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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME 1MS NUMBER 203 A LARGE HUN FORCE IS NOW SURROUNDED CANADIANS HAVE SWUNG INTO BATTLE LINE WITH HAIG Allies Firmly Hold Initiative Now and Will Not Likely Let It GERMANS HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY SURPRISED BY EVERY DRIVE While recognizing that the real lest of success in the Hew battle on the Amiens front is yet to the newspaper comment this knorning dwells upon the importance bf the operation us showing that the Rllieg atill retain the Initiative and by Miich blows as yesterday havereduced the Ukolittood olrfita recovery by the That Field Marsfial Haig tosurprise the Germanstaff Is regarded as It was a victory of a very remark able says the 1J the as Bonar Law Intended to evacuate this country it la an even more remarkabe confes Bton of defeat than the retreat to the for no whom has he fought harder than he did this spring for the possession of the ground which the scene of yesterdays The completeness of the surprise is nil the more remarkable because the Jiulckness of the enemys reaction in the recent fighting on the Anere show ed he attached importance to this ground and was suspicious of our in The Chronicle contends that the pushing of the enemy further from Amiens and the initial progress made on Thursday are of very great moment even if the allies are unable to en large the extent of the ground re The Dally News thinks the fact that tudendorft should have been ignorant of the spot which the allies would choose for an attack which was the logical sequence of recent events is a measure of the completeness with which tlia initiative hns passed from his The Daily Express declares that the German hope that tlia attacks of allies had spent themselves and that the enemy would gain time to sta bilize his new positions beyond the Vesle have been Grave Crisis Rapidly Develop ing Between Germany and Spain hat ad dressed a new note to Germany concerning the torpedoing of Spanish Foreign Minister Dato fnade this announcement Mate today after the cabinet had held tin extraordinary Despite repeated Spanish pro tests Spanish vessels have con tinued to fall victims to German A despatch received In Paris on July said that Span ish newspapers asserted that the torpedoing of the Spanish steamer Ramon De Larrltaga was the grav est Incident that had yet occurred between Germany and HUNS ADMIT FOCH IS A GOOD SOLDIER on the conferring ot the title of Mar shal on General the Frankfurter according to an olttclal dls iiatcli today from says In any caseQeneral Foch is a good and hie strategy lias been crowned with Canadians Take Most of Prisoners in New Drive CUT OFF LARGE FORCE horse cooperating with French cut off a large force of the enemy in todays operations on the Somme With the British Army in Asso ciated airmen have blown up many of the bridges over the Somme River and the enemys retreat is seriously The British cavalry has rounded up many but the larger part of the 114000 so far taken were captured by Australians and ARE SURROUNDED The the advices have taken the town of two and a half miles southwest of The Australians are fighting further north along the Small parties of Germans ore reported to he still in three and a half miles west of but the British are all around them and their life as fighting men probably will be TERRITORYARE MADE BY ALLIES Over 200 Villages Captured in Recent FrancoAmerican Offensive With the American Army on the ciated the offensive which began on July the allies have regained approximately 1500 square More than 200 villaqee and Including So Chateau Thierry and FIs mes are again in the hands of the The front has been short ened by 53 kilometres about 33 According to Information con tained in documents in possession of the theGermans in the rear guard fighting during the re treat used four more divisions than they had contemplated us ing to break the Trench Una when the German offensive The enemy plans called for thirteen divisions to shatter the French and cross the Marne between Dormans and Chateau Information gathered fcy the allies Is to the effect that in falling back the Germans brought into action at least seventeen divisions before reaching the Addi tional reinforcements have been brought up since the Vesle was A division which was resting in Flanders la known to have reached the region north of Fismes is not true thit we have actually declared war on Great Britain but our troops are fighting against the British Invaders and a declaration of war can be hardly is the stattment ascribed to Jof the Soviet minister at by the Amsterdam correspondent of the Dally The German It Is welcome this momentous step and pre dict that Great Britain will be some RAISE HUN SOLDIERS PAY Lud first quartermaster gen eral of the German has In formed Deputy Mark of the reichstag that Emperor William signed August the decree rais ing the soldiers according to the Rheinische Gaz PEJAIN PUSHES HIS FORCES