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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 23, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LFiTHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. , TrESDAY, APHIL 23. 1918 BRITISH BLOCK UP ENTRANCE TO SUB. BASES . GUNS ARE NFiin VEey HEAVY DAMA Keep Up Terrific Bombardment of Enemy Lines at Lens With Gas Shells MANY BATTERIES OF HUNS ARE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS Caiiadi.iii Ai'iiiy Headquarters, Apr. 2:1.- (By liiu Can.irlian Overseas Cor-lespondenl)-Raided in no loss than seven places, gassed wUli tlion.'jandH of lachrymonial and lethal shells, harassed by. artillery fire, liis trendies swept by machine gun and rifle Inillets, ills tront line liammeredby ' trench mortarfi, the enemy for the last twelve' hours has iiad o lively tlDio iit the hands of the ('anadlans. 3^roni dusk until dawn the whole front has been lively north and' south of lyen.�. The ceaseless rumble of our heavies, which are neutralizing hostile batteries by calculated and continuous gas shelling, has been accompanied by the sharper chorus of our field artillery, carrying out a particularly harras.sing Jirc progrnnime. 3'eriodically our artillery fire has reached a barrage Intensity in sun-port of raiding parties. Regularly the Bosch lines have bsen lit up with scores of flares, betraying the nervousness which lias been produced niuong the enemy by sucli activity as ho has not known on his front for \yaeks. I'he enemy has been forced 10 fire his guns under gaa cioudB and in his masks. He has betrayed the effect of our tactics by the diminishing volume of his fire, but he has made answer to our general raiding ~ and gas activity by projecting much tftai* gas against 6W positions north of Lens. This projection was lUgher in volume than anything ever attempted agiiinst the ""Canadians ijy 1lie enemy. Its effect, beyond discomfort, -^Vas slight, s.^^ Put Them Ou)t of Bu8ine�s The weight.\)f evidence gathered from enemy source* gives every ground for belief that it must he far otlierwiso with the Hun. Ills sas il not so effectual'^-and his.masks are jiotli'ing like as good as ours. Of the hattKrios bomijardeil by our guns in the twelve hours many will not be heard from for some time. Continuous forcible feeling for such ii protracted period of lethal and tear gas mixed witli high explosives, ha.^ ])rovcd too successful before to doubt its destructive virtue now.- ITnable to secure rubber to give tlie masks liuit closed fit which is essential for full protection, the German protective m'easures fall short of our own, and the enemy gunners niiist have suffered heavily under our bombardment, for v.e used nearly six thou-.sand siliells against tliirty battery positions. Our 4.'> howitzers secured six direct hits on concrete shelters in the Avion district. In^ some instances our raids, whicli were all supported by our artillery, , our men were unalile to l.ocate the enemy. In others sharp tigliting developed, particularly in one case where protract-t'd hand to hand tigliting took plac6. So close was the struggle that wo wen; unable to take any prisoners. f)ur seven raids netted us altt)-gcther live prisoners and two ma-cliine guns. Two prisoners have since died. lOncountering gas ;n raidiug opera-lions, one of our patrols consisting of one oflicer and leu otlier ranks, donned masks and proceeded into the neniy trenches until '(hey cncoun-lered a hostile party of 15. A lively llgli,. followed With t)onibs and rifles. Wifli fair weather succeeding" I he cold, dark days of last week, our airplanes were busy. With reckless disregard for the regular maciilne gun or rillfi bullet barrage, a patrol of four of our niachihes flew up and down the enemy trenches for no less than fifteen minutes at altitudes of from 50 to a iiundred yards, emptying machine gun drums "~into the enemy front ijne. Like work was carried out in other pn,rls of the line and at midnight, one oT**our planes bombed the liostllo firing trenches. SERIOUS FOOD RIOTS TAKl: PLACE IN GALICIA REGISTRATION OF THE MAN POWER Wathinoton, April 23,-Serious food riot* Iri Qalicla are described In � deipatch from France. It *ays: "A telegram from Vienna to the Meunicher .NAuste Nachrich-ten report! that In many large town* of Gaiieia rioti, involving bloodshed occurred last week because of the shortage of food. At Cracow these riots were particularly fierce, causing the deaths of a number of people. The troops charged Into the crowd. The disturbances have now spread to eastern Galicia, more particularly in LambeVg and Tarnopol. The number of casualties in the civil- and every man is doing his utmost to get in as much wheat as jioBsible. A great deal of new land will be CURTAIL USE OF PLEASURE CARS Washington, April 22.