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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1916, Lethbridge, Alberta WKDNKSIMY, SKFFKMHEU lii. Offensive Is Started North of Somme Hundred Prisoners Taken In Quick Order START VIGOROUS OFFENSIVE Paris, Sept. French infantry started a vigorous offensive today along a six kilometre front north of the Somme, from Combles region to the river and in a half hour took first line Gorman trench- es. Another portion of the French forces carried a system of trenches along the road from Bethnne to Peronne. Fifteen hundred prisoners had been taken when the report was filed. SITUATION UNCHANGED London, Sept. general situation is unchanged, says tlciui statement in regard to the French-Belgium front. "There is nothing of importance to report." FRENCH TAKE VILLAGE Paris, Sept. French have captured the village of Bouchavesnes, on the Somme front. The official announcement of today says tho village which is in the region of Combles was taken from the Germans last night. The French also took by assault, the wood six hundred yards east of the road from Peroune to Bothune. On tho Verdun front the French made progress in the northern part of Vaux-Chapltre wood. Offensive Juet Beginning O----------------------------------------------------- British Headquarters on the Somme, via London, Sept. battle of the Sommo Is just beginning. From .British lines the offensive seems hard- ly more than under way. All that has happened since tho Germans were blown out of their front line trenches early in July, was a mere start and preparation. There has been nothing no complete os the British offensive in the writer's experience since the Ger- man invasion ot Belgium. England is evidently prepared to right it out on the Somme, not only all summer, but all winter. In biting warfare, both French-and British are willing to take "a bite a-day, especially as each bite is expensive in lives. Frequently the German shell fire is heavier 'than the British. The con- --Btan't'i counter-attacks they are tfyihgvaro always Ijy shell-rife 'fully equal .aeon In this war. Germans are over- doing their heroics to tho amusement of the British officers. They see in it a sign of German weakness, as they sav Germans never bluffed in when they are winning. When the Somme offensive started the Germans railed to call the turn, fcr they calculated that the drive would extend from Albert to Arras, and prepared accordingly. Gomrne- court was the first point from which tho British attacked and, though they made no advance from that point, south to Ancre, it was not because of the strength ot the German detences. The British faced topographical diffi- culties much greater than the French, but they have finally surmounted the worst or them; There is much praise for the French army, which showed its mettle in the recent drive in Chaulnes sector.- It is considered fully-equal of tho first FEW TROOPS FOR WESTERN CITIES Saskatoon, Sept. now in this city from Camp Hughes appear to think that there will be few battalions stationed in western cilloe this winter. They say that it is im- possible to do any effective training during the .months in Western and that they believe it is the intention 'of the authorities to send some battalions to the Bermudas for training, while others will go to the south of, aud others to England. army which ha! ficently. boen fighting magni- 'The Germans are trying to make the defence of the Somme appear as heroic as tho French defence ot Ver- said a high British officer. "But the French otii! have after six months. Wait and see the Germans are after another four months." RAYMOND CROPS ARE .FIFTY 'PERCENT CUT Raymond has fifty per cent of its grain cut. Our corres- pondent made an error when he said ten per cent in yester- day'f crop report. 'there is snow on the Milk River ridge. today, frost.did not touch the RkynioniT district last Bird's-Eye View of The Somme Drive before General: Halg'S army; thinl, tl.o CeVmans have boon forced to con- centnile along tlio Suiuino sector. As It will be possible lo continue Hunting on the present front without interruption unf.i the wintei, a general outline (if the situation' may prove interesting. i.lmitlctl tint battle of the Soinme is being fought from lessons taufiht by Verdun. It is now fl ink the Hermans have lost a fine chance of success through a case of rattles, Drought about by the blowncss, of their progress. As soon as they attempted to rush the offensive, everything went wrong. From July 1 tho allies have refused to be rushed. They arc conducting what they call an "aciil ntlciiaive. slow y way into the enemy, but never trying to gulp his forces at one big mouth ill I he Ger- main! havo given them every opportunity to fall into this error, but always they have restrained their men fiom HhKlenburg in the west, tliero ,is naturally much speculation regarding man A mere statement that tho allies now