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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. FWDAY, AUGUST 1918 NUMBER 203 A LARGE HPN FORCE IS NOW SURROUNDED CANADIANS HAVE SWUNG INTO BATTLE LINE WITH HAIG 'Allies Firmly Hold Initiative Now and.Will Not Likely Let It Pass. GERMANS HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY SURPRISED EVERY DRIVE LouJon, Aug. rccognhing that ihc rialtest'ot success In. tho neiv iialllo on tie -Amiens front Is.yot lo come; iho newspaper comment this InornhiB dwells upou tlio importance bf tbe -operation ys snowing that the retain the Initiative and Canadians Take Most of Prisoners in New Drive CUT OFF LARGE FORCE London, Aug. horse troopers, co-operating-with French, cavalry, cut off a large force of the enemy in today's operations on the Somme front. With the British Army in France, Aug. Asso- ciated airmen have blown up many of the bridges over the Somme River and the enemy's retreat is seriously embarrassed. The British cavalry has rounded up many prisoners, but the larger part of the 14000 so far taken were captured by Australians and Canadians. ARE SURROUNDED The Canadians, Hit? advices state, have taken the town of Beaufort, anil a half miles southwest of Koslcres. The Australians are fighting further north along the Somme. Small parties of. Germans nre reported to lie ptlll in llosieres, three anc a balf wiles west of ,Chau1aes, hut the British are all around them and their life as fighting meii 'probably he short. to 'surprise la regarded-as noteworthy... "It was a victory of a very remark- tbto says the Times- "1- tlie :enemy, B.s-B6nar Law suggested, "Intended to evacuate this .country II Is an remarfcabo coufes- eton ol defeat than the retreat to the Vesle, for no where has be; fought harder tlmnr-he dM this spring for the possession of the ground which vas yesterday's attach. Tho-completeness of the surprise is all the raoro remarkable becauso' tlic fiuJckness of the enemy's reaction in tho recent fighting on the Ancre show- ed "tie nUachect Imp'ortancQ to this ground and ouf in- The Otirdnlc-le contends that tbe pushing ol .the, enemy further Amiens and tlie Initial progress made on-Thar3day are of very great moment (be oiUes are unable .to en lurge the extent of .tfrp ground re- covered. The Dftilr Mews thinks the. facLthat l-udenclorU should have been ignoran tho spot-which Ihc allies woii choose for an attack vrliich was the logical sequence of 19cent events Is a measure of Ihc completeness, with tKo Initiative has passed from fcls The Dajly Express acclarea tha! Hie German hope that fho attacks nl the allies hart spent: th'emselvea and that the oneiny would gain Umo to'sta blHw his now beyond Uie .Vetfe have fcsen destroyed. Over'200 Villages Captured in Recent Franco-American Offensive' Grave Crisis Rapidly Develop- ing Itetween Germany and i Spain With the American Army on the Vtsfc, Thursday, jftug. ciated the offensive which began on July :18, the allies have regained approximately 1500 square than 200 villages and-towns.'including So- issoris, Chateau Thierry and Fit- are again In of the allies. 'The front'has been short- ened by 53 kilometres {about 33 According to.- information con- tained in documents in possession of the French, the'Germans In 'the rear guard fighting during the re- treat used four More divisions than they had contemplated us- Ing to break the f tire when the German offensive began. The enemy plans called for thirteen divisions to chatter the French and cress the Marne between Dortnans and Chateau- Thierry. Information gathered by the aillot is to the effect that In failing back) the Germans brought Into action at least seventeen divisions reaching the Addi- tional reinforcements have been brought up since the Vesle was division which was resting Trv Rand el t Is" 'Known to have reached the region north of Flames Tuesday. Madrid, Aug. hai ad' dressed a new note to Germany concerning the torpedoing of SpanisH Foreign Minister Dato made this announcement Vale today after cabinet riefd'-nn extraordinary tessipn. Despite repealed 3paniih pro- tests Spanith con- tfnuerf Forh Is a good joltllor ami slratfgy Ima f been London, Aug. Is not true {hit we have actually declared war on Britain our troopt are (IgMIng' ajalrtit the Britlih Invaders and a decfaratlon of war can 'hardfy Is the state men! ascribed to M. Jot- It', th: Soviet minister at .Berlin, by Amtterdam cofrttAondent of the Dally Express. The 'German It addtd, webome this and pre- dict that Great Britain "will torry tome day." RAISE HUN SotOIERS! PAY London, Aug. LurJ- endorff, quartermaster gen- eral .of tht Oernlan irmj'; In- former! Deputy Mark" Graf, of the relchltag that Emperor William tinned August th4 'decrte rais- ing tho coldtersf pay, accb'rdrrig to the Rhelnltche Qaz- VOTOKIOU8 IRISH WOMAN ARRESTED Lomloh, Aug. Srieehy. Skiffriigton wns arrested in Dublin on Thursday, according to the press.' A dispatch from Dublin August 3, said that Mrs. Skiffington tiad arrived-In Ireland atter eluding the vigilance of the British police. She is the.widow of Sheehy-Skif- flngton former editor of tfie Irish Citizen, who was shot by a British officer during the Sinn Fein rising In Ireland early in 1916. This of- ficer was found guilty of the crime hut was declared insane. 