Harrisburg telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1879-1948, September 11, 1918, Image 1

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Xo. 201 14 PAHJES Off'ic^a^tiarr^bur^e B''* 8 ''* HARRISBURG, PA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEP 1 EMBER 11, 191 S. ON VhC\V!MOU'KI tVl'l K lt h isn't . l'" Ks * ''two^nt HOME EDITION
Soldiers Calmly Face Peril
and Clamor Oversides of
Stricken Ship Without
Loss of a Man
Great Vessel Was Opened to Attacki
When It Dropped Back of Convoy
Because of Engine Trouble
By Associated Press
London, Sept. 10 ( Tuesday). —A troop ship with!
A 2.500 American soldiers 011 board has been torpedoed, j
All hands were saved. The troop ship was beached.
111 order to save time, instead of launching the boats'
the men clambered down ropes to destroyers which j
swarmed around the stricken vessel and catne close:
Sea Was Smooth'
This operation was greatly facilitated by the fact !
that the sea was not rough.
The troop ship was a member of a large convoy approaching]
the English coast. The vessel was torpedoed 200 miles from!
. shore at 2 o'clock on Friday afternoon.
Not a Man Injured
The transfer of the American soldiers from the stricken ves-1
sel to escorting British and American torpedoboat destroyers
was quickly made without injury to anyone.
1 hey all escaped injury when the torpedo exploded and they |
were soon 011 their way to a British port.
No Signs of Panic
1 here was 110 sign of panic on board and the admirable be- i
liavior of the men was especially gratifying to the officers.
Many of the troops came from Chicago and Cleveland and a]
large percentage of them were factory hands of foreign extrac-1
tion. Their behavior proved that they had assimilated the true'
spirit of the American soldier. .
Boat Lifted Out of Water
Several soldiers told Ihe Associated Press that thev saw the'
German submarine lifted clear out of the watei after one of the
depth bombs exploded and then entirely disappear.
Something had gone wrong with the troop ship's engines which
compelled her for a time to lag behind the rest of the convoy, but
the trouble had been fixed up and she was fast catching up with
the other transports when a torpedo hit her just forward of the
tngine room.
Transport Is Beached
The vessel at once began to sink by the bow. Many of the
soldiers at the time were taking baths. They did not* wait to
uress but made for the deck with what little clothing they could
hastily lay their hands on. Ihe water was rushing in at such
a rate that it was thought the steamer would quicklv founder.
To the surprise of most of the soldiers the troop ship did not
sink. Some means apparently were found to check the inrush of
water and she got near enough to shore to be beached. It >s
hoped that the vessel ultimately can be saved.
Yankee Soldiers Off Transport Hit
by Torpedo in English Rest Camp
♦ By Associated Press
An Inland Rest Camp in England, Tuesday, Sept. 10.—The
majority of the 2,800 American soldiers from the troop ship which
was torpedoed last Fnday off the English coast but was not sunk
and upon w hicli there were no casualties, have arrived here none
the worse foi their thrilling experience.
The men are finding some consolation for the loss of their
vessel in the assurance that the submarine that attacked her suf
fered a far worse fate at the hands of the avenging destroyers
which were speedily on the scene hunting the U-boat with depth
To aid in caring for the men here the American Red Cross
rushed in large quantities of supplies from London.
Transport Third to Be Attacked by
U-Boat; Others Tuscania and Moldavia
By Associated Press
Washington, Sept. 11.—The troop ship torpedoed bv a German
submarine and beached on the English coast last Friday is the
third vessel carrying American soldiers to the war zone to be
attacked with any degree of success by U-boats. The other two
vessels were the Anchor Line steamship Tuscania, under charter
to the Cunard Line, and the Peninsular and Oriental liner Mol
davia. Two hundred and four Americans on the Tuscania and
fifty-five on the Moldavia perished.
Losses in Mont Rouge Plateau
in Three Days Appalling;
Try to Recover Ridge Line
Taken by Mangin's Troops
Prisoners Taken Fight Well
but Show Despondency;
Some Remark When Taken,
"Thank God, It's All Over"
By Associated Press
American Forces on the Aimne
Front. Tuesday, Sept. 10.—The Ger
! mans this evening' still were attack
ing on the Mont Houge plateau with
desperate determination. The losses
of the enemy in the last three days
must have been appalling.
