The Hennessey Clipper (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 28, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 14, 1917 Page: 9 of 10
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BRITISH Li LIL..T
DRIVE IN DELGIUr.1
UORNtLIUS N. isUSS, JR.
Gen. Haig Lr.u: i,. - oiccassful
Attack on Mne ls:;.e Front
.Ir,ESSE RIDGE CAPTURED
Without Stopping for Rest British
Make Second Drive Capturing Sev-
eral Strong Positions.
London, June 8.—The British armies
struck today on a new front and won
it victory which supplements the suc-
cesses at Arras in 'lie last two months.
The Germans, though apparently
aware that the blow was coming and
seemingly prepared to meet it, were
driven from their nearly three years'
hold on Messinea Kidge, opposite "poor
old Ypres," the last remnant of an im-
portant lielgian town, which, with the
help of the French and British in turn,
has held out against all the massed at-
tacks the Hermans could fling against
it, including the first great surprise
of poison gas as a means of supposed
Vpres in a sense was avenged today,
for Messines Ridge has been the van-
tage point from which the Germans
have poured torrents of shells into-the
stricken city. The British also wiped
oft an old score against the Germans,
for they held the ridge in October,
1914, and with very thin forces and
virtually no artillery fought bloodily,
but vainly, to hold it when the Prus-
sian troops massed their modern and
overpowering weapons of war against
Fiercsst Big Gun Fire.
Today's attack lacked many of the
elements of surprise which accompa-
nied the Battle of Arras and the suc-
cessful storming of Vimy Ridge. There
has been no doubt for three weeks
past as to the intentions of the Brit-
The Germans knew that a big push
was to be made against Messines and
they had plenty of time to prepare for
the defense of that place. Prisoners
taken today, however, declared that
the bombardment of Vimy was child's
play compared with the gunfire turn-
ed upon Messines.
This fire reached its climax just as
dawn was graying the eastern skies
and while the full moon was still sus-
pended high in the heavens. Today's
successes won all along about a 10-
mile front proved another triumph for
British artillery supremacy.
As the fighting was wholly on Bel-
gian soil, however, the Belgian artil-
lery stationed some distance north of
the actual line of attack, lent aid with
a violent bombardment of the German
positions within range of its varied
Made Second Drive.
The British troops made a second
drive and carded the village of Oost-
taverne and the German positions east
of the village over an extent of five
miles, it is officially announced to-
The German casualties were very
heavy, and the British took more than
five thousand prisoners, many guns,
trench mortars and machine guns.
Germans Admit Losses.
Berlin. June 8.—"In the Wytschaete
salient the enemy has broken into our
foremost positions zone," the German
official communication issued tonight
"The fluctuating battle still con-
tinues violently," the communication
Advance Along Scarpe River, Too.
London, June 7.—The British troops
have captured German positions north
of the Scarpe river over a front of
about a mile, according to the official
report from headquarters tonight. The
"Tlio operations commenced last
night north of the Scarpe were suc-
cessfully completed today and all our
objects gained. We have captured
the enemy's position on the western
slopes of Greenland Hill on a front of
about a mile and taken 162 prisoners,
including four officers.
Artillery Activity Is Great.
"We have also captured a few pris-
oners as a result of raids carried out
early this morning north of Ypres.
"There has been considerable artil-
lery activity again on both sides at a
number of points along our front, par-
ticularly on the north bank of the
Scarpe and in the neighborhood of
Vimy Village, Armentieres and Ypres.
"Activity in the air continued yes-
terday. Eight German airplanes were
brought down in the air fighting, one
of which fell within our iineB. Eight
others were driven down out of con-
trol. Seven of our machines are miss-
Cornelius N. Bliss, Jr., well-known
business man and philanthropist of
New York, is in Washington a great
deal now in connection with his
work as a member of the American
Red Cross war council.
STORMS STILL SWEEP WEST ™
Mb muteness owe t mem
tiT mum retmmY a
si bout forty-five years ago a //!ashington den-
tist who had experimented with wireless and
suspected its marvelous possibilities applied ftr
the right to incorporate a company. The comedi-
ans in our national legislature had a lot of fun
over the "crackbrained " idea and joshed the
newspaper which supported the inventor——
Nine More Persons Reported Killed in
Kansas and Missouri by Recent
Kansas City, June 6.—At widely
separated points, in Missouri and Kan-
sas, tornadoes struck again yesterday
with vicious fury. At least nine per-
sons were killed, and if the storms"
toll is not greater it is due to the fact
that they swept over open country.