hold all the German second uclences aila to conves the tuH liigiiiricanee, unless if is understood that first and second lino defences consisted not only of two lines ot trenches, but as many as five or six. These trenches were constructed with all the skill and ingenuity that two year's work could produce hoy were considered by the enemy impregnable. If not. It is certainly strange that such elaborate preparations In the third line are Courcellettc. Firece and Boise Marrieres, St. Quen- tin and other little hamlets. Though frantic efforts were made last mouth to strengthen the line, it is hardly comparable with the first ai'.d second Hues. ,1 tho character or tho secoml lino came the poasesslon of high ground invaluable lo the altllleij. Though aeroplanes bave aided balloons have done wonderful work, the artillery officers still prefer direct observation. Commondlnt- positions now bring the fortified places just mentioned into direct lanfcObo artillerv is able to pound away under the most favorable conditions. As the fundamental value ot the bomme offensive consists in bringing into action the maximum of the enemy's torces, the fact that be centrating a much greater army than he used in his Verdun attacks, is greatly satisfying to the allied staffs. ACRE YIELD OATS 85 WHEAT 35 (Six-Hal to the IhTiiliI) Carnuiiigny, Stipl. KS. Tlic first Ihri'.siiiiij! ivpurl is just in. jll comes from [lie Hosi'inctul I district, eighteen miles ensl, and is siilisl'iielury. -lolni M- Williiini's outs iiveragetl bus. I lei the acre, and Mr. Balsley's when I 35 bus. lo the acre. The hitler crop was only considered tin average crop and there v.-ill be much better yields in the dis- trict. Cutting is practically finished in the entire Carniangny coun- try. There was no frost or snow here last night. Importance Of Farmers Clear- ing Off Obligations to The Dominion Government Brig.-Gen. Seely Pays Tribute to Pincher Creek Officer, Who Lost His Life Ottawa, Sept. government has received communication from the St. Lawrence Bridge Co, stating that the company takes full responsi- bility for, the failure of the work cf connecting the two cantilevers of the Quebec bridge with the central span, for the toss of the big span. The company states that it will bear all the loss and that it will re- commence on the new span at an early date. It will thus be unnecessary for thr government to hold any investiga- tion. Cause of Accident exami- nation the board engineers in- dicates that the centre" span oE the Quebec bridge was lost through the failure the casting on the lifting girder on which the span had ueen resting with greater load for the last six weeks. are .unin- jured in any way.'and preparations are now under way to replace the centre span as soon as This statement was authorized to- night by G. H. Duggan, chief engineer of the St. Lawrence Bridge company, Ltd., following a conference between officials and engineers. CHEER UP! Hon. Duncaia Marshall: "Alber- ta will flct rriore money for her 1916 crop of wheat than {she did last year. Last year her bushels was-valucd at This year the estimated bushels is worth Add to this her other crops at the new values and the excess prices re- ceived is held-over 1915 wheat, and one can safely bank on good times on Alberta farms. .FDR-SLACKERS Only Found in Throng Claimed Exemption as Irishmen (From Our Own Corre-spiinilcnt) Pincber Creek, Sept. nows of the death of Lieut. George Knight has been received here. On behalf of the King and Queen, the keeper of the' Privy Purse wired a message of sympathy to Mrs. Wood- hall, wife of J. W. Woodhali, of "Al- berta" Cannon-road, Ramsgate, Ens., recently. The message read: "The King and Queen deeply regret the- loss you and the army have sustained by the death of your son in tho ser- vice of bis country. Their Majesties truly sympathize with you in your! gept. authorl- sorrow." ties carried out an extensive raid for Prior to the receipt of that message, j froni military service today Mrs. Woodhali received a sympathetic letter from Brig.-Gen. Seely, com- manding the brigade to which the late Lieut. Knight was attached. "Will you allow me to. assure be says, "of my deepest sympathy in the loss you have sustained in the death pf your son. It so happens that I was close at hand when the shell strucK him. 1 did not know this at the time, as I was- on my way to another part of the field, but I had seen your son that morning and was struck by-his quiet, cool courage and his unselfish care for his men. He bad been con- structing a trench close to the exist- ing front line, and had just completed bis section of the work. "I have visited his grave; be, rests where you wish him to rest, on the battlefield on the ground won from the enemy. His regiment and the whole brigade will miss htm sorely. "He was a splendid olficer, very kind, brave and unselfish. We can understand how great the loss must be to you. With my renewed