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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 26, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta yOLUME XI. LETHBKIDGE, ALBERTA^ FJ^IDAY, APRIL 2G, 1918 NUMBER 115 SUCCES Germans Striving Now To Gain Two Objectives ^ In Simultaneous Drives rmaiis Now Conducting Drives on Two Fronts, One Having Amiens and Paris As Its Object, and the OtKer Penetration to the Channel Ports-Have Made Little Progress in Either Drive. ::?/f London, April 2G.-(By Routers Ot-' ,wa AKcncy)-The battle now i'u pro-oss Hliows tho Germans maintaining G plan o^atrlkinK in two directions !inuUaneoiisly. Their Immetliato ob-tctives are, the channel ports and iens. Thanks to the niaguifioent unter attacks of the Australians and glish reBlraenta yestortiay they relived a severo repulse in the south-area. The English troops engaged 'ere the Eerksliires, Northamplons, I .^urhams and Yorkshires, reinforced [".JW young troops recently recruited in ' igland and which recently gallantly Id Covillers, against an inferno of ,s shelling until ovorwhelmed by an [S;r*i8ault of five divisions of the enemy. I'/fiSho Gomans seized and established a irmunent hold on the village, which :ey packed" with machine guns. Con-quently It was noisssary that yes-irday's counter attack should be a rprlse and it was accordingly decid-to make a night attack with bombs, ,'l^yonets and machine guns without ' '(�rtiUery preparation. ''I'l^ Ho*s of grim fighting followed, the fifaore so because the artillery on both j.'i|ildes was silent, as the combatantj) became inextricably mixed before the Germans were finally driven out and this important position dominating Amiens was restored to British hands. The enemy may return to the assault on th'i village, but he is now an awkward salient, formed by the confluence of the Somme and the Avre and he may soon find himself in a slaughter housd position. Hangard is also Important but it has changed hands so often that the enemy's hold there may be considered precarious. It is possible, however, that the real big offensive will develop to the south of Ypres and mention of figiiting northeast of Bailleul may indicate such a developmeut. The situation at Kemmel where the French hold a critical positioo is not so satisfoctory. Mention of Vierstraat seems to suggest a withdrawal of French troops there, which would include the. retirement from tho last positions at Messines Riifge near Wytschaeto. The possibility of the Ypres salient is also forecasted if Kemmel should be lost. Believe Difficulties Led to It-Financial Secretary Also ~- Resigns f London, April 26.-The resignation ot Lord Rothermero was a complete v purprlsc to the political world. It \ was announced Xhat illness made It  impossible tor him to reply, in the de-bate which Baron Sydenham intended '^Ij to initiate last Tuesday in the house of lords in regard to the resignations of Major General Trencliard as chief d� tho air staff a;nd Major General Sir David Henderson as director general |,cf military aeronautics. No one out-1 Bide the cabinet, however, knew that 1 his condition was so serlojis as to ' make his re.signation necessary. Lord Rothermero lias'been criticized I severely by a portion of the press for "running , counter to Major General ^Trenchara and Major General Hen-plerson, both of whom did good work for the air service. This crisis grew more severe when' it became known today that the financial adviser of the nlr ministry, who joined it at Lord Uothermere'8 request, also had re-Bigned owing to disagreement with his chief's polic-y. What the difficulties ;were has,not been diitlosod. It is reported that Sir WilUam Wier, Iflirector general of air production will iBUCceed Lord Uothermere. AERIAL LINE NEW � ^YORK TO LONDON Washington,' April 2G.-An aerial line between New York City, Paris and London is to be establiahed" soon, says a despatch today Jtrom Rome. Italy has startied ah enormous industrial expansion looking to the development o� aviation. CARVELLENIELY ELINATING EGESSARIES London, April 26.-Baron 'Rliondda, Daily Mail says, it understands, resigned the office of British food ontroller which he has held for the last ten months. Lord Riiondda has been absent from his post fofr several veeks owing to illness. John R. Klines, parliamentary secretary for food admlulstry, has been in bhargo temporarily. David Alfred Thomas, first Baron Ihondda, has been known as the i''elsh coal king. He came to the [Jnlted States In 1915 to organize war munition supplies and was on he Lusitanla when that vessel was ftorpedoed. He lias large coal Inter-: ests in Alberta. H' > ? PASSES SECdND READING its second reading without ? opposition today after Premier ? Lloyd bad- made a statement > regarding th6 v^ar situation ut ? a secret session of the legls- /? lature. Similar-, action was'^" taken on a Mil to extend tho -.? life of the colonial parliament until the close of the year 1919. ? > o pilot appears to have lost his way. After flying some time by guess work and thinking that he was over his own lines he burned a flare, which was answered by one of the same color below.. Upon seeing this he laniled the machine and its three occupants set out to discover their whereabouts. Almost immediately they ran into a group of foresters and soldiers guarding some German prrsoners at work, on a nearby farm. One of the aviators said he and his companion were English and had lost their way, but although he spoke good French his account roused suspicion. The men were taken back to where their machihe lay and obliged to ad mi', their identity as enemy aviators.