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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - March 30, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LKTIIHIIIDGB. ALBKlffA. SA'I'I HDAY, MAHCII M. IfllH Nl'MHKH 02 FIGHTING SLACKENS ON WE_ GOVERNMENT MAY PLACE CITY OF QUEBEC UNDER MARTIAL LAW Serious Rioting Continues In Quebec City; Govt. To Take Strenuous Measures British and French Lines Holding Firm; Fighting Has Somewhat Slackened The Genrafos Are Now Within 12 Miles of Amiens But British Line Is Steady-Hun Attempt To Reach Arras Was, Most Disastrous for Themselves-Situation Better Now London, March 3 ft.-- Hopes that tin.: German rush- has been checked definitely have been raised by the defeat, which tho enemy has Buffered in Ilia first attempt to capture Arrcs, However, it is ir-(ilizcd there is still u groat menace in the situation, south of the Soinmo and that the fate of :im-Inns hangs in the balance. Further attacks arc looked for. British Army Headquarters in France, Mat'. 110.-The Bituation today from the entente viewpoint, is reported more satisfactory. Along the British section of the battle front, last night was comparatively quiet. London, Mar. 30.-The Germans attacking yesterday at riemum and Mezieres pressed back the British from Meziercs, the War Office announces. All the enemy's f.ttempts to capture Dpimim broke down after sharp fighting which lusted throughout the afternoon. Loudon. March 29.- (Via Router's Ottawa Agency).-"The line holds" Is essential fact'as regards the situation, despite considerable German advance on south mapked by Mont Bidier and the nxt.ons.lou of the-attack in the dir-. cctlon of Arms. The strike at Mont Dldier.'-"w-hjeli is- probably nlming at. the separation of the allied armies, is admittedly serious, because the Paris railway is-endangered, but the general disposition of experts is to reserve judgment of the ultimate consequences pending the intervention of the allied reserves. NO ATTACKS London, March 29.-Apart from local fighting at different pointR,' the enemy has not pressed his attacks today north of the Sommo, Recording to the official statement issued by the War Office tonight. 12 Miles Of Amiens London, Mar. 31).-The heavy con tinued pressure of the enemy's con verging movement lias brought the Germans to within about 12 miles of Amiens. Tiie British line is now west of Marcclcave and Dsmuit, but de spite this the situation is still regard erl as hopeful. While the enemy ad vanco. has not yet been arrested, it certainly has been greatly retarded The explanation for the movement on Arras, according to French critics. Is that the Germans felt that the shape of the salient driven into the British line exposed them to flank counter attacks and they extended their offensive toward Arras. How ever, although the enemy achieved some local successes, including the capture of a British battalion which fought courageously until surrounded the attempt to capture Arras failed Frelieh military authorities feel very hopeful over their success in fcaffllng the enemy design to drive down the, valley of the Oise and de clare that the German attempt to break through at the junction of the British and French armies in the Mont Dldier region also was a failure The- French claim that the Germans took Mont Didier region too late to profit by the move and that the French now have forces in this re gion strong enough to meet all. even-tialities. French Retake Village London, Mar. 30.-(Via Renter's Ottawa Agency).--Telegraphing from French army headquarters last night 'Router's correspondent, Kays: "The village of Pont Leveque, below Noyon, has been recaptured and the enemy driven from the. heights about. Suzy, northwest of Noyon. "The enemy's capture of Mont Didier was just, too late for him to profit by it. as French forces were able to engage tire Germans to the west and bring the advance to a halt, thus nullifying their efforts to pierce the junction of the Anglo-French armies. The hinge "between the v English and French armies never will be broken as tiin junction fs now ocvered by French forces strong enough to meet "nil eventualities. MISS MaeADAMS TO SPEAK ? Miss Roberta .MacAdam !, M. ? ? seiitallv'.'.i in the Alberta legis- ; THE CATEGORY "B" Paris, March 20.-Seventy-five persons were killed and ninety wounded, .most of them women and children; when a shell fired by a German long range gun fell on a church in the region of Paris in which Good Friday services were being hc.J, according to an official communication issued this evening. Among those Wiled was H. Stroeh-Iin, counsellor of the Swiss of the legation in Paris. This same church was struck by a shell during the celebration of High Mass last Sunday and inauy casualties resulted. The killing of the women and children who were praying in the church has caused- a feeling of horror and intense indignation in Paris. (Continued ok Faob 6) Quebec. March 30.-The exemption records of the registrar for the Quebec, military district, the destruction or which is believed to have been one of thp. chief aims of the rioters who last night attacked the offices of the Qiiebw Chronicle, L'Evenment, fired the Auditorium building and brought about the intervention of the militia under the provisions of the Riot Act, are safe. At an early hour this morning, it was announced that the records had been deposited in a specially constructed vault and were intact. A ! number of papers were destroyed but they were of unimportant character. The damage is estimated at $30,000. There have been no arrests so far as is known. Fresh Rioting Quebtc. March 29.-Rioting broke j out afresh in Quebec tonight at nine i o'clock and mobs of young men paraded the main streets of the city. The j unruly element in the throng soon got the upper hand and attacks were made upon tlie newspaper offices of the Chronicle, and L'Evenment. two papers which have supported the Military Service Act, the enforcement of which caused the outbreak last night when three Federal policemen engaged in rounding up absentees from duty were savagely attacked and badly beaten. The police of the city appeared powerless to check the crowd. Mayor Lavigueur "telephoned the. -Chronicle office and wanted the employees that an attack on the building was pending. The mayor was understood, .to-bava asked the Chronicle-to "do the best they could." Was Whipped Quebec. March 29.-Further reports to the police on the rioting here last night afi.er Federal officers had arrested and released an exempted military service man. state that' Arthur Evanturel, one of }.he officers, was hanged to a post and whipped into unconsciousness. When he emerged from the police station, where he took refuge with his companions, Leon Belanger. now in hospital with a fractured skull, and M. P. Lamondcn, Evanturel attempted to escape, but was seized by the crowd. Belanger is said to be resting easily this morning. Govt. To Act Ottawa, Mar. 20.