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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 22, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. MONDAY, APRIL 22. 1918 Nl'MBER lit GOVT. TAKES OVERRYS. N IRELAND British Government Seizes Railways atid Also Stores of Ammunition in Dublin ANTI-CONSCRIPTION FORCES TAKE PLEDGE; LITTLE EXCITEMENT London, April 2:;.-The military niithoi'ities liavB taken over control of t^e principal Irish rail ways, the post pfdces anil telephone exchanges, according to the correspondent -at Cork of the Dailj*. Chronicle. It is lidded that the police on Sunday removed-�H-T!rn)B and ammunition from gun shops in Dublin, where it 18 j-eported that similar action will 1)0 taken throughout Ireland. Pledge-Taking Dublin, April 21.-Nowhere does cny digturbance or even excitement seem to have occurred either at the pledge-taking meetingB or at uumer-0u3 political gatherings throughout Ireland today at which conscriplion Avag denounced in Htrong term**. .loseph Devlin, in a speech at Belfast, Hald that tile Jri.sh were In a ])o.sitlon at being able to defend thelV action. on the notable precedent set by Sir Edward Carson and his friends by forming a revolutionary party uguinst the Home Rule bill. "Today^'. he said, "we arc follow-er.s of Carson." Wa.shiagton, April 22.-DLsappoint-ment in Germany over the lack of success of the submarine campaign is pictured as severe in dispatohe.s from Switzerland. Bit/er critu^ism of the tidmiralty, the dispatch, says, has followed the realization that the undersea warfare Ik not accomplishing what >vas claimed for it In the beginning. One dispatch says: "The German admiralty was attaek-fd by the deputies of almost every party, while Admiral Von Capelle had -Hon. C. J. Doherty, minister of juetlce, tias Intimated that hfa department will extend the �mployment of prisoners 6n the land, according to an announcement made on Saturday afternoon by Robert Bick-erdlke, ex-M. P., at a meeting of the National Criminal Reform Association, of which Mr. Bicker-dike is pre�ident. ' COMMONS LIKELY W FINISH EARLY Ottawa, April 22.-Prorogation of parliament by Thursday, May 16, or Saturday,, May 18; is Ivopod for by the gbyerumert and in official cir' cies, although. it Is quite likely that it will not be possible to dispose ot business UBtllii week I^er. Thursday, May-, 28, Is'therefore regarded as belni('-ii* : : e> 'o > A . � * ALLOWED TILL JULY 1ST. antitlei|r of materials were lost. The numibiBr of victims was ftald to be cohtilderabie. The fire' burned for more than twenty-four bourn and war interspersed by frequent explosiotii which cotild bo heard in^Swltzerlsnd. Earthquake Shakes Whole of Southern California San Jacinto, Calif., April 22.- Two more earthquake shocks took place at Hemet and San Jacinto today at 9.07 a.m. and 9.14 a.m. The earth movement seemed more pronounced at Hemet than here. Loose bricks, tottering walls and wreckage bunging precariously were loosened by the new shocks and fell, adding to the general ruin fa the business districts. Los Angeles, Cal., April �22.-More than one-third ot the business district ot San Jacinto and a smaller proportion of that of Hemet, both in Riverside County, about seventy miles east ol! here, were in ruins today and scores of residences in th'i two little towns ER Believe Army Which Dese^ed Austrians in Hands of Germans Washington, 'April 22.-Much concern is felt over the fate of i 1,000 Czech troops who deserted from the Austrian army to join the Russians at the beginning of the war and who according to Vienna newspapers have been captured by the Germans a(}-vancing into the Ukraine. Members of the Czecho-'Slovak National Council said here it was feared that most of the prisoners or at least the officers might be �'aummarily executed. i Am"ong those reported capturea Is Dr. Bolidan Pavlu, who T)rior toj tho war was an editor of the Prague Daily Narodni Listy. As editor ol^ the CzonhoSlovJik, a r.ovolv.tionary journal published in Fetrograd. he took a leading part in the organiatlon' of the autonomous C>!ech-Slovak army and the dissemination of anti-Austro-German propaganda among the prisoners of war in Russia. quake shoclts whi ? � -  died of diseaBe, 4; other > causes 2; wounded. 40. ? �  Quebec, April 22-The. claims for payment of^ material damages caused here through the recent riots are, being reoslved by the city. It It not expected that th�y'Will aggregata over $50,000. The heaviest claim la from the Auditorium Theatre, in the annex Of which the regi�tr�r'a office was lovMtfltl.''Their bill.agkniat the City is for $26,000. London. April 22.