-Questioned by a French general they pretended that Compiegne and not Paris, had been their objective. It was after they had done tlieir work, that they lost their way they said and their gasoline failing they were obliged to land. Their account, however, was not credited and it is believed that, having been beaten oft by the air defences of Paris, they got rid ot their bomb^ with the idea of convincing their superiors that they had accomplished their taslj." Has Resigned UMII AMOUNT CAiSOGAR ELO BARON RHONDDA Who Is reported to have resigned his post as British Food Controller. COMPELLEOTO ABANDON ZEEBRyGE iLlBE2,000,000 ACRES IN CROP IN LETH. II OlSTRK Expect This Section Will Raise Half Total Crop of Province British Raid Has Considerable Result-Hun Admiral There is Discharged It has been estimated that the province of Alberta will this year have I 4,000,000 acres in crop. If this the case, then the iirea served by Leth-bTldge' in -ft railwa^ sense will have jhabout'half the'total acreage of the province. For a careful compilation of statistics shows that the crop districts in this railway district will .lave a total crop acreage this year of between 1,700,000 acres and 2nd ircensed wholesale and retail dealers. Regain Ground on South Front; Engaged in Severe Fighting on North Front .-._^ t British in BrilHant Counter-Attack Recapture Village o| Villers-Brettoneaux-Tanks in Lively Duel-Germans in Desperate Attempt to Capture Kemmel Hill-^ Huns Pay Terrific Price for Gains, London, April 26.-Tho Germans In their attack on the northern battlefront have occupied Kemmel Hill, General Radcllffe, chief director of military operations at the War Office stated this afternoon. With the British Army in France April 26.-The French this morning are counter attacking at Mount Kemmel in an attempt to reclaim the positions taken by the Germans. Yesterday's fightina was of a desperate nature and the enemy gains were made only at a frightful cost. Nationalists Realize They Are PJaying Into Hands ot Sinn Fein tod-iy aboard by one ot the the an account given cruiser Vindictive Brock part5^ Hun Admiral Fired Amsterdam, April 26.-Vice Admiral Schroder, the commander at Zeebrugge, according to i'eports reaching here, will be deprived ot his command for being taken by surprise by the British Tuesday. Gorman newspapers in commenting on the raid at Zeebrugge, generally *ke the hint given in tho olliciat reports at Berlin and represent the enterprise as having been a failure. They adnvit however tliat the attack was made witli great boldness. PTE. GORDON REBER ST. HEIR TO ILIONS Finds He artd His Family Are Entitled to Possession of' Huge Estate Pte., Gordon Iteber, who enlisted with an Alberta battalion early^^in the war, has been awarded the coveted distinguished conduct medal, -according to,iWord received by a friend In the city. No details of the particular act for which the decoration was grajited.have been received. Before enlisting Pto. Rober was employed at the Roy Electric Co., and was well kndwii in Lethbridge hockey circles. Pte. C. Devino, whose arrival In Canada was announced In the Herald Home time ago, arrlvfed In the city last night from Toronto, INCLUDES BEET SUGAR London, April 26.-(Via Renter's Ottawa Agency)-Correspondents ot Renter in Ireland suggest that hostility to conscription is weakening and that the Nationalists are beginning to realiae that .they are merely playing Into the liands of the Sinn Fe-ln by joining them >i� opposition.� A correspondent of the Daily Chron-l.clc, wh'icli Is the severest critic of conscription in Ireland, says that the moment John Dillon resumes the parliamentary policy of the Nationalists, the unity with the Sjnn Fein will disappear and the responsibility for dfe-turblng it will be attributed to the Nationalists. The correspondent says that the no conscription seat accepted a similar seat on the other side. Otherwise it is imposs�ible to explain the Improvement in Irish recruiting which is a triumph over near-Bglshe-viklsm. Moreover, he says, the country is tilled with Americans who are against parochialism and are stimulating recruiting. They hope that tho lord mayor ot Dublin will be given every facility to go to Washington for a conference. To Be Deported Dublin, April 26.