Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 23, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta
VOLUME tfl LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1918 NUMBER 240 CUT THE SERBIANS CUT BULGARIAN LINES French Advance South of St. Quentin and That Stronghold Is In Danger I--- . -�_--:--.- / PARIS, Sept. 23-French troops yesterday and last night made notable progress in their drive for the encirclement of St. Quentin. They pushed in'far on the south and captured the village and fort of Vendeuil, close to the Oise, nine miles southeast of St. Quentin, today's war office announcement says. From Vendeuil, the French pushed on to''the river. North of La Fontaine, they penetrated the wood in the direction of Hinacourt. LONDON, Sept. 23.-German troops late yesterday counter-attacked in the vicinity of Gillemont farm on the front between Cambrai and St. Quentin to the west of Lecatelet. Field Marshal Ha'ig's statement today announces the repulse of the enemy with heavy losses. Germans Resist Drive With the French Army in France, Bept. 22.-(By the Associated Press) -Gen. Debeny's troops continued to advance toward the La Fere road, south of St. Quentin today. They reached Lanbay, the Le Moulin farms and the Vendeuil fore>t, which is onfy 1,000 yards frorn the road and about a mile from the Oise.river. As the French draw nearer the H Indenture? line,-around St. Quentin, the 'Germans increase their efforts to keep theni from it. -North of � the Somme .they. appear to be organizing a reak through the enemy line. South of the Somme, the French have advanced into a defense line parallel to the Hindenburg position by reaching a height northeast of Castres and the ine of ridges connecting Urvillers and Cerisey and the spur tfcat dominates Mayon from the west. The advance of the First Army into the flat lands along the Oise after the capture of Oastres is menacing the enemy line and was followed by a "iolnnt reaction of the Germans against Castres, which proved of no rfVHil. Progress by the French extended over the line further south after the occupation of Benay. Small advances ire indicated in the report. Each one , *f them is the result of serious fighting. Thicket Saturated With Gas Savy woods was captured in a com-ttat typical of the operation around St. Quentin. The thickets, slashed by shells and twisted -into an almost impregnable tangle, were saturated with �bb. The troops on both sides were compelled to wear gas masks and � fought at 'close range with grenade and bayonets. The field gray of the Germans and the horizon blue of the French uniforms looked alike behind the masks and it was often impossible to distinguish friend from foe. One French officer who rushed upon an adversary threw him down aud pulled off his mask to make sure he was dealing with a German. Germans Driven Pack London, .Sept. 23.-British forces last night attacked the German UneH between St. Quentin and Cambrai, opposite Lecatelet, making progress in the vicinity of Tombola farm and capturing a group of trenches and1 strong points on the ridge northwest of, Vendueil,; Field Marshal Haig announced in'his official statement today. Another enemy Btrong point near the Ronssoy-Boiiy road, just to the nouth, also,was taken by the British. A successful local attack whs carried #ut south of Villers-Cluislaiu. ' u-iJafikwest of St. QjueuUn, the Ger- mans penetrated the British line at one point at Bertbacourt, during an attack. The position was re-established by a counter attack. Progress^ Around Lens On the front-between Arras and Lens, there was a continuation of the advance movement in the region of Gavrelle. Southeast of that village jSnglish troops made progress on a front of three:Siiafters of a mile. The -text bt the statement reads: "Successful minor operations were .carried, out by-^urttoops yesterday and during the night at several points. In the afternoon English troops cap tured a German strong point,.,in the neighborhood of Ronssoy-Bony road, which had held out stubbornly all day. taking 80 prisoners. "Later in the afternoon a hostile counter-attack from the direction of Gillemont farm was repulsed with heavy loss by our rifle and machine gun fire. "During the night other English troops made progress in the direction of Tombois farm, after several hours' hard fighting and farther north captured a group of strongly held trenches and strong points on the spur northwest of Vendeuil, taking a number of prisoners. "During the night also over 100 prisoners were, captured by us in a successful local attack south of Vill-ers-Gauslain. "East of Gavrelle, English troops made progress on a front of about three-quarters of a mile, capturing 60 prisoners. "Early last night the enemy attacked Berthacourt "under cover of a heavy artillery barrage and penetrated our line at one point. An immediate counter attack by our troops completely re-established the positions." SOCIALISTS DON'T WANT PLACfi IN HUN CABINET Copenhagen, Sept. 22.-Viee-Chancellor von Payer of Germany received various party leaders on Saturday, according to the Tageblatt of Berlin, the discussion with the leaders, who called separately, being confidential. The Vorwaerts, the Socialist organ of Berlin, says: "The Tageblatt learns thdt Imperial Chancellor von Hertllng is opposed to having Socialists *in his cabinet. If this is correct, there Is complete unanimity between him and our party. Possibility of participation in Von Hertling's government has, so far as we are aware, never been requested by the Socialists. ANOTJeBLOW 10 GERMAN HOPES Czecho-SIovaks, Jugo-Slavs. and Poles Forming Strong Combination NEW CHINESE ATTACHE Pekin, FridaySept. 