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VOL. XXIV. No. 96.
APPEARS A FAILUBE
;rman Drive West of Arm
entieres Seems AlmosJ:
BEAT OFF ATTACKS
Enemy Repeatedly Hurls His
Storm troops against Amer
icanss Only, to be Repulsed
with Severe Casualties.
Fighting heroically in hand to hand
Engagements, British troops have
ichecked the German drive in the re
gion west of Armentieres and this en
emy effort, like the one in Plcardy,
feems almost definitely stopped. The
Germans have spent thousands of
lives in reckless and insistent "at
tacks to break through the British
lines or to destroy the British army,
but the effort has been without the
Against the American sector south
of Verdun, German storming troops
hurled themselves Sunday. Ameri
can infantrymen beat the enems in
hot fighting. The enemy withdrew
to his trenches with the loss of nearly
"i men. Northwest of Toul the
Germans have not repeated the at
tacks which cost them 400 casualties.
About Neuve Egli?e and before Bail
leul. Field Marshal Haig's battered
divisions have been putting up a des
perate resistance 'to the Germans.
Xeuve Eglise has changed hands sev
eral times in furious fighting and is
now held by the enemy, after a fight
in which the en,emy suffered griev
ously. It is an important strategic
-int as it is one of the outposts of
:e Messines ridge.
t Although thy,fc4ve been but a lit-
;e moreTJiania ?3iiie rrptn?iiaiiieui
i 1L1 - -mJ-.-."! V.t.- itaaOf- - i; -
"ermans have 'list een able toad
T.nce more than several hundred
yards. West of the town" they have
been repulsed in heavy attacks and
?ouih around Merris their efforts also
have gone for naught.
On the remainder of the battle
front in Artoi., there has been no
fhanse. Near the apex of their sa
lient at Merville, the Germans at
tempted an attack but were dispers,
f d by artillery fire. In Flanders 5nd
along the Messines ridge, there have
been no further actions and the Brit
ish still hold the heights on the
On either wine of the sharp salient
around St. Mihiel. the American
troops in the last few davs have been i
meeting and beating off in fine fash-1tne same intensity that has marked it
Ion numerous German attacks. The'for days and the British are pound
enemy ha? not followed his efforts j in& ' the Germans hard. Another as
r.orthwest of Tcul and east of St. Isault on Bailleul, four miles west of
Mihiel where lift was remilsed in two Neuve-Eglise, is expected momentar-
iay of hard fighting by the Ameri-
ons in Apremont forest. The artil ! ine Iaiest reports mis iorenoon
lory duel here is heavy with the Am- showed that, the British line was be
Hiran gunners keeping up their endS strongly held as a whole in this
ff thp pvphanp
Sundays attack on the American I had Deen consiaeraDiy improved Dy j Treasury showed a total of $620,947,-s-prtor
between Verdun and St. Mi-icounter strokes.,, 550, which is $67,000,000 more than
Iriel came after a violent bombard-!'
rnonr and was made by picked ene: v ,
t-.-oop?,. Prisoners were capturd by:
the Americans and 44 German deadjRobecq on the Clarence river. Local j
nd ir, wounded were found in the! counter attacks delivered on the t,er-,
rir-an t,0n,i,0 wi,iiD iitt hpvnn.l :
ThPm WOrCi "Ul n-rT-r nnomv riant
I v,prp ".(i m 0T,0mv Hparl " i
Th0 imorin-ne wit, OT,nHM
nrt bayonets went out of their posi
Tn? to meet the oncoming Germans.
