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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - September 24, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SF.PTKMBKR 24, 101K NUMBER 241 SERBS SMASH RETREATING BULGARS Turks Now Press Hard For Peace Grand Conference Held at Berlin to Discuss Situation In Near East German Paper Admits Situation of Enemy Serious, Hence Austrian Note London, Sept. 24.- (Special dispatch to the Toronto Mail and Empire.)-A dispatch to the Daily News from Zurich sayrg "The conference at Berlin of the German and Austrian ambassadors to Turkey, the grand vizier and other Turkish statesmen, is of great Importance. The official suggestion that the conference was summoned to dlccuss 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. 14v-Deploring the failure of the Austrian peace proposals, the Rhanlcchc West-phallan Gazette says: "The motives for the note from Austria are multiple, but the refusal Is unanimous. The allied war cry in 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* of peace, come from us." Waa No Offer to Belgium Ottawa. Sept. 21.-Dealing with political conditions in Germany tlio following cubic, compiled by the minis-t>;- of Information under the- authority of the war cabinet, lias been re- liM'tl here by Uio director of public informal ion: "The Austrian peace note has boon pal isfnctorlly dealt, with by Hon. A. J. D.ilfonr, President Wilson and Premier ''lenienceim. u is not yet "Known how deeply the Gorman government v-.'.h Implicated in thn Issuo of the. ro;e, but llerlln certainly know tho gist of It, If not verbatim. Tho German offer of pence to Belgium, as outlined In the pros*, is wholly improti-nlilo. Sue h stipulation:! and bargain-lugs as suggested would lie ait unwarranted Interference in the internal affairs of another sovereign state and although the Germans themselves established tho .principle of reparation by demanding 300.000.u0o marks compensation for tho Germans Injured by thn Kussi.-ins In the war, Germany now herself refuses any reparation for the ruin wrought by the Hermans in Belgium." Blames Unrest on U. S. Amsterdam. Sept. 21. The Lokol Anxolger of llorlin m�^s tho discovery that the Fronde of the Left, as it *alls tlio ndhcronts of thn demand for ilia parllamonturizatlon and democratization of tho German government, erlgtnutea abroad and Ih under direct American influence. At The Hague, the paper says, there lists a Gorman defeat 1st centre, whose members seem to linve freo across to tlio German legation, whom Koretgn Secretary Von Hintz Is not tiold in high esteem. Among the defeatists, it declares, American influences ttie at work and they apparently have succeodod in establishing tho I'onvictlon, it. ndds, that President VIIsoii'h motives are pure and that lie has thn real wolfare of tho German nation at heart. Tho l.okal Annelgcr further declares that such another centre exists at- Copenhagen and that thevlows of "those political conspirators" aro Insinuated Into tho public life of Ger-fiiany by tho means of democratic Tiewspapors. It voices its suspicion. %owuver. that thn Amoricau lighting flUn on tho westHrn front gives a bot-to clue to America's intention toward Germany than these political "backsliders" whoso activities, nevertheless, "seem to havo President Wilson's blessing." --- THE WEATHER High ........................... 55 Low ............................ 40 Forecast: Cool and partly cloudy. Local showers. NOTABLE RECORD OF A LETHBRIDGE FAMILY Serbs and Allies Cross the Vardar River at Monastir; British Press on St. Quentin LONDON, Sept. 24.-The Serbian troops continue ta cross the river Vardar, northeast of Monastir, and are in contact with the Bulgarians, says the Serbian official statement of Monday. The Bulg;\rians are burning villages and stores of mater* ial. The Serbians, however, have captured great quantities of material. Around Prilep, the Serbians are on the Gradzko-Prilep road to the northeast, while to the southeast they havg reached the steep massif of the Drenska mountain range. ., pte. w:,r. rr. aimtDocK CORP. EDWIN* ,T. MURDOCIC PTE. HARRY R MrrmOCIC PTE. ARTHUR R. Mt'RnOCK A few- days ago flip, death in action of Corporal Edwin John Munlock wa.s chronicled. This was tlio second son oT Mr and Mrs lohn Murdock Sixth Avenue A., to give up his life in the war. There were four sons in the family when war be�un. All four volunteered to' fight the'l'nttis of thoi* country. Pte. Arthur Ilaymotid .Murdock of B Co., lKTtli BatL, died on March It, if.17. On Sept. ;, Corp. K.lwin John Murdock died oC wounds The remaining sons. Pte. Harry K. Murdock rind /'!". William Herbert .Murdock ate both in Krnnce. The rather and mother have made Brent sacrifices but they are proud to know that their sue: were brave and loval and that thev did not ilel-iv to answer their country's rail. France is a glorious place t0 die; no bctt�r in tho world. It in then: the world's fate is being decided and the two young sons havo fallen in the fight to retain human liberty for the rest of tho .world. I Allenby's Troops Faced Army of 100,000 Turks PRESSING IN ON ST. QUENTIN ^ LONDON. Sept. 24.