras the enemy has succeeded with strong superior forces In throwing back our infantry line on both sides of the Arras-Cambral high road, says the official, statement Issued today by the German army headquarters. Northwest of Queant and on the northern fringe of Noreull'" the statement says "we held the enemy thrust." French forces, siipportod by'Ameri­ can and Moroccan divisions otter several hours of artll|ery preparation yesterday attacked the German positions between the Olso and tho AIBBO rivers, tho German war office announced today. American Headquarters In France, Monday, Sept 2.—A great fight has been In progress all day north and northeast of Soissons. The Germans are defending the Pont Ruge plateau northeast of Soissons,, and the Laon railway with great vigor, as well as on the line on the right along the noj-th bank of the Aisne. . The Americans are bombing Iho German positions from tho south and west. Tho lines of the enemy tor hours have been a seething Inferno of smoke and dust. Tho villages lis has been holding aro burning like vast torches. _.. 7 THE WAR SITUATION^ ^ Tills MORNING _J (By Tho Associated Press.) Strongholds vital to.the German defenses In northern . France • •Which they sought to hold with large reserve forces,' rushed for,ward pt jthey ^^papjemV,;, jpve fallen before thVVapldJyjid^nc^l ;.ing> British - force*.' Driving •through the DrocourtQueant line, • English and Canadian troops are pushing the Germans before them In the greatest battle of the present offensive and one of the most Important contests of the war. and Cambral, which now seems not Improbable in the near future, would put the entire German .line out of joint between the North Sea and Ilheims, howovor, and-would bo likely to force the evacuation o( a great part of northern Fraueo now occupied _by tho Germans, **"•'";: Farther South, Operations by the French and Americans in the south may bo counted on to work toward Buch a result. Tliere is a hint in today's dispatches that some development pf importance is Impending on the southern, front, whoro the left flank of tho Hindenburg lute iB under Franco-American pressure. , • H.QLQ LENS AND QUEANT. ^ ^ ^ ^> ^ ^ ^ <^ <^^#<^^^^^ ; London, Sept. 3—(1 p. m.)— Tb» British have capturep>the pity of Lens. The town of Queant also hat • been taken.- Lens was evacuated by the Germans, the British moving In. In their advance beyond the Dro- court-Queant line tho BrlUsh have advanced to a point just to the west of Buizzy, two and ono hajf miles northeast ot Queant, and occupied Bron- Yille, a mile and a halt southeast of Qutjo^nt, ^ Ten Thousind Prisoners. (Moro than 19,000 prisoners were taken by the British yosterday. Ad- dlUonal prisoners wore taken tUU wointog. - - RECOGNITION IS EXTENDED United States. Extends Friendship to the People of the ' Czecho-SIovak Nations. Washington, Sept 3,—The Unit.; ed States has recognized the Cze­ cho-SIovak peoples as a co-belligerent nation in the war against Germany and Austria Hungary. The English have driven a wedge into the German lines with the taking of Eporpigny and strongly fortified enemy positions northeast ot that town. Tho Douai plains Bpread out before tho invaders with no natural defenses to overcome such aa have been surmounted in reaching their present line. In the same sector ot the south, English and Scottish troops are advancing with Queant as their Immediate goal, capturing many towns and villages Including Noreull. Many Prisoners Taken. Thousands of prisoners passing to tho rear testify to the superiority of tho British attack. The various and number ot, units represented by them Indicate tho haste with which the Germans rushed reinforcements to the battle in an offort to stave off the disaster of a completely broken line In the defenses protecting the cities ot Douai and Cambral. These cities if taken by Field Marshal. Halg would deprive the Germans of two of their most Important bases of supplies in northern France. On the Lys front the BrlllBh forces continue to gain ground In the direction of Estalres. Hero it seems probable that the German plan to fall back to u line, through Armentlercs with the defenses of the Hindenburg lino In their rear, which the British must break through* before reaching Lille. On French Front, On the.French section of tho long battle line thp Germans are in retirement northeast of Soissons. The en­ tirei iSolssons jrtatoau is now in the hands of tho Franco-American troops under command of Goneral Mangin. The French are advancing in the direction above. YnuxalUon where late roports state that the Germans were burning ammunition dumps preparatory to a further retirement, probably to Chemin Des Domes, As the latter place is also menaced by the French advance towards Vauxaillon a still further retreat by tho Germans is anticipated, The advance north ot Sois. sons which started six days ago has been of tho most stubborn battles in which American forces have yet been engaged. Professor'T. G. Masaryk,. president ot the Czecho-SIovak armies flgTlting In RnBSla, France aitdSlt'aly mot Secretary Lansing at thp} state depart- |ineul at noon today and was formally notified of President Wilson s action. ^.J.Greatj-Britaln, Franca and Italy-: at- -tSXdy.