20.-(By Associated Press).-**-Gen. Han Lin Chun has been appointed chief military attache at Washington. , v � -;-H-t- . THE WEATHER High ...........!:............. 65 Low............................ 34 Forecast: Cool with local showers. Washington, Sept. 22.-Leaders of the Czecho-SIovaks, .the Jugo-Slavs and the Poles in Washington, during the last two weeks, hare agreed upon a program of the aims of the oppressed peoples in Austria-Hungary which has been laid before President Wilson." Creation of a new central body of the central European groups which will protect the interests of all of them was forecasted by the announcement today of the result of the conference. President Wilson was assured that not- only had the oppressed nationalities within Austria-Hungary severally reached agreements for the forming of their own national aims,' but also had agreed to uphold the president and the American people in winning the war. The president .was told that Germany realizing that unity of these peoples would be a blow to Teutonic power and aspirations, set her propagandists at work among the Poles in this country in the hppes of creating a clash with other groups. This propaganda had failed; the president was informed, and the Poles are unitedly behind the American government. SETTLEMENT PLAN Sydney, Australia. Sept. 22.-(Canadian Press dispatch from Reuter's). -The Australian government Iihb authorized the minister of lands to expend 100,000 pounds sterling derived from loans for funds during the current, fiscal year to purchase small property sub-divisions for extensive culture in connection with .the settlement of ex-soldiers. The minister proposes to make available 1*000 parcels of land, some wheat growing and others with a view to banana culture. No Strike Among Local Miners Anticipated By Coal Operators (Special to the IT'-rald) Fernie, Sept. 23.-President Biggs, Secretary Brown and the other representatives of District Eighteen have left Vancouver in' consequence of the action .at Fernie and Michel and are to meet Commissioner Armstrong and Hon. Mr. Sloan in Cnlsary for further conference upon the single shift dispute. Won't Likely Strike Here. Fear lest the dispute of the Fernie miners regarding the single shift would spread-to the Lethbridge field where so much pi the domestic coal used in the west is mined, was expressed to the Herald today by one of the coal operators here. Another operator however said that he was not at all afraid that the men in this part of District No. 18 would take up the case unless, he said, the chief officers or the union decide to call the men out-" "The men in this end of the field are working well now," he said, "and I do not believe they wiirstrike without good cause. I do not think they will throw down tools Mil sympathy with the Fernie 8U�"B�s^,u�le6S -.their higher officers give them the word." AskeA as to the prevalence of the secoudlshift in this field he said that all the mines use a double shift more or less. The main shift is from eight till four o'clock. After that a number! of cutters, the timbermen and some miners go down the shaft and work till 12 o'clock, hut the "Second shift is very small as compared with the number who go down in the morning. "It is really necessary to have the second shift in order that the men may have the mine kept in proper shape and in order that coal may be mined efficiently. However We have little trouble from gas and bump3 such as they Wave in the steam coal mines, and' there is no call; here to force a single shift as is the case at Fernie." ' Just/low the mines are turnipg out a heavy tonnage, and the needs of Manitoba and Saskatchewan are be-, ing met very successfully. There is po danger of slack time in any of the locul mines until well on in the spring. The payroll is the largest it has ever been, though all the mines would be willing to put a* Sore men if i)iey could bo sec'Cr*& jt � WOULD RALLY ARMY TO FIGHT GERMANY Ready to Fight on Allied Side Whenever Entente Asks Aid in East Paris, Sept.. 22.-Queen Marie of Rumania is looking forward hopefully for that time to come when the Rumanian army can again take the field against the German oppressors of her little country; It. is known that she will rally her army whenever the time seems favorable and the entente allies request it. ; The queen is thoroughly English in her thoughts and actions. She cannot rest content under the domination of Germany. ' "You can tell the American people, whose ,sympathy and support I value so highly," said the queen, in a recent message forwarded here, "that the desire "of -my soldiers to renew the' combat is- still strong. I hope that with the' success of the allies that desire may yet ripen into action and result finally in the- complete victory for all the nations of the entente.. .. . "Rumania, the free people of the United States..>may be assured, will never remain'-Hie' vassal of Germany. She desires to play an honorable and active part in the great struggle which the allies are waging for the reign of rbjjht and law and for the liberation of the smaller nations. It Is my fervent wish that an opportunity to again participate in the war may soon be given her. "Germany for the moment has the country under its heel, but a people descended from the Romans and Spartans and inheriting all the traits of courage and 'independence of their ancient forbears, w,ill never wiljingly become the servants of the master of Potsdam. We need the helping hand of America and our pj.her allies to free us from our present position. Let not the great heart of the people of the United States forget us in our struggle." B. C. AIRMAN HAS London, Sept. 23.