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*••««» * » • I • • » » • • • THfe NftWA It A_ » * MEMBfR 0I» TH1 1 • Aasoci/ureo Mill * * WHICH IS tHfc lilf * THE HUTCHINSON NEWS. • THE NEWS HAS THB • LAR0B8T CIRCULATION • OF THB PAPER9 IN • CENTRAL KANSAS I* VOL. XXXtV. f mjTOHlKSON. KANSAS, ^RtDAY, SEPTEMBER .13, 1918, LAST EDITION NO. 24. THE ENTIRE ST. SALIENT IS CAPTURED Americans Have Taken Twelve Thousand Prisoners, and Hold All of the U-Shaped Chunk Yesterday Morning Held by Germans. BIG AMERICAN OFFENSIVE IS ONE OF WAR'S LARGEST GAINS Oilier Parts of German Front in That Part of France Are Threatened by This Move- May Cause a Retirement Further North. HOLD ENTIRE SALIENT London, Sept. 13—(7 p. m. by the Associated Press) —12 thousand prisoners have been taken by the Americans in their offensive at St. Mlhiel, the entire salient now has been captured. The railroad from Verdun to Commercy, Toul and Nancy now is open to the Entente Allies. AMERICA WINS. (Uy Tho Associated Press.) The American offensive in Lorraine was reported today to be continuing its brilliant ly successful course. The apparent prospect was that not only would the St. Mlhiel salient be speedily 1 .wiped out but that a heavy blow would be dealt the Germans in the loss of men and material. TOOK ALL VILLAGES. ~ London, Sept. 13.—(By The Assocla. ted Pre3G.)—All the villages In the 'St. Mlhiel salient were captured by the Americans and the front in this sector was reduced from some forty - miles to a little under twenty miles. ON GERMAN BORDER. The latest news from the St. Mihlel sector shows that the battle line now runs directly from Pngny on the Moselle river to Hattonvllle and along the foot of the heights of the Meuse. Pagny, a town on the Moselle river, Is on the western border of - Germany. In addition to the 12,000 prisoners who have been counted, large numbers are still coming In, (By The Associated press.) Already 9,500 prisoners and sixty guns have been taken, according to today's advices. Prisoners to the number of 8,000 Indeed had been actually counted up to last night. The rapid progress of the American forces on both sides of the salient now affords hope that still greater numbers of Germans may be caught in the loop upon which General Pershing's troops are closing in, A .BIG ADVANCE, The Americans now appear to have made an advance of some eight miles on the southern side of the salient. This would bring them to tho important t°wn of Vlgneullec, lying on the only railway line in the loop, which town today Indeed is unofficially reported in American hands- South of Vlgneulles the town of Heudloourt l« declared to be In American possession while to the east toward Thlaucourt, Persh- Ing's troops have' acquired the Important Thlaucourt wood and the town of Beney. Meanwhile on the western side of the salient, where the going is more difficult, -the American army on a twelve . mile front Is understood to have scored an advance of three miles. The converging operations thus appear to have resulted In the closing of the neck of the loop to a point where It Is now not much more than five miles across. TWO DIVISIONS THERE. Twg German divisions'were reported last night to be still in this part of the salient and If they have not succeded In extricating themselves their capture seem* probable. The Germans have had great difficulty in getting their artillery away over the lone ran; road line at their disposal. They were working feverishly' last night . to move the guns out through Vlg­ neulles • but' their way past now seems blocked, by the continued. American progress today, Numbers af trenejj mortar*, and a great • quantity-of ;m *Phitt«B «M 'are' SALIENT REDUCED? Paris, September 13-(1:05 p. m. by the Associated Tress)—The St. Mihiel Sal- icnt it is understood has been reduced. The censor will not permit the publication of the names of the towns and villages forming the present American line in the St Mihiel Sector. . (T THE WAR SITUATION^ ^ THIS MORNING ^/ The 8L Mihiel salient after • four years of German occupation Is threatened on both sides by the first American army, certain French units cooperating with the first operation of a major character under tho leadership of American commanders. WASHINGTON IS WATCHING Officials Had Their Interest Centered in American Fight in St. Mihiel