Try to Tnkr Itldgc l ine
The German attacks whether di
rected against Nanteuil, Laftaux or
; Vauxaillon. have been for the recov
: ery of the ridge line at Mont De Laf
j faux which was captured by General
j Mangin's troops, with whom the
j Americans are fighting, before the
; Germans realized of what immense
• importance it was to them or at
| least before they were able to take
I adequate steps to defend it.
Five Regiments in Attack
How the German troops have been
j hurried here to attempt its recovery
! is evidenced by the fact that as many
as live German regiments were rep
resented among eighty prisoners
i taken yesterday .
, This morning two fresh attacks
' were launched on either side of
j Nanteuil. Both were beaten back
' with severe losses.
Prisoners Despondent
! Prisoners taken in this region, al
! though they fought remarkably well,
; all showed complete despondency and
more than one when captured re
i marked: "Thank God. It's all over!"
Turks Slay Christians;
Priests Among Victims
Washington. Sept. 11.—An offi
cial dispatch front France says news
[ has been received in Paris from
j Teheran, Persia, confirming reports
| of the murder of Christians by the
i Turks. Among the victims were
: Father Sou tag, a French Lazarist
priest, and several other priests.
Come On Everybody, Help Put It Over Tomorrow
British and French Closing in About St. Quentin
From All Sides in Face of Hun Counter
attacks; Gain Lone British Post
Washington, Sept. I I.—A dispatch from
the American legation at Christiania to-day
said reliable information had reached there
that Petrograd was burning in twelve dif
ferent places and that there was indiscrimi
nate massacre of people in the streets. Secre
tary Lansing in announcing receipt of the
message said it did not indicate whether the
massacre was organized or merely was a re
sult of a general state of anarchy.
By Associated Press
The British again were moving forward to-day toward the
Hindenburg line in the one sector where they still are some dis
tance from it, near the center of the allied battle front.
Some progress was made during the night in the Vcrmand
region, where Field Marshal Haig's troops are closing in upon
St. Quentin from the north while the French are pushing up from
the south.
Hun Resistance Battered Down
Farther north the British were reported to-day to have gained
a foothold in the twin towns of Peiziere and Epehy, two and a half
miles from the Hindenburg line opposite Le Catelet. The Germans
are resisting strongly here as this section of the line forms part of
the defense of Cambrai on the south.
Their resistance in this sector also is taking the form of strong
counterattacks at Gouzeaucourt, just to the north. They gained
a lone British post in hard fighing here last night but otherwise
weer completely repulsed.
Foe's Counterattack Useless
I lie defense of Cambrai is likewise being carried to the ag
gressive side by the Germans along the Canal du Nord, where the
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Final Details Made For En
rollment ofEligibles in Har
risburg and Central Penna.;
Registrars at Polling Places
Every Man Above 18 Y'cars of
Age and Less Than 16 Must
Place Name 011 Lists From
Which Drafts Will Be Made
Final arrangements have been ]
completed for the enrollment to-]
morrow of the greatest military re-|
serve force in the history of the j
lln|ted States.
Thirteen million men will register!
In the United States. Harrisburg and
Dtuiphin county boards are prepared
tohegin at 7 o'clock in the morning
and continue until 9 o'clock in the
evening, to enroll the names of the
local manhood coming within the 18
to 45 age limits of the new man
power act.
All day the youth and manhood
of the city and county will stream
to polling places, registration booths
and draft boards and sign them
selves as answering the nation's call
for men. Thousands of those that
register will be selected for military
service. The remainder will by [he
same sort of selection remain to "<fo
the necessary work of those that go,
which supports the men at the front
The men who register to-morrow are
putting their individual cases up to
the government and waiting the gov
ernment's decision.
Polling Places Open
Registration will take place at the I
regular polling places. No excuse will j
lie accepted for failure to register. ]
Imprisonment for one year and li-;
ability to immediate military service. I
will be the cost for failure to register, i
Practically every walk of life will
lie represented on the registration,
lists to-morrow .evening. Ministers.'
lawyers, doctors, public officials, mer- j
chants, manufacturers, policemen. ]
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For HnrriKliurg mill vicinity l Itiiln
mill slightly warmer to-night
mill Tliursiluy.