-Major Reginald Collinshaw of the Royal Flying Corps of Nanaimo, B. C, formerly of the Naval Air Service, is gazetted with a bar to the Distinguished Service Order. He has destroyed 51 enemy machines. His latest award is for attacking an enemy airdrome, bombing the living quarters and downing a defending machine and also attacking aVid destroying an Albatross machine. AMERICAN STEAMER LOSES M"ANY LIVES Corunna, Spain, Sept. 22. - Three officers and 27 of the crew of the American steamer Buena Ventura have arrived here. The vessel was torpedoed last Monday. Three boats with 64 of the crew are missing. The Buena Ventura was proceeding from Bordeaux, where she had unloaded a cargo of petroleum from Philadelphia. The vessel was of 4,881 gross tons and belonged to the United States Steel Products company. . i. � '_- ., � REPORT SOCIALIST LEADERS ARRESTED Amsterdam, Sept. 22. - Herron, Hecker and. Gublitz, prominent members of the Independent. Socialist party of Germany, have been arrested, according to the Volkstimmo of Chemnitz of Saxony. : : v > ; : : ? ? + * * ? * * * f a number-of aristocrats were involved. Serbs Have Advanced 40 Miles in Seven Days; Cut The Uskub Railway Line ' --.--- j LONDON, Sept. 23.-(4.00 p.m.)-Twenty-five thous* and Turkish prisoners and 260 guns have been counted up to yesterday afternoon, according to Gen. Allenbys official statement issued today by the war office. The war office announcement says that the 7th and 8th Turkish armies have virtually ceased'to exist. The entire transport of these !wo armies were captured by the British* LONDON, Sept. 22.-Gen. Allenby's forces in Palestine^ have taken 18,000 Turkish prisoners and have captured 12Q guns. This .means the virtual annihilation of the Ottoman forces in this region. The British losses are surprisingly light, considering the importance of the advance. SERBS CLOSE TO RAILWAY WASHINGTON, Sept. 22.-Serbian troops, pressing the Bulgarians and Germans in central Macedonia, advanced more than 20 kilometres Friday and are now within four miles of the Uskub-Saloniki railroad, the,mam artery for the supply of the Austro^e1rniar>and. Bulgarian forces opposing the British and French armies oh the Serbian right. LI WELL KEPT HERE Toronto Also Reports a Great Saving, But Montrealers Are "Disgusted" "Gasless"*Sunday. tlie second sinco the appeal to save gasoline for allied war purposes, was fairly well observed in Lethbridge yesterday. Though the restrictions so far are purely voluntary, there were very few cars on the streets. Whether those were business or pleasure cars there was no way of finding out, a.s so far the police have not undertaken to interfere, leaving observation of the gasless Sunday order to the people's conscience. Well Observed in Ontario. Toronto, Sept. 22.-According to reports received at the National Thrift campaign headquarters stricter observation of the appeal for the restriction of pleasure motoring than on previous Sundays was shown in the principal centres of Western Ontario today. It is said that gasoline valued at $75,000 was saved in Ontario today. "Disgusted" In Montreal. - Montreal. Sept. 'Z'l,-There' was a complete failure in Montreal so far as the observance of a "gasless" Sunday was concerned. "Quite disgusted" was the verdict of the Automobile Association officials. The secretary of the association reported he counted -iO automobiles in 20 minutes. % E KILLED IN EXPLOSION Amsterdam, Sept.. 22.;-Three hundred and eighty-two persons have been ilied and many ptherp injured in an explosion in an ammunition factory at Woellers-dorf, a town near the Austrian capital,v according to the Vienna newspapers. Fire broke out In the powder room and the terrific heat quickly overcome those in the flame-wrapped building, The victims were \mostly^ girls. V -O Serbs Cut Railway Lirie3. London. Sept. 23.-Serbian troops have cut the main railway, line between Usakab and Saloniki and are on the western bank of the Vardar river, according to!the Serbian official statement of Sunday. West, of tlie Vardar, the Serbia-is have cut the. railway line to Prilep, "which is the main line of German communication in this region. Serbian infantry units are now in the mountainous regions and have advanced 2,5 miles in one day. The number of prisoners and the amount of war material captured increases daily.. The rreishboring German and Bulgarian sectors are now feeling the loss of their communication lines. Enemy reinforcements have been forced to retreat. Since Sept. IS, the Serbians have; advanced 40 miles. Cut Uskub Railway The statement reads: "Serbian troops in a victorious advance are forcing the German and Bulgarian reinforcements to retreat. Tlie Serbian troops this morning (Sunday) reached the river Vardar and cut the main railway line between Uskub and Saloniki. "Our troops have crossed the Cern-reka (the Drenska mountain range) and have cut the railway between Gradsko, southeast of Uskub and Pri-, lep, which is the main line of communication of the German army. "All the surrounding enemy sectors are feeling the consequences of having their line of communication cut. Our advance from Sept. 15 to date, amounts to a total of 40 miles. ': "Infantry units have now reached the highest part of the mountainous regions and/advanced 25 miles in one day. The number of prisoners and the volume of war material is increasing continually."' " . Vienna Official Vienna, Sept. 22.-(Via London)/- .> .> # .> ? : > �: * ? has hgld office since October, > <'i"i\A<' * ? ? 'j;.* ~T\ . A V V � � \ f s v.? J . 3727847?