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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 26, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta VOLUME XI. LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA,' ^THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1918 NUMBER 243 INVADED ALLIES i. L COTE IN CHAMPAGNE Succeeds Gariepy as Provincial Secretary -Member Since 1909 Edmonton, Sopt. 2G.-The retirement of Hon. Wilfrid Gariepy from the government came as a complete surprise. While he gave business reasons as the explanation for retiring, many  People are inclined, to attribute, his designation to the fact that in ' the shuffle following the disappearance of Hon.-C.-W. Cross, he was removed iroriTtlie important department of minister of municipal affairs to the rather insignificant department of Provincial secretary. Mr. Gariepy is an able young man and he was generally considered an honest, clean type of public servant. He first entered the legislature in 1913 and became, a member of the cabinet in the same year. J. L.Cotc, M.P.P. for Grouard since 1909, succeeds Mr. Gariepy as Provincial Secretary. "He is a native of Quebec and is 42 years of age. He is a land surveyor and knows the resources of northern Alberta probably better than any other man in the legislature.' He is well equipped to administer a department of the government. In Four Years of War-Includes Killed, Discharged and I Prisoners Ottawa, Sept, 25.-To Aug. 1, 1918, the net losses iu the military forces of> Canada in Ivnsland and France were 115,836 officers, noncommissioned officers and men. This includes those killed in action, or died of wounds, died, missing, prisoners of war, discharged as medically unfit, discharged to take up other linos of war work and those N.C.O.'s and men given commissions- in the Imperial army. It does not take into account officers and their ranks wounded In action, who have rejoined their units or are still fit for service for overseas. . - BAILIFF TOOK TAXES Toronto, Sept. 26.-Samuel Brown-�tein, bailiff, formerly of Toronto, now of Ottawa, was convicted of the theft of $743, the amount having been collected for taxes on behalf of the city. Sentence was deferred until Friday. French and Americans Launch Offensive on Verdun-Rheims Front PARJS, Sept. 26-French and American troops began a joint attack this morning on the Champagne front andnn the region beyond it on the east, today's war office statement announces. French and American troops attacked this morning on the Champagne front at five o'clock, according to a statement issued by the war office today. The statement says that the French attack was launched; in the Champagne in co-operation with the American army which is attacking further to the east. Renewed German attacks north of the Aisne have been repulsed. At one point, where the Germans gained a foothold dh the French positions,*they were ejected by a counter-attack. FURTHER PROGRESS TOWARD ST. QUENTJN LONDON, Sept. 26.-Northwest of St. Quentin, British troops continued their pressure against the German defenses and have captured enemy strong points in the neighborhood of Selency and Gricourt, Field Marshal Haig reported today. In Flanders, the British line has likewise been advanced, progress having been made in the sector north of La^Bassee. . / WITH;fT-HC.FRENCH ARMY IN FRANCE/- Sept- 2�:^{fc1Qafcm:) MB^ifhfAllipHBd 'Pr�i�)-French troops today attacked in the Cham-pagoe In n thick fog after a period of artillery preparation, which terminated In an hour.of most Intense drum fire. -^ ~_ the early indications were that the attack was progressing most fav-: orably. ---'-:t-ped for, would complete the cleaning,up of the Turkish forces in Palestine, accounting for about 80,000 men. The precarious position of the 4th army may be seen from the fact that Arab cavalry and infantry are north of it, Arab and British forces east of it and British troops to the south. All these are pressing inward on the enemy, while the Jordan, with its crossing is in the hands of the allies. BRITISH OCCUPY TIBERUS AND AMMAN LODON, Sept. 26.-British troops operating in Palestine are extending their occupation about the sea of Galilee. They have occupied Tiberus and Serhakh, on the borders of that sea and Es-Samra, it was officially announced today. Pushing on to the east of the Jordan, the British have occupied the town of Amman, on the Hedjaz railway. the Champagne front It the flraX allied thrust made on that sector since Marshal Foch assumed-the initiative in July and is the logical result of the allied success in Plc-ardy in driving the Germans back to the Hindenburg line from Ar* ras to Laon. A drive northward In Champagne threatens the communication lines in the rear of the Hindenburg defense system, where the Germans are struggling to keep the British and French from breaking through. While the length of the front of attack Is not disclosed, it is probable it extends" a good part of the distance from Rheims to Verdun and probably beyond. Military critics have pointed out that the Champagne front was the logical place where an allied effort intended to destroy the effectiveness of the Hindenburg line could be made. For some distance east of Rheims, the terrain la fairly level and open and an advance of some distance here would out-* flank Laon and possibly St. Quentin. More Important still, such an advance would sever the com- -munlcation lines eastward from Laon, the pivot of the German defenses between Rheims and Ypres. An allied break-through might separate the German forces In the west Into two groups. There has been rather lively raiding activity by both sides on the Champagne front In the last two weeks and some military commentators have felt that these were the forerunners of great ac-. tlvity. French Official.' _ Paris, Sept. 25-The text of theoffi-cial statement issued at the war office tonight reads: "In the region west of St. Quentin, the enemy made an attempt this afternoon to drive our forces from I/-Epine de Dallon. All his assaults were repulsed. "Between the Ailette and the Aisne the day was marked by violent reactions by the enemy on the plateau of Moisy farm and in the region north of Allemant, where violent combats took place during the entire day. The enemy was not able to recover the ground gained by us during preceding'days. He suffered heavy losses and left prisoners in our hands. On Macedonian Front. "Eastern Theatre, Sept. 24.