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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 24, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta Herald VOLUME XI. LCTHBRJDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1918 NUMBER 241 SMASH RETREATING BULGARS Turks Now Press Hard For Peace Grand Conference Held at Berlin to Discuss Situation In Near East German Paper Admits Situa lion of Enemy Serious, Hence Austrian Note  NOTABLE RECORD OF A LEf HBRIDGE FAMILY London, Sept. 24-(Special dispatch to the Toronto Mail and Empire.)-A diapatch to the Daily News from Zurich �aye#: "The conference at Berlin of the German - and Austrian ambassador* to Turkey, the grand vizier and other Turkish statesmen, la of-great importance. The official suggestion that the conference was summoned to dlecuss frontier ratifications between Turkey and Bulgaria cannot be taken seriously. "Turkey Is pressing hard for peace, although It is possible such pressure Is merely a form of bluff meant to exact concessions from Germany and Is likely to subside if the concessions are granted." ENEMY POSITION SERIOUS.. Geneva, Sept. 14;-Deploring the failure of the Austrian peace proposals, the Rhanische West-phalian Gazette says: "The motives for the note from Austria are multiple, but the refusal is unanimous. The allied war cry is-not one of boasting or bluff, but comes from the heart. We must recognize this fact and realize that It is Justified as the enemy must know our serious position while all offer* as* peace .asWi-^i^^wg-Was No Offer to Belgium { \ . Ottawa, Sept: 24,-r-DealinE with po-'litfttJ^Gondftions., in Germany the fol-]owing2cB^i*,icj>mplled by the minis-' tor d't Information' under the author-' ity of the war cabinet, has been received here by the director of public information: "The Austrian peace note has-been Batlsfactorily dealt with by Hon. A. J. Balfour, President Wilson and Premier Clemencean. It is not yet known how deeply the- German government was implicated in the issue of the note, but 'Berlin certainly knew the gist of It, if not -verbatim. The Ger-', man offer of peace to Belgium, as outlined in the press, is wholly improbable. Such stipulations and bargain , ings as suggested would be an unwarranted, interference In the internal affairs of another sovereign state and although the Germans themselves eB . tablished the .principle of reparation by demanding 300,000,000 marks compensation for the Germans injured by the Russians In the war, Germany now herself refuses any reparation For the ruin wrought by the Germans in Belgium." Blames Unrest on U. 8. Amsterdam, Sept. 24.-The Lokal Anzeiger of Berlin makes the discovery that the Fronde of the Left, as it Vails the adherents of the demand for she parliainentarizatlon and democratization of the German government, originates abroad and is under direct American influence. At The Hague, the paper says, there lists a German defeatist centre, whose members seem to have free access to the'German legation, where Foreign Secretary Von Hintz is not held in high esteem. Among the de-' teatisfs, it declares, American influences are at work and they apparently have succeeded in establishing the conviction, it adds, that President Wilson's motives are pure and that he has the real welfare of the German nation -at heart. The Lokal Anzeiger further de-. Clares that Buch another centre exists at Copenhagen and. that the views of "those political conspirators" are insinuated into the public life of Germany by the means of democratic newspapers.' It voices its suspicion, twwever, that the American fighting tin on the western front gives a better cine to America's Intention toward Germany than these political "backsliders" whose activities, nevertheless, "seem to have President W1I-Moh's blessing." �Vf -- '* THE WEATHER High........................... 55 Low ............... ............ 40 Forecast: ' Cool and partly cloudy, Local showers. PTE. WJI; H.MimDOCK CORP. EDWIN J. MURDJOCK , PTE. HARRY E. MURDOCK PTE. ARTHUR R. MURDOCH few days ago the deathU�' action of Corporal Edwin John Murdock was chronicled. This was the second son of Mr and Mrt Tnhn Mnr/W* Sixth Avenue A., to give .up his life in the war. There were four sons in the family when war. began. All four^volunteered to nSttt thT batHM nf thSS country. Pte. Arthur .Raymond Murdock of B Co., 187th Batt, died oh March 14, 1917. On Sept. 4, Corp. Mwl^S Murdock"died of wound? Th� remaining sons. Pte. Harry E. Murdock and Pte. William Herbert Murdock are both in France. Muroock died of wounds. The The father .and mother have made great sacrifices but they are proud" to knout-that their sons were brave and loyal and that thev dirt nnr deUv to.answer their country s call. France is a glorious place tp die; no better in.the-world. It is there theworld's fate is beVK decided and tL two young sons have fallen in the fight to retain human liberty for the rest of the .world; ale 1S Dem& aeclQea ana tne tw� Fire in^New^^n^ Hotel Puts . 