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t ft t «(»t * »'••» * • * » » * * THE NBWS IB H' ' - ' * MEMBER OF THE * • AsSoClATfet) PftEfjfJ 4 • WHICH.18 THE BEST • MlitiMMMOlM ^ VOL. XXXtV. THE HUTCHINSON NEWS • THE NEW3 HAS THE * • LARGEST CIRCULATION • • OF THE PAPERS IN * • CENTRAL KANSA* • •*»••*#•**••*•*• 4 1 . tttJTCtttNSON, KANSAS, lfI?.fT)AY, SEPl^lUtitiR 2?, 1918. LAST EDITION NO. 36. 'PEACE' British, French and American Armies Are in a Great Drive in France THE GERMAN DEFENSE IS SHAKEN SEVERELY Allied Smashes on Two Fronts in France Have Brought in at Least 16,000 Prisoners in Two Days. SHAKE GERMAN LINES (By Tho Awuclated Prosa.) Under Allied smashes on' two wide fronts between ' Arras and Verdun, the German defensive system based on the fortress of Laon is being shaken severely. Marsha) Foch, while continuing the successful Franco-American thrust from east of Rhelms to Verdun, has hurled the British against the German lines north of Cambrai on a front south of the Sensee river. From the now Hue reached Thursday night, the American forces between Che Argonne and (ho Mcuse continue to presB northward through the hilly, wooded country northwest Of Verdun. Tho Americans aro well beyond the original Herman lines and hold important observation " points along this .front. Light rain ' fell Friday on the "American sector and the weather was unfavorable for observation. A Big Advance. Wc »t of • the Argouno to the •Sulppe, the French have advanced more loan 3-Vi miles and taken and paRBBdvbpyond formidable- German "defense points, Including 1 'the fatuous , , ,Navarln faniVIhO^nW'du Tahure "-'anoVtbo jButtp dip' Meshll, -General Pelain's men took more hunt 7,000 prisoners who, with the 6,000 taken by thw Americans, brings the Allied total.for the first -day"of the attack to 12,000. In I he Argonno forest itself the Allies apparently are making little effort lo move northward. The Al. lied command seemingly believes that tho forest will be cleared automatically iyi the "Americans and Frouch progress on either side. Already the Germans facing the French in the forest have been outflanked on jUie east. The now British attack launched Friday morning Is north of the scene of operations during the last fort- .night, looking to the encirclement or SL QuonlJn and threatens tho German defense. (Ily Tho Associated Press.L, ^ American Army On the Verdun \ Front, Sept. 27. (10:00 a. m.) — The American advance continued <jjdurlng last night on the'front of itU'the offensive launched yesterday. The American patrol pushed forward, maintaining contact with the enemy. Stout machine-gun "resistance met during the Inte njght at one point, was quickly ' overcome with tanks and artllle-" <?, <•-, <s> <s* <?•> <i> * <j> " ' ' ' FRENCH •*> * <S> *'?' STATEMENT. <3> <«> <s> <S- -?."3> <$> <?> *• * <S -v * * 4> * Paris, Sept, 27.—Successful development of the French offensive begun yesterday In the Champagne, Is reported today by the war office. Over the enllre field of attack by the French between tho.Rlvor Sulppe and the Argonno forest, the fqrmlda bio German positions of a depth of moro than three miles were brll llantly carried. The French have captured the Butte du Mcsnil, tho Buttn du Soualn the Butte du Tiihure and the villages of Tahure, Ripont. Rotivroy, Cern'ny-En-Dormols and Scrvon-Mel- sclcourt. More than 7.000 prisoners were ta' ken by tlio French. Tho French forces resumed their "attack this morning and despite unfavorable weather conditions satisfactory progress Is being made. BRITISH TAKE STRUMITZA. London, Sept. 27.— The.. British forces on the Macedonian ,. front have captured the Bulgarian city of Strumitis. Washington, Sept. 27,—•Military men here say the capture of (he Bulgarian city of Strumites by Allied forces on the Macedonian front, breaks tho strongest link In the Bulgarian defense and leaves no serious obstacle to the Allied march into the country. advanced lo a maximum depth of approximately a mile and a quarter. • «• <S> <S> •$>«"$• 4> * THE, FRENCH BATTLE. <8> <•> <$> •*> •§> •$> <§- 3> <§> <i> <?• <*> <S> «• HOW IT STARTED. * * «• /j> <»> <r. .s. 4. itv A, <§, .s, <s> <j> 3, <s> Paris, Sept. 27.