- b &Kt3to0EB &ejLjMie. Czecho-Slo- -vakl,' The headg^arKJrs of the nation are att present in 'Paris but its territorial boundaries." include Bohemia, Moravia and a, portion of Gallcla, all now under Austrian domination. : A Very Strong Race. Tho Ciocho-SSlovaks are two divisions of a racj'now and intimated to number about 8,500,000 people. They lived In southern central Europe long before tlie advent of Christianity and in spite of generations of subjugation have successfully resisted Germaniza- tion. Prague, their chief city, still is distinctly Czech and the national feeling" haa remained strong thtoughout the original territory, to be fanned Into flame by tho hopes aroused by the war. Fought With Russians. The chief armies of the nation are the forces which wore fighting with tho Russians and refusing to disband when tho Russians fell to pieces, made their way into Siberia, hoping to reach France and take their placo on the western front. Attacks by the BolBhevlkl, leading former Austrian and German prisoners turned tho Czecho-Slovnks into a fighting force around which loyal citizens might rally. A Statement In oxtendlng recognition, Secretary Lousing said: "The Czechoslovak peoples having taken up arms against the German and Austrian ompires anil having placed organized armies in the field which aro waging war against these, ompires uudor officers of thulr own nationality, with tho rules and prac tlces of civilized nations; and, the Czechoslovaks having, in prosecution of their independent purposes in the present war, confided supremo politi cul authority to the Czecho-SIovak national council; "Tho government of the United States recognizes that a state of belligerency exists between the Czechoslovaks thus organized and- the German and Austro-Hungarian emplreB, "It also recognizes the Czecho-SIo­ vak national council as a do facto belligerent government clothed with proper authority to direct tho.military and political affairs ot the Czechoslovaks. "The government of the United States further declares that It is prepared to enter formally into relations with the de facto government thus recognized for the purpose of prose outing the war against the common enemy, the empires of Germany and AuBtro-Hungary." Velu and Bertincourt and Rocqulgny, reporting an advance of a maxumum depth of four miles on a twenty mile front effected I his morning. In Flanders the British forces have captured tho town ot Wuvor- ghein, two miles southeast OK Kern- mol. Dpn't Fight Back. Cpnlrory to expectations the enemy has not reacted heavily with a view to tho recapture of the Queant-Uro- court line but has left the British in undisturbed possession o! it. The BriUuii found poigplea, and Vein unoccupied, J The situation, (a the southern Qftrt I a! tha »•""'"'''"'•' in •»» to he ex- tromely intorsting but nothing mora can be aald for the present, 3>-^<t><£<$><i><$><t<<£<$> $ • ^ 4> •> ••-' -. FRENQH STATEMENT. • ; Paris, Sept. 3.—Artillery actions on the Somme (rout and further south between the Olse and the Aisne are reported in the official statement issued »t the war office IcMJay. - The text of the statement reads: "Purine the night there wore artn Jery action on the front of the Somme and between QISP and the Aiane. Enemy raids along the yesie river a ,n4 t» SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE—BEFORE THE HUN DRIVE—AND AFTER THEIR RETREAT the Vosges region wore without result." WITH BRITISH ARMY. * ... ; . ..,..•„. ^ <£>;^ 3> ^, <«> <g> <fc£ «$> I . (By The AsspcIatea^JrYesS 1 i J .v w - i< With * tio^BTiQsh^rWl*- IntFt-anc^ , ..^i V v-,^,^,-^^jii'i^ ; ^, ''y^^^i^T:^' l "''p (Continued on Pago 9). * LOOK FOR COOK. Officers Are Trying to Find J. Norman Cook. Chicago, Sept. 3.—The search for J. Norman Cook, alleged slayer of Wm. E. Bradway, now extends to St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha. Police records contain an -entry of a complaint that Cook made love to an olderly woman of Kansas City, Mo., and left her, obtaining $2,300 of a sum which she had received as the result of a verdict In a personal Injury suit. No warrant, its said was issued here. «'«><&'S><8><&^<S'<s>4>'«><!>'»l HUNS WANTED PEACE. Stockholm, Sept. 3.—Pieter * Jollos Troelstrn, tho Dutch social- <»• 1st. leader, Is quoted In the Nya- <S> dagligt Allehauda as saying at •$> Lucerne that an attempt was 1 <S> ymade hut January .by the leaders •$> of Three 'parties constituting the 4 Gorman Jlolchstag majority to <§> rench"3n agreement with the poll- <5> tlcal pacifists leaders of England * with the view to prepare the way <8> for enorgotic action in favor of <S> peace on the principles enunciat- * ed by President Wilson." 