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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - March 4, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUMK XI. LETHBRIDC.E. ALBERTA. MONDAY. MAIiC.II I. I'Hci M MBEU 70 IHE BRIDGES 10 Serious Report Comes From Head of American Mission In Siberia JAPAN IS PREPARED FOR ANY SERIOUS DEVELOPMENTS THERE Washington, Mar. 4.-The Russians have lM>gun destroying bridges on the Trans-Siborian Railroad be-twoen Lake Baikal and the Chinese frontier, John F. Stevens, chairman of the American railway V mission, reported today to the state department. While without details officials here believe the Russians are destroying the bridge* to prevent tha expected advance of Japanese troops. A large number of other structures have been mined, Mr. Stev�ns also- reported, so they could b9 readily destroyed. Mx. Stevens, who sent Ills dispatches from Yokohama and therefore undoubtedly frota Japanese Intelligence sources. said I hut It was reported that bridges already destroyed were near t'Milta, east of Lake Baikal. Officials do not believe that the destruction of l.h� railway is in any way part, of a plan to prevent I'nlted States Ambassador Frnncis and thr- other diplomats .from leaving Russia if they choose to do_ so. At. tho state department it wa.s said lid decision had been reached as to the, part tho United Slates would take in Japan's plan for intervention in Liberia to prevent the. railroad and immense Quantities of war supplies from falling Into tho hands of tho Germans. Japan Will Meet Situation London, Mar. 4.-lu n speech at Tokio on February 2-1. lu reply to Interpellations uf representatives. Viscount Motono, the Japanese foreign "minister, ia reported by Keuter's Tck-in eorraBpoiLilent as saying that some discrepancies were to bo found in the various reports of the Ru3so-Germ?ui peace negotiations, " WRa therefore difficult at. that time, he pointed out. to form ti definite idea concerning the actual conclusion of peace by the two c'ouhtrle-B. "Should peace, be actually conolud- Vltli-dra-.val of our ambassador front Pel-Wjgra.il is due to the unsettled and iJungerous conditions prevailing taerc. It does not mean u rupture with Hunts ia. Regarding the question of RnBsift's neparate peace tho fullest understanding exists with Great Britain. America mid the other allies. The eonsul-genor �1 at. Moscow will represent Japan  fter Ambassador Cchida's withdrawal." Keep Plans From Enemy Rouio, Mar., 2.-"The government at �Tokio will act energetically, but It 1� impossible to say in what way, it not being'desired to hare the enemy know anything of its plana." Genera] Semba �if tho Japanese army, In quoted as declining in an Interview regarding the  ituution in the Far East. "Japan's attitude." continued the general,. "depends upon the enemy's notion-whether the. Germans enter Pntrograd-and, should they do so. whether they will stop tber� or lit vado, even without military action, the remainder of oasteru Utuaia under the pretext of re-establishing order am* orgariliiuc supplies and thus resell Siberia. Japan, he doctored, was ready lor any eventuality. Wait For America's Decision  London, March 4.-The Manchester Guardian in a. leading article loda}' rttrongly protests against, the landing of entente allied troops In Siberia, declaring that to do so would lie to aid Germany in the dismemberment, of Ttussia. The newspaper asks that no single step bo taken in which America does not join. "That," says the Guardian, "will at. .'east ensure moderation. President TVilson has declared (hat German occupation in tho west cannot stand. lie 'an bo no party to allied occupation in the east." Socialist Opposed Washington, .Mar. 4.---.V joint resolution declaring against invasion of Russia, by Japan and -'that, tho congress solemnly protests against any attempts to interfere with (he management, by �he Rnssiau people of their own affairs and against, all attempts lo encourage any foreign power jin take possession of Russian territory" was introduced today by Representative l^ndon, of New York, Socialist. There wy,s no debate. Not Favorable to Invasion New York, Mar. -(.--The American-! Russian chamber of commerce, representing American bu.-iinei's men who have important commercial interests in Rursia adopted a resolution today setting forth its belie!', "ihat t!io Invasion of eastern Russian territory by a military force might produce harmful! economic results, unless such action wis the result of formal agreements between the allied powers tind provided that such invasion was preceded by >vide publicity clearly setting forth its purpose." The resolution was sent to Secretary of State Creasing. ARMENIANS DESERTED TURKS SLAUGHTER London, Mar. 4.