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• • * i * i'^itH'k-wVt-t i • tH6 NEWS II A » • MEMBER or THl .. . • ' ASSOCIATED PRESS - • ' WHICH II TM.fe BE»f • • «y» • . » t ) - •• • - : ^_ THE HUTCHINSON 4 ***** « 4 • * V* # •"'* * .THE NEWS HAS THft * * LARGEST ClRCULATIOM * » of THE PAPERS IN » * CENTRAL KAN3A3 • * *»••»•»»»•••»-•* V? Or,, xxxiv. iJnTClttKSON, KANSAS, WEDNKSDAY, SEPTEMBlSlt 4, 1918. LAST EDITION NO. 16. BRITISH DASH IS STILL UNCHEC ^n Already the Wedge They Have Driven Into German Lines Is Menacing to the Huns. ' DISORGANIZATION IN GERMAN RANKS, TOO Main Forces of the British Arc Toward Cambrai and Canal. Advance is Three and a Half Miles Since Yesterday—tier* mans on the Run. (By The Associated FresB.) The British have driven home their push through the Wotan lire as far as the Canal Du Nord and as yet their progress I*, not reported checked. Already the wedge tfrty have driven Into the German defenses In the sector between the railway centers of Dounl and Cambrai is a menacing one to the enemy, who must stop the British on the Canal line here If "he hopes to save these bases- vital points In the German defensive .system In the west. Disorganization In the* German rankB Is reported lu official advices from the front, however and there seems lo be more than a,, possibility that the enemy command will not bo able to reconstruct its defensive formations even In time to hold up the British temporarily along the Canal positions. Headed Towards Cambrai. The main rerCB of the British push Beems to bo In the direction of Cambrai along both the Bapaumc-Cambrai and ArnS-Caiubrai roads and in .the terrain lying between those hlghwajs. In this area they are reported. ;oday to have caplurod • the towns of lnchy-, Kii-Artols and Moeuvres. \Thla^ffe'pr.e- eeuts an'.advance of between 3^4 and 4 miiyjM sfrlce yesterday beyond the southern Bectlon of < the fatuous "switch" line at Queant, <$> 4> <8> 4* <$> <8" ^ <$> <$• <$> x< ^ <8> <8> <3> & LENS IS HELD. * London," Sept. 4.—The city of Lens has been definitely evacuated by the Germans, according to reports from; northern France today. The British, it Is stated, are refraining from occupying It only because of the gas fumes remaining there. Patrols protected against the .~ fumes have entered the city. It l» stated and found It clear of the enemy. troops were reported this morning to have taken the town of Moeu. vres, 3'/ 2 miles southeast of Queant but the capture of the place was not confirmed. The Germans are in full flight In the region of the Canal Du Nord and appear to be more than ever disorganized. A thousand more prisoners were captured last night by Field Marshal Haig's forces. French Civilians round. In Rumaucourt, which has been captured o,nd left behind by. the advancing British, forty French civilians were found. They were overjoyed at their liberation. Further south the British hold Hermies,' Demieourt, i.Vlanancourt and the ridge to the east and also Lechelle. Field Marshal Haig's forces have entered Ypres, southeast of Bapaume and northeast of Peroune, the enemy still is retreating. The"British have reached Moislains and there has been fighting In the streets of the village. "Other British forces have started moving In a southeasterly direction down-the canal to meet another force coming, up- from AHalnes apd are cleaning upvUie.Qe"* mans in that locality. Along the Canal. South of the "Arras-Cambrai road 'Canadian troops are on the canaLbank on a front of 2,000 yards. The BHtish artillery now is pounding the area in Reached the Canal. _ ^ m t Mt> ^ Further Bouth the British- likewise | lhe r( , ar ot the canal-while troops have reached the line of the canal | from ^ lie wcst bank ever ywhere are well, down to Peronne, on the Soara*; |delivering a rain of machine gun bul- inaking Ihejr front along this artificial waterway cover an extent of more than twenty miles.