Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - September 27, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1918 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD m PAGE FIVE CAMERA!: FIVE DRIVE ON LONDON, Sept. 27.-The'number of Germans taken prisoner by the French and Americans in their drive In the Champaane and to the east exceeds 16,000, according to a Paris dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph company. CANADIANS IN DRIVE British Headquarters, Sept. 27. --(Reuter's). - The Canadians took part in the British attack this morning in the Canal du Nord region. SATISFACTORY PROGRESS London, Sept. 27.-(7 p.m.).- The new British thrust against the German positions in front of Cambrai is progressing satisfactorily, according to the news received here at this hour. The attack Is viewed here as a strong British effort to take Cambrai. BERLIN ADMITS RETREAT Belln, Sept. 27.-Via London).- German troops on both sides of the Argonne retired to their lines of defense before the Franco-American attack Thursday, according to the official statement from general headquarters today. FRENCH OFFICIAL Paris, Sept. 27.-The allied offensive in Macedonia continues successfully, says a French war office statement last night, and the allied troops are pushing their was over the mountain ranges toward Bulgarian territory. The statement reads: TONIGHT AND TOMORROW SELECT PICTURES PRE8ENT NORMA TALMADGE "BY RIGHT OF PURCHASE" SIX REELS. ALSO T0T0 �'A ONE NIGHT STAND" ' TWO REELS OF FUN TRY^TO COME TO THE MATINEES AS 5WE CANNOT GUARANTEE SEATS WITHOUT WAITING AT BUY YOUR BABIES'BOOTS AT THE HUDSON'S BAY SHOE SALE MAJESTIC TONIGHT AT 830 AND ALL WEEK Dr.ZELL HUNT In Modern Hypnotism and Mental Mystery. Prices .".......... 25c, 35c, 50c SPECIAL MATINEE SATURDAY Adults 25c Children 10c "Army of the East, Sept. 25.- The operations on Sept. 24-25 were particularly successful. The formidable massif of Belachitza has been reached and the frontier of Bulgaria passed �t Kosturino by the-British a*rmy whloh Is marching on Strumnitza. The heights of the Gradets mountain range have, been reached by the Franco-Creek troops. Serbian forces have captured the town of l&htlb and passed beyond it and are approaching Veles." FAVORABLE PROGRESS. Paris, Sept. 27.-(11:30 a.m.)- Reports at this hour from the bat-tlefront in the Champagne between the Suippe and the Meuse rivers indicate that the attack of the French and American forces is progressing under the most favorable conditions. Gen. Gourard's fourth army in the Champagne resumed Its attack this morning from the positions captured from the Germans yesterday. , The assault is progressing satisfactorily, the French having attained all their objectives. The prisoners captured by the French today have not yet been counted. 10,000 BULGAR PRISONERS. Paris, ..Sept. 27.-The allied troops in Macedonia have captured more than 10,000 prisoners, says r. statement from the French war office tonight. More than 200 guns also have been taken. CANADIANS IN NEW DRIVE British Headquarters in France, Sept, 27.-(Reuters.)-Field Marshal Haig's forces at dawn this morning delivered an attack over a wide front. A heavy rain falling during the early hours made the work of assembly more difficult, but some time before zero all the troops were in position, the rain ha I ceased and had been replaced by a thick haze, which assisted in bewildering the enemy as to the extent and direction of our movement. About nine German divisions (122,000 men) are understood to be opposing Haig's men. So far, the battle seems to be going well for the British. With the coming of the sun, the morning broadened into clear open weather and the British airmen were able to report the progress of the battle. Canadian troops pushed forward on the northern flank of the attack. By 9:30 o'clock this morning, the British appeared to have crossed the Canal du Nord defenses on a front of more than three miles and to have advanced to a maximum depth of approximately 1J/i miles. ' Largest Attack Yet Paris, Sept. 27. - Marshal Foch launched, his offensive by Franco:Ain-erican forces on a larger scale than any of his previous offensive thrusts. According to the latest advices reaching Paris at the time this dispatch was filed, early this morning, the attack was progressing favorably all along the line. The allied commander's new stroke ahould, however, be viewed not as an isolated operation, even though it is important in itself, but in Its relation to the whole campaign. Viewed in this way, the significance of the heavy fighting