-British forces are pressing in on St. Quentin directly from the west, today's report from Field Marshal Haig shows. He reports fighting taking place to the British advantage and announces progress by the attacking forces in the region east of Vermand. Fire in New Willard Hotel Puts Many Notables on the Run For Safety ? ? ! : ? . VETERAN OF WAR > KILLED BY AUTOMOBILE * Chicago. Sept. 24. ~ Aftor ? spending three years In tlio > trenches with tho Canadian expeditionary forces, Sorgt. *! ? ? Wnshlntrfon, Sopt 24.-Polien and flro officers today wore invotitiKa,.lnK tho orifiiii of a flrn early tills inoniiiu; In thfi New Willard Hotel, which c.ins-od damage, estinuited at 5100.000 and sont hundreds of guests, mnny of them of nationaJ prominence, scurrying through tho Fmoko-Ulierl corridors to tho lobbies and safety. At the first excitement of hnr*ylnfr boll boys, jangling telephonas and the clamor of arriving tiro apparatus, loino of wop.ion guests lifrnmo hysterical. Several fainted and ono at-tcmptod to jump from a third storey window, but was prevented by a hotel nttonrlant. Vlco-Prosldr-nt Marnliall. senators, representatives and diplomats with Ihoir families were among tho scantily clad gtiosts who i|titckly reached the lobby br menus of the elevators and slalrways. Tho vlco-presidont who was aroused from sleep by Mrs. Marshall, made his way with her, their adopted baby and nurse down the tlnno flights of stairs. After installing his family In a writing room, the Yice-prestdont, wearing n bathrobe, house slippers nnd a black fort hat an4 enjoying �n unexpected early morning cigar, shook hands with ft ntimbor of his friends ^n tho lobby and discussed with them tho Are and other topics. "1 wish I had brought � gas mask to the hotel with mo tonight," he said. "I havo ono in my office that I havo been threatening for a long time to use in the senate." The flro originated in n pantry oft the palm room, but wan checked before It had spread far. Most of the damage it to furniture and draperies caused by smoko and water. London, Sept. 24.-British cavalry pushing up the Mediterranean, east of Palestine, have occupied Haifa and Aero.,it is official- East of the Jordan, the Turks are withdrawing toward Amman, on tho Hedjaz railway. Australian, New Zealand, Jewish nnd other troops arc pursuing the enemy and have reached Es Sr.lt, 15 miles northwest of Amman. The total numb�r of Turks taken prisoner will excised largely the 25,000 already reported, the official statement announces. The town of Ma'An, southeast of the Dead Sua, on the Hedjar railway, has been occupied by allied forces, Other Arabs are attacking parties of Turks retiring toward Aman along the railway. The text reads: "East of the Jordan, the enemy Is withdrawing toward Amman on the Hedjar railway, pursued by Australian, New Zealand, West Indian and Jewish troops, which have reached Es Salt, capturing gun3 ami prisoners, "In the north, cavalry have occupied Haifa and Acre after slight oppoeitlon. 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 ths $12,000,000 emergency agricultural appropriation bill. With the senate and house in agreement It was expected the compromise would be readily reached and the bill eent to the president. Miners Not Likely to Call General Strike District 18 Calgary, Sept. 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 mlns� for British Columbia, with Commissioner Armstrong and W. R. Wilson, manager of the Crows Nest 'ass mine, will oontlnue this afternoon. Nothing could 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 miners, put n proposal before the conference and In the event of that being refused has yet another to bring forward. Mr. Biggs was not at tho 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 loos 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 Morrisruy, Fernie and Michel shops, subsidiary plants. * * > ? > ? : : > ? : : ? : : * THE BATTLE OF DOLLARS > --------- > In till* war dollars nre rte- ? ('Islvc. They must como from > you. It is a battle ot dollaiH > (tulle ns much an It, is a bttltlo to make dollars; they must ho thing. With dollars us plead- : ful as they aro in Canada, to- > of will. Tho call to save is ipi- they all count. What, uro you e 20.000 already r-jitentjpned. ''Arab forces oTKing 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.