4 VOTING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. ' MORE IRON RATIONS. Washington, Sept 3.—An order for a million emergency rations for the overseas forces was announced today by the war department. The ration corresponds to the "Iron ration" of the British , troops, it Is composed of ground meat and wheat compressed into a cake and a block of sweet chocolate and will sustain a man a day. ~- WEATHER-REPORT. First National Bulldlnq, Temperature at Noon OR. Temperature Last 24 Hours. 4 P. M S3 I 4 A. M 6 P. M 82 1 9 P. M 80 10 1'. M 74 1! Mldnlsht 70 2 A. M 68 1 Maximum, 8a; minimum, B0. .(in 6 A. M 64 8 A. M U0 10 A. M 01 12 Noon 06 2 P. M...... U •TUCI The People There Are Nominating a Candidate for Senator. Concord, N. H., Sept. 3.—A record primary vote was expected in New Hampshire today when Itepubll.ihns wero to nominate a candidate for United States senator from a field ot throe, to succeed Senator Henry F. Utillls, Democrat, who will retire in Mauch. Tho contestants for the nomination are Governor Henry W. Keyes! former governor Holland II. Spauding, and Hosecrans VV. Hlllsbury. On the Democratic side there also was a contest for tho senatorial nomination betwoon Eugene E. Heed, former congressman and Albert W. Noone,. manufacturer, PARIS IS PLEASED "Yesterday Was a Day of Nota« blc Success," is Statement. BELIEVE CONFUSION PREVAILS Among Hie Retreating Muns- Look for Other Big Retire* ments Soon. Kansas: Showers tonight and Wednesday; cooler to'nlght In extreino southeast portion. OO&KT "TO THE ENTmE OUtf»OT OT THE PE5t>\M»TS TROUBLE FOR GERMANY7 Paris, Sept. 3.—(Havas Agency) A dispatch from Berne, Swltzer. land, to Le Matin, quotes a prominent Swiss citizen coming from Germany as declaring that In the last six weeks a formidable disillusion has swept over Germany. If the German military position does not improve the Informant said trouble that may, surpass the acts or the Bolahevikl In Russia menaces the German empire. FOR THE JACKIES. Paris, Sept 3.—Yesterday was another day of notable successes for the Allies, results of the first Importance being attalnedUn the face of stiff resistance to both the British on the left of the line and to General Mangln's French troops on the right The French military commentators write enthusiastically today over the breach In the Hindenburg line made by the British between Drocourt and Quo- ant Chicago, 8ept 3.—Jess Wll- lard, champion heavyweight pugilist, has donated a championship belt to be contested for by the jackiea at the Great Lakes naval training station, In making the announcement today, Athletic Director Kaufman said the terms of competition for the emblem would be made public within a few days. • * • <*• IN NORTH RUSSIA. • * ••••••••••**•••* London, Sept. 3.—Entente Allied troops in northern European Russia aided by Russian forces, on August 31, captured tho enemy's positions north of Obozerskajta 50 miles south Ot Archangel, according to an official report issued today by tho BrlUsh war office. TRAINS THROUGH AMIENS. Paris, Sept. 3.~»(Havas Agency) •"rFreneh mail trains wsre operated yesterday between Paris, Callas *nd Dunkirk by way of the direct line through Amiens, instead of the rcHinifobettt Itinerary fgrced by the Cjerman drive of last Marsh and April, "Astonishing as it may seem," says Henry Itldou in tlie Journal Dea Ijobata, "the enemy was once more taken by surprise. Only by accepting this OH a fact can one account for tho great number of prisoners which indicate tho importance ot the forces engaged and tho lack of the prolonged resistance which should havo been the consequence of the presence at this important mass of effectives. Doubtless the German Btaff held the hope that the British after several days of bard righting would be obliged fo rest." Signs of Confusion. In the newspaper Oui, Colonel Fabry announces that tho battle is being directed on the German side by tho local commanders, who are being more and more left to their own resources by General Ludeudorff. This, he argues, Is a certain sign that confusion prevails ulong the German line and likewise ot a scarcity ot reserves, for in losing its reserves tho supreme command loses Its best reason for intervening in the direction of affairs at the front, the critic points out. All the commentators agree that the British BUCCCSS is likely to have widespread effects and that the Gorman armies fighting before St. Quentin 004 La Fere will bo obliged (0 accelerate their retreat for fear of the fall ot what is characterized as the pivot of the whole lino to tho west t>t Cam­ bral which would place thetu in Jeopardy. Farther South. On the south cod ot the line the enemy is continuing to interpose aa ' energetic resistance between the Ailette and the Aisne, profiting by the Intricacies of the terrain which makes (Continued, on Page U

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