The little village of Elmont, north
of Topeka, was almost entirely de-
stroyed, and one man was reported
killed there, two others were slain as
the storm swept across the farming
section along the Kaw river west of
Topeka. A negro boy was killed neat-
Lawrence and i man is reported dead
at Clinton, - further west. Another
death is reported from Neosho county.
East of Richmond, Mo., two women
and a baby were victims of a tornado
that struck down their home. Three
negroes, working nearby, are expected
to die as a result of injuries.
Wires are down in all directions m
the storm areas and it is difficult to
obtain definite information in regard
to the damage done, although It prob-
ably will reach a high figure. Hail
accompanied the wind and rain and
added greatly to the damage to build-
ings and crops.
In Kansas, the worst of the storms
extended from Oakridge to the north-
ern edge of Shawnee county, a dis-
tance of forty miles. It may be that
the damage reported in Leavenworth
county was caused by the same storm.
From Pratt, in the southwestern part
of the state, and Olathe, near the east-
ern line, come reports of persons in-
jured and much damage caused by
w ind' and hail.
Floods as an aftermath of the heavy
rains are expected. Small streams are
overflowing and the rivers are rising
as the water is drained into them.
Olathe, Kan , June 6.—Another tor-
nado struck Johnson county tonight at
7 o'clock. Coming from the southwest
it swept across the southern part of
Olathe, destroying two houses, sev-
eral barns and damaging other prop-
erty. J. T. Swank was injured dan-
gerously when his home was struck
and Mr. and Mrs. H. Donaldson suf-
fered rather severe injuries when the
storm blew away their house.
The storm hit first, at Gardner, ten
miles southwest, but the damage there
was comparatively light.
RAIi) BRITISH COAST AGAIN
London, Juno 6.—Sixteen German
airplanes came over the North Sea
this evening and dropped many bombs
on the small towns and villages in
Essex and Kent. Only fourteen of
them returned to their home base, for
two were brought down by British
CONDENSED NEWS ITEMS
Killed in Door of Home.
Guthrie, Ok., June 6.—M. M. Meek,
a wealthy farmer living near here, was
shot and instantly killed early this
morning when he was awakened and
opened the door of his home at the
summons of an unidentified man.
Anti-Draft Speaker Held.
Chickasha, Ok., June 6.—Lafayette
Wolf of Comanche, Ok., was placed
in jail here today charged with mak-
ing a speech against registration.
Wolf is more than 60 years old. The
arrest was made by Jack Bonham.
—Fifty buildings, including many of
the largest structures of the business
district of Perry, Ok., were demolished
by a tornado which struck the town
recently. Several farm houses and
barns in the path of the storm also
—Anticipating the day when Okla-
homa national guardsmen will be
"somewhere in France," the State
University of Oklahoma has sent Al-
zarre Allsid, instructor in foreign lan-
guages, to Fort Sill, where he will give
the guardsmen lessons in conversa-
—It now would seem as though only
eight of the eighteen German airplanes
which took part in Tuesday's raid suc-
ceeded in regaining their base. The
official reports leave it not quite cer-
tain whether eight or ten German ma-
chines were actually lost. There is
no reason to doubt the losses will
—Lord Northcliffe, at the request of
the war cabinet, has accepted the po-
sition of head of the British war mis-
sion in the United States, in succes-
sion to Arthur J. Balfour, who is to re-
turn to his duties at the foreign office.