Two American aviators have brought
dov.-n two German fighting air
Planes, the enemy fliers being cap
There has br-en v --'ivity on the
4'i?ardy bp.ttlefron' ' on the re
mainder of the Wcsl. front except
for Hrtillerv rhipls
fount Czernin has resigned as Aus-
'ro-Hungarian foreign minister and
Emperor Charles has accepted his
designation. The steps leading to
the Count's act are not disclosed as
J'if. hilt thf . nn hHrntlnn bv ihe
pnvernniont nf th a TJ!m riArnr's
5are offer letter to France early in
probably hastened his withdrav-
a'- Semt-omrial a.ttemnts are etill
fceins made to deny the letter but
Either the Emperor nor ' Count
Czernin has denied flatly the exist
ence of the letter, which was not only
a Peace move but divulged damaging
fount Czernir. remains in office un-
t;i n j
successor is anutmnceu.
MISS WISE BEREAVED.
Mother of Wilminaton Girl -Passed
Away Sunday Afternoon.
sympathy of the entire city is
'nded Miss Wesley Wise in the
tieaUi of her mother, which occurred
Yesterday afternoon at her home in
neste-r, S. C. following a long pe-
r!d of sickness. Miss Wise was call-.
frl to the bedside about a week ago
dTl rmainert thorp, constantly until
'i be conducted there and inter
ment made in that city.
CITY OF WILMINGTOh
DESTROYED BY I
The American steamer that caught !
fire off the Nova Scotia coast Friday
night and was completely destroyed,
mention of which is made in a Syd
ney, N. S., dispatch, as reported by
an agent of the marine department, is,
believed to have been the City of j
Wilmington, owned by the cotton ex
porting firm of Alexander Sprunt &
Son, of this qity, although it was
stated from the offices of the com-1
pany this afternoon that no confirm-!
ation of advices received from New j
York concerning the loss of the boat!
had been made by the skipper of the
vessel, Captain Laird.
According to advices received here
today from New York' shipping inter
ests, the City of Wilmington caught
fire Saturday evening and after doing
everything within their power to save
the vessel she was abandoned by
members of the crew and that all
were picked up yesterday by the
steamer Millais, who heard her dis
tress calls and hurried to her assist
ance. None of the members of the
crew were from this city, her skip
per being from Savannah.
The City of Wilmington was en
route for a European port and was
carrying a cargo of cotton and food
stuffs valued at from two to three
million dollars. This was the value
of the cargo alone and does not in
clude the worth of the big steamer.
The cargo was, of course, lost along
with the vessel.
The City of Wilmington was pur
chased over a year ago by the Messrs.
Sprunt, for use in their cotton trade.
Rhp has hppn in thin nnrt snit .xA I
been across once or twice since she!
was made over. She was an oil-
burner and worth a considerable sum
onjponey ,a 'romi go tcqay.
BATTLE NOW RAGING
Another Assault on Bailleul is
Expected to Begin Any
With the British Army in France,
April 15. The battle about Neuve
Eglise near the Belgian border, which
has been re-taken by the Germans,
continued to rage this morning with
morinern zone, airu in suine instances
... .t i .
The Britisn last evening toiiowed j
up tneir success ui domiudj- wiien j
they pusneu tne Germans uacK rrorti
man positions 3,000 yards to the east ;
of this town, were completely success-,
ful and the enemy again was iorce.1
to fall back somewhat.
The British, in the course of the
afternooft, also pushed out several
posts north of the canal between the
'bawe and Clarence rivers.
These operations indicate that, the
defense of the Entente Allied trops
ANOTHER BIG BREAK
IN COTTON FUTURES
New York, April 15 Overwhelmed
by a rush of selling orders largely
from the South, cotton sustained an
other sensational break in prices dur
ing the forenoon trading today. July
contracts dropped to 29.45, a decline; A Pacific Port, April 15. Viscount
of 130 points trom the high point otjIsniij Japanese ambassador to the
the morning. . . United States, succeeded Ambassador
October broke 122 points, selling as j Sat0f arrive,i here today en route to
low as 28.85. This represented a loss ( Washington. Discussing suggested
of values of not less than 435 points, (Japanese activities in Siberia, Ambas
or more than $21.50 a bale, from thesador Ishii sa.id that if the imperial
high point of the season early in Japanese government deemed necev
April. . Isary to undertake the sending of a
The selling was largely on hedging ; military expedition into Siberia such
account and in an effort to readjust , intention would be for the benefit of
values to the marked improvement m
crop prospects, as a result ui iunuCi
ra- rains in the Southwest.