-Gen. Allenby's remarkable success in Palestine was achieved against a total strength of 100,000 Turks, according to unofficial dispatches FOCH STRATEGY Admit Also Thtil Allies Stole a March on Huns In Use of Tanks ? > ? * * ? 4 v' v * I-iondnii. Sept. :.'!.-(British Wireless service.)-The allied success, Macedonian and Paleslino, havo led tho Cologne (layette to anxious consideration regarding future military developments. "Wo must do Koch the, justice to say ho Ir apparently boglnniiiK to obtain on a big scale that strategical unity ho has already obtained on French soil," says tills loading German newspaper, and aftor reviewing the situation in,the various theatres of war it conceded that tho prosecution from nil sides of tho war against the central powers v.oidd he a muster stroke. Having mentioned the unity of command and the superiority of the allies in men and materia! an conditions favoring tliein, it contluuos: "We have already pointed out the enviable oec.recy observed In the manufacture of armored tanks and the training of their crews, which now numbor not thousands, but tons of thousands. To these must bo added tho incronso in the number of guns, mine throwers, flame projectors, machine guns, gas and fog ammunition and airplanes of all kinds. No proof is nneossnry that (iorinan industry Is unable to accomplish this in similar quantities. Kspocially as regards the armored tank, there is no doubt that the numerical superiority Is on tho side of tho 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 merely to 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 Router'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 ruch 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 Sander3, commander of th; 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-organi:atlon 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. TWO MORE CANADIAN FLIERS ARE DECORATED London, Sept. 24.-Two more Canadian flyers are gazetted with tho Distinguished Flying Cross. Capt. Evan Alexander McKay led a raid on an Important railway. He was attacked by 24 enemy machines, four of which he destroyed. The raid was successful. Pilot-Commander Leckle, trained at Toronto Island, with two others destroyed an airship attempting to raid the English coast and damaged a tscond airship. G. N. EXPRESS TRAIN Bel ween Seattle and Everett-Escaped Willi Registered Mail Seattle, Sept. ?.�!.-The country north of Seattle was being searched today by officers for a lono bandit who last night held up a northbound Croat Northern express train between hero and Ivvereti, Wash., and escano'l with registered mall valued at several hundred dollars. The bandit, it is believed, boarded the train at Seattle. When tho twin nenred Mnltllteo, u few miles from Kverott, ho climbed over the tender and with the aid of a revolver forced the engineer to stop. The bandit tli'i'. forced Hie crew to uncouple the ma!! and baggage cars and pull them bue'.t to Moadowvale. where lie escaped Into tho woods witli a suit cane full of registered nini! taken from the car. While the train was being uncoupled, tho fireman, ll. K. Hayburn. threw ,i hammer at.' the bandit, who turned and flrod on Kayburn ami then sent two shots toward Mail Cleric II. I.. Chapman, when he appeared at the car door. Nope of tlio shots took eft'cei. Shots wore ah'o fired in the direction of tho passenger cats when their occupants appeared tit the windows. BULGARS DESERTING Pans, Sept. 24. - (Havas).- Many Bulgarian troops aro desert-inp, 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 belcv/ St. Quentin and between the Ailettc and the Aisne, but no infantry action is reported in today's war office statement. The text rends: "In the course of the night there was marked activity by the artillery in the region of St. Quentin and between the Allette and the Aisne. "In tile 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 progress. 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 unite 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-viki leader in trans-Baikalia. British Official Statement The statement reads: "Fighting is taking place to our advantage in the sector east, ot Vermand, where wo are reported to ho making progress. "A local attack mado by the enemy yesterday north of tho Little l'riol farm (opposite I.ecatelet) was successfully repulsed, leaving prisoners tn our hands. "During the night the enemy attached our new positions southeast of Oavrolle, supporting tho 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, says an Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Copenhagen, quoting a Berlin message. Fifty-nine persons were injured.  