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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 17, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE NINE * LIBERAL UNIONISTS ELECTED TO HEAD STANDING COMMITTEES OF COMMONS. No. 1, R. ,T. JVtaniau Fort William, chairman of the forests, virater-wayB and water-powers; 2, H. M. Mowat, Parkdale, Toronto, chairman of the committee of standing orders; 3, K. C. Henders, Macdonald, Man., chairman of the committee of agriculture and colonization; Clarence Jameson, Dlgby, N. S., member of the civil service commission; 5, U. U Richardson, Springfield, Man., committee of the house; 6, W. S. Fielding, chairman of the committee of marine nnd fisheries; 7, Hon. Hugh Guthrie, chairman of the committee of privileges and elections. DESPERATE EFFORTS Of MET KITH E LOCAL BOYS TELL British Headquarters (Via Reuters) I Aitril 17.-The desperate efforts by I the great force of the enemy yesterday afternoon and last night to exploit his successes about Ballloul arid Wyts-I cliaete met with a costly failnre. The battle west of Ballleui has been ; continuous and sanguinary. Time after time the enemy forces flung themselves against the defenders in {intense assaults, but'on each occasion the British, troopa held..their, .own.and. threw the oa-rusliing Germans back ' -with huge lossss. A tremendous artillery duel is raging along" the'northern front. ,TSrdUgh-out the night thousands of guns of all calibres made the war zone hideous : with their mighty detonations'. There was no' cessation of this protracted . firing between the heavy batierie3 and 1 this morning the qpntest was still con-j tinuing, the vibration shaking win-dows forty and fifty, miles away. Loudon, April 17.-The British at . dusk on Tuesflay," says" a Reuter dispatch from British- headquarters in France, were advancing in the neigh-1 borhood of Wytschaete, south of Ypres, and were'reported to again be : holding the ground which they had 'lost there. Among the numerous enemy attacks Tuesday afternoon and evening on the northern front in I Flanders, one of groat force in the Zillebeke sector was disastrous for the Germans, whose massed waves were shot down at close range,.,'.:They apparently were ordered to retire and then the British gunners got on their flanks, the correspondent says, and the slaughter was appalling. Heavy Losses The .continuous enemy attacks all the afternoon southwest of Ballleui were without exception repulsed with heavy losses. The German artillery filled the tirea. west of the stricken town with gas and high explosive shells as an adjunct to the infantry attack. : At dusk the enemy drove forward again and made a vicious thrust at the British lines. The advancing troops pushed through the hail of death but soon wavered and finally broke. Their cas-uaRies were cruel. Farther south the vicinity of Festu-bert was heavily shelled iby the enemy and Givenchy and La Bassee were also under fire. On the larger battle front of the Somme the enemy artillery was more active south of the river. Viilers-Bre- ANCHOR-DONALDSON LINE POPULAR SERVICE Canada to Glasgow For full Information apply to Agents or Company's Offlc�,-270 Main St., Winnipeg. itoriheux and the area just to the north were strongly bombarded. A German gunner vent a shell into the church tower at: Albert, sending the famous statue of the Virgin which hung there crashing into the square. In the extreme north numerous enemy attacks during the atternopn and evening followed; the capture by the Germans of Wytscliaefe arid Span-broekmolen. I^ater in the afternoon the battle swung..'further' northward, and the Germans attempted, an advance . at ,7.30. p^m, in the .Zillebeke sector. .\The., attempt..was a.-complete failure and great numbers of the attacking infantry were shot down at short range by.rmacb.ine gun and rifle: tire.;' -;. '' -' - 'The German, centre In this.assault �appeared rto^ aulfer. heavily. as tl^e waves canie'~ forward ^md the flanks, in attempting a withdrawal came under a grilling fire which left the ground strewn with dead and wounded. News is Better London, April 17.-The greater part of Wytschaete and probably all-of it is in the hands of the British, * Major General F. N. Maurice, chief director of military operations at the War Office, announced today. Counter attacking successfully at Meteren and south of that place, the British have driven back the Germans half way to Ballleui. They have advanced and improved their line in the direction of Neure Eglfse. * - ' "The news last night and today is better," says General Maurice. While I am not able, to say definitely that Wytschaete is entirely in our hands, vfe hold the greater part and probably the whole of it. "As mentioned In Field Marshal Haig's communique we made a withdrawal to a new line In the Ypres salient.. The withdrawal was decided upon on Sunday. It was carried out partly on Sunday night, and completed on Monday. It is a regrettable military necessity which forces us to give up ground which we won at such heavy cost. On Tuesday the Germans were still shelling trenches which we had left the day before." Disappointing Withdrawal London, Apr. 17.-Although the official report from the battle front this morning does not record any further German advance and has several encouraging features, the .public here learned with disappointment of the withdrawal of the troops holding the forward positions to the eastward of Ypres, which -lias long stood in popular Imagination as a monument to LBritish valor and dogged tenacity iu the face of repeated and almost overwhelming onslaughts of the enemy. Nothing is known as to the extent of the withdrawal in this region. OF "Y" AT FRONT . The Y... M. C. A. 1st doing sonic wonderful work at the ,f)ont in providing entertainment and cheer for the soldier!!. Iir.fact the value of their work is inestimable, as is testified by Leth-bridge hby/t. In order to give some idea to local people of-the -work done,' in view of the big coming campaign for funds for this work, the Herald quotes some of the'letters received," This is from Driver-Lewis .Cascad-den, a. former member of the Herald sta'ff,'-'who writes: "I see by the Herald that, the "Y" came, through the" year, with flying, colors.-*I>nsf one where, wo were able to get some hot tea. We were returning to our dug-out from the front, line, where we had been on f;i-tlgue duty carrying heavy stokes shells and were pretty tired. '1'hls par- ticular "Y" canteen is merely a dug4 out in the side of the trench and if open from !t a.m. to l> a.m., only cloa-* ed for three hours a day. Some seR � vice, eh! Believe me. the Y. M. CYA. ' will hereafter receive willing support from mo and I believe most of the boys over here. .' Trains are again running in and out j of Calgary on the Canadian Northern lines for the first, time in-three weeks. In the neighborhood of one, hundred bridges had to be replaced before traffic, could be resumed. we would starve. They also put on concerts with the best, amateur talent, in England and many of the world's greatest lecturers are now doing Y. It. C. A. work. Dr. Tory, jwosident of the University of Alberta, spoke in No. 4 "Y" some time ago. On Sunday Professor O. E. Ottowell, also of the U. of A., is giving an Illustrated lecture on the creation. There are five Y. C. A.'s in Wit-ley and each one gives a lecture or concert every night. You may also thank them for supplying the paper for this letter. "I landed in Eiyrlamt on tiie first of January. We were in quarantine for the first ten days after which we were given a bIx day pass, f spent two days in Edinburgh and four in London. "I finished my training three weeks ago. and would have been in France if the mumps had not interfered. One of the fellows reported sick four days before I passed out of the Training School and our hut was promptly quarantined'^or four weeks. It would have' been- lifted, today, but three other 'cases - came-out this week so we are In fill April eighteenth. "Wfi'aro" supposed to he doing .fatigues. They consist, mainly of dodg- I: A " '; 99999999? ;