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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 23, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. , LETHBRIDGE, ALBEg^TA. FIUDAY. AUGUST 23, 1918 NUMBER 215 A MIGHTY BATTLE ALLIES HARD RESSED IN SIBERIA Hied Forces Retreat Before Superior Numbers-British Greatest Battle of War Rages on the Picardy Front; British Advance Beyond Albert and Threaten Town of Bapaume ' and French in Fighting. THREE HUNDRED OF CZECHS HANGED AS REPRISAL MEASURE LoiKjon, Aug. 23.-Allied tioops on Iho Ussiiri River fi'ont 7iortli of Vladivostok, oulnumberort by the cnomoy. liave been fo)ced to wlUulniw after-heavy llKliting, aays a dispatch to the Daily Mail from Harbin, dated Wednesday. British and French troops wore engaged in the battle bn^t the brunt of the nehting foil on the (,'os-Kiick and Czecho-Slovak troops. Japanese units aided in the retirement. Bolsheviki monitors, operating on Lalce Hangkn ttrr inclusive. A premium of:*5o shall be paid on Onlirlo winter wheat, . �  :, minister ot militia, and Hon^Colpnel C. C. Ballaniyno, minister of naval service tor Canada. They were met'liora by Hon. J. !>; Held, minister of''rflji- ways.. � ,...... ., :';.->:. Washington, Aug. 23.-Passage of the manpower bill extending draft age limits to 18 and 45 years by the house before adjournment today was expected by leaders. In the senate it was planned to end debate on tho miasure today in preparation tor a final vote tomorrow. General debate on the bill endpd in the house lato yesterday and when that body convened today  voting on amendments was started. A vigorous contest over several amendments was expected, especially that providing that youths of 18 and 19 bo not called until men ot other ages have been summoned. GREAT DEARTH ARVEST HELP Situation is Serious, State Those in Touch With the Situation (War Summary by the Associated Press) ' - 0)1 the northern and southern end of the Picardy battlefront tho battered German line is wavering. Along the Oise the enemy is retreating rapraiy. Allied pressure continues all along the entire front. British and German armies are locked in a mighty battle to'day over '' a twenty-five mile front from Lihons, six miles south of the Somme to the Cojeul River, south of Arras. It is officially reported from London that the British are making progress and that German attacks east of, Beaucourt, at the .middle of tho battlefront, were repulsed. ...... ' French troops, have'occupied the southern banks of the Oise and the Ailette between Semplgny, south of Noyon to the railroad bridge west of Coucy Le Chateau. I / . A BIG ADVANCE ' ' South of Coucy Le Chateau they, have reached the outskirts of Guny and Pont St. Mardl. This progress brings them further toward the rear I of the German foreerohthc.hllls north of Soissons and within three miles of the German positions north'of the Chirhin Des Oam'es, a* they, stood before the offensive Of May 27;' ' _^ � North of the Somme and the Ancre to Mercatel, the British keep doggedly at it after having captured Albert and 5,000 prisoners. South ,of the bend in the'Ancre they have crossed that stream to the east on a six mile front for/a gain of two miles. ,' .| NOYON UNDER FIRE NOW ') Noyon, a pivot of the German lines in Picardy, still is held by the � Germans, but the town and the surrounding heights are under the fire | of the French guns. West of Noyon the French are on the Divette for a ' distance of nearly five miles; The Oise has been reached on a front of ten miles south and east of Noyon and has been crossed at several points. : CAVALRY AND AIRPLANES BIJSY j French cavalry and airplanes are harassing the retiring enemy and | over the German positions of yesterday French guns and Infantry are rushing northward. Except west of the Oise and along the sharp salient north of Soissons the Ger^ians displayed little signs of sticking and probably will retire to beyond the Oise canal which parallels the river on the north. Marshal Haig has had to face bitter resistance north of the Somme, his pressure continuing, however, and his success around Albert probably will provide leverage to push the Germans further east, north and south of that sector. VITAL SECTORS, '^1 Probably the most, vital sectors to the Germans 'M present art these ] from Roye to Noyon and that northwest of Soissons. If the first should waver and fall back, the German position north of the Somme would have r' to be readjusted. If the salient northwest of Soissons should fall the French would have the heights of Chemin Des Dames outflanked. Cor-' tinued French pressure on the salient would appear to have the effect of forcing the Germans to retreat from the Vesle within a few days at the most. ..lijj AMERICANS BUSY American troops north of the Vesle have increased the security of their position by clearing out an Important point north of Fismes. The' Germans attempted a counter attack hut were repulsed with a loss. In the Lys sector the British have made further progress. East of , Merville they are approaching Neuf Berquin. North of Ballleull .where ths line tarns northeastward, the .British have pushed forward on a front of one aKd a half miles.. PRAISE WORK OP THE AIR FORCES Pai-is, Aug. 23.