'alor of Sammies Verj' Thin] For Testing Out German Strength Here r X American Headquarters fa France .ng. Genera Detain liaa iio intention of allow in tie enemy to recover from tho Mow ealt liim on the Sols son s-Hhoim ront, Tlie advance continues d pile all the obstacles ot vreathor ami muddy roads. waiting to drive alt Ihe Germans from the southern side icross Uic VesJe, Geiiera Pelnlji si- earty has pushed "a substantial force icros.q the river to hold the bridge- heads on thc'righl bank. It will be ntcrcstlng to see what view-f 113 en- lakes of the threats dgalnst Ule lirect line of retreat, since it will be an Indication of the strength he has ,o" oppose him, It is significant (hat .heme '61 tho letters captured is the vealtness ol thetr companies anrl tho serious losses they have jfn tho Americans, who showed their accustomed dash in the'push across Xe General Petaln rery Instrument for such an adventiire as the testing of the German.sf Uut one tnisla they ivlH .with exper- f BROUGHT DOWN 22 HUN MACHINES London, Aug. aerial fighting Wednesday, preceding the ollensive n Picarrty, airmen accounted or 22 German machines, 15 of which s'ere destroyed, seys an official stats- meut on aerial operations, Eighteen ons of tiombs were dropped during the day ami iencc learn to practise economy ot valor. the ui trios I London, Aug. Henderson CharJns ISnwermari, secretary ot-lhe trade union congress and other mem- bers of Hie 1.0U30 of commons, have applied lor passports to Swltzcriahil lor h 'conference there with Pieler Troclslra, Ihci Dutch Socialist leader, regarding Icllera received from -So ctallsls in enemy countries; The war cabinet, after dEscusslng tho reqiicsi decided, lhat It wna inadvisable to grant passporfs ouabllng persons ol this country to meet persons abroai! who have passed. through countries. Tho parliamcnlary commltlee ol Iho trades union congress and.thO ex ccutlvo ot tho labor party debated this refusal yesterday and passed strong resolution of protest. Drive Launched by FocK Has Entirely Relievec Paris, Aug. Koch ha struck the Germans on a new fron and French opinion. Jay ,and [irofes is lost in admiration of In manner 'in the blow has heei carried out. Military observers Ihat'the new.stroke- may have iruporl The present manoeuvre 13 simlla to the cpunlcr offensive north of th Marne In that it is directed iowar squeezing two sides of a salient. Ahead of (he front which the allie have already reached lies the i'eronii' Roye' highway and they are gainin rapidly toward it This road has the same importanc to the present battle as the SoiBson 3hateau Tliterry road in the battle for Fcre-Kn-TanJenois. allies reach t all (he Oftrnian troops south oC a inc through Mont Dldier, Lassisny and Noyon would be placed in as ser- ous a predicament as tlwsc on the fafne on'July 13, That would be (he mmediatc consefjuences. Relieves Amiens. "While apart from tlie ultimate ef- ects the lit-at day's fighting relieves from the German menace. Didicr has been surrounded and t will he- jiosslblo to re-establish' the ;reat northern railroad through Amiens the lack of which has scrfous- y, hantltcappcrt the allies during (he ast four months. As to the more remote effects, with- Hit" seeming iu ho it ia icld here that tlio new offensive is Ikely lo paralyze' ilte armies 'of >own Prince lUipprcchl, which would >e obliged to bolsler up Von Hutior. Consequently, Rnpprechl may have to ttio operation lie has appar- prepared In Flanders. In addition the more announcement [hat the new battle is due lo the Inl- Uati.yo ot the allies win be a Sad hlow to both the German nrmy and the Ger- man 'nub He. To Protect Amiens London, Aug. battle blow delivered by Fielci Marshal Halg yeslerdiy is re- garded, not as an" attempt to bro.ik through, bill as a part of a great strategic plan which Marshal, carrying oat now lhat he has ;ho In forllhc purnOBc of icIifeYlng Amlena' anci for recovering perfect freedom of nlanocuyrc.'.'Marshal Koeji by'an offensive (Jio Ger- not only embarrassed them In the cjespfiralc (Tel 8LELOSSES Haig's Franco'-British Forces Have Made An Advance of I li Miles, ahd Are Continuing the Big Captured Morlancourt, and Are Clearing Amiens Salient Entirely of Huns Are Smashing Says Lloyd-George. MANY PRISONERS AND HUGE QUANTITIES OF WAR MATERIAL- ARE ABANDONED BY ENEMY; CAPTURED GUNS TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT, S eve ra I Crack Regimen Is Re- duced to Almost Nothing. CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE Montreaf, Aug. the ttrueUon by fire of MOCijOCO plant 6f'lhe Montreal Biscuit fac- tory s and of adjacent property which brought up the total to a mil I Ton dollars wad "the result of some criminal-negligence or the view of Com- miBilflrsr pretldJod at Jnoufrv Into they nre fighting on the order to secure their relreal acrbis vVisre but .lufeatens