-In spite of the arrival of new German, troops, the enemy continues his retreat towards the north. Strong rearguard detachments are resisting strongly. "Northwest of Monastir, on the left wing of the allied forces, we have passed Prilep and advanced on the roads toward Kruahevo, Kiovhvo and Veles. '"' "In the centre, Serbian forces have taken, the'massif of Popadija, to the HIS KINGDOM INVADED KING FEROlNAND OF BULGARIA No Security Under Turkish Rule -Disposal of Prisoners *T > a Problem ;,(C0NTINW�� ON PAOH Six) , . British headquarters in Palestine, Sept.' 2G.-(Via London.)-Reuter's correspondent cables: "A few hundred Turks left behind at Haifa resisted our advance, taking advantage of the configuration of the ground with a marsh on one side and Mount Carmel on the other, but were finally driven out. "The population gave our men the most enthusiastic reception* even German colonists participating in'-the welcome. These Germans are mostly quiet emigrants from Wurttemburg, who came to Palestine on conscientious grounds. They complain bitterly of the Turkish executions and the lack of security. Their settlement was one of the most successful in Palestine. "Among the prisoners is a German -Major, who wanted.to leave Haifa with other German troops oh the day previous to our entry into the town. He spoke of the German mechanics working at Nazareth, who might have escaped, but preferred to be taken prisoner rather than continue serving with the Turks. "Everything is orderly at Haifa. The administration was taken over without the, slightest hitch. The disposal of the thousands of prisoners is a real problem. The number is -constantly swelling and fugitives are coming from everywhere to surrender! The booty is inestimable and includes a lorry filled with cases of Turkish treasury notes, which is a serious loss to the neemy, though useless to us. "Among the prisoners were 95 Italians, who were captured in the Isou-zo drive and had been enrolled for forced labor. The difficulties of the Turks retreating north of Ma-An have been increased by the destruction, of the railway near Dorsa. Our airmen are also concentrating their attention on their lino retreat. Even if the 4th army escapes, isolated garrisons to the' south of 'Ma'An are in a precarious position." NO DECISION WHEN MEN OF 20 TO BE CALLED Ottawa, Sept. 25.-The government, it is announced, has reached no decision as yet In regard to the calling out of men for military service* who have reached 20 years of age since the first class was summoned. These men, although 20 years of age, are now included In the 19-year class. TO INCREASE TRAFFIC WIT.H THE UNITED STATES Stockholm, > jSept.  '2�.-Steamship traffic betweeafc Scandinavia and the United States witt-be considerably increased jn the^ near future. Regular trips will, be made by vessels of four lines. ..Passenger and freight rates will be materially increased. British Troops Enter Territory of Bulgarians Near City of Kosturino LONDON, Sept. 26.-Serbian troops reached the outskirts of Ishtib, an important Bulgarian base, Tuesday, says a Serbian official statement dated Wednesday. Elsewhere east of the Vardar the Serbians have made important gains. LONDON, Sept. 25.-Developments on the Macedonian front point today to further disasters for the Bulgarian armies, which are fleeing before the allied troops. The Serbians, according to the latest news reaching London, have crossed the Vardar river northwest of.Grad-sko and have established a third bridgehead south of the Enisha Oba. The Bulgarian army has now been cut into a number of groups. SALONIKI, Sept. 26.-Bulgaria has been invaded by the allies' troops, according to a British official statement issued here today. British troops entered Bulgarian territory opposite Kosturino, about six miles south of Strumitza, the enemy base in this region. LONDON, Sept. 26.-Reports in official garters here indicate that the Prilep-Veles road has been-cut at Izvor, isolating the first Bulgarian army from its main line of com-? munication and placing it in a precarious position. The first army is on the allied left. - ; SERBIAN OFFICIAL ^ ' ~1 ' ' North of Prilep the Serbians are j pursuing the Bulgarians who are in complete retreat and are approaching Izvor, midway between Prilep and Vejea..-__ The Serbs have Ulso captured Grad-sko station, southeast of Uskub. it was defended by German troops. An enormous quantity of supplies, including 19 guns were captured by the Serbians. The official statement reads: "On Sept. 24, Serbian troops achieved a very important success on the left hank (east) of the Vardar. We reached Krivolak and the outskirts of Ishtib (18 mileB east of Veles on the Vardar and 38 miles northeast of Prilep.)" In this 2'egion we captured a colonel commanding a Bulgarian regiment and a considerable number of prisoners as well as four howitzers, three mountain guns, 100 horse wagons with teams and other material. "Gradsko station, which was defended by Germans, has fallen into our hands with enormous quantities of supplies, including 19 guns, mostly heavy ones of 210 millimetres. To the previous number of prisoners we already had taken, we added two German officers and several soldiers. "On the right of Prilep our troops have obtained very fine results. Near Izvor,> 15 miles north of Prilep, we are pursuing the enemy who is completely routed and in full retreat." Bulgarian Crisis. Paris, Sept. 26.