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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 21, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LETIWRIDGE, ALBERTAj. 'J'llURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1918 NUMBER 85 British Win Naval Fight-Huiir Start Ofi^nsive on West Front Germans Open Bombardment Along A Wide Front in France; Decisive Moment Has Come Says the Kaiser PANIC1N NORTH RUSSIA OVER mmm Now Believed That Petiograd and Moscow Are Both Threatened-U. S. Ambassador Won't Leave- THE EVACUATION OF PETROGRADISNOW RAPIDLY PROCEEDING � , � ? HUNS CAPTURE TOWN ? ? Uerlln, Mnr. 21.-Khorson, in ? ? llio Uki'niuo (da nillOH north- ? : oast of OrtBssu, near tlio mouth allied seize all outch shipping' for use in war Washington, Mar. 21.-The six hundred thousand tons o� Dutch shipping seized In vAmerlcan porta � last night on orders from President Wilson will be put into service, it was stated today, as soon as thoy can be made read/ for sea, and cargoes arc loaded. The vessels will bo armed' by the navy department. . Most of the vessels go into the Trans-Atiaiulc service,* transporting food to tho allies. Some unfitted for cargo work may bo used as transports. 'Reports to the navy department. Secretary of tho Navy Daniels'said today, showed that tho taking over of the ship.i proceeded according to schedule and without the allg^.test hitch. Britain to Follow Suit , London, Mar. 21.-Tho Associated Press-', learns, that, the United States havini? aii'tliorlzed tho reauisitionlng of D'ut'ch;8MIt)s, Cn-dal Britain will immediately' order similar action in regard to Dutch vessels in British ports notwithstanding tho statements which h|ivo emanated from Holland. The British government so tar has received no communication from tho Netherlands government regarding acceptance or L rejection of the allies" note. Stand On Their Rights London, March 21.-Lord Robert Cecil, minister of blockade, announced in the house of commons today that tho only course of tho allies was to act on their undoubted rights and requisition all Dutch shipping in allied porta. CIVIC EMPU%VEES ^FORM A UNION concerning reports that tho flolsheviki had armed thousands of German and Austrian war prisoners in Siberia, ��vho now threatened tho Trans-Siberian Railroad, was "to send trained ot-llcora and investigate. I will give you a train." | The offer was accepted ami tonight Captain William Webater of the American Rod Cross, and Ciptaln AV. L. Hicks, of the British military mission, �left for Irkutsk, and other points where the Germans are reported to. be provided with rttlos, tlold pieces and ammunition. i Tlia ]3olshovikl papers ^clinrgo that the reports ot the monace^of armed German and "Austrian prls()ners in Siberia is part of tho Gorniua propaganda to discredit tho Soviets and encourage Japanese intervention. Wants American Aid AT. Trotzky has also asked the American military mission for ten Am-'erlcan officers  to assist him as In-tpeclors in organizing and traijilng n now volunteeivarmy and has request-ed tho services ot American railway engineers and transportation experts tc. assist in the;reorganization ot tho rallwayo. Ho4ittf' asked for American vallwiy equipment iii tho way of loco-moti\^3 and cars./ There has boon a marked cliunge in tho utlltudo of the allloB towiV.'d tho Soviet'government. Tho entente mia- Vlctorla, B. C, March 20.- ? The civic employees ot Victoria > liave entered tho ranks of or- ? gahlzed labor. At a meeting ? held tonight it was unaiilraous- . > ly decided to make. api|licatlon , * .~ _____ ,-, * . * Qi BANK CLEARINGS 4> 9> -� � �  r*. Thia weak..........>. $730,510 ? .Last y�ar .......073,985 �  Increase, 8 percent, . .    � � V' , '   ft � CAMBRAI FRONT British Army Headquarters In France, March 21.-(1 p.m.)- (By the Associated Presss)-The Germans today launched a heavy attack on a wide- front in and Viear the Cambral sector. This assault bears al Ithe earmarks of being the beginning of-the enemy's grand offensive. INFANTRY,ATTACK London, March 21.