that has taken place along the outposts of the Hindenburg line from Flanders tD the Aisne became apparent. This lighting was not what a superficial observation might conclude to wrest from the enemy by dogged effort, villages of more or less importance. It waB primarily Intended to force Gen. Ludendorff to keep heavy forces on that part of the front and make . it difficult for him to form a fresh strategic reserve and meanwhile keep things moving along the western Hindenburg positions and to let loose another hurricane on either side of the Argonne^ A Hard struggle . As for the struggle Itself, it was a particularly hard one on the French halt of the,front/ In this connection, FMPRESQ Owing to lerge crowd* turned away last evening we are holding 1 * TONIGHT ^""^ this program over another day. BIG DOUBLE PROGRAM CHAPLIN in "THE CHAMPION" FRANKLYN FARNUM in "THE $MPTY CAB" Also Allies' Otftalal War Review. No Advance in Prices. Tomorrow-IRENE CASTLE in "THE MYSTERIOUS CLIENT" A cyclonic, s-wift moving play, with an ending that leaves you gasping for breath. however, it should be rotnembered that this was the first time since July 15, allies had been confronted with a line deeply and strongly fortified and composed of innumerable successive lines of trenches, switches, dugouts, redoubts and field fortifications all built during four years of unbroken enemy occupation. Furthermore, while on the American sector attack the enemy appears to have been caught napping since the Americans appear to have taken a number of the strongest points out of hand, the-Germans must have expected the attack west of the Argonne. There was evidence of this in the multiplicity of raids they had carried out there within the week. Tactically, the operation was planned and carried out with consummate skill. Suspecting that the Germans were likely to imitate Gen. Poch's trick by withdrawing their advance defenses, scouts were sent out all along the line before the artillery preparation started. The reports showed that the French staff had guessed right. Consequently, shortly before midnight on the 25th. French artillery let drive, not as the Germans expected on empty ground, but on the first lino and support positions, where heavy reserves were massed. The preparation was carried out in a particularly adroit manner. The Germans, whose official statement admits that the preparation lasted 11 hours, were evidently convinced that the attack wonld be confined to the French sector west of the Argonne and it was only several hours later, when the Americans began in their turn that the enemy was undeceived. When the allied troops left their trenches simultaneously, the Germans had sent most of their troops to the Champagne side. The American Advance. With the American Army on the Verdun Front, Sept. 27-(10 a.m.)- The American advance continued during last night. The American patrols pushed forward, maintaining contact with the enemy. Stout machine, gun resistance met during the late night at one point was quickly overcome with tanks and artillery. The weather wa3 thick, light rains have commenced in the early morn ing, obscuring observations. Late information tends to confirm the belief that the German heavy ar-il-lery was caught in the act of withdrawing and was unable to operate or reply satisfactorily. It is not known at this hour whether any of the enemy big guns were captured. Machine gun opposition-met us in the Bols-Cuises. (This may be '.be Cereges woods, three miles northwest of Mont Faucon, the capture of which Gen. Pershing reported yesterday.) Aviation .Activity *" Paris, Sept.' 26^-(Delayed).-The war office statement tonight referring to aviation reads: "Aviation, Sept. 25: Five enemy machines were brought down in aerial combats. That jiight bombing aviators dropped more than 21 tons of projectiles on contonments in the region of Laon and on railroad stations at Mont Cornet, Marie and Laon and oh the roads radiating from them. Fires and explosions were observed." Shatter German Defenses Paris, Sept. 27.-The army of Gen. Gourard has just taken by storm in the sector between the Suippe and the Argonne, not only his old positions, but all of the German first positions, says an official review of the Franco-American operations issued today-u large portion of the old front here has been established since 1915. The barrier behind which the enemy thought hia army was absolutely safe, the statement adds, has been shattered and captured. Near Bourton Wood London, Sept. 27.