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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 26, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta WILSON ASKS CONGRESS FORlRIGHT TO USE FORCE OF ARMS CUNARD LINER LA COMA IS SU$K;270 SA VED RETREAT BEFORE ^ rm mw ir a v m "b �r w �� � t\ m �i h �* �  v im g � � it h m � d n -r- -' ----- NEUTRALITY NOW | Miraumont Village Taken With out ,a, Struggle-Patrols Press'Toward Bapaume I GREATEST RETREAT OF HUNS SINCE MARNE �> *   * LATIN-AMERICAN ? REPUBLICS OFFER * MEDIATION IN WAR * Buenos Ayres, Feb. 26.?-According to La Naclon,.the Argentine government, is endeavoring to bring; about joint action by the Latin-American republics in offering mediation for ending the war. j i .i,/(Byj Philip Glbbs). . With .ttie,BHtieh Annies in the Field Sunday, February 25, via London, Feb. 26.--the "enemy;.'is still withdrawing troops from .many positions between Heubetern and the ground southwest of Bapaume, and our strong patrols are pushing forward into the abandoned country, which they penetrated In'some places for nearly three miles beyond our lines. They are already not lib west oi ' Serlre, southwest of Jules i above Miraumont, Petit Miraumont, and Pys, which are now in our hands; - without battle. We gained a number of German strongholds', which we expected to win only by heavier fighting arid .the enemy yielded to our ceaseless, pressure of men' and guns by escaping to a new line of defence along (he Bapaume -ridge. This is the most. notable movement1 which has taken .place, in the war since the autumn ^fitjieflnjit year. T%1e*$Brman: �retirement in the battle of the.^Mar'ne was forced 'upon' them only by'aotual defeat. On' the ground that^ this iiiaiatoCtegical retreat, re-ve�ll*i^*^e^$itip'e'1or' weakness in their defensiveicdhditlons, it has come "'-> our; feettetfliif as a surprise. Aft-ft' me battle'of "BoomRavine, there ware several signs, that the enemy contemplated withdrawing from the two Mlr-j auraonts and our recent capture of' Raillescourt Farm and the . ground north of the Ancre seriously menaced I Serre. Yesterday morning, through the heavy gray omist several fires were seen burning along the German lino. ' For'.several days the enemy's field 'tat-' teries have been firing an abnormal amount of ammunition, and it seemed likely that they were getting rid of their supplies in the forward dumps, before withdrawing, their guns. Patrols sent out had a queer, uncanny experience. It was very quiet In the mist, almost .alarmingly quiet. They pushed,in after the enemy.-Not I a sound, hot a shot', came from Serre. , ,t These reports were sent back and Was 111 Nearly AH Time He Was more patrols were sent forward in , _ . . _ . � "  various directions. in lraining In England/ They pushed oh, picking up a, few --_ '� i prisoners here and there, who were , , _ . _'!.-., .... sniping from shell holes and serving - ,?c� QoI�: V Jackson of the solitary ^machine ;guns. These men :J*T* Highlanders has returned confessed that they had been left be- ?� Lethbridge from England. His stay hind with> orders to keep'firing and,m B?*land was nt*ftjiaulrie",' northeast of Solsions, the other on .one- of our poets' northwest of.'Av-oncourt, were .broken up.' We took prisoners /Including: one officer. German Report ,. Berlin, Feb. 26, (By wireless). -An unsuccessful "attack was made in Champagne yesterday, by the French', It f� announced, officially. 'B duty hp was taken lieve the ground was still strongly i"1 w.ith asthma � and pneumonia,-" and held. Further on the right the same : Ior sixteen weeks and five days he was thing was habpening. Patrols went on "ls oaek !" Kent hospitals. He ie out and sent back messages saying not yet discharged, but; goes to Cal-ho enemy was ahead. They went into Sarv Saturday for three months' treat-Miraunlont, aUd in-the centre, of the'ment ta the convalescent hospital; , main, road-a mine blew up with a great Corp. Jackson did not see the explosion, but by great good luck none 'trenches itl France, as was reported in of our men were hurt. At the end tne Calgary News-Telegram. He would ni rawmm were hurt At the end �le �-�ia��y �ow�-iojoji�iu, i�� �uu.u slr ,samjajso mamiuiueu iu�i hiub nf rhfl; strfiBt six Germans were seen;Have liked vary much to have got Into ]abor supply of Canada were properly ?L�_ !trJw�~ fLrt �t the trench flghtihg with.the rest ofT0Canized and (he women workers rfro- .._ uermans wbib bbb�|----------- -..----- -- among the ruins. They were fired at. the trench flghtihg with . the rest of and disanceared. Miraumont was the Highlanders, many of whom have taken without another shot than these already done their bit,at the front.