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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 22, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta tferaH VOLUME X. LETHHHIDGE. ALD1SRTA. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 1917 NUMBER 214 CANADIANS IN FIERCE HAND-TO-HAND BATTLE WITH HUNS E; British Attack on Yprcs Front-French A7ii'tory at Verdun Was Greater Than Planned For. British Front In Franco and Belgium, Aug. 22.-(By the A. P.).-The British began another operation northeast o� Ypro.s at dawn today on the battle-scarred ground between Lange-niarck and Kroozenburg. No details aro yet available. Hold Lens Positions London, Aug. 22-In the face of heavy German counter-attacks the British have maintained the newly gained positions on the outskirts of Lens, the war office announces. Further progress has been made at some points. Gallant Irishmen -, BrltiBh Front In France and Bel-glum, Aug. 22-(By the A.P.).-The Btory of the valiant light waged by the Irish battalions, bqth Ulstermen and South ot Ireland men, in the last British offensive northeast of Ypres will make their names immortal in Ir'sh annals. Hun Attacks Fail Paris, Aug. 22.-The Gormans made violent counter-attacks) last night on the Verdun front west of the Meuse. They penetrated French lines at points In their attempts to recapture ground taken from them in the French offensive, but, (lie war office announced, were driven qjit. Austrian Claim Vienna, Aug. 21, (via London, Aug. 22).-The new attack of the Italians has forced back the Austrian line at some points, the war office announces, and the vlllago of Selo, on the Carso plateau has been lost. It is said the Austrians have taken more than 5,600 prisoners. Foiled the Germans . ErltlBh Front in France and Belgium, Aug. 22.-It now appears? from ntet.ements.jol- aejanan^nrUpaers, that tho German counter-attack at dawn yesterday, which by , strange coincidence began ut the same hour as that of the Canadian attack was a preliminary to the general counter-attack which had as its object the recovery of Hill 70, possession of which is necessary if the Germans arc to continue their hold on Lens. Large numbers of troops bad been massed for this attack and these were used freely in the sanguinary struggle of yesterday and last night. French Gain Footing Berlin, Aug. 22, via London.-French troops have gained a footing in the southeastern part of Avocourt Wood, and on tho knolls to tho east of that position, on the Verdun front, says the German official statement. The German statement also says that the French forced their way into German positions in the southern part i>f tho village of Samogneux on the . Bast bank of the Mouse. The losses of French infantry, the German report ays, were very heavy, and the French , command hud to replace several of ten attacking divisions. After the battle around Lens yesterday, tho German general staff report a coal depot southwest of the French mining contra regained in the hands of the Brtlsh. The French Victory. Grand Headquarters of The French Armies in France, Aug. 22.-(By tho Associated Press).-The irresistible dash of tho French troops took them beyond anything hoped for in Monday's fighting around Verdun, and gave them possession of both summits Df Le Mori Homme besides other heights, and woods in the vicinity, which the Germans considered impregnable. Enthusiast statement says that tho allies  * have succeeded in getting un- * * I, LITTLE DAMAGE Huns Drop Bombs On Coast Towns, But Prevented From Getting Inland London, Aug. 22.-Ten German airplanes approached tho English coost in the county of Kent today, tho British war office announces. Two of the raiding machines were brought down. An air raid warning was issued in London this morning. About an hour later the announcement "all clear" was made indicating that the raiders had' been driven off. Bombs were dropped at Dover (an Important naval base on the English channel) and at Margate. Three persons were killed and two injured. The statement says raiders were unable to penetrate far inland. Raid in Yorkshire. London, Aug. 22.-German airships made a raid off tho Yorkshire coast last night, it Is announced officially. So far *� has teen ascertained, the damage Inflicted* was small. Official Statement ' London,-Aug. 22.