FEW hours after Presi-
dent Wilson had signed
the congressional war
resolution on April G nn
otllcer of the navy de-
partment, on orders from
Secretary Daniels, went
to the naval wireless
station in Washington,
sat down before an in-
strument, and sent
crackling out to the four corners of the
earth and over the surface of the
Seven seas the word that the Imperial
government of Germany and the
United States of America had come to
grip of battle. On every American
Warship and at every American naval
or military station, some scores and
some thousands of miles away, receiv-
ing antennae tingled with the news ns
It came sputteringly but quickly to Its
A few days later another govern-
ment order was set forth declaring
that the authorities at Washington
had decided to take over control of the
wireless facilities of the nation nnd
that nil private apparatus for sending
and receiving must lie demolished. Po-
lice officials all over the laud got busy
at once, and thousands of amateur
telegraphers found themselves without
avocation the next morning. In New
York city alone 008 wireless stations
were silenced, nn Index of the enor-
mous growth that aerial telegraphy
These two instances witnessing the
Indispensnbilit.v of this mode of com-
munication make difficult of belief per-
haps the statement that It is just 45
years ago that the science of tele-
graphing through the air without
wires was for the very first time
brought to the attention of the con-
gress of the United States, and that
the application for permission to in-
corporate a company to try out the
"crackbrnined" scheme so tickled the
risibilities of the honorable representa-
tives that the proposition was very
nearly laughed out of court.
Eventually, however, the idea seem-
ing harmless, If entirely mad, the de-
sired authority was given, and Mahlon
Loom Is, a dentist of Washington, D. C.,
was told that ho could go ahead and
do anything of the kind he liked. So
in a spirit of entire levity the lower
house accorded the Initial recognition
to what has developed into one of
the most marvelous and most serv-
iceable of all manifest work of genius.
The name of Guglielmo Marconi, the
Italian, Is inseparably associated with
wireless telegraphy In these days, nnd
as Is so often the case the men who
blazed the trail are forgotten. So
Mahlon Loomls and many like him
have passed Into the obscurity of
memory, their achievements receiving
only scant mention even in the books
which give the history of the science
as it developed.
The Washington dentist was, how-
ever, a pioneer in one respect which
has reserved for him a modicum of
fame; he first of all scientists proposed
to use the present method of conduct-
ing the electric Impulses by means of
long masts and even erected a struc-
ture for the purpose on the banks of
the Potomac river in Maryland, where
he for a time carried on experiments.
Therefore the records mention him In
a long list of illustrious men as one
who really did something to advance
the cause of wireless investigation..
There are few men now living who
recall the debate in which the leading
men of congress took part when Rep-
resentative Bingham of Pennsylvania
Introduced a resolution to Incorporate
the Loornis Aerial Telegraph company.
The brilliant speeches, the flowery
periods in which the wits of the house
In that day held the Loomls scheme up
A Montana forestry official has de-
vised a light and compact telephone In-
strument which Is portable and will be
part of the equipment of all govern-
ment rangers In the future.
Mayor Amos ItadclilTe of Patterson,
N. J„ helped lower a boy on a rope
from n bridge to rescue a cat on a
rock In the river. Kitty snnk her
claws In the seat of the boy's trou-
sers. The breeches buoy rescue was
to ridicule, as set forth In the Con-
gressional Record, give a fair Idea of
how seriously the proposal was taken.
One of the chief points of the debate
was made upon the question of
whether the resolution should be re-
ferred to the committee on foreign
affairs of the house or to the com-
mittee on commerce, the decision be-
ing rendered In favor of the latter body
after a discussion which was carried
on with burlesque solemnity for some
hours. It Is Interesting to note that
the presiding officer on that occasion
was none other than Representative
James A. Garfield of Ohl , who later
became president of the United States.
Incidentally there Is n strange simi-
larity in the conduct of the house
then, ns related In the Record, and In
Its actions In the present day.
Representative Conger read nn ar-
ticle from the since defunct Sunday
Chronicle of April 14, 1872, which, de-
spite the fact that It was laughed at by
congress, seems to have had a realiz-
ing sense of grace In considering the
project of wireless.
The serious nttcmpts of the Sunday
Chronicle to plead the cause of wire-
less was the signal for a chorus of
presumably humorous remarks some-
what like those leveled at the two ab-
surd Wright boys, Orville and Wilbur,
when they gave tip a profitable bicycle
business out in Dayton, 0., some years
ago and started fussing around with n
ridiculous contraption that they
thought they could make fly like a
bird, whereas all the wiseacres there-
abouts knew It was all plumb foolish-
ness and couldn't be done. Everybody
knows what a ghastly failure the
Wrights made of flying.