-He and with it Little Miraumont next i saw very- little of hlr old comrades in door., ' La'st;night our troops advanced toward -Warlencourt and south of Ireless and they took possession of the famous butte,' that high" mound above the bones of some' pre-historic man, for which there has-been so much bloody fighting in the autumn and the first month :of this year.. From tlie direction of Bapaume the noise of heavy � explosions was heard, as though am-munition dumps were being blown up, and for the first time, perhaps, since the German; i-etreat from the Marne the ( nemy . was destroying his own flnateiiml of war on his way back. How far he Is going back is not clear. Patrols are still pushing out, but beyond doubt, he is withdrawing to the high ground of Bapaume ridge, where lie hopes to stand with greater safety than where ho has suffered intolerably from our gunfire and air raids. PATRIOTIC FUND � Ottawa, Feb. 23.-TrJ2very man,' woman and chljd in Canada has given approximately $2.00 to the Canadian patriotic fund. According to reports which, are filtering through to the headquarters of the fund in Ottawa, the ?IS,000,000 which the people of this country were asked to give this year has been more than subscribed. In pledges, the fund sa far has .got something like $1^.500,000, and thr patriotic fund has now, so far as can lie Judged, sufficient inogme for the next'twelve months. , England, but understands they are up holding the honor of ^Lethbridga in a yery pleasing manner. I" ' The corporal cannot Bay" too much in praise of the Canadian Bed Cross. Ho had plenty of chance to find out their worth, and says unqualifiedly that they are one of the best organizations doing war work,' in .' England. Canadian boys are ..well"looked after and appreciate the fact. Before enlisting Corp. Jackson \was a member of the Lethbi'idge Are!'brigade, and is well known as one of the best entertainers in thti city. He was on the recruiting staff 'of'the Leth-bridge Highlanders and''did his /part to bring the unit up to strength. WAS FIRED UPON We should by this time have"ftilly reached the half million mark, but-I am sorry to say some of my friends, even in the cabinet, listened to .the specious cry that the labor supjjly was being interel'erea with. As -olfre-;sult, we are still short one hundred thousand of the number we should have under arms now." Sir SamJalso maintained that if the organized and the women workers jiro perly -mobilized, , there would be; no dearth of help, either for agricultural or war munitions production. (He agair. urged his policy of applying ;the militia act at once to call out for training 100,000 or 200,000-single men of military age. New York, Feb. 2C.^Tl�e Associated Press today announces: '"The. American barque Galena,.whioh. arrived here today from Rouen,; France,, was fired upon by a Gferman "submarine, Nov. 27, while* on tbje outward -voyage and was saved froiri possible destruction by the sudden Appearance^ of tWP 39th Battery Gunner Was Badly Wounded By Shrapnel-Trf Be Treated at Ogden V Corp. Fred Downer, a well-known Lethbridge boy, son of Mr. Fred i"W. Downer, and who enlisted here, as a gunner with- .the 39th battery under Major Stafford, returned last \Pe.ek from England, where he has been- in hospital since October last, Buffering from shrapnel wounds. Fred is visiting' his home here for a few days prior to'returnlng to Ogden hospital, where he will undergo treatment for three months. H�twas very badly battered up by the'- fragments of a big -shell that came through^the roof of his dugout one day. He �as n bad, scalp wound, aud his shoulder PIE. EHE! KILLED INACTION Local Boy, Formerly With The C. P. R., Met Death February 13th From Three Seats in House, Liberals Jump to 23- Majority of Two Still another 'Lethbridge boy has fallen in the fighting in France. Ptc. Sydney John Emmerson was killed in, *....... _.. --------,. action on February 13th, according to.;province of Quebec, ......_. ,- a message received by his parents j tutes, does not elect members of the this morning. Pte. Emmerson- went! lfjpislature on the same day as the to the front with an Alberta battalion, j other counties. ' St. John, N. B., Feb. 26.-With elections in four of the 48 seats in the province yet to be held, the Conservative government of New Brunswick, formed but four weeks ago by the Hon. J. A. Murray, who succeeded Hon. George J. Clarke to the premiership, when the latter.resigned because of ill health, apparently has not been sustained. ^ Elections took place on Saturday in 44 seats. Twenty-three opposition candidates and 21 Conservatives were elected, In the last legislature the representation was overwhelmingly Conservative.. There were three Liberals and /wo Independents out of the total membership of 48. v The election of four representatives from -Gloucester County will be decided on Monday. Gloucester, in the under the sta Tells Congress Results of Submarine Warfare of Germany Are Having Serious Effect on United States, and Ask8 Authority To Use Sterner Measures MAY ARM MERCHANTMEN NOW OR PROVIDE CONVOYS FOR THEM Washington, Feb. 26.-President Wilson appeared before congress at 1 o'clock this afternTion and asked for authority to place the United States in a state of 'armed neutrality" to resist the German submarine menace. Continued invasion of the plain rights of neutrals on the high seas, further sacrifices of American lives and ships, the intolerable blockade of American Commerce, almost as effectual as if the^iountry were at war, have taken the place of the dreaded "overt act," which was expected to shock Hie world, and have forced the president into the next step toward war. President Wilson, asking to be empowered to take whatever steps aru necessary, which includes the arming of ships, the convoying of merchant-! men by war vessels or what other steps are necessary, made it plain again that he wanted peace but hot at the price of American lives and rights or by driving the American flag from the seas. 