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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 3, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LfiTIIBRlDGE, ALBERTA. TUl'^SDAY, SEP'J'EMBIiH .'J. 1018 NUMBER 223 UNCTURE IN FRANCE, FLANDERS AND CANADIANS Allied Forces Have Inflicted Anothei- Severe Defeat on th Bolsheviki Troops. Canadians Are Determined to Reach Cambrai; Have Penetrated to Within Less Than Ten Miles of This City Tokio, Aug. 27.-(Delayed.) - Entente allied troops operating In Siberia are closely pursuing the enemy forces in the Uyeraya River region, acoor'dlna to an allied official 8tatemefvU!.issued this afternoon by the Japanese Army headquarters. REPULSE COUNTER ATTACK. (-ondpn,-8ept. 3.-Entente troops In Northern European Russia, aided by Ru�6ian forces on Auoust 31, capturon.s)y sialed lluU. J'ih. 1-Iow-il.l. wan niiin'iod. Jic was a singip man, and Uirufi 01 ho!' bi'olhers yvo at. tliu front. Co-iiicidentally, word liar, iilso liecn received by Uie I'amily. Llii\i. ninliard UcwIM 0110 of Ihc brDtlicrs, hud Iieeu wounded in llie snine tight-inR in wliioli Fred lost liin life. Tlio other Ijrottiers are Robert, and .M.ll. There are also four slaters in Die family. The mother died lasl. spring:. WAR EXPENDITURES U. S. BREAK ItECORl^ Washington, Sept. 3,-Government war expenditures in August broke all monthly records by more than $100,000,000, amounting to $1,714,000,000 on reports up to today. Later reports may raise this by |50,C00,00O -O Holiday War Bulletins TWO CAPTURES London, Sept. 2.-British troops last night captured the villages of Salllisel and Sailly-Saillisel on the line north of Peronne, today's war office announcement says. CANADIAN ATTACK London, Sept. 2.-An attack was launched this morning by Canadian and English troops In the important sector south of the Scarpe in the Arras region. The War Office in its announcement this morning reported that good progress was being made. ^ CORE OF BATTLE London, Sept. 2.-The core of the whole:battle'is^now between the Scarpe rIVer "and" Bapaume . and lt.l� here that the Germans are reislly fighting, according to the Daily Mail's correspondent at British headquarters in France. BLOWING UP STORES Paris, Sept. 2.-(iHavas Agency).-Entente allied airplane observers report that German convoys are moving to the eastward in the region of Rolsell and beyond that town. Rolsell is about seven miles east of Peronne. The Germans are said to be rapidly ramoving their stores or blowing them up. TOTAL PRISONERS Paris, Aug. 2.-The allied forces on the western front have taken a total of 128,302 prisoners since July 15, it was announced in an official statement. In the same period 2,069 guns, 1,734 mine throwers and 13,783 machine guns were captured. On the French front 75,900 prisoners and 700 guns had been captured by the French since July 18, it was announced today. NEW CAPTURES London, Sept. 2.-Le Transloy, the importartt point on the line between Bapaume and Peronne, .where the^ Germans have been holding stubbornly, is considered by the British today as virtually ih_ their hands. They haye captured the village of Viljers-Au-Flos, to the north, and Le Transloy is now outflanked on both sides. The capture of Moreuil, northeast of Bapaume, was reported this morning. Between 3,000 and '4,000 prisoners were taken by the Australians in the vicinity of Peronne yesterday. BROKE THROUGH LINE London, Sept. 2.-The Canadians attacked this morning astride the Arras-Cambrai road on a front of five miles and broke through the Drocourt-Queante switch line on a front of two miles. Our troops are reported to be in Du-roy, also on the western edge of Cagnicourt. ponsiderable heavy \ fighting is occurring on the high ground between Duroy and Ete-ing. A large number of prisoners have been taken. PERONNE TAKEN London.-Peronne was recaptured today by British. Bullen-court and Morval R\CE, U. 8. Washlnflton, Sept. 2,-By proclamation Issued ' tonight President Wiicon ��ta $2.20.a buehel as the minimum price guaranteed by the governmetit for the 1919 Wheat crojp. (Efj- J. F. B. T.ivosay. ('anadiaii Press Corrospoudent.) With tlie Canadian Forces, Sept. 2. -Snpnorted by what is said to liave been the greatest, art.illery Ijarragc pHt on in this war, the Canadians, after the aeeming, desultory fighting of the lasl few days, went into action in. force this morning with other IJri-tisli troop.s south of llie Scarpe. The Ivick-off was at five o'clocl; and \)y �:30 o'clocit tlie et>em>- line was pierced at; several points opposite to us. OiU- left stoniied Diiry and in the centre Ave pushed out along llie CamT)rai Road as far as the outskirts of Villers-Les-Cagnicourt. Our riglit penetrated Cagnicourt Wood and thrust into tlie village. These points are well ha-hind the Drocourt-Queant line. Our own losses in the first day's fighting were light. The enenfiy was oyer-Avhelmed by the volume and the intensity of our fire, our counter Ijatterj^ work smothering his return fire. The men went in quietly confident, taking their time .to secure the victory of which they were sure. Thousands of Prisoners. Thnupands of prisoners came in during the clay and our men say they encountered heavy machine gun firo but ns soon as tliey stormed the trenches the enemy .sifrrendered. A British force on our riglil also pushed forward. The weather was clear and cool and the I'oads wore in fair shape. The pursuit was pushed forward by tanks and the machine, gunners. Ontario Unit Wins Honors. The honors of the first day went to an Ontario battalion, which made an advance over hard ground of more than one thou.sand yards, mopping up, and taking 760 prisoner.-;, most, of wlioni were captured in dug outs. Exactly a week ago the battle opened at three o'clock in ihc morning with a concentrated barnigo fire, under a curtain of whii.