-A communication Issued by Lord'French, commander-in-chief of the home forces, says: "Ten enemy airplanes approached over the Kentish coast near Ranisgaie about 10.15 a.m., being met, and heavily engaged by machines ot the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service, and also by gunfire tr^m antiaircraft guns. Raiders were unable to penetrate Inland. A small party travelled west to Margate, but then turned homeward. The remainder skirted the coast to the south as far as Dover and at Margate. Casualties reported up to the present were three persons killed and two injured! Material damage was slight. Enemy machines wero brought down by anti-aircraft gunfire, and by our own airplanes. CANADIANS ARE PRISONERS London, Aug. 21.-Lieut. J. Walker, Mounted Rifles, 'previously reported a prisoner at Schwarmsted, is now posted at Strohen. Captain A. F. Cross-man, Mounted Rifles, formerly at Cre-feld, is now reported at Strohen Kreis Sullingen. � * J. THREE CHILDREN  t> BURN TO DEATH. * A, - C �> Quebec, Aug. 22.-While the  > mother was away to a neigh-  t> bor's house, fire caught from  ( a lighted stave In home of R,  Mathleu at Chaudiero on the yesterday afternoon, and three  V children of Mrs. Mathleu per-  a lined In the flames. Mathleu Is  t a fireman on tho I. C. R, and  t> was away In Montreal.    a> + + f �. *4> * + �4>4>�**� HUNGARY'S NEW PREMIER Amsterdam, Aug. 21.-The Wolff Bureau, the semi-official German news agency, in a despatch from Budapest, announces that Dr. Alexander Wek-erlu lias been appointed premier of Hungary, in succession to Count Mor-itz Esterhupy. ONTARIO'8 $300,000,000 CROP Toronto, Aug. 21,-Ontario's field crops this summer will reach a valuo of more than 30Q,000,000, or fifty pur cent, better than the average crop of 1200,000,000, according to the estimates of the Ontario department ot agriculture. M. THOMAS TAKES.JLUNCH WITH GENERAL KORMLOFF J.^V.ti.V..' This picnic party was given by the Commander of the Russian armies during tho visit of tho French Minister of Munitions to the Eastern front. i E SEND IN YOUR STAMPEDE BILLS. Those parties having bills against the Stampede are asked to send them in at once to Secretary S. F. Kimball, of Raymond, immediately.  �e��0�0��>4>�-4>�> UT1LTIES BOARD I Italians Have Taken 13,000 Britain Can Produce All Necessary-Small Parts Will Be Made Here Ottawa, Aug. 22.-The Imperial munitions board announced today that the production of munitions in Canada will be discontinued as no longer necessary except in some| lines which in parts, will be produced In lessened quantities. Some of the plants affected in - consequence -wilL-rMume, pre-war activities in their regular lines. Others will engage in the production of equipment for ships. The increased capacity for munition production in Great Britain Is said to be responsible. Got a Zepp. London, Aug. 21.-British light naval forces destroyed a Zeppelin airship this morning off the Jutland, Denmark, coast, says an official communication this evening. The communication adds that there were no survivors from the crew of the airship. Rome, Aug. 22.-More than 13,-000 Austro-Hungarian prisoners have been captured by Italians In their offensive on the Isonzo front, the Italian war department announced today. Italians also have taken 30 guns. Gen. Cadorna reports that the Italians have gained new successes along the whole battle line. North of Gorizia operations are 'proceeding-regularly. To the south the struggle is localizing, especially on the Carso front. What's Up In Russia? Washington, Aug. 22.-Official dispatches have been received from Russia within the last 24 hours of such a character as to cause concern ovsej^the situation they picture. They will not be made public, much lass be discussed at this time by American officials, who regard them as indicating the condition with which the provisional government has to deal. The extent of the German intrigue in Russia Is well known, and'the subjectitnatter of the dispatches probably is connected with that. IS FREE OF Magistrate Dismisses Him Because of Contradictory Evidence of One Witness * > ? WOOD AND CRERAR ? �> REFUSE PORTFOLIOS * �. - ? Wood, of Calgary, president of ?  the United Farmers of Alberta, ? have both left Ottawa after do- 4> union government under Sir' �J> Robort Borden. Messrs. Crer- ? ? ar and Wood wero both men- ?  