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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 26, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI.  LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEpXl-:SI)AY, JUNK 'iO, l^MvS XIMBEH 16(5 DEFEAT A KNOCM)UT FOR AU aOOM IN GERMANY NOW~CINNOT FULFIL RASH PROM WONT G[T THE SUPPORTOFTHE John Dillon Says Neither Catholics Nor Nationalists Will Accept Recruiting Proposal. EX-PREMIER ASQUITH SUGGESTS OVERSEAS MEN PRESENT PLAN HUNS DEPRESSED BY NEWS OF THE AUSTRIAN DISASTER With the British Army �in France, Tueaday, June 25.-(By the Associated Press)-The Aug-trian reverse In Italy is becoming known within the Qerman lines and Is causing depression, accord-infl to prisoners captured by the Britisi). The German soldiers arc surprised at the AusCrian defeat as It was believed firmly that the offensive movement intended to administer a itnock-out blow to Italy, would be a complete success and thereby hasten an early peace. Unbltii, .Ijiue Zfi.-The Irisli recruit Ing coniminen profess to look for at: tivf support �roiu the Catholic church and the Niitioiuiilsts. �aicl John Dillon, in addrosiiing a ninetliifi: of tiia United lr\a]\ ivCaKne here last night, but they would Ket nellhev ,lhc supnort of one nor llio other until they handed over to Irishmen tlic govornment of their own country. i The Irish N'iutonuiist leader sue-Kosted (lint jui iill-Ireland conference he lield next aulumn with the oi)jeci ' of devising a scheme for national unity. Ileitcraliiig tliat the Nationalists �would never adopt the alma and methods of tlie Sinn Kelners, .Mr. Dillon declared that the government was omploylng the Sinn Kuin party in order to create a situation wliidi would (Jlscredll the Irish race throughout the world. Carson's Views Sir Edward Carson lu his speech aslted the governniont to give a trani ? ? ? ? ? ? ? > > .:. - : London, Jane 2ti.--There la ? no foundation for the persiatent �'� > rumors that Niohohifijtomail-' been assassinated, says aii ? Kxchange Toleerupli diHpptcli'  whole military siluatiou. KNOCKOUT FOR AUSTRIA, in tlie face of the lateat news from tile Italian front is appears lo many observers that tlie .\us-irion army as an offensive weapon la not to be seriously considered tor mouths to come. It will take time lo repair the damage to morale and equipment, even if iho-.internal situation, produced by shortlLge~ of--.fpod among the civilian population, doe.s not further cripple Austria's military power. The dual monarchy, by. itself, is believed here to be out of the fighting fpr the present summer. CRISIS FOR GERMANY. What Germany plans to' do, nr ' will he able lo do, to aid her chief ally, is another matter. \6 yet, [ there is no sign of a great movement: of German troop>s on the Italian front. Unless such a movement is undertaken immediately, many officers here are convinced it will mean that Germany Intends to seek to save the situation liy attempting at once to complete her offensive projects in France. Premier Lloyd George's announcement that the world iri "on the.eve" of great events, was taken in sora? nuarters here to mean that he anticipated the delivery by the Germans of their utmost efforts in France within a matter of days. It is assumed that information lias readied London showing that Germany has selected the alternative of fighting it out to the end in France rather than forego the advantages of )ier offen.sive there while siie sacrificed lives to shield AuHtria. General Foch's most douiitfui hours have passed. It is believed, although months of bitter fighting may be just ahead, while tor the Germans a crisis is at hand. Some Authoiitler, Believe That' Au,shian Defeat Has Put Tliem Out of the Fight for the Rest of the .Summer German Aid is Possible, But Not Probable-Slaughter of Enemy Has Been Terrific-Piavc River is Choked With Bodies-Three Hundred Dead Within Half a Mile. GERMAN SOLO'IERS PROiSEO I'romisetl Ricli Loot As Result of Drive Whith Was to Have Reached Paris Wasliington, June 20.