AHEAD ON VESLE FRONT Valor of Sammies Very Thing For Testing Out German Strength Here American Headquarters in General Petain has no intention of allowing the enemy to recover from the blows dealt him on the SoissonsRheims The advance continues do spite all the obstacles of weatiior and muddy Without waiting to drive all the Germans from the southern side across the Genera Patalu al ready has pushed a substantial force across the river to hold the bridge heads on the right ft will be interesting to see what view the en emy takes of the threats against the direct line of since it will be an Indication of tha strength he has to oppose It is significant that Ihe universal theme of the loiters captured is the weakness of their companies and the serious losses they have in the who showed their accustomed dash in the v push across tKe General Petain has the very instrument for such an adventure as the testing of tha German But one trusts they will with exper ience learn to practise the utmost economy of I REFUSE PASSPORTS 10 LABOR LEADERS Charles secretary ot the trade union congress and other mem bers of the house of have applied for passports to Switzerland for a conference there with Pieter the Dutch Socialist regarding loiters received from So cialists in enemy The war after discussing the request decided that it was inadvisable to grant passports enabling persons of thin country to meet persons abroad who have passed through enemy The parliamentary committee of the trades union congress and the ex ecutive of the labor party debated this refusal yesterday and passed a strong of CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE the de struction by fire of the plant of the Montreal Biscuit fac tory and of adjacent property which brought up the total loss to a million dollars was the result of some criminal negligence or arson was the view of Fire Com missioner who presided at yesterdays inouirv Into the NOTORIOUS IRISH WOMAN ARRESTED Sheehy Skifflngton was arrested in Dublin on according to the A dispatch from Dublin August said that Skiffington had arrived In Ireland after eluding the vigilance of the British She Is widow ofSheehySklf flngton former editor of the Irish who was shot by a British officer during the Sinn Fein rising In Ireland early in This of ficer was found guilty of the crime but was declared New Drive Launched by Foch Has Entirely Relieved Amiens of Danger i lias struck the Germans on a new front and French lay and profes is lost in admiration of the manner in which the blow has been carried Military observers agree that the new stroke may have import ant The manoeuvre is similar to the counter offensive north of the Marne in that it is directed toward squeezing two sides of a Ahead of the front which the allies have already reached laes the Peronne Roye highway and they are gaining rapidly toward This road has the same importance to the present battle as the Soissons Chateau Thiorry road in the battle for allies reach it alt the German troops south of a line through Mont Lassiguy and Noyon would be placed in as ser ious a predicament as those on the Marne onJuly That would be the iaimediate Relieves While apart from the ultimate ef fects the first ilays fighting relieves Amiens from the German Mont Dldior has been surrounded and it will be possible to reestablish the great northern railroad through Amiens the lackof which has serious ly handicapped the allies during the last four As to the more remote with out seeming to be R is held here that the new offensive is likely to paralyze the armies of Crown Prince which would be obligad to holster up Von Hiipprecht may have to abandon the operation ho has appar ently prepared in In addition tbo mere announcement that the now battle is duo to the ini tiative of tlio allies will be a sad blow to both tho German army and the Ger man To Protect Amiens Limit battle blow delivered by Field Marshal Halg yesterday is re not as an attempt to but as a part of u great strategic plan which Koch is currying out now that he has ha in for tho purpose of toheving Amiens and for recovering porfoct freedom of Marshal by an offensive on tho Ger not only ombanasset them in the desperate delaying battle tiioy nra fighting on the order to secure their retreat across Uio but their general for If the drive Is pushed far it may compel withdrawal from the apex of the Mont Didier which threatens both Paris and Am CATCHING UP British mercantile tonnage at the out break of the war amounted to tons and the figure at the present time is Sir Leo parliamentary secretary to the ministry of announced In the house of BROUGHT DOWN 22 HUN MACHINES aerial fighting preceding the offensive in British airmen accounted for 2L German 15 of which were says an official state ment on aerial Eighteen tons of bombs were dropped during the day and TERRIBLE LOSSES Haigs FrancoBritish Forces Have Made An Advance of H and Are Continuing the Big Captured and Are Clearing Amiens Salient Entirely of Huns Are Smashing