- As a matter of fact they are reported to have even crossed the canal along Us Boulhern length. Just to the ' north of Peronno. • Both, Places Threatened. The menace to both Caihfirni and Ooual may be indicated by the fact that the British are within five and u half miles of the outskirts of the former city and not more than Bix miles distant from Douai. At Inchy-En-Ar- tols they are a little more than two miles from the Bourlon wood position whore Cioneral Byng was temporarily anchored In his drive at Cambrai last fall, marking what was virtually his nearest approach ft the city, in Byng's drive, however, the British approached . Cambrai. on only a narrow front, whence a German counter attack on the flank ousted them disastrously, whereas at present the advance is on-a far wld>r front ^uid offering no apparent opportunity for an effective counter blow especially In the present reported state of German disorganization- from.the coostaut pounding the enemy armies hnvn received '. all along, the. frpnt. frutn Uholms to Arras since mid-July, To the north, the Germans aro still in rotri'at and the British have occu- ' pied additional towns In the I,ys salient. Tho enemy's reported retirement In tho sector south of La Bass(;e has not hden continued, however, and tho (leruiaua apparently are still Holding the grenter part of tho coal mining city of Lens, In this area, although the British ure understood to be In the wo'atorn section of the town. On the French front General Mangin's army has made Important progress in the direction of tho forest ot St. Gobaln,.which defends Laon. His forces hayp reached the edge or the important town of Cottcy-Ixj-Chateuu and have pushed further eastward in llieir thinking movement to the uortb of Soi&sonB,. ' • (n Macedonia. Wile lhe western front battle,Is in full swing with the Germans, hard pressed, news "comes of an attack by forces of the Central Power on the Allied line along the Yardar river, Macedonia, This move may be an at tempted diversion on the part of the Central Empires, as the development of this attack wwld threaten tlio Al- .04 base at SoloniW and tho territory of Greece. Thj! attack does not appear to have had important results," however, as tho official statement from the British war pfflco imuouncea that the enemy wfts driyen back, by a coun,. ur blow. WITH PRJTJSH ARMY. MORE THAN 1,600,000 MEN HAVE GONE OVER General March Makes This Report About American Soldiers Sent to the War Front. FINE RAIN LAST NIGHT fell* Iver thV State,"Accon ing to the Reports. t FINIi FOR WHEAT PLANTING lets on the enemy, The Germans have destroyed their canal bridged at several places, including that to the east of "Boursls, fearing that they-Biight be rushed and crossed. • ' V , "'There are indications that the Germans still are playing for time. s . Kast of Peroune the British have made further slight advances. Retiring and Burning, In the north the Germans still are retiring and in many villages in various localities the torch' has been applied Numerous explosions also have been rejiorted. the Germans apparently blowing up their works and stores. In the neighborhood of fUchebourg- St.Vaast the British Hue has been advanced considerably by . an attack. More than 160 prisoners' were taken and six 77 millimeter guns and- 11 howitzers vfere captured. An advance was made in tho La- niotte sector and Nleppe and La 1U>- main were captured, North of here slight advances were reported by the British. On the Defensive. The destruction of the Canal Dunord crossings clearly shows that tho Germans are entirely on the defensive and have definitely decide! at loasU for the present to take tho defeat administered without counter attacking. The Gormans In their full flight before the British are now undoubtedly more disorganized than heretofore. Their general confusion is being increased constantly by the fira from the British cannon. ' t Several thousand more prisoners were captured by the British during the operations late ^yesterday and last night. One Inch and PortyTwo Hundredths Was Recorded Here I- • .—Varies Elsewhere. Washington, Sept. 4.—The • comptroller today issued a call * <S> for.the condition of all national * $ banks,at the close of business on <S> <£> Saturday, August 31. * 4> - - i ' •. •' .. • •• ti j, <f 4- <$>,• * * * • <S> • $ <S> With th,e Britlah #r<nln In Fr .'nce, .