-FoFllowing a heavy bombardment, the Germans launched an Infantry attack on a big scale on tho front from north of Lagnicourt to Gouche Wood. Re'uter's correspondent at Britisn headquarters, telegraphs this afternoon. British Army . Headquarters in France, Mar. 21.-(Uy the lAssociated Press).-11 a.m.-The heavy bombardment by the cnomy on the front from a short distance below the Scarpe river to the British right Hank-from east of Arras to tho region of La Fere-was begun at 5 o'clock this morning and was still continuing at the latest report. At tho same hour tiio Germans began a display ot artillery activity in the Mesaines sector. At 4 o'clock they began a bombardment with gas shells along the Fleur-Armentlorea sec-tbr. It may bo merely coincidence that a German prisoner stated recently that an enemy offensive was to begin Mnr. 20 or 21. Xumerous other details have been givon. At any rate, no infantry action iias been roportdd at the tlmo. of filing this dispatch. For .several days it ha.s boon indicated that the Gormans have completed their plana and are ready * to begin operations, if this be within the scope of their program. Tho sky was heavily overcast lhi.s morning. Observation from airplanes was extremely difficult. Austrian JVrtillery Vienna, Mar. 21.- (British admiralty wireless).-Austro-Huhgarlan artillery has taken part in the tight against the British and French on the western front. It i.s alleged in today's war office statement. Bombardment Near Rhelms Paris, Mar. 2].-Thero has been an intense and sustained bombardment of the sectors .nbrth and southeast of Rhoinis as well as on the Champagne front, the vi-ar office announces'today. German Claim Dorlln,  Mar. 21.-Bavarian troops overran tlie first enemy linei southwest ot Ornes, on"^he Verdun front yesterday and advanced as far as the Brule ravine, capturing 240 men, army headquarters announced today. Germans Opened Their Offend sive on a Wide Front at Dawn -Artillery Heavy But No In-fantry Attack As Yet, London, March 21.-"Wc are at thft doclsivo morhunt ot tho war and ono ot the greatest momenta in Germau history," .said Emperor William in a telegram to/ho Uhelniach Provincial Council, according to a Central News dispatch from Amsterdam. alberta moogh western gateway (Special to tho Iterald) Fernie, March 20.-An eastbound freight ou the C. P. R. pulled into the yards here laat^ night with eleven car loads of settlors effects aboard, bound for points iu Alberta, north and east ot Calgary. Thero were no cattle, but nearly every car had from two to six horses on board. Thero were nine different parties, coming mostly from Idaho, but there were two cars ot effects from San Francisco, the owners having .been contractors In the Golden Gate City, but are go^g to try ranch farming in the Bassaiio district. Hallway officials state that this is but a vanguard 61 what may be expected during the'next month or two. These settlors stated to a Herold representative that they would have brought aome cattlo if iho United States'^authorities would permit tho export ot cattle. The men In charge were all men--ef-famillos and stated that their families would follow as soon as they had reaojied their destination and made arrangements for housing them in comfort. british capture 3 London, Mar. 21.-The British have made andther advance in Palestine, capturing three towns, it Is announced officially. A coun-, ter-attack by the Turks was re-pulsedT,: : � > p A PRESIDENT SIGiNS BILL, " Washington,, arift 2L-^Pre3i-dent Wilsoif today sigijeil^ the bill bringing- the ralli'oadS under the government operatlba ond control until twenty-one months after the end ot the war."~ ? : > : : : : * : > * � � ;t raise a billion Finance is Now the Most Serious Problem the Govt.; Has To Face Winnipeg, Mar. 21.