-In well-informed circles there are reports that a new ministerial crisis and a complete change in Bulgaria's foreign policy is impending. Martial law has been proclaimed in Sofia, according to reliable news printed in the German press, says the Journal of Zurich. It is said that the Bulgarian cabinet is in confersnce and King Ferdinand had a long conference with Premier Milinoff today. Pacifist manifestations were held at Sofia on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, it is reported. The German government, according to advices to the Havas agency, from Zurich, is very uneasy over the pacifist demonstrations in Bulgaria and the Gorman minister has conferred with King Ferdinand. In some Bulgarian political circles it is believed that Crown Prince Boris will become regent in the present crisis. . ...'� Maekensert To Command. Paris, Sept. 26.-(Macedonia.)- "Fresh dispositions made by Gen. Franchet D'Bsperey, wlio has passed through Prilep, justified the belief that there will be an energetic exploitation of the great inter-allied victory in Macedonia," says Marcel Hutln, editor of the Echo de Paris. King Ferdinand of Bulgaria has ask. ed ;Gen. Maekensen, who is now in Bucharest, to take the command of his armies ao as to block the advance of the allies in told Serbia and preserve Bulgaria from invasion, according to information received here from Switzerland,. TURK PR Paris, Sept. 26.--The number of Turkish prisoners taken In Palestine now aggregates 42,000, according to the latest advices reaching Paris. A British official statement Wednesday reported 40,000 Turks and 265 guns had been captured. E Ottawa, Sept. 26.-While notice of appeal in the famous Lewis case of Calgary has been served, it is.unlikely that the .case will come before the supreme court during the term which opens Oct. 8. It is stated that the difficulty of preparing factums in time is causing the delay. It was in connection with this case that the appellate division of the. supreme court of Alberta declared invalid the order-in-cduncil under Which military service exemptions were cancelled. As a result of the.ruling, numerous attempts were ;made to secure the release of drafted men. Eventually, on an application of writ of habeas corpus to socure the release of Pte. Gray, a drafted, man, the main point at issue-the validity, of the or-der-in-council-came before the .. full bench of the supreme court of Canada. By a majority ruling., of four to two the supreme court upheld the or-der-in-council. , ; LEADER QUITS I jonaj War News on. Page Five.) London, Sept. 26.-One.result of the railway strike which tonight seemed in a fair way of. settlement is likely to be the resignation of J. H. Thomas, M.P., secretary o�,the National Union of Rallwaymen, hi defiance of whose authority the strike was undertaken. Mr. Thomas declared^tpnlght that he would resign from the secretaryship tomorrow. "In view of the challenge .to my au-authority and leadership," he said,' "I feel that my resignation /.is the - only possible course. Iv have' done my last service to the rallwaymen and believe I have saved them, but, having saved them I, will seek other-fields,lor my labor.* f Either Monastir or Prilep to be the New Seat of the Government Rome, Sept. 2C.-(Havas.)--MonaM tir or Prilep will becom'e the seat of? the Serbian government as soon'as the allied lines north of these cities have been definitely established, aw cording to Dr. M. R. Vesnitch, Ser�' bian minister to France. In discussing the allied victory i~ Macedonia today, Dr. Vesnitch de. clared that it was almost unbeliev* able that a success of such magnitude! could be won at such a .slight loss to the allies. He said that one of the strongest corps in the fighting, incident to the' crossing of the Vardar, was made up of Jugo-Slavs, which, he pointed put, was significant at the present time. Among the prisoners taken by the allies during the offensive were many Macedonians enrolled by force In the) Bulgarian, army. NEW PRICE HITS WEST Bound to Mean An- Increase Subscription Rate-Eastern Papers Have Advantage Ottawa, Sept. 26.-The new price fixed by Paper Controller R. A. Prin-gle, ICC, for news print manufactured by the Fort Frances mills 18^73"% ton and not $74, as previously announced. This price Is 44 more'tha allowed the eastern mills, condition in Fort Frances necessitating higher price. , ,  chine* have not' been located,' '* New Glasgow, N.S., Sept. 26.-^-0, J Magrath, fuel controller, who u'cc'om panied by Mr. Bolton of;the cost?o living department, arrived last nig to undertake a settlement of tho^ strike in the Pictou County coHje|fk met the operatives and the officials)', the coal company yesterday.;rFinall the fuel controller offered the oper ,tors an advance of 20 cents an ho the same rate of wages, as was wee^ ed by the Dominion Goal cgmqan, operatives in Cape Breton. "?'He3 proposed that the m iners agr.ee> appointment of a board' of conhfi| who would settle remaining ^tflji To all this, the 'ompany^^r senlarive agreed, hut thg pjj/ajr ed both down, thus KaviU�|<& t.on unchanged. . /' jk^jb" 63443?93 6 ;