thflj.r gener.il position for if'tfie drive la pushed far enough, It may compel withdrawal from the apex :of'the Mont' HEdler salient which ;iHrealens both Paris and Am lens. CATCHING UP London. British mercantile tonnage at the cut- of tho war amounted to tons and Uie figure at the present tHne tons gross, Sir Leo Chizxa Money, jforllamenUry t secretary (o the mlnfftlry: of shipping, announced in the house of corrimoni With the American Army on the ,Aug; 9. (Associated idea Of the heavy losses suffered by the Germans In the fighting In the Marne pock- et is given by German documents in possession of allied haying, been taken from German officers and men and obtained in various olher ways since the al- lied offensive began on July 18.' One lost one-third of its "effectives in one day. Other units Were reduced by onehalf Tn the fighting up to July 29. The 60th a crack unit, was ordered into battle to stop the pressure 'of the French in the .valley At the Ardre. It was a re- giment of this division which lost one-third of its number on July 22. The next day the commander of the 10th company reported he had been reduced to 35 men. The commander, of 'the seventh com- pany declared no one was left in the seventh eompjmy. In other battalions similar conditions were reported, On July- 22 the 82nd regiment was compelled to form three companies'of its three bat-y talions put hack into the line.1 engaging In the battle the companies "of another division ,50 men' each, being 19 year old boys, As a resut.of losses' the; division .Was reduced July 29. In ihVre-' Of one fefllment yf the 22nd division was companies. effectives In the average-German, company is now about 90 .men, of officers And; supplementary commissioned officers, "Ellf ism t Neath, Aug. Lloyd Ocirge, who here reparing to reheat. v The British casualties since the beginning of the piesent Irive are but thiee-fifths of the numbei of pusoneis counted up to three o'clock this afternoon. APPROACHING CrtAULNES: London, Aug. from the battlefrohl south-of the Somme today report British armored cars and tanks in-advance of the infantry, to have reached within a mile of the Chaulries.railway Junction'. ELEVEN MILES ADVANCE London, Aug. advance on the battlefront.south of the Somme has reached a maximum depth of eleven miles, according to news received here shortly, after, noon today. BATTLE IS RESUMED Paris, Aug. battle..on the front south of the' Somme was resumed early this morning arid .the Franco-British forces.maie favor- able progress from the start, reaching various selected objectives. Po'wer- fut cavalry forces are In action. INITIATIVE IN ALLIED HANDS London, here Is that the the successful new battte cannot be over-estimated. It is regarded as the .turning point of the year's campaign and perhaps even the tur_mnq point of the whole war. It was onjy a month ago that all talk of. tha military, critics was whether the allies cou'd hold on In the face of great German offensive the German people had been to finish the war The Initiative has now been taken from the ene'iy afvd .wjtliin the month allies have engaged in two important battles with conspicuous success r EVACUATE POSITIONS London, Aug. Germans are avacuatfng their positions In Lys Valley, on me Flanders front FIERCE FIGHTING Paris, Aug. reports received by the Havas; Agency from the battfe front ars tfiil the fighting continues fiercely along the attacklnc front. SMASHING THROUGH London, Aug. he was leaving London last, night- for Neath, to attend .the: Welsh. Nat- ional Elsterldfodd, Premier, Ljoyd George expressed great satufac tfon with the newi from the front, remarkjng: "We'are through." 3000 PRISONERS' BY FRENCH On French Front In France, Augi French' triops on a front of, six mllei northwest of Mont Dldier hive advanced to a depth of four mllet and captured nearly three thousand prisoners Important lerlal also was captured, The advance was carried oW with ex- tremely light The French runs from the A_vre north to a point Juit >3uth of'th: Amlens- Roye Road where It joins Op the British __v The attention "of ffte OOr'mana fixed ;oh: when the new offerslve was open ed, There nr> reofv (o the French arrtllery preparation which lasted forty-five mlnutei. COMPLETE SURPRISE; German soldiers wsre while harvesting gra'yi In the fieldfi to complete was the sur- prise Moreuif and Monzel carried by assault. difficulties of craning .Ayre were overcome rapidly, .the French uiinfl', easily constructed footbridges After taking Bra- ches, the French captured La Neuvllle and the terlei of Mill dominating the'plain below. GREAT STORES ABANDONED. the British Army In France, Aug.- Associated enormous Quantity of stores and ammunition has been' abandoned, by the Germans fn their retreat MORLANCOUFUY j. London, Aug.: British have captured Morlaneourt on tfif iiorthern end of the Somme tie front, and .the Infantry line now runs from'that point wut'v ward to t point southeast of Mor- euif. This Infant' ry ad'vanco to the maxtnYum of seven miles In the the Amlens-Chaulnes-ta Railway. (iMcllttonal war news Page ;