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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 16, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VCTfcUME XI. LETHBR1DGE. ALBERTA. TUESDAY. APRIL 10, 1918 NUMBER 106 BRITISH IN A DESP GGLE Clergymen are Active in Demonstrations in One Hundred Parishes UNIONISTS APPEAL FOR GENEROUS TREATMENT NOW London, Apr. i Centrist party; Dr. Stres Emann, National Liberal and Stuecklen, Socialist, requesting the chancellor Jo. see to it that the classes of 1869 and 1870 be discharged from the army as soon as possible and that the men of the landstfnim wno have been in active service since the beginning of the war and who have been one year in the front line trenches be permanently transferred to the home reserves. Deputy Ryssel said it was explained that Tlie men in question could not be withdrawn because they could not be replaced. He added: "The resolution adopted by the reichstag two years ago, providing for the discharge of persons permanently sick and utofit for service is not being acted upoju" . . NO LABOR UNION IN POLICE FORCE Ottawa, April 16.-Police Chief Ross took drastic steps this morning to break up a union formed among members of the police force by an organizer of the Allied Trades and Labor Association. Last week he learned that members of the force were being asked to join a union. He issued an order stating that any member of the force who joined the union would have his name struck off the strength of the force. Last night he learned that the union had met yesterday afternoon. This morning he dismissed the four officers who presided at the meeting, v STOP PATENTS Washington, April 16.-President Wilson today stopped the^ issuance of patents and eppyrights to enemies and revoked the. .authority given Americans to apply for patents in enemy countries. Seeding Well Under Way In the Lethbridge District WITH THEIR OWN OFFICERS ? ? ? '> ? � � ? * � ft � � * * 0! * O  � * *   Regina, April 16.-The R. N. W. M. P. today started recruiting for overseas service. So far as is known the men are invited to join the force with the understanding that they go overseas not as a separate unit but in a body with their own officers as reinforcements to cavalry. In addition to the crop reports received by. the Herald from, its own correspondents, tho C. P. R. general offices here on Saturday received the first of the weekly crop reports from each point on the division, atid the summary seemB to indicate that, on the whole, about 25 pqr cent of the seeding was done on Sutun^ay night. Of course there are sections, especially along the Aldersyde line, where a much greater percentage of the total acreage is seeded. At some points wheat seeding will be completed this week. Most points reported conditions as favorable, though a few stated that the land was rather dry and rainfall was desired. At the eastern end of the division, however, the conditions are the reverse, the land being very wet, and seeding ten days behind the Aldersyde line rpcord. From Pincher Creek and Cowley come reports that the farmers will this season greatly increase their acreage in hay. Some parts of the district have received considerable moisture over the week-end. West of Claresholm rain and snow fell on Saturday night giving the topsoll a good wetting. Further shower* were reported from the northwestern section yesjerdsy. CARD8TON. Cardston, Apr. 16.-Seeding it in full swing in all the Cardston districts. The rumor that 19X8 formalin had 'been poisoned by alien enemies so S3 to destroy germination hindered seeding in some districts, but this being passed it is estimated that the greater part of spring" wheat is 'already in . � The ground is being rapidly put in sbane for oats, 'barley'-'arid flax, and probably the greatest area ever planted to grain will be this spring. MAGRATH. Magrath, April 15.-Weather conditions have been fine the past week for seeding, which is progressing nicely. / Everyone is busy from daylight until- dark. The daylight* saving will not affect the fanners much, as Uvey work early and late no matter- what tho time of day is. LOMOND. Lomond, April 15.-The farmers here are rushing right along now getting their land ready for the seed. As tho land is hard this year owing to the hard crust everybody is discing his land so as to get the seed down to the proper depth. A few of the larger farmers have large areas seeded now and seeding will be general in a week. Some are getting reglste; ?d Marquis wheat to raise seed enough for all their land next year. The farmers here are hopeful in regard to the coming summer. . . .  . NEMISKAM Memiskam, April 15.-All the farmers in this district are on the land and quite e. few have started seeding. Crop prospects are excellent and we Bhall have a 'bigger acreage under crop than last year, and the land is In much better shape. A lot of sunnnertallowing and fall plowing was done last year. The labor shortage does not seem to have affected this district, and all the farmers seem well supplied. ' *. GRASSY LAKE. Grassy Lake, April 15.-The spring farm work is on in earnest. The re- iCONTINUKD OK FAOl 41 British Yield Neuve Eglise And Bailleul After Bitter Fight; Main Lines Are Held Germans Capture Bailleul, Five Miles Further on From Neuve Eglise-British Retire to North Where Stronger Lines Exist-Germans Fail for Most Part in Gaining Objects MAP OF THE FRONT Of THE NEW GERMAN OFFENSIVE. Showing Labaese, Armentiererf and BaiHeul. British Labor Mission Returns From U. S. With Message of Confidence New York, XY., Apr. 1C-With a message to the British government and people that American labor is loyally behind President Wilson in the prosecution of the war, the British labor mission which for two months has been touring the United States, has departed for England. In a statement given out after their departure through the American alliance for labor and democracy, Walter A. Appleton, spokesman for the British Labor leaders, v declared that "American labor is loyal to the core." Mr. Appleton said that the patriotic course of the American Federation of Labor has been "an inspiration to himself," and colleagues. The determination to win, the spirit to sacrifice, manifest on all sides, "is an augury of a great triumph for the forces of democracy." Joshua Butterworth, Wm. Mosos and Charles Duncan, M.P., were tho other members of the mission. Loyal to Wilson. In his statement Mr. Appleton said: "I am personally charged by Mr. Samuel Gompers to convey to the British people and government and particularly to Mr. Lloyd George, the assurance that the American Federation ok Labor and all who are directly and indirectly associated with it, aro whole-heartedly behind. President Wilson and that they will back all the efforts of the United States government to force a peace which shall destroy for all time the efforts of German militarism to enthral democracy. \"We carry from America renewed confidence and inspiration. Our sixty days among her people have shown us beyond any manner of doubt her capacity, her sincerity and her determination. She has already started to write upon'the wnlls of potsdam palace the fateful 'm'nei, m'uel thekal upharsin.'" ' '  � �> Paris, April 16-German long >  range guns continue their boni--  killed one woman and wounded   one man in the Paris district   last night, according to on of- ?  tibial statement issued today. ?  '.-.'�   WEATHER High........... ........ Lew........ ......... /precast: Fair and cool. 67 27 POWERFUL WIRELESS PLANTS DISCOVERED Chicago, April 16.-Two wireless plants, one of which is said to have been powerful enough to communicate with Germany, were dismantled by Federal agents yesterday. The keeper of one of the s^tions was taken into custody but his name was withheld. ASAUNIT YET Ottawa, Apr. 15-Hon. N. W. Rowel!, president of the privy council, who administers the affairs of the R.N.W.M.P. made the following statement tonight in reference to the pro-prosal to send overseas a R.N.W.M. P. unit: "In view of the necessity of additional cavalry reinforcements for the Canadian Cavalry brigade, now operating in Francs. stroyed Toronto, Apr. 18.-With half a million dollars' worth of packing house foodstuffs destroyed or seriously damaged, and another quarter million of destruction among plant and buildings, the fire which burned fiercely at the Harris abattoir plant here' last night, was finally got under control and practically extinguished this morning. Several hundred men and women were temporarily thrown out of employment by the fire, but some of the buildings of the plant were saved and will be in operation again immediately. The police are today investigating reports that mysterious explosions preceded the outbreak of the firo which apparently started in the plant's laundry. An Atlantic Port* Apr. 16.