The break here was preceded by
a drop of 100 points in the Liverpool
Norwegian Steamer Wrecked.
Baltimore, April 15. The Norwe
gian steamer Hermod has been wreck
ed on Winter Quarter shoal, off the
Virginia coast, with the loss of sev
eral cC fer crew, according to rd
receird Sw today. The report
whici was meagre, said the ship
broke in two and sank in four fath
oms tf water. The Hermod was an
Jore of .1,928 tons rcst.
.WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. MONDAY AFTERNOON
CA8UALTIES AMONG OFFICERS
London, April 15. A casualty
list published by the war office to
day, contains the names of 504 of
ficers. Seventy-nine were "killed,
285 died of wounds and 140 are
Presumably this is the ?rst cas
ualty list from the heavy fighting
on France in the past three weeks.
ST. LOUIS DISTRICT IS
LEADING LOAN RACE
Over One-Third of its Quota'
Subscribed New York
Washington, April 15. According to
latest advices to the Treasury Depart
ment the St. Louis district has. ob
tained a larger per cent of its quota
of the Liberty Loan than any other
district in the country. Subscriptions
totaling approximately 3"6 per cent,
quota of $130,000,000 already had been
reported to the Federal Reserve Bank
and this figure, it was said, did ntft
include the subscriptions of the City
,.Th.e Ported subscriptions in this
distnct hY States included:
a,nas J9',62?'85,05.. Jen,nessee'
i0,VDSr,10V; MISSISSIPPI, ,OUU. -
1Mev Yorfc- Exceeds Day's Quotq
New York, April 14. Third Iberty
Loan subscriptions in the New York
Federal Reserve district totalled $248,
400,000 at 11 c iock today. This was
an over-subscrii:tion day gain of $10,
327,550. Formally Launched in Atlanta.
Atlanta, Ga., April 15 This city's
campaign in behalf of the Third Lib
erty Loan will be formally launched
at a mass meeting tonight. Governor
Hugh Dorsey, of Georgia, and Lieuten
ant Merrick, of the Canadian expedi
tionary forces, will be among the
speakers. Atlanta's quota is $9,000,
000. Active canvass for subscriptions
will begin tomorrow.
Charlie Chaplin in Columbia.
Columbia, S. C, April 15. Charlie
Chaplin, movie comedian, spoke to the
men at Camp Jackson at 11 o'clock
this morning at the Liberty theatre,
in behalf of the Third Liberty Loan.
Later in the day he delivered an ad
dress to a large crowd in a down
Total Is $620,947,550.
Washington, April 15. Liberty Loan
subscriptions tabulated today at the
was reported Saturday. This did not
inciuae reports trom tne Minneapolis
district which started its campaign to-
ew England Doing Its Duty.
Boston, Mass., April 15 In the
first week of the Liberty Loan cam
paign the Boston
district, comprising New England, sub-
scribed $68,590,000, or more than one
i fourth of its allotment
Declares Japan's Only Motive
is to Protect Allies From
; th Entente Allies and not for Japan
He declared any suggestion of a Japanese-German
alliance to be absurd.
"Germany may establish bases in
Pacific waters by a successful drive
through Siberia," he said. "In this
event," he continued, "it would be up
to Japan to sweep them away. We
cannot guarantee that Japan could do
this but we would try our best and
we must not relax our vigilance."
He admitted that there was a pos
sibility of Germany gaining a foot
hold in the Pacific by successful op-
would not discuss the landing of Jap-
nese troops at viamwotv-.