-Leading representatives of the automobile industry came here today to discuss with the fuel administration and the war industries board a further cm-tailment in the manufacture of pleasure cars. (CONTINUljD ON PAGE SlXli WEATHER High.................. Low................... Forecast: Fair and cooL 56 20 The Hague, April 23.-The Dutch cabinet met yesterday in extraordinary session. The British foreign office, according to the London Daily News, has learned tliat the^relations betwe'en Holland and Germany was said to have been the cause. Official" and diplomatic circles in London were reported to look on the situation willi uneasiness. Rumors were that something in the nature of an ultimatum has been delivered to Holland b.v Germany. The. iUuulolsbladt of Amsterdam on Monday expressed th� belief that Germany would not hesitate to use communication through Holland even at the risk of war it she believed that hy doing so victory could be obtained on the western front. It was reported recently that Germany looked with disfavor upon Holland's attitude toward the seizure by the United Slates and Great Britain of, Dutch tonnage in American and British ports. The Vaderland says an .agreement has been reached regarding one point whicli lias cauBCd friction between Holland and Germany, but that the o]d dispute concerning the transport ,ot sand and gravel to Germany continues to be a stumbllup block. Germany desires to resume the practice of shipping gravel through Holland, but the Dutch Koveinment offers objections on the ground that new circumstances hav^i arisen. ' WANT INCREASED RATES ON NEWSPRINT TO DECLARE WAR AGAINST GERMANY Washington, April 33-Increases of 15 per cent' in' carl6ad rates on n6\?g-print paper from International Falls, Minn., to points� in Western Canada are askod of the inter states com-, merce commission today by the Du-.uth, Winnipeg and Pacific RalUofid. London, April 23. ^- Uruguay and Argentina are expected to declare war against Germany at an early date, according to Berlin advices forwarded by the Exchange Telegraph correspondent at Amster^iam. The German newspapers have been notified to prepare the public for this development, ha adds. m LABOR CALLS IRIKE AS PROTEST TO CONSCRIPTION Dublin, April 23.-Followint; tlie decision of tlie trade union congress liere on Sunday, various trade unions have met and have generally .Tccept-cd the decision and have determined to ab.stain from all work today as a protest against coiiscriiiUon and an evidence of iheir purpose to resist. The Dublin cily electricity doiiart-ment has announced a stoppage of ligliting from six o'clock this morning till .six o'clock thl.s evening. Saloon keepers of the city have unanimously decided to close today. Owing to a doci.-iion of tho printers .to cease work, newspapers published by trade union labor will not appear today. " Among tiie signatories to (lie antl-coiiscriplion pledge is Nichols Syn-nou, who was recently elected governor of the Bank of Ireland. BRITISH HAVE MPROVED I NES IN FRAN UL British Advance on 1000-Yd. Front on Flanders Front In Local Attack PEACE FOR HUNS ESJN FIGHTING Battles Most Be Fought" to-it Finish Says Von Luden* dorff . New Voik, April 22.-Peace for Germany, according to General Luden-dorff, cliief Q. M. G., rests upon the fighting on the west fiont and without severe battles fought to a finish Germany cannot obtain peace. These statements were made during an interview Willi German newspaper correspondents at Great Headquarters' on March 12, and reported in German newspapers of that date which have befin received here. Field Marshal Von Hindenburg was interviewed at the same time and tho German leaders apparently were convinced that for Germany, force was needed to bring about peace. The cliief Q.M.G. said concerning the aght-ing which has since broken out in Northern,France: "The final-fighting in the west, of course, caniiot be compared to the fighting in Galicia or in Italy. The enemy has a powerful reserve array at hand which he may move on his splendidly laid out railroad system as he sees fit. But, however heavy the fighting may be. the battle must be fought out because without it peace ii not attainable." \ The corr^ijpondent of the Berlin Tagblatt in reporting the interview, described Von Hindenburg as "e. picture of quiescent greatneBS." while Ludendorft gave the impression of having "the strength of volcanic heat, but curbed by will." The correspondent says that wiien the conversation turned to events. in the east. Field Marshal Von Hiiiden-burg referred to charges that In concluding peace "we acted lik^ men' of violence," and said, it was necessary to obtain frontier.,safeguards. "As we wanted peace, we had/ t