-Varied stories of Canadian gallantry are told in connection with the conferring of the D. C. M. .Sergt. Major J. Turner and Sergt. .T. Watson, both nieilicals, led bearers under tire with total disregard ot personal danger, earning the admiration of nil coming in contact willi them. Serpt. K. Powell, engineers, when a mine shaft was blown in with five men in it, he opened the paKsage and rescued all five under heavy fire. Sergt. W. A. MiUen. undoubtedly prevented "a panic, steadying his men dui'ing hostile shelling. Corp. T. P. Melvin, artillery, display-M great ccyirage, took up ammunition undei' hie'avjr fire and kejlt the guns in action during a severe gas bombardment. . Sergt. H. W. Langdoh, deliberately walked over the open to draw the enemy's fire, so,that they might be definitely located'. Sergt. K. J. Field, olthoOgh wounded early in action, remained on duty urging the men forward. Sergt. G. Young never failed in delivering ration.s even under most difficult conditions. It is striking.to notice how often the otticial particulars speak ot individual soldiers whose cheerful example maintained the spirits of theii comrade,"). This is particularly referred to in the conferring of tho medal upon Corp.- J. D. Aird, Mounted Rifles; Sergt. Major S. C. Evans, artillery; Sapper .T. W. Holnia.s; Sergt. J. h. MucCoubrey. Mounted Rifles; Sergt. Major D. M. Robinson. Infantry; and Sergt. J. A. Ware, Artillery. li'or maintaining communications under heavy fire Sergeants H. M. Bennett. E. J. Bridgewater, C. I.. Cooling, V\'. O. Simpson. Canadian Engineers, are awarded the D. C. .M.; Sergt. J. Gouldlng. of the Railway Troops is likewise decorated for courage. and coolness in completing work when thrice shelled off while fixing a naval gun. " V $ergt. C. H. Oison, Railways, receives Ihe medal for coolness under direct heavy Bhelllng. Sergt. H. T. Carter, ia also given tlie medal. . When a carrying party found themselves under heavy fire and. obliged to abandon boxes of bombs, he gathered another party which gatJier-ed all the bombs, placing them in dumps, other recipients are Company Sergeants Major H. Adam, C. Baker, 11. Blair, G. W. Duran, E. Evans, G. Howard, A. MacAlay, J. Mutiracr. J. Sheff, and J. H. Wayatt. London, April 22.-The British advanced their lines slightly last night in local operations on both of the principal battlefronts, the War Office announced. Gains were made near Viilers-Breton-neiix and Albert, on the Somme front end Robecq, at the'tip of the Fiandisrs salient. REPULSE ATTACK London, April 22.-A strong local attack by the Germans on the front north of Albert was repulsed after the enemy had captured one of the British advanced posts. "Early in the night a strong local attack, accompanied by heavy shelling was made by the enemy against our positions in the neighborhood of Mesntl, north of Alberta. After sharp fighting, in the course of which the enemy succeeded in capturing one of our advanced posts, the attack was repulsed. "We improved our positions slightly during the night in^ the Villers-Bretonneux, Albert ' and Robecq sectors. "A number of successful raids were carried out by us at different Vj points south and north of Lens, resulting in tho capture of prisoners and machine guns. FraGIMAySM Great Promise of Victory By Germany is Bringingl Little Hope to Desperate Nation Washington, April 22.-The' feeling in Austria in one of despair despite the claims Germany is making as to what the offensive wtH accomplisli, according to an pfticial despatch from France. Tho situation in the dual monarchy, according to the dispatch, presented many perplexities for the government. "In ^spite of all the sensation the Germans are making in Austria about their oftonsive," says the dispatch, "they are preserving a definite appreciation of tiie painful situation with which the monarchy ia strngi^-Ing. � i "Tho difficulties are inextricable. Heavy clouds are gathering in Bohemia aiid among the Jugo Sla\'s', and even the decisive and rapid victory promised by the Germans would not bring much relief to the present perplexities ot Austro-Hungary." HUNS CONTINUE Amsterdam, April 22.-The Volkcs ZeltuDg of Cologne says the German authorities In Belgium have issued a decr�6 directing that the finances of the Flemish and Walloon districts shall be administered separately. This tho newspaper says, brings the -inde-pendenco of Flandeis much nearer. This move on the part of the Germans probably Is in furtherance ot their plan to wo"ke:i Belgium by dividing it -into Flemish and Walloon states whh nominal Independence. SAFE CONDUCT Berne. April 22.-Germany, saya a seuji-olflcial note pubUslied here today, . is now' deposed to grant under certain conditions sale conduct to ships carrying American goodu, especially grain,, for Switzerland, , to harbors outside the blockaded zone. The negotiations between Switzerland and Germany stlU are gaing on. bt hi m Canadian Headquarters in France, April 20.