ion government at Ottawa. * ? SGT. MATTHEWSON [DIES OF HIS WOUNDS Was Fireman on C.P.R., Enlisting With Calgary Battalion -Sister Lives Here Relatives in Lcthbridge have received- tho sad intelligence of tho death In action of Sergeant Thos. Coxon Matthowson. Sergt. Matthawson enlisted, along with 100 Lethbridge boys, -In tho 31st. In tho heavy fighting in the latter part of July he was wounded on the 15th. On July 21 he died from hib wounds in a hospital in France. ( Sorgt. Matthowson camo to Lcthbridge in 1911, and at the time of enlisting was employed as a fireman on tho C. P. R. Mrs. Robert Archbold, 822 7th Ave, S., is a Bister. Wold, the Barons man who was placed on trial before Magistrate Fallis of Carmangay yesterday on a charge of manslaughter arising from the death of William Welch, was dismissed, evidence being somewhat contradictory, He was defended by C. T. Harris, of Lethbridge. H. W. Church conducted the prosecution. Wold was charged with having run down Welch, who was walking along the Barons road. It was alleged that Wold was operating his car without lights, and that he knocked Welch down, and went on, leaving him lying on tho road, where he died. As tho evidence of one of the witnesses was very contradictory, tho magistrate dismissed the charge, and allowed tho prisoner to go free. L Board Suggests Work Be Not Undertaken Till Back Taxes Are Paid Many Attend the Cardston Fair, But Exhibits Show Falling Off (By a Staff Reporter). Cardston, Aug, 22,-In point of numbers the Cardston fair which was held on Monday and Tuesday was the most successful In years. But at regards the quantity of exhibits, there was an appreciable falling off, an* some of the directors are whndering whether the agricultural end of the fair Is worth while. To the Herald the statement was made by a director that more people could be brought to the town by a good sportB program for two days, and that he was satisfied the best solution ot the exhibition question for the south would be an amalgamated fair in Lethbridge. Whether Cardston will join Magrath and Raymond next year for the staging of a g6od agricultural fair has not been decided by the Cardston people, but there are many in favor of the plan provided arrangements are made for a celebration of some kind at Carddtph to take the place of the fair as an outing tor the people of the district. - ' About 1600 people attended the fair on each of the two days. This was very satisfactory to the directors, who will not lose any money as has been tho ease In so many years past. - The town was full ct people, the hotels were full up, 'and liad been since Saturday. Private citizens kindly threw their houses open'to entertain the town's guests, and all carried away a good impression of the town's hospitality. New Building Cardston'a fair grounds boasted a fnew horse building for the occasion and the grounds as a whole were in better condition than a year ago. Whether or not harvest interfered with the number of exhibits it Is hard to, say, but the fact remains that, with the exception of cattle, there were nearly twice as much competition a year ago. In only two classes In the horse exhibits was there any real competition. The foal event brought out ten suckers, and they wore a fine lot. The JAILS CLEARED IN HUNGARY BECAUSE OF FOOD SITUATION Copenhagen, Aug. 21.--The food situation in Hungary has led tho Hungarian minister of justice to order the clearing out of prisoners in tho Jails, according to advices received here. ArreBts also are to bo reduced to a minimum. Criminals seiftonr.ed to less thon two years' imprisonment, whoso social position has not been broken, will be given an indefinite leave, and also in special cases, persons who have beeti sentenced to terms of more than two years will be released as tho minister does not desire to submit prisoners t'o unnecessary suffering because of Inadequate prison fare. (OOMTUTUKD ON l*io� 8). -RECORD TOP PRICE FOR HOGS .', Chicago, Aug 20,-Scanty supplies of hogs gave added impetus to prices today, and a new record top of f 19.65 was reached for choico animals. Liberal cattle and sheep arrivals kept prices from advancing. A heavy rain stom swept over tho district yesterday afternoon, but so far as reports- can be obtained there was liUle damage from hail in this vicinity. The worst damage was done at High River, where the hail was terrific, smashing nearly all the windows in the place. Tho hall swept eastwaj-d, injuring crops in the, Ensign and Vulcan districts. There is report.of some damage at New Dayton to tho south, where one or two farms were reported hit. RU8SIAN GOVERNMENT GROWS 8TRONGER MARKETS Spot Wheat............ October Wheat...... Loeal Track Oats ..... . October Oate .......... October. Flax........... 240 213 64 63'/. 334 WEATHER High ............>....... Lew............'.....,_... ' Forecast: Flne=ep/d cool. �2 43 Petrograd, Aug. 20.-An estimate of the situation in Russia was made today by Dr. Frank Billings of Chicago, one of tho leaders of the American Red Cross experts, after a fortnight's observation In-Petrograd. "The new government is facing tho present crista with clearness of vision and sincerity) of purpoao which, slnco the formation of the ministry less than two weeks ago, has not failed in confidence," Dr. Billings said. "While the seriousness of the situ ation 'is manifest' there Is every reo* son to hope that the prosent government will be strengthened by the full confidence of tho Russian people for the great task beforo it." The board of public utilities at Ed monton, has intimated to the city commissioners that it advises the holding over of tho paving of Thlr tecnth street until such steps to en force tax collections as deemed necessary are taken. The following letter has been received by the city clerk, from the board: Donald A. Duff, Esq., City Clerk, Lethbridge, Alberta.-Dear Sir,-I am instructed to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 9th Inst, and the revised figures in that of the 10th Inst. Prom these tho following facts emerge: 1. That the arrears of taxes due the City of Lethbridge are sufficiently large to preBs heavily upon the mind of the mayor, and to cause discussion as to the wisdom of holding a tax sale. 2. That a forced realisation upon the properties carrying such arrears would, in all probability, produce sufficient funds (a) to place the sinking fund in good standing; and (b) to meet the other unpaid liabilities of the city. The Board, I may state, has hitherto taken the view^that where financial conditions are critical on account of failure of taxpayers to meet the responsibilities incurred through borrowings, it is not desirable that further indebtedness be contracted, even though needs would seem to be reasonably pressing. In the present case, however, it would appear from your letter of the 23rd ult., that tho immediate prosecution of the work on the subway is not in sight, but that tho by-law might be passed with the object of testing the British and' U. S. financial markets. In so far aa the former is concerned it is understood that no Canadian Municipal issues are being received in Britain. It is equally true that the U. S. market is practically closed, the loan of the Dominion of Canada, now being placed therein, costing the Federal Government in excess of 7 per cent per annum. Under the circumstances mentioned, if an immediate and final answer to the application is desired, the board is prepared to give it, but I am Instructed to say that it would be preferable to have it laid over until such steps to enforce tax collections have been taken by the council, as to It may appear necessary. The ability and readiness of the taxpayers to meet their responsibilities would then be taken into consideration by tho board when again requested t'o roview tho application. Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) JAMBS E. REILLY, Secretary. MONTANA MAY TRIPLE QUOTA Butte, August 20.-That the chances of Montana's tripling its quota for voluntary enlistments by October 1, next, are excellent is the opinion ot. Sergeant H. 13. Bryant, heud of'the recruiting service in Montana, expressed tonight. Should the state make this remarkable record, which Is said to be out of the question for any other state in the Union to attempt, there is little doubt, sergeant Bryant thlnkB, but that It will be unnecessary for a second draft tfa>%e> made in this state. Iii the Fiercest Hand-to-Haiitl Fighting of War Dominion Troops Drive Iltins Back to Dugouts. (By the Canadian Oversea* Correspondent). Canadian Headquarters in France, Aug. 21, via London.