-The Copenhagen correspondent of the Exchange Telegraph Company nays information has been received there to the effect that Turkish soldiers have committed numerous mftsaitoree in the district of Armenia, which has been deserted by the Russians. Hjalmar Branding, editor of the Social Demokrnten has telegraphed two German Socialist parties to make energetic representations to the German government, the dispatch adds. Russians Sign Peace Ter Yield 1 o the Demands of the Huns-Signed Up on Sunday-Claim That German Army Still Advancing-Say That Germans Hanged Two Hundred of Red Guard on a Public Square and Threatened lo Hang Scores of Others as Well. BOMBS WERE DROPPED ON PETROGRAD WOMAN CANDIDATE FOK l>. S. SEN ATT L STILL 10 HAVE IHE HEAD OFFICE Lively Meeting of Enterprising ' New Insurance Company Results in Close Vote After one of the hottest fight.- ever staged, tbe shareholders, of the Formers' Fire and Hail insurance Co. voted on Saturday afternoon to retain their head office in Lethhridge, voting down (lie proposal put forward by a number of directors to move the headquarters to the city i-,1;urnei( some documents and ''"instated others. The charge, it is sniii, made ;Io |,tu n late wireless message from i'eimgrad said the treaty would be signed .Sunday. As tlie German iifticial statement of Sunday night mem ion,, only the cessation of operation.1; in Great, Russia, it is inferred in >oine. quarters here, that the German advance in Hie Ukraine and Finland wit! continue while the Germans rescue for themselves generally a free hand outside tho limits of Great: Russia Means Total Occupation of Finland Washington, Mar. I.-Germany's occupation of the Aland l.-'la.jtds is oniy a preliminary t.o the i.n.ii occupation of Finland. Official dj.-pa.tches to the Swedish legation -.day ^ay Germany has announced to the Stockholm foreign office he* intention to occupy Finland and that .--.veden has proles'-e,d. Germany advi;;c:i Sweden, the dispatches say, tiiat It wan. Mar. -I.-Special dispatch-' ''ruin Petrograd describe lite dfiia -Hire i.f tii" British and French emhs:-r.ie;, and thr Melgian, Serbian, tiny k and l'ortiigueso legations la�t Thursday after a series of hindrances which in the c-i-'o of the Italian embassy was sufficient to detain its staff In Petrograd after the others had left. The Italians were, still in Petrograd anil also Hie stal'fn of the consulates, accenting to the correspondent of the Morning Post. The Rolsiievikl foreign office, while permitting the American. Japanese, Chinese. Brazilian and Siamese delegations to leave without restraint, insisted on endorsing all passports of flic others before departure and refused endorsement unhss the passports specifically described rthc owner as a dipNmat. n.-ry activity lias been rather intra-;!'. On tile nifcht of March I the Germans made an attar'.: against, the Hois (iu Trappe:'.e, which was repulsed completely by the fire of our artillery and machine gun.-. The Germans liavu bombarded our lines violently at soma points." Haig Visits Canadians Canadian Headquarters in France, .March 2. -t By the Canadian Overseas-i 'orresponden; i- Canada iu tfte field lias been honored by another viait fraui the commander iu chief sineu my last Table. As before, the visit was of an official nature, Sir Douglas Haig visiting other divisional headquarters which pressure of time had prevented him scing on the previous occasion, also holding formal inspection of t4:i.iened to turn into mud arc frozen solid and the country is again in the grip of winter. - Bombard French Lines. Paris, March ).-�-Following is tho official statement of yesterday afternoon : "The artillery fighting was spirited: in. times on the right bank of the Meuse and in the Woevre, in the reg: ions ot Domevre and Badonviltler. In Vpper AJsu.ce. the enemy's artillery lo which ours replied energetically, violently bombarded our lines north of the Rhone itiiiic- canal' In the al'tcr-uoon." Claim American Losses Heavy Amsterdam. .March 4.-Complete success in the attacks made upon tho American troops along the French front, is claimed iu the. German semiofficial supplementary war report relating to the fighting from March I to J. The report says: "Northeast of Seichcprey our storming troops, gained a complete success over Hie Americans. After a brief strong preparatory fire our. troops penetrated the enemy's position to a depth of 500 metres. They rapidly broke the American resistance, ' returning "with twelve prisoners and two> machine guns. "The losses of the Americans were, extraordinarily heavy in the brief preparatory engagement." Germans Know All About It With the American Army in France, Saturday, March 2.- - (By the Associated Press)-A plan of attack including a mail of the American positions, including every dugout which was, removed from lite body of a Prussian captain who led the; recent assault ou the section northwest, of Toul, shows how completely the Germans prepare ! their raids -if, hi fuel, this was only a simple raid not having as its ultimata j object the retention of a portion of tho salient. The map goes inlo such detail as t C- * SIR SAM STEELE COMING BACK TO CANADA Toronto. Mar. -A. special cable (o tho Kvening Telogram from Douglas in Loudon, says: "Many gnosis were present, at a dinner iu honor of General Sam Steele, who is retiring from his command. It,is understood that Gen. Steele is spending three mouths' leave in ling-land before returning to Can-ud-a." <  30 ;