Salient. Tho immediate object of the Amcrl- cau drive apparently is to close tho mouth of the salient from which the Germans will experience great difficulty in extricating themselves without great loss of men and material. Ultimately, It is believed that General Pershing hopes to cut off tho enemy 'B control of tho Brley oro roglon from which are obtained much of the raw material for German guns and munitions. At tho present rate of tho Americans were favored in their inl- Ital appearance-as a unit in the great Allied forco by favorable .weather and firm terrain. In the, first, few hours they readied their o >b3ect}ves "nt s<ime points and were, stllt ^WefeBteg '^a't others' in the latest "'Strategical- Dio^e of Marshal l^ocU's program of offensive action, which since July 18 has resulted In driving the Germans from that part of the territory gained by them In their drive for Paris and the channel ports. More than a dozen villages were captured in the early hours of the drive, which also netted tho Americans eiglit thousand prisoners with more coining. - into the cages. On the northern side of tho salient, both hlngeB ot which aro controlled by General Pershing's men, the lino hns been advanced to Donmartln La Montagne, Tresnvaut and Boull- louvillo while on the southern hinge of the salient, ^American calvary patrols and tanks arc reported to bo operating northeast of Pont A Moisson along tho railroad line leading to Metz, about ten ntllos distant. Length of Battle Line. Tho battle began on a front ot about twenty milcB on tho triangular salient with the'French holding positions directly in front of St. Mihiel. As ' tho conflict developed and the advance went forward, the front was greatly Increased In length, probably to about thirty-five miles. Tho distanco be- tweon the points of the greatest advance at tho mouth of the-salient is about ten miles. It is over tills short front thai the Germans In the salient must escape. Field Marshal Halg's'British forcos are pressing the Germans In the north and advancing their lines near the coveted position of Cam bra i after crossing tho Canal du Nord. In this advance, which resulted in tho capture of Havrlncotirt, tho British took one thousand prisoners. ready In American hands, besides the cannon reported taken. The other railway line in the salient, running through Thlaucourt, was early blocked by the American capture of that place. GAINS IN NORTH. While the Americans are thus driving forward In the successful carrying out of the first thorough, ly American offensive movement under General Pershing's command, the French and the British are continuing to make progress along the north and south section of the battle front where the fighting has centered all through the year up to the time the Amer- loan drive was started. French troops last night closed In toward St. Quentln,,capturing the town of Savy little more than 2{/ 2 mHes from St. Quentin's outskirts. GAINS NEAR 8T. QUENTIN. The British for their part ad-, vanced further to the northwest of St, Quentln, taking the village of Jeancourt and gaining possession of Holnon wood. > Further north the British were subjected to German attacks In considerable force, in one of which, »n assoult on Havrlncourt] Which the British took recently, the enemy was assisted by a squadron of low-flying airplanes. -H» was repMleed, however with yery heavy lessee, Further German attempts to die- - (Contlnuort t» Pafa U.) Washington, Sept. 13.—All in. terest of official Washington today was centered on the St, Ml­ hiel salient In France where General Pershing's forces from the first American army of a mill- Ion and a quarter men were driving forward In their initial Independent offensive on the western front Reports from tho American commander-in-chief were slow In coming through and until after midnight the only detailed Information as to the success of the Americans was that contained in brief news bulletins from the front. These were confirmed by General Pershing, who reported that his troops, assisted by French units, had broken through tho enemy's resistance in the St. Mlhiel sector and advanced at some points to a depth of five miles. At the time the com­ munique was sent the operation still was in progress.and 8,000 prisoners, probably, .not all of those captured, had boon cojuntcd. ;'.,'... i ^U /.i -^'iirh 'rea'tiiw^ '• This was - taken- hero : to; mean that: In the first day of their rush'they had gone forward on n twelve mile front •and were threatening the road over which the Germans opposing tbo French in tho bend ot the Balient would havo to pass if they escaped captu .