expres- sions of profound sympathy." The late lieutenant's brothers, Cor- poral Herbert and Corporal Norman Knight, who are serving with the same brigade, were present when the funeral took place. The late Lieut. Knight, it will be remembered, enlisted with the 13th M. R. in Pincher 'Creek when the regiriient was first formed. He went over with a draft soon after the bat- talion weiit to Sarcee, and was at- j tacbed to the Fort Garry Horse at the (time of his death, which occurred as [lie was leading his men back to bil- Jlet. Slight Snow at Calgary and in the Country to the South- west of the City It almost seems as if the farmers of Southern Alberta congratulated themselves too soon when they went Ej to work yesterday morning after find- ing that "the previous night had not i brought the threatened frost. For (during the afternoon the sky over cast, the wind switched to the north- west and about eight o'clock it began to rain and snow. People went to bed expecting to wake up this morning to find the ground white with snow but. the was in bettei mood and during the morning the sun broke through the clouds. Cutting on some higher land will be started again this afternoon, but most districts it will be tomorrow Paris, Sept. 13. Notwithstanding stout resistance of Teutonic allies, the Serbian troops on the Macedonian front have made important progress PRESIDENT MARNOCH BACK FROM CALGARY President .Marnoch of the Board ot Trade, who represented Lethbridge and district at the conference regard- ing seed grain liens in Calgary yester- day, returned last night, well pleased with the action taken. He thinks the only wise course was decided on and expressed :the belief that the farmers affected will, as a whole, consider that they have been treated fairly. I Speaking of the meeting he said: "I was able to say at the. conference that the attitude of our business com- munity iu Lothbridge all through liad been that these debts to the govern- Iront nave maue ueen inai meat; in-ukD iw mu at various points. It is announcGcTby ment, especially in this time of stress, SIlirKerS irom Iliuitiii.v aci m-i; uumij m HIUSL UIOI.IIV-..T 11. niii ui, at tile Newmarket race course, just' afternoon before much is done, before. theNrace for the new St. Leser j The weather report shows no frost was started. Racing has been in j for any point in the west last night, I abeyance for over a month and thou- but the 'probs' for tomorrow for Al- sands ol men attended. j berta give warning Everyone apparently of military age i of frosts "at niKl't. including reporters, jockeys, book-! Snow began-falling yesterday after- malters bettors, race course officials noon at .four o'clock in Calgary and and grooms was compelled to give an i fell steadily during the evening, account of himself as lie entered, and! There was very little south of Midua- a soldier police officer demanded the j pore until the Cardston district was production of either attestation or; reached. At Spring Coulee there were registration card or, in the absence I about two inches of snow and one; de- of birth or exempting certificate. I gree of frost. On the Mill; River Ridge In the principal enclosure the first j about three inches of snow fell D. E. hour's proceedings were almost fruit- j Harris of the less, only two who both declared themselves. Irisli- the war office that violent fighting in progress in the vicinity of Lake Ostrovo, where the Serbians gained considerable ground. Capture a Town Athens, via London, Sept. 13. French and Serbian troops have taken the offensive on the western end of the Macedonian front. They have captured the town of Sorovitz near Fiorina. British Resting London. Sent. British troops which took the offensive re- cently on the Macedonian front, forc- ing the passage of the Sixuraa river and capturing several .villages.-have made no further efforts to advance. "Except for patrol encounters easj: of the river, there lib vclopments on our Strnnia front." says the official report issued today. "On our Doiran front both our own enemy's artillery lias been men and not liable to registration. Red Gross Aims to Double Givings Kilties Offer Thanks to Citizens Recruiting Office 113th O.B.C.E.F., Lethbrtdge, Sept. 13, 1916. The Editor, Lethbridge Herald; behalf of Heut.-CoI. Pryce-Jones, the officers, non-commis sioned ofllcers and men of the l-ethbridee wish to thank the people of Lethbridge for the very hearty support accorded us in our recruiting campaign In this city. Since taking clnrge of this office on August 1st, 55 recruits, exclusive of those tin tied down for various rea sons, have been secured In this city, a record of which considenng tho state of rpcrulting in other parts of Int. Domn ion this city migiic well be proud. 