'Many -NbYabl^[ on the Run T$$mety? �Washington,. S^)t' 24.-police, and Are officers today were Investigating the origin of a Are early this morning in" thejNewiiWillard^Hbtel;' which caused' damage estimated' at. $100,000 and sent hundreds ot guests,, many of them of national prominence, scurrying; through the smoke-filled corridors to the lobbies and safety. - At the first excitement of hurrying bell boys, jangling telephones and the clamor of arriving - fire apparatus, some of women guests became bystor-ical. Several fainted and one attempted to Jump, from a third storey window, but was prevented, by a ho-1 tel attendant. Vice-President -Marshall; senators, representatives and' diplomats, with their families were among the. scantily clad guests who quickly reached the lobby by means of the, elevators and stairways. The vice-president, who was aroused from sleep by Mrs. Marshal], made his way with her, their adopted baby and nurse -down the three flights of stah-s.--.-' After installing his' family in a writing room, the vice-president, wearing a bathrobe, house slippers and a black felt hat and -enjoying an unexpected early morning cigar, shook hands with a number of his friends t'ioree�^^kit\g Husslen hsve occupied Ma'An and are harassing bodies of the enemy recreating northward toward Amman along the Hedjaz railway." HUNDRED THOUSAND TURKS London, Sept. 24.-Geh. Allen-by's remarkable success in Palestine was achieved against a total strength of 100,000 Turks, according to unofficial dispatches U. 8. PROHIBITION DRAWING NEARER. Washington, Sept. 24__National prohibition beginning next July 1 and effective for the period of the war was a step nearer today, the house late yesterday, by a vote of 134 to 27, having adopted the senate prohibition amendment to'-the 912,000,000 emergency agricultural appropriation bill. With the senate and house In agreement it was expected the compromise would be readily reached and'the bill sent to the president. T FOCH STRATEGY IN ALLIED UNITY Admit Also That Allies Stole a March on Huns In Use of Tanks Miners Not Likely to Call General Strike District 18 * > Chicago, Sept. 24. - After ? �J> trenches with the Canadian * expeditionary forces, Sergt. the Canadian army, was killed * by an. automobile here last Calgary, 8ept. 24.-"Nothing to state," was the report of F, E. Harrison, assistant commissioner of mines for District No. 18, this morning. The conference between Hon. William Sloan, minister of mines .for British Columbia, with . Commissioner Armstrong and W. R. Wilson, manager .of the Crows Nest Pass mine, will oontlnue this afternoon. Nothing oould . be gleaned from ..either the commissioners, the mine operator or the representatives of the men as to what propositions had been submitted although it is Understood that President Biggs of. the mincers, put a proposal before the.conference and in.the .event W that being refused lias yet another to bring forward. Mr. Biggs was not at the conference and would say nothing of the proposals the men would advance. , It Is generally understood that the men are inclined to favor the government withdrawing the men from this mine rather than calling of a general strike In this district. This would restrict the loss to the company refusing the single shift. There are no new developments .regarding the expected strike at the other- plants owned by the company, the Morrisasy, Fernie and Michel shops, subsidiary plants. ^ �>>> > > -> ? �> saved. Are you saving them?. - tiling. With dollars as pleuti- ? ful as they are In Canada to- > day saving is a mere matter > of will. The call to save is ijn, _ ? '' t' -�  .-. A; ����" T^ondon, Sept. 24.-(British Wireless .service.)-The allied success, Macedonian and Palestine, have led .the Cologne Gazette to^ anxious consideration regarding future military developments. "We' must do Focli the justice to say he-Is apparently beginning to obtain oh a big scale that strategical ,iniity he has already' obtained on French .soil," says this leading German newspaper, and after reviewing the situation in,the various theatres of war it conceded that the prosecution from all sides of the war against the central powers would be a master stroke. Having mentioned the unity of command and the superiority of the allies in men and material as conditions favoring them, it continues: "We have already pointed out the enviable secrecy observed in the-manufacture of armored tanks and the training of their crews, which now number not thousands, but tens of thousands. To these must be added the increase in the number of guns, mine