-F.arly this morning the premier had a conference with the minister of justice and the chief of the general staff with respect to yesterday's occurrence in Quebec. Steps have been taken to obtain a full and accurate account of the disturbances. In pursuance of that purpose (i representative of the government left today for Quebec. Finn and adequate steps will bo taken by the government to enforce respect for the law and to prevent the obstruction of officers appointed to carry out the provisions of the Military Service Act. ?LASS TO BE CALLED Montreal, March 23.-Le Bevoir quotes Registrar Godin as annonnc-ing: "It is not improbable that the second class under the Military Service act will soon be called* up as the number of men secured in the first class is not quite enough."  De Devoir states It has received private information to the effect that the second class will be ca'led up in June. Ottawa, Ont., Mar. 30.-Class "B" men who are not liable for combatant service overseas havq -been called out for, railway co.nf struction and similar service ' overseas. > * ALEXIEFF ARRESTED > > * * �> * 54 WOMEN KILLED * ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  Pa--is, Mar. SO.-Rescue part-, lea at work in' the church which- was struck' yesterday by a shell *i from the German long range gun have found more bodies. It Is now known that 54 women were killed. An official statement issued in Paris last night said 75 persons had been killed and ninety wounded, most of whom were women and children, byf a shell which fell on a church in the region of Paris while Oood Friday services *were being held. Washington. March 30.-Requisitioned Dutch ships when taken over by American naval officers were found to havo been stripped of their sextants and other valuable navigating instruments. Many had been taken by ships' officers who were about to sail for home on the liner Nieuw Amsterdam and the delay of forty-eight hours in the vessel's departure was said today to' have been due to the necessity for recovering them. JAPS READY TO STEP IN ANY TIME London, March 30.-The fear is rightly entertained that Germany's*influence may gradually extend eastward and prove a menace to the peace of the Far East, said Premier Terauchi in an address to the Upper house of the Japanese parliament, as quoted in a Renter dispatch from Tokio. "Should the situation develop in such a way as to endanger the secur* ity and well being of our country or to call for action Jo protect the common interests of the allies this government is resolved to take steps to cope adequately with the situation." The premier said events niight demand re-assembling the Diet which was prorogued on Wtfeesday^ \ When It Started Quebec, .Mar. 28.-Leon Ilalonger, a federal detective, was seriously injured and several civilians were morf: or less seriously hurt In the crash between the police and civilians here tonight in connection with the administration of the Military Service act. The civilians badly damaged the police station in which Belanger and two detectives, wiio were operating with him, Evanturel and I'lamondou, took refuge from the mob. A Stormy Night Quebec, March 30.-After a stormy, riotous night, during which two newspaper offices and the premises of ' Registrar Gobeil were destroyed, with the militia patrolling the streets, Quebec was very quiet this morning. The regiments in quarters in Quebec came from Ontario and they have been-reinforced by local militia. - Mayor Lavigueur began this morn-> ing investigations of grave charges made against the police in regard to the smashing up of the Chronicle and L'Evencment offices. One correspondent wrote here that "Mayor Lavigueur. faced with the absolute breakdown of the civil machinery; largely due to the indifference or cowardice of some of the police force, was compelled to call on the soldiers to save the city from a mob." Eye witnesses of last night's scenes, reported this morning that-the ring leaders "of the mob to the number of 200, smashed down the doors leading to the wing in which the government offices were'located. The crowd behind raised a cheer. On each story, up to the top were windows which missiles had broken and the crowd in the street could see*through them and watch their fellows going up stairs to the registrar's office, which was on the to]) floor. . It was a narrow wooden stairway they had to climb. As their progress was noted at each floor through the window openings, the crowd raiBed a cheer. Soon they had gained the top floor. There could be heard sounds of furniture breaking and through tho windows were thrown floods of exemption forms, notices to report for service and all the other documents they could lay their hands on. The applause was terrific. As the building burst into flames the crowd sing "O Canada." Mayor Lavigueur told the Canadian Press today that the strictest measures have been taken today to prevent the re-occurrence of the riots here. General Langley. commander of the Quebec military district, said that he had not yet received instructions to )"proc!a-im martial law, but that measures are being taken to protect the property and lives of citizens. Organized Attempt Quebec. March 30.-There was evi-' � dently an organized attempt to destroy the exemption records but it failed because the actual reports on cases were in a specially constructed vault. The' plot was generally known in certain quarters all day yesterday. Young men are reported to have announced thaMhere "would be some fun at the registrar's office on Good Friday." , No arrests had been made irf connection with the damaging of the newspaper offices or for firing the registrar's office this morning. Govt. Watching Ottawa, March SO.-The government is keeping closely in touch with the situation as it has developedat Quebec. The premier and. the minister of justice were in conference yesterday afternoon and evening in regard to the situation and a meeting of thcr-cabinet has been called for the earW afternoon to discuss the matter. It is understood that the chief of the general staff. General Gwatkin, and the government have been in close comr munieation with General Landry, the general officer commanding military forces in the Quebec district. This morning the government has been in communication with Colonel Machin, the special representative sent, to Quebec yesterday and it is believed that a confidential report has been received from him dealing with the situation as that which happened and is likely to develop. The matter of proclaiming 'martial  law was not, it is understood, yet been. considered by the government. That is likely to depend on whether or, not there is .renewed disturbances. .. WEATHER High..... Low...... forecast- -Fair and mild, 83 45 067920 ;