-o or destruction. On tho western side between St. Mihiel and Verdun, Franco-American forces were steadily pushing back the enemy and closing the south of the pocket in a plneer movement, such as cleared the Gormans frdrn the Alsue- Jiarne salient In July. To Outflank Enemy? There wero some observers who •believed that tho objective was the strongly.fortified city of Metz, not far over the German forder. A frontal attack upon this position was hardly to bo expected, but its envelopment was considered as a logical part of what was thought to be Marshal Foch's general plan to outflank the enemy In this section as a means of forcing his armies out of northern Franco and a part of Belgium. "SPARE NOT A SINGLE BOUGH" LONDON IS JUBILANT The Newspapers Are Enthqsjas* tic About Pershing's Drive. SAYS ENEMY MUST HURRY JURY FINDS DEBS GUITY. Maximum Penalty Is 20 Years' Imprisonment and 510,000 Fine. Cleveland, Sept. 13.—Eugono V. Debs, charged with violation of tho espionage act, was found guilty by a fodoral jury today. Debs,'in his address to the jury, said ho had not ono word to retract, and rather wont out of his way to accept tho damaging St. Ixmls antiwar platform. Tho maximum penally is twenty years' imprisonment and ti fine of $10,000. Judgo Westenhaver stated that lie would hear counsel on a motion for a new trial next Saturday morning. Debs, until then, will remain ut lib- orty under Iho trial bond. • Talking to newspaper men after tho verdict, Debs said: "It is all right. 1 have no con> iPlaint to mako. It will come out all right in God's good time." Of the original ten counbs of tho Indictment but four remained when the Jury retired to consider tho evidence. The verdict found liira guilty o( three; not guilty of ono. He was found guilty of attempting to incite Insubordination In the military and naval forces, attempting to obstruct recruiting and using language tending to inollo, provoke and ouoourage reslBtouce to tho United States ami to promote Uio cause of the enemy. The count of which he was adjudged innocent charged that he opposed the cause.of the United States. Counsel for - both sides said that thoy consider Judge Westenhaver's Instructions fair. The jury was out five and a half hours. vyhen it was announced that the Jury was ready to report, the crush, became great. Mrs. Hoae Pastor Stokes drew her chair beside Dobs and into her hands ho slipped his own huna where It remained while tho clorlt was reading the verdict. " An average man is one wliq Is qulto decent most of the lime, and occasionally hi as ornery as {ill get ou,t.— Atchison Globe, To Get Out of the Sack, the Strings of Which Are Being Tightly Drawn. London, Sept. 13.—Tho assault on tho St. Mihiel salient dominates the news columns of the newspapers today which feature it with tbo biggest headlines. The opening blow iu Marshal Focli's great offensive scheme claims attention in any case, but this one has n special attraction as the first stroke of the independent American army under direii American commands and as such is hailed sis one of tho milestones of tho war. That tho blow Ihii:- far has succeeded so well and brought such n large haul of prisoners allords an opportunity for congratulations by tho press. Page of Glory. "The day adds a glowing page of glory to American history," says the Graphic, "and it will be a proud recollection lor America that her Bonn had a lion's share In wiping off th« battle map a salient which persisted there for almost lour years." The Dally News calls nltoiilion to the- "strikingly restrained tone" of General Pershing's communique and says: "This new formidable thrust adds to the enemy's perplexities and gives proof of the commanding superiority and resources of the Allies which fore, shadows tho future course of tho war." Enemy in a Sack. Tho Dally Mail describes tho Incident an "one of the great moments of the war." "Tho enemy," says the Times, "h:is very good reason for disentangling himself without delay. lie Is in a sack and the string are being drawn on both sides. Unless he