-Early at 8.25 o'clock one or more of tha British tanks were reported by an airplane to have been seen near Flequires. Shortly before that the reports were that some of the British were approaching Boiilon spur. The Canadians, who drove forward across the Canal du Nord above Moeu-vres, were reported at 6.30" o'clock as having been seen about a mile west of Bourlpn wood. (Bourlon wood formed the chief obstacle to Cambrai in Gen. Byng's attack of last fall). Germans Expected Attack. With the American Army on the Champagne Front, Sept. 26.- (Renter's.)-Last night's bombardment of the German lines preparatory to the attack which began this morning was a magnificent spectacle. It was a cloudless night and thousands of guns, all firing furiously, wreathed the hills in a ceaseless sparkle of flamo-like myriad fireflies. For six hours the roar of the cannon, like the roll of a giant drum, was unbroken. The enemy is reported to have been suspicious of an attack somewhere in the Champagne sector, or toward Briey, and for the last ten days was i watching the front closely. During the 48 hours preceding: the attack he had The Day's War Summary (By the Associated Press) Under allied smashes on two wide fronts between Arras and Verdun the German defensive system based on the fortress of Laon is being shaken severely. Marsha! Foch, while continuing the successful Franco-American thrust, from east of RheiraB to Verdun, has hurled the British against the German line north of St. Quentin on a front south of the Sensee river. BULGARS WANT TO QUIT FIGHTING Allied successes in Macedonia have resulted in the offer of an armistice from the Bulgarian premier to the allied generalissimo in Macedonia. The allied, commander hus refused to stop fighting, but said he would receive accredited Bulgarian delegates. Meanwhile, the allied forces are pressing on and pushing further apart the divided Gorman and Bulgarian armies. AMERICANS BEYOND OLD LINES From the new line reached Thursday night the American forces between the Argonne and the Mouse continue to press northward through the hilly wooded country west of Verdun and are well beyond the original German linex. PRISONERS REACH 12,000 TOTAL West of the Argonne to the Suippe, the French have advanced more than three and a half miles and taken and passed the second formidable German defense points, including the famous Navarih farm, the Butie.du-Tahure and the Butlc-du-Mesuil. Gen. Petain's men took more than 7.000 prisoners, who, .with the 5,000 taken by the Americans, brings the allied total for the first, day of the attack to 12,000. In the Argonne forest itself the allies apparently arc making little effort to more northward. The allied command seemingly believeB that the forest will, be cleared automatically, as the allies progress on either side. GERMANS HAVE BEEN OUTFLANKED Already the GernianB facing the French in the forest have been outflanked on the east. Over a front of 20 miles the American army advanced to an average depth of seven miles, capturing two important towns. The French, west of the Argonne forest, gained from three to four miles at certain points and are maintaining constant contact with the enemy. Dannevoux, on the west bank of the Meuse, approximately five miles north of Deadman's Hill, northwest of Verdun, is the deepest point of penetration officially identified. Ahead of the French and Americans are a number of important railway lines which feed the Germans positions along the front. NEW BRITISH ATTACK LAUNCHED The new British attack launched Friday morning U north of the operations looking to the encirclement of St. Quentin and threatens the German defenses north and west of Cambrai. South of the Sensee river, the British are well within the Hindenburg line and ground untouched previously by heavy fighting. ' West of Cambrai, they are just west of the German Hue and the new operation probably is planned to out-flank the Hindenburg position from Cambrai to St. Quentin. The Franco-American thrust further south is aimed against the communications behind this front. SERBIAN ADVANCE TOTALS 55 MILES Serbian troops at the apex of the advancing allied salient in Macedonia have advanced more than 55 miles from their original positions. The important base of Ishtib has been occupied and the Serbians are fighting for Veles. Northeast' of Ishtib, Serbian cavalry is pressing rapidly toward the Bulgarian border. WILL SOON OCCUPY STRUMITZA East of the Vardar and north of Doiran, the allies are crossing rapidly the hitherto supposedly impassable mountain heights. The Serbians have got well over the Gradetz range and the French and Greeks are on the heights of Belachitza range. British troops are marching on Strumitza, the Bulgarian base In this region. Progress also is being maintained west of the Vardar and near -Monastir, while the enemy troops on the wings, especially in Albania, are rapidly getting into a dangerous position. STILL CHASING TURKS IN PALESTINE It is reported that the Turkish army in Palestine virtually has been destroyed. More than 42,000 prisoners have been taken by the British, while the Arabs have swung around to the north and south of the fleeing Turks from Damascus. NO SETTLEMENT E Calgary, Sept. 27.