America's Fighting Men Imbued With
But One Desire, Although They Are
Homesick For Their Native Land;
Messages Are Brought Home
"Two outstanding features of the
morale of the American troops In
France are the dominant passion of
every man. officer and private, to
get to the front and finish the iob.
and homesickness."
This was the message which the
Rev. Dr. Bagnell, pastor of Grace
Methodist Church, brought back aft
er three months in England and
France with United States troops
and sailors there. Dr. Bagnell was
sent to France on a dual mission,
the Bureau of Public Information
arranging' for his reception ovi
there so that he could study the
morale and conditions of American
troops in service, und the "Y" ar
ranging a lecture tour to many of
the huts.
Pleased With Trip
Dr. Bagnell sailed June 22 and
j Washington—lncluded among names of Amsrican
[ soldiers held prisoner in Germany announced by the War 8
| Department are: Privates Valentine Pfluger, 203S Ma- 8
| hantonga stroet, Pottsville, Pa., at Camp Rastatt; Ernest 8
I A. Roueh, 452 Dumiper street, York, Pa., and Charles 8
j Olson, Winber,' Pa. at Darmstadt Hospital; Stanley Craw- !|
| ford, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Vincent L. Carey, New J
| Brighton, Pa., at Bayreuth Hospital; John K. Wilson, :j
jj Somerset, Pa., at Camp Cassel.
| Washington—American industry was called upon by l|
v Chairman Baruch, of the War Industries Board, to co- 8
operate in.bringing the needed manpower to the Army by
K asking exemption for the lowest possible number and i [
R only for "indispensible key men.'* j
Washington—The War Department to-day announced ;|
6 that the tank training schcol now located at Gettysburg, j|
| Pa., will be removed to Raleigh, N. C. |
| Pittsburgh, Pa. —There wiH be no shortage of coal or I
I food this winter on account of transportation congestion j
| according to Director General William G. McAdoo, who j
H is here to-day to attend a meeting of regional directors j
cf eastern and Allegheny valley railroads. He said theTe 8
is no dearth of cais at mines and will be no undue ship 8
ping delays unless essential railroad operatives are drafted, 1
Washington—Fuel Administrator Garfield informed 8
the Senate to-day unless conservation steps are taken im- 8
mediately there would be a deficit cf approximately one 1
million barrels cf gas .line at the end of the year. At the 8
rate of consumption in August he estimated that thera 8
was only about cne month supply ahead. ( 8
Cleveland, p.—in the Debs case to-day the defense an- ■
r u'lveri st Avul ; , .he jtu _on the e.: it-rtce pre I
srm iv I 'J h ' . IT " 1 ' if
own. Debs MARRIAGE
Alfred* Jullunl nnd Katharine Klnnler, Steeltoni John E. Mar- Yt
tin, Harrlaburg, and Iluli V. Newman. Washington, D. C.| l'nrk K. <1
Hltrbeiin, Olive Hill, Ky., nnd Joxephlne K. McC'lennhan. Mnpleton, t
Pa.i Joaeph \V. AVlndenwiker mill t nrollne J. Stoner, Knolni Will in in •
A. Wnterhouxr, l.iiiiciiater, and Etta Alexander, Helgelvlltei George >
D. Fnrk nnd Diifay M, Sloute. Kphnitii | John >l. Swim. HnrrinlnirK, (
and I,oulnn Simmon*. Washington, D. t'.i Clyde 11. Sehreft'er mid
i Kllmabeth I. Burg, IfarrlNliurgi Hurts' B. Flnlier, llnrrl:ihurg. It. i)„ j
2, nnd l.lllle M. Shirk, Progre.xai V\ nohiiigton l\. Hohl nnd Kiln >*.
Hellhole, Heading.
arrived tn New York on the return
trip ;:>si Frioay. coming to his home
in this city last night. On Saturday
evening he will make his first ad
dress in Chestnut Street Auditorium
when he will speak to employes of
the Harrisburg Pipe and Pipe Bend
ing Works at the beginning of the
fourth Liberty Loan compaign. On
Sunday he will speak both morning
and evening in the Grace Church.
Dr. Bagnell's experiences during
his visit to the many troops he re
told briefly to-day to a representa
tive of the Telegraph. That
he investigated every phase of
the military situation, the handling
of the troops in camp and hospital,
the work of the "Y" and Rod Cross
and interviewed many hundreds of
soldiers was evidenced by his com
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