-Diarmid Lynch, Sinn Feinn food controller who just completed a term of two months' imprisonment for seizing and slaughtering pigs In Ireland, will be deported. Lynch, who is an American, probably will be placed on an American-bound ship. He took a prominent part In tho rebellion in 1910 and was sentenced to ton years penal servitude at that time, but later was released, 1, 1 Paris, April 26.-Heavy artll-lery fighting south of the Somme is reported by tho War Office. HUNS GET FOOTING, London, April 26.-A fZoting has been obtained on Kemmel Hill by the Germans in their attacks on the northern battlefront, the war office announced today. The fighting Is still cpntlnuing In this region. > The allied forces were engaged all day yesterday with greatly, superior enemy forces along the' front from Bailleul to Hollebeke (a distance of about ten miles) and finally were compelled to^fllvi gro,iind. ' , TERRIFIC STRUGGLE London, April 25.-The great nouble German drive in the Somme and Armentleres sectors, which began on Wednesday-mont-iiig, has deveiopftd into a terlrlftc struggle. The tide of battle had surged to and fro during the last two days with the decision still In the balance. The British, having been forced back out of VUlers-Bretonneux, launched a counterattack and swept the Germans back almost to the lines which were held before the present fighting began, capturing more than six hundred prisoners. Tho French have been driven back out of Hangard, but are holding their positions close by, while on the line southwest of Yp.-es, the British have been compelled to withdraw slightly before furious attacks along the Meteren-Ballleul-Wyts-chaete line. -R But Huns Have More - How They Camouflage the Operations POT IT STRAIGHT UP TO THE GOVT. Prtmier Oliver Says B. C. Has the Lands if Govt. Provides the Money Washlnston, April 26.-Holland has^ placed an embargo on the exportation from thv Dutch East Indies of tin, tlyi ore, cinchona bark, quinine, quinine salts and kapok, all cf which are nseded in large quantities by the United States for war purposes. St. Thomas, On*;., April 2G.-After) -Ottawa, April 26.-It Is announced an absence of fiftaeu years from the *ron>' the food department that the family circle, during which time he sul^ar regulation includes beet sugar has travelled all over the globe, Nathaniel Slipper ot this city, has been Informed that ho and his farriily are heirs to an estate in England valued as well as cane sugar. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? at more than thirty million pounds, j Nat" as he is better known here, was'i one of the first in St. Thomas to enlist with (he First battalion, and was wounded four or five' times. > He returned and has been here for aeverdl weeks before he flfst learned that his family had a claim on this estate The property covei-s an area of about sixty miles and^is valued, acccSriling to his legal advisers, at more *> than two thoa.'and pounds an acre. Every male member of the Slipper family, cion-slsting of three son.q, have eitlter been or are at the front. GAVE DRAGON'S TAIL A GOOD TWIST , London, Aprir 25.-(Via neuter's 0tla>ya Agency)-Capt. Carpenter 'of the Vindictive states that before starting on Ms dagh for Zeebrugge, Admiral Keyes sfgnplled: "St. George for England.'!'. Th? Vindictive replied: "May we give th$> dragon's tail a damned good twist."'-. !>' Vancouver, April 2i5.-"I propose to put the returned soldier question sauarely up to Ottawa, pointing out that British Columliia has the land ready to give but we expect the Dominion government to provide the money." This is Premier .Tohn Oliver's mission to the Federal capital, outlined in his own words tills morning in a short interview given before he boarded an eastboimd train. �, The provincial government, said the i)remier. Is prepared Xo provide crown lands for the purpos^ of soldii^rs' farms and will turn tUem over to Ottawa if necessary bo long as there is an assurance that the Dominion government will provjde the money to be lent the veterans and will give assistance to all soldiers who want to come to this provlncei^ _ ONLY THREE MISSiN|6 An Atlantic Port, April 26.-The work of raising the American liner St. Paul, which sank at her pier yesterday, was progressing rapidly today. Tlia ship bad uo targa and aside from damage to the ministry 'and furnlsMnss, the loss will be confined to the cost of salvaglqg operations. The vessel lies with her star board above water. Three ot the 35 mon aaJd to have been aboard the nirer are reported as missing, while the list of injured will not exceed |0., Paris, April 26.