-"Progress is being made, but there is absolutely nothing that the public should know yet," said Commissioner of Mines Armstrong for District No. 18 this morning. No aid lias been asked of Ottawa and there has so far been no necessity for such a step being taken. Hon. Mr. Sloan Is still in the clt.yi attending the conference and W. It-Wilson, manager of the Crow's Nest Pass Mines Company, returned this morning from Fnrnle. Mr. Wilson, it is understood, has refused to meet the miners' representatives to discuss the situation, but, according to Mr. Armstrong, he has not been asked to do so. President T. Biggs of the union is still in the city and is anxious that, some sort of a settlement satisfactory to the men bo arrived at soon. draft evaders, possibly hundreds, havja congregated in the woods on private, preserves of fish and game clubs in the northern part of the province ot Quebec, is the information sent in from various quarters to James R. Innes, secretary of the provincial fish and game association. From the information received, Mr. Innes believes that probably more tban 100 men have built camps and settled in one district while there may be many more in other parts as information is constantly coming in from guides that numerous "strangers" have been met. in many parts of the woods. DRAFT EVADERS IN QUEBEC CONGREGATE Montreal, Sept. 27.-That scores of > : > > > ? > ? >! > .;. ? BOLSHEVIKI CALL OFF > ? THEIR REIGN OF TERROR ? J. : terror, according to the Mir,, of > ? Moscow. The question was dis- the newspaper says, and when ? ? Premier Lenine expressed an > ? earnest desire to return to or- > ? derly methods of government a ? ? majority of those present sup- : > : : c : increased his reserves in this region from four to 23 divisions. Prussian Guards defending Vau-quois, there being three divisions in the line and one in reserve, strongly resisted the advance of the American troops early today. They were instructed to hold the town at all costs. By a general review of the fighting after many hours, it is evident that the enemy is stubb6rniy retiring to prepared lines to which all his heavy artillery had been withdrawn. This was the reason � that his artillery reaction was inadequate during the early part of the battle. Hard Job for French. With the French Army on the Champagne Front, Sept. 26.-(7 p.m.)-(By the Associated Press.)-Gen. Gourard's men were continuing their advance tonight along the front west of the Argonne forest. Greater resistance was being encountered and fresh obstacles were found to impede their progress. Ahead of them is a belt of country seven or eight miles deep over which there is a labyrinth of trenches. .Many blockhouses have been built by the Germans there and the ground seems as difficult of capture as that taken from the Germans today. The Germans, by thejr retirement today, have gained a little time in which to bring up reserves while Gen. Gourard is bringing up guns. This is an advantage in which it is difficult to >�ind sufficient compensation for the ground and men lost today. The lines the Germans retired to are no stronger than those they abandoned. Enemy airmen made several spectacular attacks on French observation balloons today. Only one balloon was destroyed, but the observers in three others were forced to descend by parachutes. One German airman attacked three balloons in quick succession, plunged down upon one and firing and rising to dive at another. One of these burst into flames only an instant before the observer had jumped with his parauhute. Shrapnel shells began to burst close about the enemy machine and it turned and sped away for the German lines. AT THE MAJESTIC Dr. Zell Hunt, the mental wonder, continues to draw the crowds to the Majestic, last night's audience being very enthusiastic. During "his stay in the city this week, the doctor has made many friends with his genial humor and good natured way of working. He will appear at the Majestic again tonight, in an entirely new