The butt of most iff the jokes hurled
at the Lootnls Invention was Repre-
sentative Holmes of Indiana, who had
helped Mr. Bingham Introduce the res-
olution, and who wns one of the few to
believe that wireless communication
wns really possible. Ho made a speech
ninld a chorus of groans, jeers and in-
terruptions of all sorts, representa-
tives continually Insisting upon rend-
ing articles from publicntlons not
so farseelng ns the Sunday Chronicle,
and all poking fun ut "Wireless
Mr. Bingham also had his turn, nnd
his speech, like the others, appears In
the Record, although the disorder In
the house made It Impossible of henr-
Ing for most of the members, lit-, too,
could see the possibilities of wireless,
nnd stoutly maintained his position.
Mr. Bingham's extreme earnestness
carried with It a measure of convic-
tion, and the unruly house at the end
accorded him some measure of serious
attention. Whether It was owing to
Ids speech or a certain feeling that It
would, do no harm to let Loomls try
his stunt, since It could not hurt nny-
thlng, at any rnte the resolution was
passed a few nights Inter and the
dentist-electrician started Iri to form
the company to exploit his iden.
In many respects Doctor Loomls'
plans for wireless development were
more ambitious than any proposed be-
fore or since. He not only aimed at
communication by telegraphic meth-
ods, but he'likewise expected to util-
ize the power for lighting and heating
purposes. In July, 1872, ho secured
a patent from the United States patent
office which so far ns is known was
the first ever granted of Its kind. The
text of it Is interesting.
"Be it known that I, Mahlon Loomls,
dentist, of Washington, District of Co-
lumbia." it says, "have invented or dis-
covered a new and improved mode of
telegraphing and of generating light,
heat nnd motive power, nnd I do here-
by declnre that the following Is a full
"The nnture of my Invention or dis-
covery consists, In general terms, of
utilizing nnturnl electricity nnd estab-
lishing nn electrical current or circuit
for telegraphic and other purposes,
"Without the nid of wires, artificial bat-
teries or cable to form such electrical
current, and yet communicate from
one continent of the globe to another.
"As In dispensing with the double
wire" (which was first used in tele-
graphing) "and making use of but one,
substituting the earth Instead of a wire
to form one-half of the circuit, so I
now dispense with both wires, using
the earth as one-half the circuit and
continuous electrical element far above
the earth's surface for the other
part of the circuit. I also dls-
Welsh coal owners have refused the
workmen's application for a new audit
of their books to regulate wages.
A system of shorthand writing for
the Chinese language hns been invent-
ed in Hongkong, a speed of 140 words
a minute hnving been acquired by the
Inventor, who Is teaching his method.
Francis Jones, New York negro sub-
way porter, threw a bucket of water
on what he thought was burning paper
and went back to work. When he dis-
covered It was a bomb he fell down a
flight of stairs.
pense with nrtlflcln! batteries, but
use the free electricity of the at-
mosphere, co-operating with that of
the earth to supply the electrical dy-
namic force or current for telegraph-
ing and for other useful purposes,
such ns light, beat and motive power.
"As atmospheric electricity Is found
more nnd more abundant when mois-
ture, clouds, heated currents of air
and other dissipating influences nrn
left far below and a greater altitude
attained, my plan Is to seek us high nn
elevation as practicable on the tops of
high mountains and thus penetrate or
establish electrical connection with the
atmospheric stratum or ocenn overly-
ing local disturbances. Upon these
mountain lops I erect suitable towers
and apparatus to attract the electric-
ity, or In other words to disturb the
electrical equilibrium and thus obtain
a current of electricity, or shocks, or
pulsations, which traverse or disturb
the positive electrlcnl body of the at-
mosphere above and between two
given points by communicating It
to the negative electrical body In
the earth below to form the electric
After declnrlng that the Inventor
did not utilize nny new keyboard or
alphabet, the patent concludes with
the assertion that he claims:
"Tin? utilization of nntural elec-
tricity from elevated points by con-
necting the opposite polarity of the
celestial and terrestlnl bodies of elec-
tricity at different points by suitable
conductors, and for telegraphic pur-
poses relying upon the disturbance
produced In the two electro-opposite
bodies (of the enrth nnd the at-
mosphere) by nn Interruption of tho
continuity of one of the conductors
from nn electrical body being Indi-
cated upon Its opposite or correspond-
ing terminus, nnd thus producing a cir-
cuit of communication between tho
two without an artificial battery or
the further use of wires or cables to
connect the co-operating stations."
The fate of the Loomls invention
was not long In being determined.