can repel ono or the other of tho American forces he must resort with all sp< e'd to 'the elastic defense' ho bus been practicing on the Maruc and the Somme or .run the rlBk of having the strings drawn and the nock of the sack closed. The stroke is well conceived and the Americans may bo trusted to deliver It with their usual vigor aud determination.'" .British correspondents at the front who heard of the good progress the Americans are making, with equal enthusiasm there. Look for Hard Fight. A big advance In this direction would soon cause great Inconvenience to the enemy before Metz, it is fully expected that heavy resist: ance will be met. According to military, experts thu German front .ibe- t^eentVerdun and Uie: SwMf ^gtlex ;tC *nfrtty v m-rJnUis has ••*mFm^ffi& ly held with inferior troops in comparison to the remainder of the front to the sea and one of the objects General Ludendorff had In suortening the front was to utilize troops thus obtained to strengthen "this line. General Ludendorff undoubtedly expected this section ot tho battle line to be the object of an attack by the American army, which was generally supposed to be somewhere in this neighborhood. .Aflnerjcnns Went Over the Top at 5 O'clock in the Morning. U. S. AND SWISS. Berne, Switzerland, Sept. 12.— The com- ^rcial convention between United States and Swltz • expires on October 3rd, c ^ctottations f or \t s p r0 . longa ; It Is announced today, will bevin soon. NOTICE. l-Iorkadnys will be open night and day during Pair week, Including Sunday. HOC1CADAY AUTO SUPPLY CO Phone BS. 10-5t WEATHER REPORT. First National Bank Building. Tempera ture for Last 24 Hours . Tenipt'talmv 4 P. M SO | 11 i*. M -ill j 5 1'. M SB | 111 V. M 7(1 I 12 Midnight 72 I -\. M ;... .lis I it Norm 78 •I A. M.. . . ti A. M.. .. » A. .M.. . . ID A. M... 12 Moon.., P. .M. A STORY OF THE BATTLE SECRETARY BAKER THERE And Saw Offensive Begin—-Ev> erything Done Like Clockwork in Charging. NO PEACE PROSPECT JUST NOW This is the Opinion of (Jerman Vice Chancellor Von Payer. Liklihood of a Fifth Winter ol War is Weighing Heavily on All Concerned. WORRIES ABOUT HIS ENEMY And is Pearful England Will be Damaged by United Slates. Qocs on at Length to Tell How Uermany is Still the Cock of the War Walk. Amsterdam, Thursday, Sept. 12, —The postponement of pe.-ice prospects and the likelihood of a fifth war winter weigh equally on all belligerents and not only Gcr. many alone, In tho opinion of Friederich Von Payer, the impcr. lal vice chancellor o>f Germany, expressed in a speech at Stult. gan. MuNimuni, U0; minimum, (iu. RAIN ICOOLER nw Kansas: Generally fair tonight and Saturday; not much change in temperature. <S> BRITISH WERE WAITING. •*> <8> •$> I-oudon, Sept. 13.—The British public has been anxiously looking for another Amorican move, but hardly expected it BO soon, and the news of the Franco-American attack to pinch out tho St. Mihiel Balient which the Germans drove Into the French line in September, 1511, and has held ever since, was received hero with the greatest enthusiasm and according toj ZlWlE, DO YOO TtMN ^I FRlDM IS A. LUCKY P/W To PUT IN f\ /\ UXKY £>W TO PUT IN r\ >fVr\v *T r\0. With the American Army in Lor raine, Thursday, Sept. la.— (Uy the Associated Press.)-—The Allied offensive on the western front for the first time is dominating!/ American, the French co-operating and iu a military sense it is regarded as a continuing phase of the battle which began early last summer. Newton li. linker, the American secretary of war, with several" notables, witnessed the beginning of tho battle from the vantage point of a French furl close behind the middle of the line. Started at One O'clock. It was precisely one o'clock of a riiiny, moonless night when a single flash of flame shot across thu sky. It was followed by other flashes which gradually merged into a sheet of white light on the horii-un. Gradually thorn began to roll from Ibis flame 111 area a mighty thunder, amidst which coujd be distinguished now and then Iho crack and the boom of German return shells bursting. • Germans Watching. The Trout i.i 'er which the attack •was made was so extended that tiie brilliant bands, of vivid light soon sirelched from far eastward to westward, lighting up thu clouds. Soon there began to arise atnr shells, signal rockets ami flares thrown up