—Shortly before midnight on the 25th, the French artillery let. drive not as tho Germans expected on empty ground but on the first line and support positions where heavy reserves were massing. Tho guns continued to-pound, away all night and when the signal to go over the top was given at 5 a. m., on Thursday the enemy's telephonic communications had been cut nt many points. The preparation, was carried out in a particularly adroit manner. The Germans whoso official statement admits that the preparation las'ed eleven hours, were evidently convinced thai the attack would be confined to tho French sector of the Argonno •and It was only several hours li'Jer when the Americana be.gau in their turn that the enemy wat, undeceived. When tho Allied troops lelt their trenches simultaneously the ULTIIIIUIR had sent most of tbe'r troop cotivoys to the Champagne sUe. 16,000 PRISONERS ^ London, Sept. 27 The .number of Germans taken prisoner by the French and Americans in their drive in the Champagne; and to the east exceeds 16,000, according to a Paris dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph Co. THE VIEW IN WASHINGTON Idea of Bulgarian Peace is Mixed With Sensations of Doubt as lo Sincerity. C THE PREPARATION ^ <ji- <e> <£, <,» 4. .j) 3, <j> <$> ^> <?> <i> >$> <5> Paris, Sept. 27.—(11:30 a. in.,)— rteports at.this hour from'the battla' front in the. s' Champagne ; betweeq! this, .Sulppe and 1 jMeuBei-rlvo'ra/tndi',. cato that th6a«^a«l^s.f*4Jieti ? j^r^aojb, and American*'tdrc6"s > Is-,progresslnR under the most favorable; conditions, • General Gouniud's fourth, army In. tho Champagne resumed Its attack I his morning from tho positions captured from tho Germans yesterday. Tho assault. Is progressing satisfactorily. The French have _ attained all their ob'jectives. The prisoners captured by the French today have not yet been counted... • ' With the American Army on the Champaign Front, Sept. 26.— . (Thursday),—Last night's bom- . bardment of. the German lines , preparatory to the attack begun . this;,moriiiitfl>waa. ; ai.magnlflcentr spe^'»bfe'^*-ltwWaa'»-'fa-weloudre»s b^gltjt^ndStjl^liWnil.^f^unBs^ "firing 'furiously;*' wreathed' the. hills In a ceaseless sparkle of •flame like myriads of fire flies. For six hours the roar*" of tho canncn like tho ro)l of a giant drum was unbroken. icwy , :. light .... Too wcathar today was thick,'ught • rains having begun in the early morn•.*.*'Ins In (he field pf. the American oppr- ations obccurlng observation, .-jijij Late . Infoirmtlon' tends to confirm :?'- s iiie belief that the German hoa-vy artillery was caught In tho act of '^withdrawing and was unable to oper- '•Jinto or reply satisfactorily. It Is not ! Jfbown at this hour whether any or vthe onemy big guns were captured, Washington, Sept 27— The Bulgarian plea for an. armistice on the Macedonian fr°nt pending peace conferences Is viewed hero with mixed sensations, though nowhere Is doubt fait that the invasion of Bulgaria by the victorious Allied armies'mark the beginning of the end' of that country's career as an active ally of Germany. j • fcAN HOLD THE LINE ^) (By The Associated I'rcsrt.) Vladivostok, Tuesday, cScpt. 24.— If Riven the support of 3 divisions or Allied troops. General Gnlda, commander of the Caccho-Slovak forces said today, that he could hold the Bolshevik armies on approximately the present lino until the Russians In Siberia can organize an efficient army whoso discipline need no't be questioned. General Gadda made this statement while talking to correspondents at the Czccho-Slovak headquarters. General IJIedrlchs and two other (.'/.echo-Slovak leaders have undertaken the organization of such a force and are being aided by the Omsk ,and and Samara governments. It Is declared that tho political situation Is clearing and that the •Omsk and Valdlvostok groups are settling whatever differences may. have existed. This move has followed the resumption of communication between the two cities. It Is staled rather significantly that General Ilorvath, the former dictator, will return to his post, as manager of the Chinese eastern railway. Roland S. Morris, American ambassador to Japan has arrived here after being delayed for twenty hours by a storm. He is quartered on board an American war vessel. BULGARS ASK FOR AN ARMISTICE AND PEACE The French Commander Refused to Suspend Operations But Said He Would Receive Bulgar Delegates. In military quarters the belief Is expressed that Bulgf ria Is whipped and ready to quit an( that the peace proposal actually ci mo from the army and Premier out. the knowledge 6i German-controllod collrt, us stated In MnlinofC with- consent of the dispatches through brought the first nod opments. " • A Grave Situation. The very fact that the Berlin, which 3 of the devbl- German w*fiu * <•> * 4> * * <e> <S> «> <s> <j> * •S- * * THE BRITISH ATTACK. , «• '!> "S> "!><S><S'<S>«>'?>'S><*"S> «> <3> <S> * <$• British Headqtiartors In France, Sept. 27.