AMBASSADOR ISHII IS
AT FUNERAL OF STONE
Missouri Senator Died Sunday
Afternoon as Result of
1 Paralytic Stroke
Washington, April 15. official
Washington turned from its war du
ties today to attend the , funeral of
senator Stone, of Missouri, chairman
of the Senate Foreign Relations Com
mittee, who died at his homo lv re
yesterday as the result of a paraly
tic stroke suffered last Wednesday.
it was announced that the service
would be conducted at 4 p. m. today
witn Key. J . Forrest Prettvman.
chaplain of the Senate, in charge. The
family ana a congressional commit
tee will acconipany the body to Jef
ferson City, Mo., where it will lie in
State Wednesday at the Missouri
capitol. Burial will take place at
Nevada, Mo., Seriator Stone's old
FI VE SOLDIERS
KILLED IN WRECK
New York, April 15. Five soldiers
were reported killed, eight serionly
injured and 35 slightly injured early
today in a wreck on the Long Island
railroad near Islip, New York. All
of the dead and injured are said to
be stationed at Camp Upton, at Yap
ahank, N. Y. The injured were re
moved to the State Hospital at Cen
tral Islip and to hospitals at Camp
The hospital authorities in refusing
to disclose the names or the killed
and injured said government officials
had taken charge of the situation and
had ordered that no information be
A car near the middle of the 13-car
train jumped the track, taking four
others with itf Three of the cars top
pled over an embankment. The ac
cident is believed to have been caus
ed by a broken rail.
TEXAS TOWN HIT
BY HEAVY SYCLONE
Fort Worth, Texas, April 155.
About 60 houses, including a two
story brick school and several
churches were derOfllished by a storm
at Boyd, 30 miles North of Fort
Worth, late Sunday afternoon, accord
ing to reports to Fort Worth by mes
senger this morning. No one was in
jured. Both telegraph and telephone wires
were down this morning.
CZERNIN QUITS AS
Amsterdam, April 15. Count Czer
nin, the Austro-Hungarian foreign
minister, according to a ispatch from
Vienna, has resigned.
Fmperor Charles accepted the res
ignation and entrusted Count Czernin
with the conduct of foreign affairs un
til his successor is appointed.
An official statement received here
today from Vienna asserts that the
latest statements of the French, min
ister, M. Clemenceau, concerning the
conversation between Austria and
France regarding the possibility of
opening peace negotiations do not al
ter the situation as regards the ma
jority of Count Czernin's declarations.
The Austrian foreign ministry, the
statement says, is unable to ascer
tain who was responsible for deliver
ing to the French what is said to
have been a forged letter, substituted
for the letter which was to hare been
delivered. Neither Prince Sixtus,
whose character is beyond suspicion,
nor any one else, is accused of falsi
fication, continues the statement,
"The affair is herewith declared to
be at an end."
The recent puVfication by the out as to probable peace terms.
French government of the futile peace j German newspapers have attacked
appeal sent out by Emperor Charles ; both Emperor Charles and his for
of Austria-Hungary in March, 1917, i eign secretary because of this letter
and the efforts of the Emperor and
the Austro-Hungarian foreign office
to explain this letter to the satisfac
tion of Germany and the German Em
peror, probably were the most potent
influence in bringing about the resig
nation of Count Czernin.
Since he was appointed foreign
minister on December 23, 1916, In suc
cession to Baron Burian, Count Czer
nin has been very active in attempt
ing to bring about peace and the mod
erate tone of his speeches "has been
In striking contrast with that of the
German chancellories and the foreign
Secretaries. However, his participa
ton in forced peace upon Russia as
well as that upon Rumania, did not
show that his actions kept step with
his words. ! f IU
In the "peace offensive" of the pres
ent year Count Czernin in the Aus
trian Reichsrath on January 25 sub
mitted an exchange of views between
Austria-Hungary and the United
States. He announced also that Aus
tria based her negotiations with Rus
sia on the policy of no annexations
or indemnities, but there always was
some aoubt whether his pacifist man
euvers were honest or were inspired
by Berlin in an effort to bring about1
PROFESSOR'S WIFE IS
Calls the Woman "Silly Lit
tle Thing" and the Profes
sor "Silly Boy."