'With the full realization of the solemnity of the occasion the president took'his action with the calm confidence that the congress and. the country will stand behind him. Tho grim faced body of senators and representatives who, less than a month ago,' heard the president pronounce the words which announced the severance of, diplomatic relations with Germany1-�n act which in all -history of first class nations has always led to war-heard today in tense silence and> grave attention the words which carry, the American republic a step farther in its stand against the ruthless sacrifice of neutral rights and lives and a step nearer war if It must be. President Wilson arrived at the. capital fust before 1 o'clock and promptly at that hour stepped up to the clerk's desk in the halkof the house where-both branches of congress, meeting in special joint session, were' assembled before him . �."��>:.' "It is devoutly to be hoped?*' said the president at one point, "that It wilt not be necessary to put armed forces anywhere into action. "I am not now proposing or' contemplating war or any steps that need lead to it. War-can come only by the wilful acts and aggressions of others. % HAVE BEEN RELEASED^ '> ? ? Washington, Feb. 26.-Ambassador Willard at Madrid cabled today that the Spanish foreign office has notified him that the 72 American, sailors taken on the prize ship Yarrow-dale into Germany, had been released by Germany on February 16. > : > ? ? > > *'* * * FOR BIG EL His older brother, who preceded him, is now understood to be a prisoner in Germany. Some time before enlisting Pte. Emmerson was a messenger for the C. P. R. telegraphs. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Tsnar. Emmerson, reside at 146 19th St. ".. New York, Feb. 26.-If President Wilson is authorized'by congress to arm ships to protect United States merchantmen on the high seas, American line steamships tied up here will resume sailings as soon as guns can be provided, it was stated by the lines officals here today. MARKETS Spot wheat ........... ..... 17*% Local track wheat.........., . 158% May wheat ...........----t. 176%' W. E. Foster, the opposition leader, who was chosen for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party only after the decision of the new government to hold a general election was lftiown^ was defeated in St. John comity. The present premier, Hon. J. Av Murray, was re-elected, but three of the Conservative ministers were defeated^ In Conservative circles this result of Saturday's vote was apparently completely unexpected, and even in Liberal circles the rally of the party gave rise to pleased , surprise.; The general opinion appears to be . that three main causes contributed to the result. The first was the disaffection of the French-Acadian vote. In every county Where there is a large French vote the opposition won. Secondly, there was general dissatisfaction over the management of the Intercolonial Railway. All the I. G. R. counties went to the opposition except Kings. Thirdly, the prohibition advocates failed to rally to,the support of the government. Having obtained prohibition from this- government, the great, majority of them apparently voted according to political preference. All eyes are, .turned on Gloucester. The committee of the board of trade aiui-uu.v in | engaged in drafting Uie memorial to opposition | be presented tomorrow ,to: the members of the grain commission, who Bit here to take argument in favor of the establishment of an internal elevator, will hold a final meeting this afternoon to prepare their case.' The matter has aroused a great, interest iir the district and the board of tradtr-l'inds practically the entire district behind its roriuest for internal elevator facilities here. The Cards-ton board of trade has written aletter direct to the grain commissioners, supporting Lethbridge's claim and giving figures as to the amount pf^graln passing through Lethbridge from the Cardston district alone. uoil oy'tne suuuen auue�i�uce*ui ---� May, wheat ..............-i. '17*ff lln St John City,--which has a repre Local track oats...........  �9% sentation of four*members in the pro May eats................... . J||;/b l Vincial house, three Conservatives ane May; fax 259�/4 WEATHER H " man government admitted its liability" for damages, and the lives of "the ' crew, as in the case of the Frye,; : were safe guarded with reasonable'' care. "The case" of the Law, which was -carrying lemon, box staves to Paler-vino, disclosed the ruthlessness > of the died at 3 o'clock this, atter-> noon at his. home ,ln. St. Stc- ? phen. , ' ^ ^> � y ^ -li.W^ m SB (CosTisuia) ok Paok H\x)f*^ 96 27197? 21?1 48579? 20 511 ;