Says MANY PRISONERS AND HUGE QUANTITIES OF WAR MATERIAL ARE ABANDONED BY ENEMY CAPTURED GUNS TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT ARE REVEALED Several Crack Regiments Re duced to Almost With the American Army on the AUQJ 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 having been taken from German officers and men and obtained in various other ways since the al lied offensive began on July One regiment lost onethird of its effectives in one Other units were reduced by onehalf in the fighting up to July The 50th a crack was ordered into battle to stop the pressure of the French in the valley if the It was a re giment of this division which lost onethird of Its number on July The next day the commander of the 10th company reported he had been reduced to 35 The commander of the seventh com pany declared no one was left in the seventh In other battalions similar conditions were On July 22 the 82nd regiment was compelled to form three companies of its three bat talions put back into the Before engaging in the battle the companies of another division consisted of 80 men being 19 year old As a resut of losses the division was reduced by onehalf by July In the re gion of FereEnTardenois one regiment of the 22nd division was reduced to three The number of effectives In the average German company is now about 90 exclusive of officers and supplementary non commissioned OF TUNNEL SAYS Lloyd who came here to attend the Welsh national In receiving the freedom of Neath today declared that the end of the tunnel through which the allies have been travelling for four years was getting Lloyd George made no ap ology to any he for any part he had played during the And I propose to fight on to the he added With theBritish Army in is reported that a German divisional general has been captured in the PRISONERS than prisoners had Ken taken captive by the allies in the Somme drive up to noon according dispatch this More than 200 guns also have been GERMANS PREPARE FOR RETREAT With the British Army in The Germans are blowing up their ammunition dumps the battle This is considered an indication that they are preparing to x The British casualties since the beginning of the present drive are but threefifths of the number of prisoners counted up to three oclock this APPROACHING CHAULNES from the battlefront south of the iomme today report British armored cars and tanks in advance of the to have reached within a mile of the Chaulnes railway ELEVEN MILES ADVANCE FrancoBritish advance on the battlefront south of the Somme has reached a maximum depth of eleven according to news received here shortly after noon BATTLE IS RESUMED battle on the front south of the Somme was resumed early this morning and the FrancoBritish forces made favor able progress from the reaching selected Power ful cavalry forces are in INITIATIVE IN ALLIED HANDS general feeling here is that the Importance of the successful new battle cannot be It is regarded the turning point of the years campaign and perhaps even the turning point of the whole It was onjy a month ago that all tatk of tha British military critics was whetherthe allies could hold on in the face of the great German offensive which the German people had been told wan to finish the The Initiative has now been taken from the enemy and within the month tho allies have engaged in two important with conspicuous EVACUATE POSITIONS Germans are evacuating their positions In the Lys on the Flanders French arrtllery preparation which lasted fortyfive COMPLETE SURPRISE German soldiers were captured while harvesting In the so complete waa the cur Moreuil and Moriiel carried by The difficulties of crossing the Avre were overcome the French using easily constructed After taking Brio the French captured La Neuville and the series of hills dominating the plain GREAT STORES With the British Army in Associated enormous quantity of stores and ammunition been abandoned by the In their CAPTURE British have captured Morlancourt on northern end of the Somme bat tle and the Infantry line now from that point south ward to a point southeast of Mor This an Infant ry advance to the maximum depth of seven miles In the centra along the Fere I Additional war news Page FIERCE FIGHTING reports received by the Havas Agency from the battle front are that the fighting continues fiercely along the entire AngoFrench attacking SMASHING THROUGH he was leaving London night for to attend the Welsh Nat ional Premier Lloyd George expressed great satisfac tion with the from the remarking We are smashing 3000 PRISONERS BY FRENCH On the French Front in The French troops on a six miles northwest of Mont Didier have advanced to a depth of four and captured nearly three thousand Important ma terial also was The advance was parried out with ex tremely light The French front from the Ayre northto a point of the Amiens Roye Road where it joins up with the The attention of the Germans was fixed on the attack when the new offensive was open There no renlv to the ;