HAS BEEN GASSED Ottawa. Sept. 21.-The following were the western men and officers in today's casualty UhI: Infantry. Killed in action-U. A. Harrop, Vancouver; S. Goodman, Victoria; H. tiondman. Calgary; .1. M. Ferguson, Keonut, Alta.; ,T. Gauthler, Fnlher, Alia.; A. (jarnier, Blalnolden, Alta.; J. S. Hill, Vancouver; R, b. Hitchie, Heiuhurdown, Aha.; Lieut. V. G. Tucker, Montreal. Died of wounds-.7. A. Aitchlson, New Westminster, B.C. Prisoner of war-Lieut. H. E. Balfour, Dunsford, Ont. Wounded-D. Itowen, Piucher Creek, Alta. Engineers. Died of wounds-J. O. Herald, Ker-risdale, B.C. (iassod.-It. Ciamnmek, Conldalo, Alt a, . with a heavy artillery barrage. Ti 4 attack was completely repulsed, out lines remaining intact. "We improved our positions slightly north of Moenvres and, by n success' fill minor operation, carried out dun ing the night, regained a portion oi the old Hritish front lines southeast of Voorniezeele. "Hostile raiding parties were driven off last night west of Bellenglisn (north of St. Quentin) and east, of N'ueve C'hapelle. Tho enemy raided on." of our posts south ot tlie Scarp* rive".'' On the front to the west of Cam. brai, in the region north of Moeuvres, the British positions havo been Ini' proved. In the Arras-Lens sector, the Germans tried to drive the British from their new positions at Oavrclle, The enemy was completely repulsed, the British retaining their line intact. in Flanders. British troops succeed' eil in pushing forward and occupying a portion of the old British front Una southeast of Voormezeele below- Ypres, On the American Front With the American Army on the Lorraine Front, Monday. Sopt. 2tf.-�� (Associated Press).-Artillery Are prevented a German raid from material' izing on this front today. Warnlnn of the enemy's intention was given by the start of a German barrage OTet the American lines at an early hour, As it shifted from the front, the Am-erican fire opened so effectively that any attempt of the German infantry, to attack was out of the question. Isolated sectors were subjected to a harassing bombardment durinc ths morning. This flro, ho�r�ver, did na damage. The enemy is still busy con* structitig and organizing hit lines la front of the American right stank before St. Mihiel. After a gas bombardment, the enemy attempted a raid of tho lines In the Vosgos sector today. He was repulsed with probable losses before) reaching the Amorican trenches. Capture Bolshevlkl Gunboats Toklo, Sept. 20. - (Associated Press).-Order has been restored, in the city ot Khabarovsk, according to an official statement issued at tha war office, which adds that Gen. Ya-nuida's detachment left that city for the west by rail on Sept. 12. for ths purpose of attacking tho enemy on tho Amur river. American and Chinese forces participated in tho capture of gunboats from tho Bolshevlkl recently, tha statement says, and aro co-operating with tlio Japanese. Japanese cavalry entered the city of Nerchinsk, east ot Chita, on Sept. 10. it is announced. Tho official statement rends: "On the 22nd (Sunday) our troops continued to cross tho'Vardar, where they are in contact with Lho enemy. "North of prilep the Serbians havo reached tlio very steep niHSBif of the Drenska mountain range and at several points aro on the Gradzlco-Prilen road. "Tho enemy continues to burn all villages and lils own stores. Desptt* this, however, great quantities of �# material have fallen into our hamt*. On tho Vardar railway line (Uskub to SalonlkO wo captured several trains," Tired of Trench Raiding, With the French Armies, Sept. 21.- Documentary and other Information recently gleaned at the front Indicate:! that tho Germans have had about enough of trench raiding. One communication on tlio subject makes tlio bald assertion that thoy had the worst of it in that stylo of warfare. They uow proscribe the capture ot prisoners from allied patrols as preferablo to raiding trenches and are sending their parties into their opponents'-trenches only whon thoy can get them " to go. But they are obliged to offer, special recompensation to both subalterns and soldiers to gut proper, recruits for tlio service. Olstiiu*' tIons, Iron Crosses and pi'om<~*�ins aro held out to nil men who wlli^ioltt their put lolling Btiuads.  ^, ;