—Field Marshal Halg's forces at dawn this morning delivered an attack over a wide front.. A heavy rain falling during tho early hours tmulo the work of assembly more difficult but some time before zoro all tho troops were in position, tho rain had ceased and had been replaced by a thick haze which assisted in bewildering tho enemy as to extent and direction of our movement. About, nino German, divisions, (122,000 men) are understood to bp opposite Halg's-men. So far tho,bat-. Ho seems to'no going well tor tho British. •-'.•-•=.>. . With'the coming of the «un. tho morning broadone'd iuto_ clear open weather and tho" British airmen wero able to report tho progress of (ho buttle. .'..•: .• • Canadian troops pushed forward,on tho northern flank of the attaok. By 9:30 o'clock this morning tho British appeared to have crossed the Canal du Nord defenses on a front of moro than three miles and to have The enemy is reported to have been suspicious of an attack somc- wHcre in the Champagne sector or toward Bricy and for the past ten days was watching this front closely. During the 4S hours proceeding (he attack ho had increased his reserves in this region from four lo twenty throe divisions. Prussian gVards defondiug Vau- quise, there being three divisions In tho lino and one in reserve, strongly resisted the advance of tho American troops early today. They were Instructed to hold the town at all costs. May Stop and Fight. By n general revlow of the fight after many hours it Is ovident that tho enemy is stubbornly retiring to prepared lines to which all his heavy artillery has been withdrawn. Tills was the reason that his artillery reaction was inadequate during tho early phases of the battle. The staff work of, the American army was. excellent. Continuous touch was maintained between divisions and reports.; wero received without delay. The transport of supplies is working without a" hitch. • "Tho mint," says a.wise man,"can make money without advertising, but no one else can.—Atchison Globe. J<ansas—Fair and warmer louight and Saturday. THE OrtLY WPO&5\Ql.r: THE PERSON "WHO 1 3>r\Y& ANYTHi^C-r »5 military authorities permitted the dispatches to go through is held to prove this and it is suggested that the situation must be so grave from the Teutonic standpoint, that It was realized in Berlin an a tempt to suppress the Information would be futile. On the other hand some government officials are strongly inclined to suspect another phase or j commanding the general Teutonic peace offensive asking the suspension of arms for 4X and this Idea wan not dissipated. | hours, to penult the arrival of two oven in the official announcement! authorized delegations from the Bui- BULGAKS WANT PEACE (Hy Tho A*jioolnte<! t'retw.) Allied successes in Macedonia have resulted In the offer of nn armistice being made by the Bulgarian premier to the Allied gcnerulis-". simo in Macedonia. The Allied commander has refused (0 slop fighting, but said he would receive accredited Bulgarian delegates. .Meanwhile the Allied forces are pressing on and pushing further apart the divided Ucrniano-llulgariun armies. Insist On Peace. Paris, Sept. 27.—General Franchet D'Ksperey, commanding the Allied armies in Macedonia, has teUvgrapht?d to the French government that a high Bulgarian officer has presented himself iu behalf of General Torodow, (lie Bulgarian army, by way of Jassy, It is added, a counter movement against the action of the premier lias already been set on fool. (Tills Mould seem to Indicate thai a revolution Is In progress In Bulgaria.) from Paris that the French Command er In "chief in Macedonia had reported the Bulgarian request and his reply that he would receive duly qualified delegates of. the Bulgarian government without cessation of hostilities. ; ,U the Germans, have atiy *ha«d : i<fclhoJbusln*s*.'..any- • abrl of l^jMW«»Mf >fwa8iwe ..wtth .Uie /jBulfMrlHits [i |Sshtfrt>of 'tUe d'ieiatroii 'nnd'occelitahde of' terms fi-oin the Allied military ^'coinmauder would be quite as objectionable to the Allies as the unbinding conference recently proposed by Austria. HUN WAR MINISTER QUITS. Lieutenant General Von Stein Reported to Have Resigned. London, Sept. 27.—I.leut. General Von Stein, the Prussian war minister Is reported to have resigned, according to advices tothe Exchange Telegraph Company from Copenhagen. Somo people, eat as (hough their stomachs wore silos. — AtchiBon Globe, "Zimmie" ,i. ,:> .1- <?> A 3. .j, MADE TO SOLDIERS. ..!> ... <£, ^. <f> ,s> ^ <?, ,;i .9 Amsterdam, Sept. 27.