throwers, flame projectors, machine guns, gas and fog ammunition and^ airplanes of all kinds. No proof is necessary that German industry is unalile. to accomplish this in similar quantities. Especially as regards the armored tank, there is no doubt that the numerical superiority is on the side of the enemy and that he is bound to utilize it to the utmost," reaching. London. Figures as to the number of men In the Turkish army in the Holy Land have hitherto- .referred., jnerely rifle strength. "The Turkish' forces held positions of' exceptional strength, with three lines of well-dug trenches and- abundant artillery and machine gun protection. The Turks were completely surprised, according to Reuter's correspondent in Palestine; The mobility of the allied forces and the boldness of Gen. Allenby's plan of hitting at.the strongest point in the Turkish defenses added to the success. The rush of the British cavalry completed the enemy's discomfiture. The Turkish j-eserves consisted of troops which recently arrived from, the Caucasus. Field Marshal- Liman Von Sanders, commander of this Turkish forces, and his.staff escaped capture by only six hours. Not the least remarkable feature of Gen. Allenby's success lies in the re-organization he effected in His forces since the German offensive on the western front last March necessitated the withdrawal to France of a part of his army. BANDIT HELD UP G N. EXPRESS TRAIN Between Seattle and Everett- Escaped With Registered Mail TWO MORE CANADIAN * FLIERS ARE DECORATED Xondon, Sept. 24.-Two more Canadian flyers are gazetted with the Distinguished Flying Cross. Capt. Evan Alexander McKay |,ed a raid on an important railway." He was attacked, by 24 enemy .machines, four of which he destroyed. The raid was successful. . Pilot-Commander L'eckle, train-ep at Toronto Island, with two others destroyed an airship attempting to raid the English coast and' damaged a atcpnd airship. , Seattle, Sept. ?A.-The country north of Seattle was being searched today by officers , for a lone bandit who last night held up a northbound Great Northern express train between here and EvereftV Wash., and escaped with registered mail valued at several hundred dollars. The bandit, it is believed, boarded the train at Seattle. When the train neared Mukllteb, a few miles from Everett, lie climbed over the tender and With the aid of a revolver forced the engineer to stop. The bandit, than forced the' crew to uncouple the mail and baggage cars and pull them bac'.t to Meadowyale, where he escaped into the woods with a suit case full of registered mail taken from the car. While the train was being uncoupled, the fireman, R. N. Rayburn, throw a hammer at' the bandit, who turned and fired on Rayburn and then sent two shots toward Mail Clerk H. L. Chapman, when he appeared at the car door. Nope of the shots took effect. Shots were also fired in the direction of the passenger cars when their occupants appeared at the windows. BULGARS DESERTING Paris, Sept. 24. r- (Havas).-� Many Bulgarian troops are deserting, according to advices from the Macedonian front. It is reported that 50 men from one regiment have been executed-at the command of German officers. ON THE FRENCH FRONT Paris, Sept. 24.-The artillery was active last night on the French front belcw St. Qu^nt'ln and between the Allette and the Aisne, but no infantry action is reported in today's war � office statement. The text reads: "In thf course Of th& night there was marked activity by the' artillery in the region of St. Quentin and between the Allette and the Aisne. "In the Champagne, two raids upon German trenches in the region of Perthes and-in the direction of the Butte de Mesneil resulted in the taking of 40 prisoners by the French." BRITISH PROGRESS ON VARDAR London, Sept. 23.-Between the Vardar river and Lake Doiran, on the eastern end of the Macedonian front, the British have made pro-, gress. As the result of the heavy pressure of the allies, the enemy has evacuated the entire line from Doiran to a point west of the Vardar. BULGARIA ADMITS. Sofia, Sept. 22.-(Via London, Sept. 24.)-"As a result of our front giving way in the angle of the Cerna and the' Vardar," says the Bulgarian war office statement today, "our adjacent units were withdrawn to new positions to the south of Prilep and to the north of Doiran." . SERVE AN ULTIMATUM. Harbin, Friday, Sept. 20.-(Associated Press.)-The Siberian government is reported to have served an ultimatum on - the troops commanded by Gen. Hor-vath to disband or join the forces ' of Gen. Semenoff, the antl-Bolshe-vlki leader in trans-Baikalla. British Official Statement The statement reads: ' "Fighting is taking place to our advantage in the sector east of Vermand, where we are reported to be making progress. "A local attack made, by the enemy yesterday north of the Little Priel farm (opposite Lecatelet) was successfully repulsed, leaving prisoners in our hands. "During the night the enemy attacked our new positions southeast of Gavralle, supporting the assault THIRTY-ONE PERSONS KILLED IN COLLISION London, Sept.. 24.