1 Wish' to, thank the people of Lethbridge for their generous contribu- tions towards pur expenses in connection with the visit of pur band, I also wish to thank the Lethbridge Herald for the large amount of PUbitcfti nr-rntvipri us through Ha columns aur for its very mateiiil as j slstance" in collecting tho band expenses J he Letnbriage mgntai" 11 will very soon.bo taking their place with the other troops of tho Domhi Ion, hi tho firing lino, and if it Is the fate of tho regiment to remain is a unil, the ritfzens of thin city can rest well assured that the name of theh 'cit'y'w'ifl be carried proudly by the regiment and that no sacrifice will ho too great for the regiment to make, in order to bring to that name "honor and glory." i s I have tho honor air, your obedient servant, L ASQUITH Captain 113th, Lethbridge Highlanders. Edmonton, Sept. G. Forester chief inspector tor the administration of the Lhjtior Act, has prepared ,a statement ing that the LOIIVI'V I tions during the month of August, inifi, for infractions of the Liquor Act in the Province were as follows: Convictions with fines imposed, 47 Convictions with goal sentences 3 Convictions with suspended sen- tence Total til Fines aggregating were im- posed by various magistrate? convictions came from the fol- lowing places: Edmonton 13, Calgary i Maeleod Vulcan 2 Loth bridfcc 2, Pinclier Creek. Spirit Hiver, I Brooks, -Walsh, Lacbmbe Ghanvtn, I Peace River Camrose and Champion one each There were three cases which were second offences under the act. In August 1915, ono year ago, there Vtere -S3 convictions for infractions of the Liquor .License Ordinance, with- fines aggrotntlng prison [crnis and one suspended sentence. (Special to the Herald) Ferule, Sept. missirg Harris 01 me uniieu uriiin riuuucers, lot boxes, which were to ho at MOP who was in the Cardston district last 1 rissey in time to allow of the soldier night states that heavy grain is down j vote being taken yesterda} arriv ed badly and will have to be cut one or iast evening's express, and voting two .ways, but the ilighter crops on j jn progress todaj higher land can he cut all four. j Several automobiles were kept busy One year ago yesterday hauling the boys in khaki down to the experienced 12 degree's of frost. How- polling place today, ever, there are no indications-at pres-1 Under the unprecedented rbgula ent of any such severe weather. Most tions Of the soldier voting bill, these of the grain is well ripened now and it will take more than three or four degrees. to injure Lethbridge branch of the Red Cross Society has set Itself an ar- duous task, to. gather twice as much' money and twice as much material as in the past year. This will be a big undertaking.when the enormous amount of money and material donated through the local branch last year Is considered, but the executive is sanguine that the results can be produced by a little added effort. One of the first events of the new campaign will be a Rummage Sale during the early part of October. Last year was raised at the sale. This year is the mark aimed at. Everyone is asked to keep the event, in mind and Jay away-something to donate to the sale. -ondoii. Sapt. ila'e of ar.nual meeting of thj Ontario Fed- of (Liberal Clubs has been changed to October 11 owing to the advice ;of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's den- tist. Sir Wilfrid had agreed to come at an earlier'dnte but at present he is undergoing treatment for his teeth and he haa been advised not to make public appearance this month MASXCT5 Spot wheat Track wheat Oct. wheat Oct. oata Oct. flax 1S5S4 189 High Uow WTATHER S8 34.2 votes may not be counted until the lath of next month, tmro aiici the general election Thill di> The election of a delegate from Dis- trict IS, U. M. of A., to the Trades Ottawa, Sept. is nothing ali in the report. It can best be des cribed as rot." said" Hon. Robert Rog- ers in reply to an inquiry this morn- ing as to tho correctness or otherwise of a storj to the, effect that the gov eminent contemplates cessation of work until' after the war upon the Weliand Canal, the Toronto Harbor, the Parliament Buildings and other important works The-Minister stated that the policy of the government was to complete the works now under .contract. On the Weliand Canal there is one small sec- tion almost completed and three under construction. j qpunnr District No Vonev has been1 appropriated and fn to the pr' coutrollirg the subway, elevated and green car. sur- face hues declined to hold a fuither' corf'rence with representatives of the union and announced t111 it Is their iiit( ntion to o itinue u> rni riti> their 1 es on he present iiinu But few liiace vere m n iOu toj-n iinl p i i- wert foiced to use in eipvated "idr Although li I r Is eh n more tir.n l ilia ii irn i are in operation, coil itiou it 3> rnss slit J WIT LE t et i itf ms w ciowrtc I a rt i n were icnct d uj rsengers DAUGHTER OF BISHOP JOINS RED CROSS. Saskatoon Sask, Sept Georgina Newnhain daughter of the bishop ot Saskatchewan, will go oTer seis at once as a nurse, under ttw v auspices of the St Johns brigade. ;