-JMundur ot Purls and loot from the ricii couiitiy side were some of tlie promises made to the Ocrmnn soldiers by tlie iiigli commiinrt beton; the oftensivn ot June 0. according to an official dispulcii today from Kraiicp. A Ocrman ilesort-or related liow the otficera. during the restwhioli preceded the attack, painted in glowing colors the advantage of an advance in a r.lQli, country, where the men could live in aU'ltinhnTt'n^aml recompense Uiem.sQ|vcs for their hardships. He said measures worn taken to guiirantoe and apoi'tion the plunder Jwt soldiers were warned that there was to be no renewul among the guards of. Ihe' regrettable . Incidents of Villers-Bretonneux, where the valiant guards of this division, breaking into the cellars, became so intoxicated that they refused to follow their officers. Before the attack tlie Grenadier Guards complained tliat reserve regiments were .sent into the front line, and so would have first choice at the loot of Purls. BRIM AIRMEN HUN CITIES CELEBRATES LEAVE HONS On Eve of Leavci Shoots Down Two Huns, and Routs Others .Washlneton, June 28.-White and colored registrants numbering 124,525 were summoned to the ooTors for 0�neral military ser-vloe In a call' Issued today by Provott Marshal General Crow-der. Mobilization will take place at Intarvals during the month of Jujy, aitartlng wlth-'the/entrain-lififiit of 27,2S7 white selected men jen iufy 5. London, June 2G.- (Special Cable to Toronto Mail and Empire.)-A remarkable storyjOf the teat ot u stiua-dron commander of the Royal' Air Force, who is now In London on leave, is being told at.Uie Aoro Club. The day he was lo leave France for England ho determined to bring down one more German airman before his departure ut noon. At !i,:(0 o'clock his machine left the airdrome; at 1�;50 he met five German scouting l^flnn?. machines and one German two-seater, just oust of Ploegstoert, Flanders, lie shot down, twp scoutis and so'sue-cessfuliy chased two others that their pilots lost I hell' lieads and crashed their nntchlnos Into each other, botli collapsing in mld:air. The lOugllsh-man thou attacked tiic German two. seater. shooting it down in flames, despite the attempt ot tlio fltlli scout uiachtno to Interfere. Falllug In it.? attempt, the last � Gorman machine flew away, escaping the vigorous pursuit ot the ISneUshmun who returned to t\\(f airdrome In time for lunch and to catch ttis train.- War Factories and Raihvay Systems Greatly Damaged By Air Raids London, .luue 2G.-Gehiian cities and towns on the east side of ilie Rhine liavc lieen sulijeeted to raids by British aerial squadrons, according to a statement on aerial operations issued by tiie war office today. The statement read.-i: "On the morning of June 2.'i attacks were carried out liy our bombing snuadroiis on railway sidings and factories at Saarbrucken, tiic engine sheds and Iiarracks at Offenburg and the explosive factory and railway station at Karlsruhe. Many, direct hits were observed on the engine shcdn at Offenburg and alao on tlip bar-rackp there. At Karlsruhe two direct hits 'were observed on the engine sheds and on the metal works where a large explosion was caused. "Photographs confirm the extent ot the damage in the two places. The factories and iitalion as Saarbruckcu were also damaged., "in the course of many attacks hy hostile airplanes on biiv maclilnos two ot the enemy wevo shot down and two others wore forced to land out of control. Three of our mnchlnc.s uro missing. One of lUem Is known to have been forced la land inside the ou-omy lines because ot engine tronblu." REACH ACREEMENT, The Hague, Juno 20,-It Is learned from an autlioratlve source tliat iu-dlcatlohs point to the reaching ot an agreemant hy the Anglo-German con-foreuco.'ou the exchange ot prisoners, Thp .cgnferenco.had suspended Its \slttingfl for a few doys to enable tlie delegates to cousult with their re-spoctive- Bovernmont(i', LABORIIES CANCEL POLITICAL TRUCE London, Jurvs 2Q.