§.epL. 4 ,-r (M°on ).T -(By The Ais ^|at«<l Pr «»s},^BrW |h <5> * •$> BRITISH STATEMENT. <3> <S> « London, Sept. 4,—In their push be- yopd the Procourt-Queant lino BritiBh troops have reached the line of tho Canal Du Nord, Bays Field Marshal Haig's official Btatemenl today. North of the Arras-Cambral road they have occupied the town of Ecourt St. Quen. tin. North of Peronne tho advance has carried the British through the Vaux woods, above MpiBjans. Slight advances have been scored at other points, / Some Advances, . Continuing their advance In Flan dors toe British aro spproaching Neuve Chapelle and. Laventie. In the same region they have gained possession of SaUly-Sur-l^aUlo and Nleppe, Tho text of the statement reads; "On the 'battle front minor actions are reported in different localities We have reached the east side of the -Y^ux woods north of Molalaps and. - .(C9tttlni4e4 oft Ptuj« NUW). "This Is sure fine; It's Just what we need to put the wheat ground in a fine shape for seeding," declared Paul Noble of the Union Grain Company this morning in speaking about the- fine rain "which fell yesterday afternoon and laBt night, Almost an inch and a half fell hero in gentle showers and every drop waa absorbed by the ground. Tho rain did not come ifl dash lug sheets BO as to pack the ground hut fell gently and this morning it had all soaked away. According to tho rain gauge at, the Pioughe farm the rain measured 1.42 inch. Tho drouth which has held Kansas in its grip has been broken everywhere in tho state this week. The southwest which has sufferod so long has received a good soaking and the farmers will soon begin to plow the ground whleh has lain idle in some places and prepare for another crop, Cold Wind Blowing. There was a good ram at Dodge City Just night and today it Is drizzling yet. A cold north wind Is blowing and it is rather raw making every one think about the advice that the fuel administrators hare been giving concerning the purchase- Ing of their winter's supply ot coal. Strong City had an excellent rain but It is misty and cold this morning. An inch of water foil in light suowers all night at Lamed and also at PratL Liberal reports the heaviest precipitation of any place |n the southwest, More than three inches having fallen tnero since yesterday uoon. The rain will be an excellent thing for the late feed and will certainly help the pastures which have begun to burn up, being BO dry. "I don't know that wo ever bad a better one," Peter Deck said this morning, 'it fell Just right and Just in time tor the farmers to sow their wheat It sure starts things to looking good around here." The chilly wind from the east did not indicate that the weather was going to clear up today and the weather forecasts tor tomorrow axe that while frost Is not exactly predicted yet it will be rather coot. Bains Pver State. Topete, Kan:, Sept 4.—Ttoo "badly in need pf rain" sign which has been Jung about the eastern and central portions of Kansas during the recent . (OouUuu4 a* iVf° SI*) • fttOSE TO WINNING POS^) London, Sept. 4.—(Via Montreal).— Paris newspapers today print the following semi-official statement: "The hour seemsclose at hand when the superb efforts of the Allies will begin to bear fruit," one of our great chiefs said yesterday, v ''We are on the last lap and close to the winning post." THE GAME POSTPONED. SAYS THE C. PRINCE Heir TcT tltin Thront TallTs About How the. War is to End. THE ALLIES WILL LEARN He Says, That They Can't Whip the Germans and Will Agree to Quit. Chicago, Sept. 4.—Today's game of the world's" series was post- ponod until tomorrow on account of rain. WEATHER REPORT. First National Building. Ternpttraturo at Noon S2. Temperature Last 24 Hours. 4 P. M 00 a i>. M ci IP.Jf 10 P. M ia Midnight is [ 2 A. M 4* 4 A. M. 6 A. M., 5 A. M.. 10 A. M.. 12 Noon. 2 P. M,. Maximum, CO; .Minimum, 48. Kansas—Fair and continued cool tonight. Tbureday fair and warmer. WHEN m a,vt*t» BRIEF A,UTh\Of\,T' GooortEtft uzae, AWT ^OU )j4WE^ BC*N /ST mmmimmmmmmmrmm Amsterdam, Sept, 4.—Tho German idea of victory as defined by tho German Crown Priuco, in uu interview published iu the Budapost Az Est ia an lnteutlou "to hold our own and not let ourselves bo vanquished The Crown Prince is quoted as say ing that Uiis was clear to him at the moment England entered the war. The Crown Prince denied that' ho was a "tiro cater" and continued Didn't Want War. "If Germany had wanted war we should not have chosen this moment, No moment could have boen more uu favorable for Germany.' in reply lo the question as to how ho thought the end of tho war would come, he replied: "Through tho enemy perceiving .that they aro not equal to tho winning of their colossal slake, and that they can not win as much as thuy are aro