-The Free Press Bulletin's Ottawa correspondent says: "Canada will have to raise nearly a billion dollars during tho coming year. Finance is probably the most serious problem which faces "the government. It is stated on w1�at would appear to be good authority that Sir Tlioma^ White's resignation is In the'hai^s ot the prime ministor.' Sir Thomas, It is stated, is, a nervous* and piiyslcal wreck in iPasadena, Calif., the victim of an over-application to work. "The budget will be delivered by Hon. A. K. MacLean." A GERMAN JOKE Paris, March 20.-During tlie recent German aerial attttolc on Paris ono of tho enenly aviators dropped a bomb which struck and damaged - tho embassy building ot one of central powers. Two days later caretakon of the building requested the neutral powers representing the enemy country to present a bill to the French government for the damago done to tlio building. , Franco la asko'd to pay $900 for destruction by tho enemy of his own property.. " ' Two Hun Destroyers Sunk ^---~- � � '� \" V; ;, Londop, Mar. 21.-^Two eneniy destroyers and two enemy torpedo boats have been sunk by a force of five British and French destroyers, the admiralty annoiiiices. One British destroyer was damaged. , The engagement occurred off Dunkirk this morning, j The British Casualties were slight. There were no Fren^jh casualties. ' - Tho announcement follows: Vloo Ad-mlral'Doeur roporta that jin action occurred off Dunkirk between four and five o'clock this morning, Two British aiia throe French destroyers were en-gagid with a force ot G^rpian destroy, efa ^vUi^lli haij, pAvJous^., bombarded Dunkirk' for -ten njinulos. Two ouoiuy destroyers and two-enemy .torpedo Uoats are l�ellovod to, have'been sunk. Survivors have boon picked up from two enemy torpedo boata. "No allied vessels wpro sunk. Oiip British destroyer was daqiagod but roaohod l*arbo,r, The Br\tl8h' ca�uuitles wore slight, There wera no French, * The artillery action on the wostorii Ivbnt could be distinctly hoard at Dover and other towns on tho east coast: ot England. Tho doors and windows in tho house.") at Dover, for Instanc'ej were continuously shaken by the heavy concussions. The tiring which was the heavlesS that has been heard in this dtotrlct from such a dlatonce, began at threo o'clock this morning and lasted at brief . intervals' until 7 a.m. Prom Vendeuil north to the River Scarpo is a distance ot nearly fifty , miles and the beginning by the German nvtiilery ot a heavy bombardment along thlB wide front may mean that the preparation for the much-ad-vertiacd German'oftensive in the'west has' begun. Preparatory work waa about duo to begin today, If the advance announcements were, to bo taken at their face value, judging fronv the news ot a day or two ago that a party ot neutral correspondents had . been Invited by the German high command to start for the west front on , Wednesday, "to wltnesa the ofteukV sive." It la, of course, impossible to say-whether the present burst of artUl^yy tire on this front means it is along, ;= the lino indicated or somewhere wltU-  \ in itp limits, that the heavy German This area embraces most ot the territory, outsido ot Flanders, over which � ' the British have been fighting, some- ; \: times alone and aometlmes in conjunc- , ; tion witli the French, for the last two # years. It takes iu, for instance, the .J entiro field of the battle of the Somme fought in the. fall of 191C, and a great i part qf the jirea evacuated by the Ger- , , mans the following spring, ' ' Within these limits is the battle-field of Cambral. Virtually all the ter-rilory fought over in tho great battle - ,! which' suffered heavy, lossesumd mot with �J- oV| coniplete check. '' �f'Bad weather yesterday Interlerej*^? m with aerial oporatio'ns^ Information hand shows that the six GerniaiiV' aiWi.^ planes and one captive balloon^repot^t.'v,..,, ed as having been damaged on.Atlie's-^Jl preceding day, In reality were, doitroyi J-t-.S od by our pilots." � . . , � APPROVE 'P. G. B, SETTLtMtlOTi;!^^^ 'Victoria, B.a; Mar. SO.^The la^taid* ture today approved the settlemeafcaiS rived at between the !governmentTft'" tho Pacific Great paster^'.raUwHy^''''" pany whereby the 'ra�o>�il'";iB' over by the province. 5A;;hiU^^4r, the settlement wlH.sbprtlyvHieiutB eU, �I 91 366315 ;