-li the Canadian troops engaged carried i.'ie first rush far through the vfanious Hindenburg line. On Tuesday the advance was continued. Wednesday we were held up by strong enemy reserves, thrown in with orders to holtl the line at all costs. They were supported by hundreds of machine guns, liesuming their advance on Thursday, the troops concerned, including some first rale Imperials,, settled down to a syateiuatic reduction of advanced onemy strong posts with the view of establishing a solid line. That has been fully accomplished. ,^ All Objectives Obtained. The jumping ol;f position.tIio worst disasters inflicted upon the Germans during the W'hole war and one which must cause their high command the deepest anxiety. Main Defence, Tlie belief is general tJiat the switcli Vmi'. is the main system of defence and thai there is nothing so strong behind it. , Consequently its loss, if'it becomes final opens the widest possibilities. � "Its loss would involve the evacuation 01' the I'renclt coal field, jierliaps oven the coast of Flanders." says the .Mail, "lUid would imperil tlio German iiold on Douai. Valenciennes and Cambrai, which arc essential to Hlndeii-burg for manoeuvring his armies." TliR Telegraph also noting tl'.e danger to the important German centres of communication says: "if the Gonnans cannot stand before! Oouai, Cambrai and St. Quentin they can ^:!and nowherp Ihi.'s side of llie German frontier. If it is possible for Uiem to fight harder and ilirow in reserves at a awii'^er rate ihan tlioy| iiave done in the last few days Iheyi will do so. Wo doubt the possituiityl of their accomplisiiing oitlior." Other con'imcntators remark that | Ihe. Germans now pretend that tliey are retiring ucording to plan and are convinced that, the retirement;Will be compnlsorily carried out much funlicrj thaiz thoy ever Intended, Queant Switch Line is Captured by the British and Hinden-^ burg Line is Punctured at Another Vital Point-Americans are Fighting in Belgium Now-British Continue Pro" "gress Towards Cambrai-French Also Continue Advance With the British Army in France, Sept. 3.-The British today pushed forward well to the east of Moreuil and the Australians made steady progress to the east of Peronne. IN DIRECTION OF DOUAI London, Sept, 3.-(5 p.m.).-(Associated Press).-Carrying their attack to the northeast of Arras, the British today captured the village of Hamblain-Les-Pres, just to the south of the Scarpe, in the direction of , Douai. PRESS TOWARD CAMBRAI With the British Armies in France, Sept. 3,-(Associated Press)-^ (12.31 p.m.)-British troops today advanced well to the east of Peronne and are making steady progress. , The German resistance at the cross 'roads north "of Villeiri^Lesr Cagnicourt was overcome by the Britlsfi''this,ni(?rning and Haig's rnen now are shoving forward In the direoilon of Cambrai, A strong British force is driving forward on the northern reaches of the Hindenburg line. The British are well inside the Docourt-Queant line. So far as learned no organized counter attacks ha'i/e been developed by the Germans but on the extreme British left detarm^ed opposition is developing. FURTHER PROGRESS MADE With the British Army in France, Sept. 3.-(12.31, p.m.)-(Associated Press)-In heavy fighting last night beyond the Drocourt-Queant line, the British are reported to have made further progress on a front of thirteen thousand yards. The villages of Saudemont and Recourt, more than a mile and a half : beyond Dury, the capture of which was announced last night, are reported to have been take'n today. The village of Etaing, two miles north of Dury fell late yetterday at ' about the same time the British further south were capturing Villera-Le Cagnicourt. These captures were effected after-most bitter fighting. LENS AND OTHER TCSWNS TAKEN London, Sept. 3.-(1 p.m.)-The British have captured the city of Lens. The town of Queant a'iso has been taken. Lens was evacuated by the Germans, the British moving in. More than 10,000 prisoners were taken by the British yesterday. Additional prisoners were taken tfus morning, in their push beyond the ^Drocourt-Queant line, the British have advanced to a point just west of Buissy, two and a half miles north "east of Queant and occupied Pron-ville, a mile and a half southeast of Queant. The British also hold Doignies, Velu, Bertincourt and Roegulgny, rep-representing an advance to a maximum depth of four miles on a twenty mile front effected this, morning. In Flanders the British forces have captured the town of Vulver- ; ghem, two miles southeast of Kemmel. Contrary to expectations, the enemy has not reacted heavily with a view to the capture of the Drocourt-Queant line, but has left the British in undisturbed possession of it. CANADIANS CARfilED EVERYTHING London, Sept. 3.-The capture of the town of Queant, the southern support of the famous German swi/ch line before Cambrai and Douai is announced in an official message from Field Marshal Haig today. The British forces are reported to have entered the towns of Pron-ville, Doignies and Bertincourt. In storming the Drocourt-Queant line the Canadians assisted the English troops and carried everything before . them. �R'ith the dropping of Uie mercury to 33 last night, the coldest night ot the season was reported, l^ast week the mercury stood at i'i.ti one night On Saturday niglU it dropped to 36. Considerable hoar frost was noticeable in the gardens of the city the last couple of moniings but nodam-age oC consequence has been reported.. Outside the damage which might :be done to garden truck'frost at this time would have little offo.ct. The grain Is jiracti'^'illy stl cut, and w'lt�t has not been hars'^ested already is 60 ripe that the grade of the grain would not be affected. Last night there was a heavy frost at Pincher Creek, but it did little damage. Card-ston district also reports Irpst. Yields from the threshing machines continue to cgjue In and they point to a fulfillment I of ''be geu