bound to lose." On the West. In dbcussing the present operations on the western front the Crown Prince said: "Tho enemy attacks withdrawal on our front at several places^, is often Avrongly interpreted in BOine circles Somo of our people are too occus tomed to a continuous advance and when a battle occurs wherein the en emy makes attacks and we have to defend ourselves the situation Is not olwayB correctly understood. In Judging the situation both military and political we must not forget one thing—that we ure waging a war of defense. The war is one of annihila tion only for the enemy, not for us, We want to annihilate nono of our enemies. Wo moan, however, to hold our own." American Forces. Regarding the American forces In Franco, the Crown Priuco said: ''I've found that tho majority don' know what they aro fighting for but wo feel of course tho effect of the entry of the Americans. They have sent over very much material and much human material. "We speak openly of victory," tho Crown Prince said. "The word victory must not bo understood to mean tiat we want to annihilate tho enemy but only that we mean to hold our own and not lot ourselves be vanquished, The moment England entered tho war that was clear to me and I always emphagbjed it,? He Denies It v Wx&u the interviewer reroarkediil*.* MORE THAN A QUARTER MILLION IN AUGUST SUB SUNK SUB. London, Sept. 4.—The sinking ot a German submarine by a British submarine is reported by tho Central News. The British craft fired two torpedoes. Both took effect. The German U-boat sank within fifteen seconds. <$> <;><$><&<t-<!> that the crown prince was considered abroad as a "fire eater" he suid: '1 am aware of the accusations.- Do need lo say that not a word of them Is true?" Reverting to the question of what nation wanted the war, he declared that "It was clear that England would take advantage of the opportunity." Belgium after all was only a pretext," he continued. "We aro fighting for our existence. I repeat our aim, therefore, can only bo to safeguard ourselves." His Idea. . The enemy aseault doubtless will continue for some time," the Crown rince said, with reference to tho fighting on lhe western front, "but our enemies must themselves see that they will not be able to attain their alms. Our troops are fighting splendidly and I attribute to their courage the tact that such colossal stipe- •iority in strength does not crush us." Discussing tho fighting qualities of Germany's enemies'he said: The French tight brilliantly tmd are bleeding to death. They do not hesitate at any sacrifice. With the English tho invlvidual man is very good' and tenacious but tho leadership is deficient. Among the Americans I've found that tho majority do not know what thoy are fighting [or A I asked nn, American prisoner wnat they were fighting for and he answered: For AlsBce," and to the question, "where is Alsacu?" ho replied: "it's a big loko!" MARKET TEttS STORY. Amsterdam, Sept. 4.—The favor, able Entente Allied war news from the western front today caused a general advance In prices on the stock exchange here American Chief of Stuff Says Canadians are Heading for Cambrai. Kansas and Missouri 35th Division He Reports to tie in the Vosjes. with lively dealings in American sureties. Entente exchange rates were appreciably higher. The do^ lar has risen In three days from 1.92 to 2.03. The exchange rates of the Central Powers have declined. ARITZKYY WAS SHOT. Young Man Waylaid His Victim I Petrograd. Amsterdam, Sept.. 4.—Tho assassin of Moses Uritzky, the peoples com mlssary for home affairs, who was shot at Petrograd August 3), was young man who waylaid his victim In tho waiting room of the Commissariat according to Moscow dispatches to the H,er!ln Tugeblatt. Thu man fired Uritzky entwed the room and then fled. Ho was pursued by soldiers In a motor car and twenty shots were fired before I ho man was arrested. He gave tho nnm£ of Leonid lCnnnegiesa'urs and said ho was a former student at the Michael school for officers. KamieglesserH said he had decided to assasuluato Uritzky when ho discovered that the commissary for home affairs was responsible for tho wholesale executions at Petrograd, SOME CHILtY WEATHER. Topeka, Kan., Sept 4.