—The Bui- garlan premier's offer of an armistice was made to the leader of the Entente troops operating against Bulgaria, according to a Berlin message received here. .f. ,$» 4> <t, General Von Slein became Prussian war mijilstcr late in October, 1916, succeeding Lieutenant General Von Ilohenboru, who was placed in command of an aniiy corps on the. western front. Before his appointment as war minister he was in com-1 there Is opportunity for consultation garlan government. The Minister of Finance Llapt- cheff and General Loukoff, commanding the Bulgarian second army, are on their way to French headquarters with the assent of King Ferdinand, to arrange the -/Conditions of the armistice and eventually the terms of peace. -V Come In British Lines. 'Die Fiench commander reports that the riillgarttui request reached him through an intermediary the (5euer.1l commanding the British army In the east, forming a part of the Allied command. General I)'- F.sperey's reply therefore asked the Bulgarian delegates to present themselves to thv British lines. Wouldn't Take Chances. General IVKspcroy says that, as the Bulgarian request miRlit he a military ruse to allow re-grouping of forces and the arrival of reinforcements, he made a reply declining to grant an armistice, but promising to receive | .j, duly qualified government delegates. To Fight On. It is understood thai no instructions regarding the Bulgarian application for an armistice will bo given the military commanders in Macedonia 11j1t.il •i> SERBS STILL ADVANCE. * <S> <!> <i. <«. .s> <i, <:. .». * v t, .t. ,j> A * <h ,), 4, London, Sept. 27.—In the successful continuance of their drive northward the Serbians have entered Ishtib and captured ether important points, says the Serbian official statement of Thursday. A great number of additional Bulgarians and Germans have been captured by the Serbians, who also have taken enormoun quantities of war materials. The Serbians are now west of the Ishtln-Vools road and have captured the heights of llogoslovcts. south of tho road North of Demlrkapu, in the direction of tin* Bulgarian border, the Sorbs have captured the ridge of Bell K amen. Serbian cavalry have entered Koch- ana, twenty miles northeast of Ishtib and 14 miles from the lliilgarian bor. dor southwest of tin- Important rail head of Kusl.ondil. The Serbian official statement announces that Serbian cavalry have roachi i| a iKiinl. 5 . r i nilles as a crow files north of the line from which the off< nslve was started. ARMISTICE AND PEACE. mand of troops on the Sommn front, in Franco. General Von Stein ten dered his resignation as Prussian minister of war July 13, PJ17 but it was uot accepted. CHILE FOR WAR. "* Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Sept. 26.—The Chilean government tonight ordered the naval author), ties to occupy with armed forces all the Interned German ships in Chilean harbors. "The back end of a grocery store, said a farmer's wife today, "looks as bad as the kitchen."—Atchison Globe. A man's happiest moment is when he is told ho is working (00 hard.— Atchison Globe. between Franco, Great Britain, Tho United Slates. Italy and the other Allies and that meantime military operations will contiuuo. London, Sept. 26.— Premier Ma- llnoff.of Bulgaria, has made an offer of an armistice to the Allies, according to a Berlin meaaaoe transmitted by the Exchange Telegraph correspondent at Copenhagen. The message states that the premier's offer was made without the support of other members of the cabinet or of King Ferdinand. The Bulgarian message says lhat Malinoff's offer has created great dissatisfaction In Bulgaria and that strong military measures have been taken to support the Bulgarian front, According to statements from Sofia, Paris, Sepl. 27.--The French commander in chief in Macedonia officially reports today that the Bulgarians have asked for a meeting 10 arrange the conditions of an armistice and eventual peace. The French commander replied, refusing to suspend the operations, hut saying he would receive duly qualified delegates or the Bulgarian government. BRITISH ASKED, TOO. London, Sept. 27.—The British government today received from an official' authorized source an application from Bulgaria for an armistice. Took Many Prisoners. Paris Sept. 26. The Allied troops In Macedonia have captured more than ten thousand prisoners, says a statement from the French war ol- (Continued on Page Six) WHERE GENERAL FOCH IS DRIVING THE GERMANS BACK FROM THE LINES BETWEEN RI1E1MS AND VERDUN nit Jiiimiifi- 'ij :'e* * "*urWri *y«us gonwnygy^ Srabuntfj UYjmonV With put flight .chana,*i thf'lMtiM B»«l« Hoe rwt rom«lM^ «t |bl» plVct practically 9 |j ol th« time tor tht l »»tf9ur yeara, it being one of the so-called ''qui«t «tetor»" in NPrthern Franc,.