-The British Labor part/ at Its-Conference held here today^.passed a resolution to the effect that, the party political triice which has been In effect in Great Brltali} aince early In the war should no lonfler be reoofl- nl�ed. Hlflh .,..................., Low ..................�  .' Forecast-Fair and' warm. 76 68 Kunu'. .)mii^ I'l;. - Iinlinn troop-ipii Wv MnwUcvu ii;irl nf tlic I'iavi' frcut lunc iiot duly cuiiiiili'tiMy ri'oi i'iipi,i(| ilKi Ciipo .Siir liriiiKc-Imi iiiivc (ixti-nili'd it and iiflil ii iif;;iiii.m Au.strian counlc;'-;ilt;ic!;..i. Tlic ('Xt(Mi.'-'ii)n w:i.s Icctod yosli'rduy. Durir.!; ilii- ti:.;litiiiK nearly WD Iiri.;i)iic;-:i wi.m'c tulicn. Tim War Oriicc iiiailc llii.s ainiouiicGini'nL lodny. Oil llic rciii.iiiwlc:- of the front, thi' i'i(;l:'i!!K Wiv.: ifnil'iiic'd lo arlilli.'ry ami iintriil ailious. ll.'iliaii liciu!iiu:irtcr.-;. Tiicsdi'.y. liini' -idty tlii^ Asflocialcit I'ress.i - fiidor the. fire ('r iiiacliius guns and arlillery wliich wcru lirought up rapidly tiic Au^itriaii withdrawcl acro-.f ilic Piavo soon became a disiirdured rout. 11 is estimated tliat tin; .\u.strian ios.-;us total more tiiini .'Oti.O'Kj. It was a terrible .sight a.s the muddcnod .\u;Urians fled under the deluge ot Iiallaii Imllcls and eheii?. They leaped into the river and gralilied piBce: vain for,- as ilie enemy ' troops readied the opposJto bank they were again caiigiit by the fire of Italian guns whicii had been trained accurately on the western bank for day.s. TERRIFIC SLAUGHTER. On the MonicUo. the slaughter wa� lerrlfic. At the crossing at .Voivesa lioth banks of the river were strewn witli dead and dying while hundreds of bodies were carried down in the current to t::o .Hoa. At one plact; the cori"espondcnt counted ;',Oll bodies while walking a distanco of half a mile. One regiment of covering troup.''., which originally was composed of more than 2000 meu. had left .Monday morning only SS men to the comiiauy, and these wero. prisoners. Along the lower Plave the Au^-irlans found themsolves, it possible, in a ,worse position, and suffered heavy losses. ONE INSTANCE Italian Army Headquarters, Juno 25.-A single episodp shows how and why the retreat started. On Saturday the Austrian command sent the 81 st Schuetzen brigade, composed of regiments numbers .'ii and ;>2, wilh orders lo widen the Austrian breach at Lam- ' l)ol and to do tills al ail hazards. The brigade iittcmpled to carry out thlM order and fought like wild men hut the Italian prossurn was so heavy that 111ey.were nn^ able to accomplish their objective, which was to succor the Austrian divisions already surrounded In this section. After six attacks, which continued Saturday night and Sunday niorning. tlioro remained at one o'clock .Monday aftnrnoori only ninety lupii of this brigade. The " others wcru either prison^rs,^ wounded or dead. The commanding officer then committed suicide uqd the !)0 surrendered. Anniversary of Another'Victory. Home. Juno 2ti.-Yesterday was lha anniversary of the Rattlo of Solfer- > Ino ill which the French and Italian armies dufealed the Auslrlans fifty- . nine yoar.s ago. The victory was proudly emulated hy the Italian arnty III the present fighting. In fleeing, the Auatriaus .left behind Ihem mucji war nuuerlui. The euaniy troops even threw away tlieir rifles and deserted iiundreds ot macliinc guns which wero lo have been used to support the rotireiiiont' it is es-timatod that the number of Auslriana on the wuiiteru bunk of the I'lavo when the retreat begau was over 100,0110. " This great number of men, however, could do notiiing against tho ItttUau pressure, dcaplto continuous counter attacks, Morale Gooi!, Front tlio first day ol the offonsivo Italian 'nioralo wlls of the highest among both the troops and the oivil-ian population. Venice appears lo be little concerned over the fact that tho  enemy was striking hi her direction only twenty mllea away. Today, however, Venice awoke to celobrjile . ' Italian victory. - ' , 07721865 ;