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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 31, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta Herald HUGE BRITISH OFFENSIVE OPENED IN BELGIUM DRIVING TOWARDS THE RcvoHijtji* Troops Now Making An Effort at Resistance-Detailed Story of How British and Belgian Armored Cars Held Whole German Front lor Many Honrs Without Any Assistance. BRIDGED THE HUGE GAP IN LINES WHILE THE RUSSIAN ARMY FLED London, July 31.-A dispatch to the Times from the headquarters of the Russian Seventh tinny Maya tho situation is more hopeful. Panics among tho retreatera uro suppressed ruthlessly. Three divisions of cavalry have taken positions noross tho whole front of retreat. Deserters are shot mid attempts to spread panic are suppressed by prompt executions. Deserters, spies and agitators who enjoyed complete immunity under the commit-tea system lie dead on the highways. A paper pinned to tho corpses said: "Here lies a traitor to his country." Red badges and other symbols which accompanied tho demoralization have almost disappeared. Many Guns Captured Copenhagen, July 31.-The Berlin Tageblatt correspondent at Austrian army Headquarters gives the number of cannon captured by the Germans in the Russian retreat as 70 and those taken by the Austrians numbering nearly 200. Gen. Korniloff, according to the correspondent, apparently is attempting to organize a new resistance along the rocky Galician frontier. Two Million Retreat London, July 31.-A dispatch to the Post from Petrograd referring to the Russian retreat in Galicia says it is conservatively estimated that more than 2,000,000 Russian troops are steadily marching rearward. These constitute the, 11th ;and. 7th armies, with their reserves.' The 8th army; which is largely cavalry and not included in the foregoing figures, also is retreating, and its position, says tho correspondent, iB extremely critical. Tho Germans are making every effort to capture it while following- up the 11th and 7th armies and it looks as if tho 8th army might bo caught in a bag. Austrian Official London. July 31.-The Austrian war oiflce communication of today as received here last night says: "Wo are crossing the Russian frontier of Duko-wina. Honvod regiments have occupied Zalesczyky. "Between Skala and Husiatyn the Galician bank of tho river Zbrocz lias been cleared of the enemy. At places we have crossed Into Russian territory. "In the region south of Brody (on the Russo-Caiician frontier north-east of Lemberg^ Austro-Hungarian and German troops have penetrated Russian trenches." Italian theatre: "Tho situation is unchanged." Great Feat of Armored Cars London, July 31.-Telegraphing to the Times from the headquarters of tho Russian 7th army on July 29, Robert Wilson tells a fuller story of the British and Belgian armored cars saving the Russians from a worse disaster. On tho Tarnopol road, the cars at close range held up tho advancing Germans and Austrians for several hours, firing till the enemy artillery arrived. The Russians remained in their trenches so long as' the armored cars stayed there, but as tho Austrians advanced with the Germans the Russians of their own accord flung away their rifles and ran for their lives. We attempted to keep the enemy back in order to stem the retreat, but It was Impossible. The fleeing Russians crowded our cars, breaking them down so that we lost three. A similar state of affairs occurred with the other �quadrohs which checked the Austrians and managed to keep the advancing infantry back until the artillery arrived. Tho Russian retreat became a rout. Though we were in action time and time again, the effect produced Was only local. Every car carried over 2,000 rounds. The hottest fighting occurred in the villages of Pantenlicha and Darahow., 10 miles east of Trembowla. At the latter place we ambushed the enemy from the houses, and court yards, de-stryoing them wholesale. On the 24th we operated on the high roau '3?,iv ten Darahow and Bucaci. At fo'ji- ju the morning the corp commander summoned Locker Larapson and told him that two divisions had bolted, leaving a gap of 15 miles near MONTREAL STORM. Montreal, July 31.-A terrific electric storm last night after the hottest day here in five years started a number of fires, destroyed trees and de-  , moralized telegraph and telo-  phono service. * ? Usakowtezo as far at Trembowla. ' Protect Huge Gap To our cars was entrusted the task of protecting this huge gap. WorkinK along the voad to Poelevka and Bara-hov we did jcrcat execution on the advancing infantry, mainly Austrian. On the Uuczacz and Tarnopol road we went into action with four cars. The situation was desperate. There were great gaps in the front, caused by the flight of whole divisions. "Wo spotted an Austrian officer standing on a knoll and drove tho car in that direction and came plump into a large force of the enemy at a range Lethbridge Raised Third of Alberta's Crop in 1916, Figures Give Comparison GRAIN RAISED IN LETHBRIDGE DIVI3ION. Spring Wheat Winter Wheat Oats .......... Barley ........ Flax .......... Rye .......... Speltz ........ Bushels. 21,!J8l,!�7R .''.29,012 13,071,02!' 1,237,920 2(I3,!)86 (18,143 8,lt!9 District Total Grain..............".'. 3(5,990,137 Provincial Total Grain.............111,735,729 Acres. 719,528 13,909 297,7f.'.i 16,1:5; 2,541 SOS 1,084,744 3,821,47(5 District Average per Acre. 30.5 23.6 �13.9 35.8 18.2 22.8 2G.5 (Continued on Paob 6) ON COLD T Although the Lethbridge division of tho (I. V. R. did not break any records in the amount of grain raised last year, final official figures quoted in the above, which the Herald has been able to compile from various records available show that, we came within 10,000,000 bushels of the miracle crop of 1915, while the prico for which the grain was sold made it easily worth several million dollars move to the farmers of tho south. In fact Southern Alberta's crop of 1910 .was worth in round figures $52,000,000. Alto/jcthor tho Lethbridge division raised 20,990,137 bushels of all kinds nf grain as against nearly 50,000,000 bushels the year of the miracle crop. Of this amount 21,9S1,97S bushels were spring wheat. Southern Alberta's wheat crop was Ct per cent, of its total crop. Southern Alberta's wheat crop was 53.0 per cent, of the total wheat crop of the province. This railway division led tho whole of Canada in the average yield, producing more than one-tenth of the whole of the wheat producod in western Canada. Shipments of grain from tho Lethbridge division' to date show that there must have been a heavy holdover of wheat from 1915 shipped in 1916-17. To date shipments from tho district total 34,700,000 bushels of which tho greater percentage is wheat. There is in sight tor immediate shipment more than 1,000,000 bushels so that shipments from tho division will run within a couple of (continitbd on page 6) British Losses In July 71,800 London, July 31.-British casualties in all theatres of military operations published in newspapers during the month of July, total 71,832 officers and men. The officers killed, wounded or missing total 2,503, while the men number 69,329. Forest Fires Checked by Rain; No More Deaths Criticise Govt. For Appointment of Second Commiasiqst to . Revise Report Ottawa, July 30.-Despite the great heat, a fairly lively debate developed in the house on the motion to go into supply when George Kyto, of Richmond, discussed at Borne length the report of W. F. O'Connor, the cost of living commissioner, relating to the conditions of Canadian cold storage plants. There was considerable criticism of the government by Mr. Kyte, D. D. McKenzie, E. M. MacDonald and Hon. Frank Oliver, more particularly in regard to tho appointment of the second commission to deal with the matter of overhead charges, etc., not included nr connection with Mr. O'Connor's findings as to tho profits made on bacon by the William Davies Company. They maintained that Mr. O'Connor had recommended the appointment, not of a commission, but of a cost accountant who could ascertain the figures. Mr. MacDonald maintained that if the William Davies A), had replied to the questions put by Mr. O'Connor he would have been in possession of all the information necessary to ascertain the profltB of the company and there would have been no need of a second commission. Hon. T. W. Crothers deprecate*) the discussion of the matter in the house on 'the ground that it was sub-judlce. He said that the O'Connor reports stated that there was no excessive accumulation of food products and that the products of most of the companies had Y., July 31.- With the official reading of the thermometer 90 degrees at 9 a.m., New York prepared to face another period of sweltering heat today. Several prostratatios had been reported up to that hour. Spot wheat ..... Local track wheat October wheat____ 238 222 224oi theee showers served to da afore than revive and ffeahen the'gfeJa, at'ONly the surface was dampened to a alight iCouiiMvm ok �*m$l Courrana, Spain, July 31.-The Oer. man submarine U-B as anchored in the harbor here late yesterday- She entered the roadstead with only' he* perescope showing. The aubntgrlne had been seriously damaged, but we commander and .the crew refuted to tell the causes of the accident >Th� underwater beat-eoehered beaaftr lfcs� German Interned ahl# Belra�A 73 1 9375 51 ?16379 D?732D 386140 ;