Chicago, April 14. The case of Dr.
William Isaac Thomas, Chicago Uni
versity professor, charged with disor
derly conduct, was continued today in
the Morals Court to next Friday.
Mrs. R. M. Granger, wife of an army
officer in France, with whom the edu
cator is alleged to have registered at
a hotel as man and wife, last Thurs
day, was not in court. It was said
she was still at the professor's home,
where Mrs. Thomas, assisted by a son
who is a hospital interne, were trying
to sooth her shaken nerves.
The continuance was taken at the
instance of Peter Sissman, attorney
for Dr. Thomas, who said they had
no time to prepare his case.
Dr. Harry P. Judson, president of
the University j of Chicago, where Dr.
Thomas holds the chair of sociology,
was expected to return from Wash
ington today. Faculty members met
Saturday to prepare a formal state
ment of the case for him. It is un
derstood to be a resume of facts ad
mitted to Federal officials the sail
ing of Lieutenant R. M. Granger, Sig
nal Corps, for France; the farewell
of his wife and the immediate solace
she found in the company of Dr.
Thomas; their long talks in the se
questered shadows of the university
the denoument at the hotel Thursday
night, when they were taken into cus
tody, and the charge which brought
the professor into the disillusioning
yui litis oi me Morals Court.
H f TU a . , .
iuuuias interest in young
Mrs. Granger she is 24 while the
professor is 55 showed no signs of
aDaiement today. Years ago she ac
cepted her husband's advanced than.
ries of relations between men and
women the "wider view" as mam
intellectuals term it, and she is now
motnering botha the girl and her hus
band. The girl she has caleld "a silH
little thing," ami her husband a "siliv
'So stupid of him," she said.
MANY ALIEN WOMEN
TO BE ARRESTED SOON
Washington, April 15. Many Ger
man and Austrian women are under
surveillance by government agents
and will be arrested and interned a3
soon as President Wilson signs the
bill which includes women in the
class of enemy aliens. It was said
today the number is more than 100,
a split among the Entente Allies.
Count Czernin on April 4, in aa ad
dress at Vienna, declared that Pre
mier Clemenceau had sought peace
negotiations with Austria. The French
Premier replied that Count Czernin
lied. The French and Austrian foreign
offices then issued statements explain
ing the unofficial negotiations in
Early last week, the French govern
ment declared that Emperor Charles
and Count Czernn both had said that
the claim of France to Alsace-Lorraine
was just. This brought a denial from
Emperor Charles in the form of a
telegram to Emperor William, to
whjjpi he reiterated his loyalty to the
German cause and denied that he had
said France was justified in wanting
This Immediately brought from the
French government the publication of
a letter from Emperor Charles to his
brother-in-law, Prince Sixtus of
Bourbon, which was autographed, and
which the Emperor asked be given to
President Poincare. In the letter the
Emperor said that France should have
Alsace-Lorraine and that Belgium and
Serbia should be restored. He also
asked that London and Paris be felt1
and attempts have been made to show
that it was not written by the Em
peror. It has been reported in Vien
na that there was no attempt to hide
its authenticity but that the French
version was garbled. I has also been
reported that the letter was written
by the Emperor's mother-in-law.
Count Czernin was in Rumania
when the letter was published by the
French government and he was sum
moned to Vienna Friday.
Count Ottokar Czernin von Chuden
itz, a wealthy Bohemian land owner,
was minister to Rumania when that
country entered the. war. Within six
weeks after the death of ' Emperor
Francis Joseph, Count Czernin was ap
pointed foreign minister by Emperor
Charles. Count Czernin is a very
close friend of Count Berchtold, for
eign minister at the outbreak of the
war, and who has been reported as
the political mentor of the young Em
peror. Count Berchtold has been op
posed to the Pan-German war party,
and his resignation was brought about
In addition to being foreign minis
ter, Count Czernin was Premier and
P.hancollnr nf the final fimnire. He ia
about 61 years old.