program. There will be a special matinee on Saturday afternoon, for the ladies and children, at which special reduced prices have been set. BUY YOUR ' �"���< BABIES' BOOTS AT THE HUDSON'S BAY SHOE SALE THAT YOU MAY LEND AT THE EMPRESS "BLINDNESS OF DIVORCE" AT THE EMPRESS ON MONDAY Social conditions as they exist today, with particular emphasis on the divorce evil, are graphically, and start-ingly shown in the "Blindness of Divorce," which is to be the attraction at the Empress next Monday and Tuesday. It has as its theme the terrible consequences that come from the neglect of some husbands and their willingness to rush into the divorce court upon suspicion and wreck the lives and happiness of their wives. "The Blindness- of Divorce" . was written and directed by Frank Lloyd, and it is surely a masterpiece. The story: is an absorbing one, which holds one's interest from beginning to end, Irene Castle, who will star in the Pathe play, "The Mysterious Client," at the Empress theatre Saturday, is, THE SOUTH'S BUSINESS WITH THE NORTH Edmonton, Sept. 26.-Between 1,500 and 1,600 cars of hay have been shipped into the south country this year as a result of the propaganda for saving the stock of the province and also as a result of the policy of free freight on feed. A. E. Meyer, who has been in charge of this work estimates that there have also been 17,000 cattle shipped into the north, 33,000 sheep, and 2,500 horses, as a result of the free freight policy to stock them. The horses up to date have not been included in the free rate but Mr. Meyer estimates that" there have been about this number brought in overland. Neither, up to the present, could the hay be shipped to the south on the free rate to feed horses. Mr. Meyer expects that there will be quite an influx of stock into the north about the middle of October. There are some stockmen who have had plenty of pasture on their ranches for the Bummer but will ship north for winter feeding. There will probably also be a steady movement of feed into the south all winter as the arrangement holds good till May l". At the present time there are very few cattle coming into the north but the number will, according to present prospects, quicken up considerably in October, when the pasture gets low in the south. There is no complete check on the amount of frozen grain that has been bought for feed, but it is known that a good deal has been taken out' of Vegrevllle, Killam, Strome, Mundare, Stony Plain, and other places. "the best-known, best-dressed woman iu America." She was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 3893, and is the daughter of a physician. Her first appearance on the stage was in the musical comedy, "The Summer Widowers," in which she met the late Capt. Vernon. Castle. During this engagement the two dancers were married. Their success was immediate and overwhelming. They went to Paris. The cables began to bring news of a young girl from America who had captivated the French capital. Paris the capricious; Paris the fastidious; Paris the discriminating; Paris that recognizes the gold and spurns the dross in art and personality; Paris discovered Irene Castle as the most captivating of modern dancers. The girl returned to the United States and established a new success through her fine, shy, elusive personality and the grace and poetry of her dancing. Charlie Chaplin will appear again tonight in "The Champion," a knockout film. I NORMA TALMADGE N "BY RlwrtafPWRCHAW " I At Starland tonight and Tomorrow. Your Portrait for Overseas If you are thinking of sending your portrait to your boy at the front now is the time to have it taken. ' '* 'tyt ; We have some excellent styles and mounts suitable for this purpose. ALLISON'S PORTRAIT STUDIO BALMORAL BLOCK SOME VERY GOOD BARGAINS WALLPAPERS While the Old Stock Lasts per roll from 10c up Fine Assortment of Congoleum Rugs from $4.50 up C. G. OLANDER 524 THIRTEENTH STREET NORTH- Twelve Days on the Western Front LECTURE UNDER AUSPICES OF THE WOMEN'S CIVIC CLUB At KNOX CHURCH MONDAY EVENING, Sept 30th AT EIGHT O'CLOCK W. A. BUCHANAN, M.P. Who was a guest ot the British and French governments on -visits to the British, Canadian and French fronts in France and Belgium; will tell the story of'his trip through these war torn countries. There will also be a short Musical Programme . ADMISSION50c Tickets obtainable at: Red Cross Drug Co., Frank Hedlay Dm* Co., Consumers' Hardware, Y.M.C.A., or from any member ot tb* Women's Civic Club. ^ j* PROCEEDS ARE TO BE USED TO PROVIDE CHRI�TMAOC PARCELS FOR OUR SOLDIERS OVERSEAS. '