Ills company was formed nnd experi-
ments were carried on, but the (In tills
day) manifestly impossible scheme
was soon found to be impracticable,
despite tho several mlvnnced ldens
| presented, nnd the proposition pres-
ntly went to smash, adding another
name to the great roll of disappointed
and disillusioned pioneers.
Althouj'li Loomls was the first man
to get recognition In flu1 American
congress for wireless discovery, men
had inklings of the possibility of
tiie thing 50 years before him. About
the first to take up the work was Doc-
tor Steinhell of Munich, who in 38H8
evolved some of the basic features of
the science. Morse In 1842 saw that
telegraphing without wires would some
day bo possible, but he was too busy
with the wire method to spend any
time on the other plnn.
The credit for the successful impli-
cation of tho principles of wireless
communication of course belongs to
Marconi, who has had the wit and the
resource to employ the work of his
predecessors In the field nnd actually
to produce the now wonderful result.
Marconi's real accomplishment Is of
comparatively recent date and it owes
much even to tho dreamings of Doc-
tor Loomls, not to mention the experi-
menting of such eminent minds ns J.
Trowbridge in 1880, Sir W. H. I'reece
in 1882, Wllloughby Smith, Sir Oliver
Lodge, Alexander Graham Bell,
Thomas A. Edison and numerous
others who contributed to the general
The employment of the Hertzian
waves, discovered by Hertz In 1886 and
1887, by Marconi nnd then tho Ital-
ian's Invention of the antennae, for tho
detection of electric Impulses, resulted
finally In the commercial wireless of
today, which In seeming perfection
is still but in its infancy. Greater
marvels arc yet In store for the world
than even the direction of torpedoes
by wireless and the sending of mes-
sages from New York to Honolulu,
and than even wireless communica-
tion between fighting uirplnnes nnd
ground stations fur back of the but-
tle lines. Yet these accomplishments
are a far cry from that day in 1899
when two British cruisers at maneuv-
ers were able to communicate with
each other by telegraph and the world
thought that the summit of wonders
had been achieved.—New York Sun.
Indians Good Orchardists.
The American apple owes much tc
the cure of the Indiun farmers, for the
Indian wns an able pomologist. It was
not unusual 150 years ago for Indian
orchards to hove 1,500 trees, which
all had been duly pruned and culti-
vated by the people we are prone to re-
gard as nomadic savages. The peach
and quince were also cultivated by
them in Inter years. To the world the
Indian introduced such fruits ns th«
persimmon, the puwpuw, the pineuppli
ajid the Virginia strawberry.
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She was precocious beyond what
would be expected from one Just past
five summers. She lived In a family
where one of the members hud been
taking "flesh reducer."
A boy, wearing a enstoff hat several
numbers too huge, which bad been
puckered to make It fit, wns passing
nlong the street. She culled out,
"Oh, mamma, Johnny has been tak-
j lug antifat. He had to tighten his hut
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The Lost Dog.
Among war stories sent from the
battle front In France to a London
newspaper Is this one: "We could do
nothing. We were trapped," said the
brigadier, who was taken with Ida
whole staff. The brigadier wept a little.
He confessed to the humiliation of tid-
ing captured with such little loss
nmong Ills men. "We thought the
Vimy ridge Impregnable," lie said. But
tils greatest grief was not for the de-
feat, or for the capture or sufferings
of his men. "My little dog I" ho said
again and again. "Has anyone seen
my little dog? It hns been with me
ever since the beginning of the war."
He had lost his little dog when he had
come out of his dugout and held up
Ids hands, and then came down with
his mob of men.
Was Right First Time.
It was little June's third birthday
nnd brother Will was hiking advan-
tage of the privilege It gave, at which
Jane cried lustily.
"What's the Mlitter, Jane?" asked
' mamma, coming on the scene.
"Brother's a regular 'sprizo fighter,
he Is," said Jane.
After mamma bad explained the cus-
tom. she exclaimed, "Well, he 'sprlzeg
Emporium of the Near Future.
"Have you any anthracite coul to-
"The jewelry department Is on th
How About It?
"I dreamed last night that I pro
posed to a beautiful girl."
"And what did I say?"
Just the same, If It hadn't been for
woman's curiosity Moses never would
have been found In the bulrushes.
is to change from
before the harm
"There's a Reason"
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