-(Via London, April 21)- (By the Canadian Overseas'' Correspondent)-During tho last twelve hours the Canadians havo.carried out the biggest combined projector gas and shell l)onibardnie;it in the liis-tory of the western front. F'roni early last night until early this morning our heavlue and hov.Mtzera rained shell.s upon the hostile Ijattery jiosi-[ tions, using daadly sa�, lachrymatory gas and higli explosives, while at two o'clock this morning more than ISOO drums of lethal gas were projected against the enemy trenches and support areas in an inte'nslvfe concentrated bombardment of thf Lens area immediately north of Lens. Bombardment follnwed bombardmetit at greater and lesser intorv^ls, in a scientific progr.ani of destruotiort designed to silence the enemy guns and kill the gun crewfl, or at least make tlje operation of tlieir batteries inipos.iible. The success ot the bombardment was early seen In the lessoning ho.stile fire, while s'ome estimate of the likely damago caused juay be gathered from the results of a similar shoot on April 8, In which 22 out 61 32 of the enemy batteries were, put out of action and Jiava hot since fired 8 shot. HUN AVIATOR KILLED London, Apri^ 22.-Captiain Baron Von Richthofen, the famous Cermau aviator, has been billed, Reuler's correspondent at British headquarlers reports ----- jvv.'' IDEA OF MAGNITUDE Paris, April 22.-(Special Cable to Toronto Mail and Empire.)- An idea of the gigantic struggle c�n be gained when it is said the Germans in three hours fired 1,500,OCO shells. They could not have done this without the help * of captured British and Russian aQtins and shells. In the whole war of 1870, only 1,600,000 shells wera fired from either side. SEVERE REPULS� London, ^pril 22,-(Via Reuters Ottawa Agency)-Telegraphing from British headquarters in France last evening Reuter's correspondent says.' "Apparently the enemy suffered a more severe and greater repulse on ^Thursday between Giv-enchy and the forest of NIppe thijn was supposed, for his hard pressing tactics have so far not been rosumed. The night and this morning has passed quietly. Doubtless the enemy may make , anotlier thrust for possession of the hill system between Kemmel and Mont d'Escate, but tomorrow we will be even better prepared to reoeive him than today. "No leader of a democratic army dare throw away man power as Von Ludendorff is doing; no general of any other nation dare set a million and u half lives as the price for the channel ports. At the present ratio of casualties to progress It is questionable whether two million and a half will achieve the resuit. "After quoting striking figure* gatherttf fronr efhemy offteers made prisoner to support state--jnents of heavy enemy losses, the correspondent says that the enemy have^been eating fallen horses a.leng the Bapaume Road and have expressedl much dissatlsfac-' tion on discovering that the reports that British troops were starving were untrue, which fact was borne out by the capture of well-stocked canteens during the .recent advance. "President Poincare, visiting th: Flanders area this morning reviewed British battalfons and expressed unfeigned satisfaction with all when he saw our improved positions." Failed Again Le'ndon, April 21.-The German high command having been tmsuc-cessful'ln piercing the British front in Manders and separating the Bri- i tish and French armies, has essayed . a stroke against the Americans and tht) French armies, northwest of Toul-and here also it seemingly has failed utterly to bring its plans to fruition. Although the Germans attacked in waves with greatly superior numbers of men. the. French and Amerlcan.s have held tiii3ir positions and Inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. What gains were made in the initial onslaughts havo been entirely recovered and Sunday night saw the American and French lines restored. Hand to Hand With Sammies With the American Army in Franca April 20.-(By the Associated Press) -Twelve hundred German storm troops, tho largest number ever co.n-centrated against the American troops for an offensive operation, , were hurled against the American positions on a one mile front west of Ilenneres Forest, northwest ot Toul, today after a terrific bombardment by/ gas and higli explosive shellBr- Thft/^enemy succeeded in penetmt* ing tne front line trenches and tafc ing the village of Selcheprey, but after furious hand to hand flgiiting. which was still going on at nightfall, the Ainerlcaus recaptm-ed the village and most of the ground lost in tli� early fighting. Some Germans wel9 ,taken prisoner. Qermau airplanes flying at a lo�r altUudb attempted to disorganize the Americans but two enemy avlatora were brought down and the others driven off. The Germans" suffered heavy/ casualties and the American lines remained virtually, Intact. French Optimistic Paris. April 21.-The great German offensive on the ^'estern front has now been going on' for a full montli. and the French press is unanimous in its optimistic. attitude. Le Temj^s says: "The formidable assaults, which. ff)i)^'"5'5 a month past Vo� Hindenbnrg 7* Jl�K#4^ thrown against the British army, bnvti not succeeded in breaking our ally's resiatahcs. They have given ground but Germany's soldiers always tmxl confronting them lines wbic]i,my havo been bent but have nQ(r,.bMn: brol^n. After a month's operitt|i|#:' ihe enemy, with the battlefields eviH^: iCONTINUBD ON FA9B/1SIX>, 3425580? 36 36845095 75797543 275318 ;