by tlio enemy to betray the Americans should they leave their trenches suddenly to begin an infantry ntiack. To this general color scheme there was soon added a reddish glow as ammunition dumps exploded and buildings del on fire behind the enemy lines begun to blaze and an ammunition giving off tilts color exploded about four o'clock. Then Over the Top. The character of the military fire changed Blightly, lessened a Utile Iu intensity, and German slur shells burst with more frequency as live o'clock approached as though the enemy suspiiioned that was the hour set •for the infantry attack. More and ipore amiituuLiioii dumps exploded jiwt before five o'clock, the artillery bombardment suddenly resumed Its original Intensity and as the aky was beginning to be tinged with dawn it ugaln took on a whitu look along the horizon. Practically at five o'clock uie thunder of the guus arcompany- Ing the glare of light stopped and in tbo sudden Bllcuce the Americans went over the top. All along tho lines could be hoard the chattering of German machine guns and then suddenly tho thunder commenced "Our state debts," the vice chancellor said, "are everywhere reaching fantastic heights and everywhere wo struggle against the eiieroiie'nioeiiis uu our personal liberty. All oi' the belligerents of Kurope must admit, If they are not blind, that the lunger the litiropean peoples lacerate oaeli other the mure certainly will Hie historical and paramount position ol' weakened and impoverished Kurwe ho lost In favor of cleverer and ni'.re calculating peoples." Still Bragging. llerr Von Payer reminded his hearers that after four years ill • war still was being waged almost entirely on enemy territory. He lulmtiieil Uiat the U-boat war had noi worked as quickly and surely as had been hoped, lie added that It was useless to dispute whoso was the fault. The enemy lie said was still unable to compile.ate their losses by new eonsiruettnii anil declared that the ro'obery oi neutral sliipa, almost without parallel In- the 1'hieti-nte, could not lie rt pi ated. "The more troops the I'niied .^ta'.o..-. sends the greater will lie Hie need of shipping for relnforcem 'ills oi uiinit- tloiis and provisions," llerr Yon 1'ayer said. "The filling up of the enemy army by Americans therefore hears in itself its limitations." Worries About England. lie argued that the loss of shipping would become latul-to Great I'.riiaiu after the war because it would lose shipping superiority to the I'nited States ami "the hope of compensating themselves from the German fleet which still lias to he conquered will surely bo adequate eoinl'or! only tur .the very imaginative Hriii.diors." Goiiiending thai technique and inevitable genius which already hid helped Iho Germans OUT heavy ul>- (Contini'ied on Page iu UNADULTERATED NERVE. -9> Amsterdam, Thursday. Sept. 12. —Reiterating that Germany "as the Innocent arid attacked party" in tiie, had a right to demand indemnification, Friedeiich Von Payer, the German Imperial Vice Chancellor, In Itls speech today at Stuttgart, said that "we prefer or claim reflection, and even v/ttii our own favorable military uitua- tion to abandon this Idea." (Continued ou Page li.) Turning to the question of lie' m< cupied territories Hie \ ice chancellor said that as a pr< 'iminuo ujnilji.ini oi pence for Germany and hei .oh-s, these nations muse have all pii -.v .ir possessions, including German IOI-JU- ies restored. Then Germany he declared could evacuate the oce'ipcd regions and could give hacU llel ^uiiii without eni uiiibrunee and wiih-uit n- setve, providing no other was more favorably placed iu repaid to i'elgium th.ill W.1H Gel llllUi> . He asserted thu\ Germany --.ouid not Miltuilt tu the Knlente pow.-is [or appioval or iilteiallon ihe pi .n't :ie:ii- ies which Germany bad si. in d v.-iih ihe Usraine, itusuia and kumuinu. c'f.- •*,> <i> ^- '4/ <y '\ r r ; '• •V <i> HAYS CODING TO TOPEKA. • <& V 'V 'V 'V V »• * t' i j- ,p . Topeka, Kaus., Sept. |:i. Will H 'Hays, Republican Naiiunal Cliainnati will be In Tupi-ka Friday, Si''tube 27. A telegram announcing his visr was received today at Kepubiiea. state headquarters. Arrangement are now being made tor a c>utei'ene by the National Chairman with ttat and congressional candidates and par i ty leaders.

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