—Kansas Is experiencing a touch of chilly fall weather, with a prospect that the temperature tonight will go down to 60 according to Weather Forecaster 8. D. Flora. It stood at 62 at 7:00 A. M„ the coldest slnco May 10, fires were started In the furnaces and 'Steam waa on In the downtown heating plants for the first time this season. It will turn warmer tomorrow, Mr, Flora says. He does not expect a frost tonight DESTROYED POLSHEVIK ARMY. Washington, Sept 4.—General March announced today that, the $ total embarkation of American soldiers for all fronts Including the Siberian expedition has passed the 1,600,000 mark August 31. The chief of Htnft Identified lhe> American unit which participated In Flanders advance as thu thirtieth division composed of troqps from Ten- nosBce, North Carolina and South Carolina. The French advance north of Sois- slons, resulting in thu capture of Torny-Serny was participated In by the 32nd division composed of Michigan and Wisconsin troops under command of General Haau. Quarter of Million. In answer to a question, • tfcncral March said it was estimated that more than 2D0.U0U had landed In France during August. The record for monthly shipment ho added, was iS6,0U0. Taking up tho military situation General March said Iho object or tho Canadian drive across the old Queant- Drocourt switch line was Cambrai, which was now within 7'A mllis of the Urilish advance according to official advices. Kansans In Vosgcs. Turning to questions as to location . of various American troops, General March said tho 3Dth division composed of tryops from Louisiana, Mississippi andArltansas was now In process of being landed lu France, The chief uf staff said tl}» ISUIli division composed of Texas and Oklahoma troops has completed Us debarkation. Tho 3Glh division composed of Missouri and Kansas troops is stationed in the Vosgcs. CrosBCd Hun Line, In this action euBt ot Arras, General March said, the British.had crossed tho so-called Illndenburg line on an eight mile front. He added that tho minimum ndvanco ot the British slnco tho drive started lu Plcariiy and extended northward, was fourteen miles. On tho Flanders front, General March said, tho onoiny was retiring without very severe pressure being brought upon him and the Flanders salient already had been virtually blotted out. Good French Advance. The chief of staff pointed'out that Iho main reslstunco lo the Allied advance all along the line had been encountered by tho British on the Scarpo sector. Tho rapid French advanco south of that sector, ho added, f/a.1 • largely due to their successes iu overcoming this resistance. This was shown clearly when the French advanced between six aud ten mljes on 25 mile front in one day south of the Somme. Crossed the Canal. Tho enemy made efforts lo hold iho French along the line ot tho Canal Du Nord but tho French have crossed the canal lu several places. In tho sector north of Solssons, French and American troops are advancing steadily against a stiffening reslstanco, tho latest official advices to the war department show. Washington, Sept 4.—Belated dispatches reaching the state department from Irkutsk, Siberia via Peking, dated August 13, say the Bolshevik army east of Lake Baikal^ has been destroyed by the Czecho-SlQvaks; that Cossacks are cooperating with the . Czechs and that all Americana In Siberia are safe. ' Visiting His Son. Newport News, Va., Sept 4.-~Colonel Theodore Hooaevelt la visiting his son (Archibald Koosevelt). Captain Roosevelt was Invalided home recently and ordered to the conv»lesc ing hospital at Camp Stuart, located 4> <S> * GIVE GIRLS A CHANCE. Amsterdam, Aug. 20.- (Correspondence of tho Associated Press.)—Enactment of a law lu Germany to prevent widows from ro-uiarrying no as to leave the few available wen for single women is urged in a letter to tho Tugos by a municipal doctor. Hans Von Herlig. He points out that tho widows through remarrying after the war would havo a detrimental effect on the birth rale, as most ot them are mothers already. "On December It 1D1U," hi wlitis, "thero were in Gonnany about 300.000 widows between the ngi\i <vf 10 and 46. At a very modest estii.ute there ure now SOO.OuO." BOMBING CONSTANTINOPLE. London, Sept. 4.—Constantinople was bombarded on 4 successive nights In the latter part of August, the admiralty announced today. The arsenal, the dockyard, the Turkish war office, the airdrome at Calata, the seaplane base si GalBpoli, and Qhanak were attacked.