-Thirty-one persons were killed when an express train from Berlin for Vienna'collided with another train at the. Dresden station, aays an Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Copenhagen, quoting a Berlin message. Fifty-nine persons ' Ottawa, Sept. 24.-The 'following were the western men and officers In today's casualty list;  Infantry. Killed in action-R. , A. H-arrop, Vancouver; S. Goodman,' Victoria; H. Goodman, -Calgary; J. M. Ferguson, Keoma, Alta.; J. GautUier, Falher,. Alta.; A. Garnier,' Blainolden, Alta.; J. S. Hill, Vancouver; R, L. Hitchle, Heatherdown,.Altai; Lieut. P. G. Tucker, Montreal..  V ' Died of wounds-J. A. Aitchison, New Westminster, B.C." '� ','*.'.'' Prisoner of war-Lieut. H.E. Balfour, Dunsford, Oat;'-. Wounded-D. Bowen, Pincher Creek, Alta. .-�!'?.'�' '.-"'- Engineers; Died of wounds-J. G*. Herald, Ker-risdale, B.C. � Gassedi-R. Gamnmck, , Coajdale, Alta, .....v.v,; ,:,.-.v, with a heavy artillery barrage. Th# attack was completely repulsed, oui lines remaining intact. "We improved our positions slightly north, of Moeuvres and, by a success" ful minor operation, carried out dun ing the night, regained a portion ol the old British front lines southeast of Voormezeele. "Hostile raiding parties -were drives' off last night west of Bellenglise: (north of St. Quentin) and east of Nueve Chapelle. The enemy--raided one of our posts south of the Scarpi;. river." �>,"'. On the front to the west of Cam BritiBtt�5osition*.-hs,ye-^een ^Jttv-proved;. In "die  ArraB-Lens .sector,^ the Germans tried to drive the.'Srltisn;' from their new-positions at Gavf&iei' The enemy was completely repulBed, the British retaining their line intact. -;. In Flanders, British troops succeed' ed in pushing forward and occupying a portion of the old British front line southeast of Voormezeele below Tpres, On the American Front With the American Army on ths Lorraine Front, Monday, Sept. 23.-rv (Associated Press).-^-Artillery Are prevented a German raid from, materializing on this. front today. Warning of the enemy's- intention -was given by the start of a German barrage orei the American lines at an early hour. As it shifted from the front, the Am* . erican fire opened so effectively that any attempt ot the German Infantry, to attacks was out of the question. Isolated sectors were subjected to a harassing bombardment durizur thf morning. This fire,' however, did no damage. The enemy ia still bnsy constructing and organizing hta lines ia front of the American right Sank be* fore St. Mihlel. After a gas bombardment, the enemy attempted a raid of the lines in the Vosges sector today. He was re* pulsed with probable losses before reaching the American trencha*. Capture Bolshevik! Gunboats Tokio, Sept. 20. - < Associated Press).-Order has been restored, in the city of Khabarovsk, according to an official statement issued at the war office, which adds that Gen;' Ya-mada's detachment left that city for the west by rail on Sept. 12. for the purpose of attacking the enemy on the Amur river. , ' American and Chinese forces parti-  cipated in the capture of gunboats from the Bolshevik! recently.'^ :the ' statement says, and are co-operating with the Japanese. .'.-'� Japanese cavalry entered the city' of Nerchinsk, east ot Chita,"'oh' Sept, 10, it is-announced. , . -The official statement reads: "On the 22nd (Sunday) our troops continued to cross the'Vardar, where they are in contact with the enemy. "North of prilep the Serbians have reached the -"very, steep massif ofHhe Drenska' mountain range and at several points are on the Gradzko-Prilep road. "The enemy continues to burn all Villages and his own stores. Despite this, however, great quantities of HsV material have fallen into our hanfls) On the Vardar railway line (Uskub to Saloniki) we captured several trains." Tired of Trench .Raiding. With the French Armies; Sept. 34.- Documentary and other information recently gleaned at the front indicates that the Germans have had about enough of trench raiding. One communication on the subject makes .the bald assertion that tiiey had the worst ot it in- that style of. warfare. They  now prescribe the capture of prison-' era. from allied patrols-as preferable to raiding trenches and are sending: their parties into their opponents^,';< trenches only-when they can ge�tthemC:yf.-x^ io go. But they arei obliged to ofjer; special recompensatipn'' to- 'bothumiK::^^ alt eras and soldiers' - to get ' proper; recruits for the service. pi8$ino| tions, Iron Crosses . and proraf