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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 18, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta OLUME XI. LETHBIUDGE. ALBERTA. THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1918 NUMBER 108 MAKE NO ADVANCE All Britain Holds Breath / IBritain'sNewWarMinister MOST OF RUSSIAN FLEET ESCAPED V In Agony While Brave last Five Days Have Been Anxious Ones for the British People of Anxiety Army Battles SOME MORE OF THE KAISER'S HYPOCRISY BUT THERE IS NO LOSS OF CONFIDENCE . IN GLORIOUS ARMY London, April IS.-Tho l;ist few days have been the most anxious the British people have known since tho beginning -of the war. The first phase! of the German attack was directed .against both the British and French fronts, and British troops have had to bear tho whole force of the second attack. There is no lack of confidence that, tho British soldiers will do all any Jncn can do, and there is tho greatest praise in thoir gallantry anil their stubborn defence with hicks to the wall against great odds, but as the Germans have continued day after day, nibbling away bits of the Flanders front, regaining towns, small ing on the .situation. The military position confronting the empire was explained in detail. The enemy had clearly, disclosed his intention to make a supreme effort to destroy the British army on the western front as an effective fighting force. To this end he had adopted measures placing every man in the German empire he-tweon tho ages of 17 and 60 at tho disposal of the government, reducing the age limit for military service ami reorganizing his formation in the field. His forces and reserves for striking at the western front had been enormously increased by tho withdrawal of Russia from the war. The employment of iandwehr and lamistrum formations for the defence of tho eastern front, the use of these formations to replace casualties in France and Flanders, there being taken in turn by the youngest recruits for the purpose of training, the cessation of war in the east and the* transfer in addition of large numbers of Austro-Hungarian troops, thus possibly 1,600,000 men without taking into account the reserves which would otherwise have beeu necessary on the Russian front, being placetf-affile Germans' disposal in France. (Continued on P*at Si Ottawa, April 18.-Following is the full text of the new regulations, promulgated Tuesday in the i'orm of an order in council which received the assent of the governor general, governing the publication of statements, reports or opinions or the verbal expression of opinions which may tend to weaken or detract from the united effort of the people of the Dominion in the prosecution of the war: "1, It shall be an offense: "(a) To print, publish or publicly express an adverse or unfavorable statement, report or opinion concerning the causes of the present war or the motives or purpo-ies for which Canada, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland or any of the allied nations entered upon or prosecutes tho same, which may tend to arouse hostile feeling, create unrest or unsettle or inflame public opinion; "(b) To print, publish or publicly express any adverse or -unfavorable statement, report or opinion concerning the action of Canada, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland or any allied nation in prosecuting the war. False Statements "(c) To print or give public expression or circulation to any false statement or report respecting the work or activities of any department, branch or officer of the public service or the service or activities of Canada's military or naval forces, which may tend to inflame public opinion and thereby hamper the government of Canada or prejudicially affect its military or naval forces in the prosecution of the war; "(d) To print, publish oc publicly express any statement, report or opinion which may tend to weaken or in any way detract from the united effort of the people of Canada in the prosecution of the war; "(e) To print, publish or publicly express any report of or to purport to describe or to refer to the proceedings at any secret session of the house of commons or senate held in pursuance of a resolution passed by the said house or senate, except such report thereof as may be officially communicated through the 'director of public information; "(f) Without lawful authority � to publish the contents of any confidential document belonging . to or any confidential information obtained from any government department or any person in the . service of His Majesty. Heavy Penalty ''2. Any'person found guilty of an offense hereunder shall upon summary conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for not more than London, April IS.-The American Labor Mission held it; sent the total Liberty Loan �J> < pledges over the billion mark ? < to $1,069,558,000. �  *       Germans Fail in Further Attempts at Wytschaete; Open up on a New Front Germans, Having Failed in Further Attacks Near Ypres, Have Started Drive Near Labassee at Locon-British Line Is Holding Firm Today-German Attacks Repulsed BRITISH CONTINUE TO MOW DOWN MASSED RANKS OF GERMANS AS THEY ADVANCE; FRENCH ARE NOW BEING HEAVILY ENGAGED London, April IS.-Southeast of Kemmell Hill on tho northern battlefront. the Germans pressed back the British lines slightly but tho situation was restored by a counter attack, the War Office announces. In the Bailleul sector the Germans made three attacks before noon yesterday and in each case suffered a complete repulse. With the British Army ' in France, April 18.-The Germans brought up fresh divisions for the hard thrust which they made yesterday. Although the British were unable to hold Wytschaete and Metoren, which they had retaken by a brilliant counter attack, they beat off the enemy elsewhere. The British maintained their fire throughout the night, �< , ON NEW FRONT London, April IS.-The Germans opened a heavy bombardment on. the British positions on the southwestern part of the Lys battlefront between Locon . and Itobeccj during the night. Tlie bombardment was still iu progress at dawn today. FRENCH FRONT Paris. April 18.-After a preliminary bombardment.' a strong- German detachment attempted to advance last night near Cbrbeny on the Aisne front. Today's official statement says the attack was broken up by the French fire. HEAVILY ENGAGED London. April 18.-(Via Renter's Ottawa Agency) - The French are heavily in action on the northernvbattle area. Ottawa, April 18.-The Ottawa Evening Journal this afternoon publishes the following: 'Advices have boeu received in Ottawa which indicate that at least one Canadian division (believed to be the first) is now participating in the mighty conflict at. Lys. Detailed information is hourly expected by the authorities. "Up to the present Dominion troops have not had an extensive share in the fighting that has been raging with such fury during the last three weeks. In the Pl-cardy offensive the Germans struck south of the Canadian lines and only the Dominion cavalry brigade and some Canadiau armored cars took part in the battle which followed. Their losses, it is understood, did not ex-deed two thousand in killed, wounded and missing. "In tlie present drive the Germans attacked north of the Canadian line and with the exception of the division now reported in action, General Currie's men have experienced nothing more than the usual artillery fighting. "Official expectations are,' however, before many days have elapsed, the entire Canadian force will be brought into action to once more help crush the German attempt to reach the channel ports." Montreal, April 18.-The Star estimates that there are about 150,000 young men who will be affscted by the ameivied Military Service Act. Quebsc will provide 36,000; Ontario 36,000; Saskatchewan, Manitoba. Alberta and British Columbia about 16,000 each; Nova Scotia 7000; Prince Edward Island 2000 and, Now Brunswick 5000.  UNDESIRABLE TASK With the British Army in France, April 17.-Had any one said months ago that there would soon be rejoicing to see the British * withdraw and abandon the Pass-chendacle Ridge system which was won with such difficulty last summer, it would have excited derision. But. the whole British army is glad at this, bold move. It not only lessens the danger from the enemy drive about Wytschaete-and Bailleul, but it greatly shortens the defensive line. It seems hard in a way to give up ridges over which the British battled forward in such a spectacular ^ fashion last summer,