--(Havas Agency)-; The Avork of the French aerial forces in the nghting south' ot the Oise is praised by the newspapers. The Petit Earisiene says that the capture of the towns ot BaiUy and Curlepont was due In great part- to the work ot ali--raen who destroyed numerous convoys, on the Noyon-Competgne Head and spread contusion in the enemy ranks. .The tanks opened the way for the offensive, it is declared and the bombing airplanes hurried the enemy rd^rement. long. Just at the present time there/ is a great dearth of men, and all the employment agenciesare overrun with orders. "The situation Is serious." said I\lr. Rossiter ot Harris and liossiter, to the Herald tills morning. "Wo do not need a greiif number, but wu do need lU'ty or .onB lmndr,ed men badly. The fttrmors arq, (lojnf tliolr to got along without.them, but It is slowing up tlio harvest, juist when tho farmers want to get their crop off and get lo work {iloughlng for next year. .Mr. Weir of tiic government ugoucy also reports a considerable shortage. The harvest will, be short this year, but thoro are so many wore llelds being cut than expected that tlie demand tor men. is groiitci* than the supply arranged for.; INCREASE WAGES OF WOlVIEN SHELL MAKERS London, Aug. 23.-The ministry of munitions has ordered that the waceis of women munition workers be increased five shillings after September 1. Girls, under 18 In munition plants will receive an Increase of half a crown. PRICE POTATOES DROPS. Montreal, Aug. 23.-^Owlng to the surplus of) potatoes on i^thei local market >tfe price per bag has dropped to |1 per BO-pouudbag*,' HOOVER RETURNS Now.York. Au^, 23.-Herbert C. Hoover, llnlted States food adminlB-Irator, returned today from bis trip abroad.. ' � - /> . BRITISH PROGRESS. London, Aug. 23.-'A battiejs being fought on the line between Lihons, south of the Somme, to the Cojeul River, southwest of Arras, a front of more t^an 26 miles, according to the official etatement, Issued at the war office today. The British troops are making progress at a number of points, tho statement says and adds that two enemy attacks east of Beau- ^ court were repulsed during the * night. On the tys front, the statement adds, the British line was slightly advanced east of Le Tpuret, north-vJest of Neuf Berquin and east of Outtorsteen. ' FRENCH ADVANCE. "' Paris, Aug. 23.-Between the Oise and, the Alsne the French troops allvanced their lines during the night to Guny and Pont St. Ward, Just south of the Ailette River. They hold the right blinks of the Oise and the Ailette from Sempigny to the railroad.west of Coucy-Le-Chateau, according " to the official Etatement issued by the war off ice today. 5000 PRISONERS, ^ Paris, Aug. 23.-(Havas Aaen-cy.)-between the Oise and.the Aisne during the advance of Wednesday and Thursday, General Mangin's army took 8000 prison-era, according to advices reach-Ing Paris. 80I8S0N8 SECURE Pari; Aug. 23.-([Havas Agency)-The French and British ucQesses Thursday Increased the menace to Roye and Noyon and rendered their fall near, says the Echo De Paris. It adds that  Paris has been made safer by the operations of the army of General Humbert and that oissop* has been made more secure by the capture of Pommiers and Vauxrezis. ' Have Taken Albert London, Aug. -^2.-The town ' �> Albert, 18 miles northeast ot Amiens, on the Ancre river, has been re'cap* tured by the British, who also liava obtained nil their objectives lu tho fighting today between Brayo-Sur-Sommo^and Albert, according to the official communication from HaUl Marshal Halg'tonight. Over the six-mllQ front the British advanced two" miles. TO CONTROL SALE OF MEAT ) BuanoB Aires, Aug, 2i3.- The municipal authorities of Buenos Aires have taken over the supervision of the sale of meat to the public. This step was ordered by President Irlgoyen in-an effort to combat the high price of meat,. American and British packing houses in the j Argentine have agreed to deliver at cost to the government meat-for public consumption. NOT SERIOUS � Buenos 'Aires, Aug. 23.-Oovorti. men t telegraph stations report that the eruptions ot ^Mounts Llama and Lanau, In the territory 6t Neuquen^ are not serious. \ The inhabitauts ot two towns nqar.the Mountains yiftt�� '.reported to have lett their 1100199,'/ ,. 80 3109 1327?7 A41C ;