-One of the three German long range guns which has been bomljarding . Paris has been destroyed, according to Deputy Cliarles Leboncq, of ths doT'o.rtracnt ot the Seine. Tho deputy said ho had talked with tho general commanding the sector near Crepy-En-Laonnois, where the big guns are stationed. "I went to see tlio general commanding a certain sector who- showed me photographs and gave ine all the information he had," said M. Leboucq. "The photographs show that the guns are placed lietween Crepy-En-Laonnois station and the counter forts known as Joy Hills. Two spur lines start from the station. - "On tfiese the heavy guns are moved to tho first platform. The first spur has a branch leading to a platform which is still occupied, but the coii.'re iilatform is empty. Us gun has been destroyed. Two more spur lines are under construction, showing that further cannon are expected. "The emplacement platform on which the gun slides explains the regularity of the direction of the fire which We undergo. At the moment of firing ten heavy guns-aro fired by a special apparatus to camouflage tlio sound ot the big gun so its location cannot bo judged from the sound. At the same time thick clouds of smoke from surrounding heights protect the gun from airplane observation." THAT FLEET Will Moscow, Aifril 26,-M. Tehitcherin, the Bolshevlkl foreign minister has asked Germany, according to th6 official news agency, to give a guarantee that the Russian Black Sea fl�et while remaining at Sebastopof will not be seized or damaged by forces ot the ________________----------,- --------- Central Powers and she allies now ad- and four thousand yards deep about vancing into the Crimea nor by any Villers-Bretonneux and^\were holding With the British Army In France, April 25.-(By the Associated Press)-Success In ths ' southern sector of tho battle-front and a long fierce struggle In the north has fallen to the lot of the allied arms in the contest for vital positions which the Ger-s. mans have been trying at a heavy cost of lives 'to secure. The latest information from the south i is that Villers-Bretonneux has apparently been retaken as a result ' of a brilliant British attack, and not only has the town been virtually cleared of the enemy^ but '. lai^ge portion of the original positions north and south of it have been reclaimed. German dead are heaped about the town and about seven hundred prisoners are in the British camp. In the north, Kemmel 'Hill has been attacked desperately by� a great force of German troops, especially trained for mountain war fare. The ;attempt on Kemmel Hill Is another move in the Germans' obvious scheme to get control of the chain of hills running to east and west in this sector and including such elevations, as Wytschaete, Kemmel, Scherpehs-tiurg, Mont Rouge and Mont Des-cats* This 'pretentious program has as its object the forcing of the allies to pull back their lines to the north hill further,* \ ^- , d ^1 Bulgarian Troops Toronto, April 26.-A special cable to the Mail and Empire says: "The presence of Bulgarian troops on tlie western front is now confirmed. It is not kr*({wn here how large a force is thei'e or what troops are represented, but among the officers is the son of .the Bulgarian minister to Vienna, Toscheff. ^ "In addition to the large force of German troops now attacking the allied line east of Amiens concentrations are reported further north, opposite 4"as, as far as Ypres." , A Huge Front "With the British Army in France, April 25.-The northern attack this morning was along a front extending" from Wytschaete nearly to Bailleul and it was carried out by at least four and perhaps six German divisions. Tho infantry employed were largely pickled hill troops, including the Alpine corps, the 117lh division and tho 11th Bavarians with Jaegers in reserve. The brunt of the assault came againsf'the French who were defend-ing Kemmel. which was the enemy's goal. At L' o'clock this morning the German artillery opened a heavy bombardment on Kemmel and the surrounding country witTi ^as shells and tor more than an hour maintained a deluge of these poison-bearhig missiles. Bet^veen 3 and 4> o'clock .the German hill men rushed forward and attacked the positions protecting Kemmel Hill. .At the same time they began pushing further to the south in order to furnish a protecting flaak. Farther South' Simultaneously with their attacit at Villers-Bretonneux tho Germans also liegau. operations to the south against the French and north of the. River Somme. At Sailly-Le-Sec and Vairo several attacks were repulsed during the ewly hours. The first drive against .Villers-Bretonneux was made with two divisions and this was thrown back. The Germans immediately put two fresh divisions into line and again surged forward. Five tanks were sent to the north through the valley leading through the southern part of the town and these were followed by large forces of infantry, British Surprise Them By noon the Germans had swung a salient about six thousa,nd y^rda.wide other naval or military forces of that alliance. Tho foreign minister has .taken this action, it is added officially, as he has heard that the Germans intend to blockade Sebaatopol with submariner ..... the town strongly. This they continued to do until 10 o'clock last night when the British delivered a aurprisd / 25 36 ;