-"I return with a sense of pride and, confidence at the achievements of the United States and allied ' troops abroad that would justify many trips across the water," Secretary Baker said as he stepped aboard a train which will' take him to Washington. . This is the only statement the secretary said he cared to make until his return to Washington,' where he promised a broad^ review of his voyage and. Its results. Those who returned with the secretary said they did. not doubt "but. that they reflected Mr. . Baker'a feeling* i when they said that' there was complete optlmlam and confidence at the front. * ? > > $   * O ? * NO ASSURANCE GIVEN ?  -- .- \ -  ? London, April 15.-rLord Rob- is restored, but it is hoped ? .tafra Agency).-Telegraphing .fronts British headquarters in France this evening, Reuter's correspondent says: "The enemy has not yet. been. brought to a standstill in"" the Flanders battle. The re-occupation of Neuve Eglise and the desperate struggle to advance\.toward Bailleul shows that the enemy is able and willing to continue to pay an appalling price Jn attempts to crush the British army. "Against this, however, every hour the strength of the defense is increasing. The enemy's failure to reach hi3 final objective .in the Somme battle is being repeated to'day in Flanders. "The enemy's program was to reach Kemmel on April JO. He is only three miles from Kemmel Ridge, but is today no nearer than Friday1, since when reinforcements have been flung across the Gernjan path. "Following are interesting details of German losses: "Tho incoming seventeenth. division and the seventeenth reserve dlyislpn' on. April 11 got a terrible gruelling and were forced to retire upon their starting point. A prisoner of the 52nd Reserve Infantry reluctantly, paid tribute to the magnificent fighting of the British .machine gunners .'who on �torfili'ST^educedTKe prisorier's coxn-ipaffy-to "half strength. ' * - ; f "The prisoner was: 43: years of-*fee and came from Germany with a draft of 500, the greater part of whom were landstruiners of over 35 years and the . remainder lads of 18 or li). * Fight to the Death With the British Army in France, April 15.-The Germans occupied a shambles when they took Neuve Eglise The contending forces, who had been battling bitterly here for days, had', been asking and giving no quarter. Several times the shell _ torn village changed hands. On each occasion it was a struggle to the death with bayonets as the troops swirled 1n a mad: melee through the crimsoned streets.^ The British and Germans alike.had but one thought as the, red heat of conflict got into their blood-to fight to a finish and accept the fate which way; in store for themJ, Alter the British recaptured the place on Saturday morning they continued to hold with a hollow. square of troops thrown around it. The massed Germans kept flinging themselves V against this thin but determined line of defenders. The battle went oh until late last night, when the pressure from overwhelming enemy forces became too great and the weary square of khaki dissolved to re-form in- new % positions a line northwest of the town. Even then the Germans found, them- ., pelves in a nasty situation for the British artillery immediately opened a  ' tremendous bombardment and began, piling up German dead with 'those Who, had gone before. ' The. loss of Neuve Eglise certainly made the situation for Bailleul no brighter, but the allied positions on the whole has been growing  better with the passing of time. j The British were still pivoting on Wytschaete and last night, when.the pressure of Neuve Egli3e be'eama too great, they swung their line to the ' northwest, thereby eliminating the salient which bulged out around that place.  . t- Break Hun Attack London, April  15.-Seven days ago the Germans launched their gigantic assault against the British between Lens and Ypres, but today the mo-. aientum of their attack has been brok-, en and the waves of the Teutonic forces are recoiling before the rock of .the British defense. While the Germans have made gains of ..ground and have driven .a wedge into the allied lines to a'considerable depth, they seem to have tailed in their attempt to break through or to take important railway junctions. Fresh German attacks are developing in the neighbor-, . hood of Wytschaete. A German attack southwest of VIeux Beruuin was repulsed. French Front Paris.. April 16.-Heavy artillery fighting occurred last night on the main battle front in the neighborhood of Mont Dldier, the War Office announces. The French captured a machine gun and prisoners near the Olse Canal. The statement follows; "In tlie region south of Mont Oidier i . there was heavy artillery fighting. In the sector of Noyon the French Made, r some progress in a local opetation. ' -!* "French  reconnoitring part lee were >. D+8A 06 589906 ;