-By a dashing attack this morning around Lens, from . the northwest to the south, our troops penetrated Oerman defences at almost every point of contact. At the time ot filing this dispatch tho situation Is not clear, but the Germans in Lens are ringed about by eager foes who are with difficulty restrained to the limits of their objectives, and prevented from following the retiring Germane into the labyrinth of ruined houses, with their mazes of concrete cellars, and passages, where the enemy Is at home, and would have a very.dlstinct. advantage In the average man-to-man fighting that has been going on all morning. Wounded men coming out of the inferno where men struggle for mastery with bayonets and bomb, while shells from guns of all calibres explode around them, and bullets of machine gun barrages hum past like bees swarming, say that never before has the enemy fought with more stubborn ferocity. Prisoners state that the enemy was * preparing to attack on that part ot front chosen for our assault. The objective ot our storming waves on the northern end was heavily manned with Germans, and some had actually gone over, and were advancing across no man's land to our front line when the barrnge came down upon them. There was a dense morning mist over all the countryside, and only the roofs of the houses in Lens could be seen piercing it here and there. In the ghostly gray light produced by ' this combination ot smoke, and cloud the Canadians, and Germans met out in no man's land. The onset of our men had greater Impetus, and, fighting like wild cats, the enemy was borne back. ..... Men of the Winnipeg battalion say �' that their opponents were1 Prussian ' guards of the division brought in since the final smashing of the fourth guard division on] Saturday. They gave way-very slowly, and on the parapet of the trench made a final stand for over 15 minutes. It was close quarter's work with bomb and bayonet, for rifle bullets at paint blank range are as likely to kill a friend as an enemy. Finally the Prussians broke, and ran to cover in the houses of Lens, whence they directed heavy machine gun and trench mortar fire en our men as they worked hurriedly to put the captured trencli in condition to resist a counterattack. On the southern front the struggle was even more intense than in the north. Burning oil was project* ed Into the enemy positions before our Infantry went over, but the enemy took shelter in his deep dugouta, ud emerged to meet our men. Fierce Storm of Projectile* For a time the trench mortar and -machine gun fire was too much for the Alberta men who attacked here. Some of the wounded said that the storm of all sorts ot projectiles through which they passed was the greatest in their experience. After very stiff fightlnft in which the enemy contested every foot of the ground, a breach waa ultimately made in the German front, and our troops advanced, bombing their way through the ruins of houses. BAD HAIL STORM AT HIGH RIVER High River, Alta., Aug. 21.-This town was the centre early this afternoon of the most severe hailstorm remembered by the oldest inhabitant. MarbleH wero not in it with the- stones when size comes to be compared, and they wero driven by a violent wind from the north which smashed thousands of windows In the town.......' At tho timo ot telegraphing, 2.30 p. ni., parts of the streets are covered with hailstones to a depth of six or seven inches and the residents ot the town are shivering with the chill that has been in the atmosphere since the storm came on. THREE EXPLOSIONS. Cincinnati, O., Aug. 20-Three explosions at the King Mills Powder company's plant at King Mills, Ohio, this morning, caused some deaths and resulted In a few workmen being Injured. How many were' killed or Injured is not known, although official reports place the number of dead at four and the number ot injured at three. v . \; WITH PLANS FOR THE JOINT FAIR Mayor Hardle and the city commissioners are interesting themselves in the proposed amalgamated fair and stampede for Lethbridge next year. . The mayor was making enquiries Into the matter this morning, and It ia likely that on IiIb return from the east, � an effort will be made to get the local fair board together to dlBcuss the situation. It is considered that an. organization of Magrath, Raymond and LethbWdge interests should be effected immediately and a permanent secretary appointed to undertake the work. Meantime plans are being discussed by those interested in the project. Ray Knight ot Raymond ie spoken of as the likely man for president ot the amalgamated board. EXPLOSION INQUEST Rlgaud, Que., Aug. 21.-The coroner's Jury yesterday returned a verdict of "Accidental death" in the case ot Foreman Gordon Bhortrede, killed In the explosion which destroyed the powder plant of Curtlss and Harvey, i Limited, on Saturday. No further lets ' ot life baa yet been reported. 05 0130 ;