1 ' , - m
TURNING POINT OF
WEST FRONT BATTLE
IS BEING REACHED
The Big Vessel is Long Over
due From South American
ALL PATROL SHIPS
SCOURING THE SEA
Orders Go Out to American
and Allied Vessels to Take
Up Search- Speculation
as to Its Fate
Washington, April 15. Orders for
greater efforts to find the missing
naval collier, Cyclops, overdue from
South American waters for more
than a month, went out todav to
American ships. ' In addition, Allied
naval craft on patrol duty in the
South are aiding In the search. So
far not one word has come to clear up
the mystery of the collier's disappear
ance. Secretary Daniels said today,
however, that he still slung: to the
hope that the vessel would report,
as many other navy ships have done,
after they had been given up for lost.
Naval officials were no nearer today
tj a solution of the disappearance
than they were three weeks ago,
when anxiety over the safety of the
ship first developed. There is abso
lutely nothing on which to found an
explanation. The big carrier has sim
ply tanished from the sea. '
No possible theory was rejected by
officials in seeking an explanation.
Suggestions heard most frequently
were that German agents had boarded
the ship In port and captured her
from her people at sea; that she had
broken in two and gone down in a
sudden squall: that she had been
overtaken by a submarine and sunk
without trace, and that an internal
explosion had sent her down.
All of these suggestions had flaws
in them, it was said. A theory that
she had been captured by a group of
German agents aboard appeared to be
the only thing that would account for
the silence of her radio equipment.
Since the ship failed to appear na
val vessels have patrolled all coasts
in the vicinity of her route looking
for wreckage or survivors. Nothing
has been found. Every vessel known
to have been anywhere, in the region
at the time has been communicated.
None saw or heard anything of the
collier.' Reports from every source
showed nothing to warrant the storm
theory. It is the mild season of the
year in those waters. The route the
Cyclops would have followed was
The ship had aboard an insufficient
quantity of coal for a journey to the
nearest German port had she been
captured. Some officers think that if
the ship was eaptured her captors
may be holding her out of trade routes
waiting for a chance steamer from
which to secure fuel.
The explosion theory is mei'Jiy the
fact that only sufficient ammunition
for her few guns was on board. The
ship's cargo of manganese ore was
Secretary Daniels said the depart
ment had no word that would indicate
the presence in Southern waters of
a German raider. The sea lanes are
busy with shipping, yet no vessel has
sighted any suspicious craft.
It is the absolute silence of the'
radio that makes the case one of the
xaost mysterious in naval annals.
That fact alone inclines officials to
the view that the ship might have
been captured by persons aboard, for
in no other way would it have been
possible to silence calls for aid. In
case of a storm or an attack by en
emy craft, or even if the ship were
torpedoed, there would have been time
for such calls.
One of the Cyclops' engines was
damaged, but it is not believed the
engine trouble had anything to do
with the disappearance.
Constructors said the Cyclops was
one of the staunchest craft of the
auxiliary fleet of the navy. They
could not believe that, a squall of such
Intensity as to 'overwhelm her had
The possibility was suggested that
explosives might have been put
aboard mixed in large quantities with
the manganese ore and a time bomb
set to explode the mass. In that case,
however, the sea would he covered
' Mechanician Killed.
New York, April 15. Max Bessler,
mechanician for Lieutenant Joseph
Stehlin, of the LaFayette Escadrille,
was instantly killed at Sheepsheads
Bay today. Bessler was- testing the
mechanism when the roller started
to revolve, hurling him to his death.
PRICE FIVE CEN1S
American War Department's
Weekly Review of the Mili
GERMANS FAIL TO .
Enemy Will Soon be Forced to
Resume Old Tactics Ad
Vances Count Little Toward
the Real Goal. - ,
Washington, April 15. The turning
point of the battle in the Western
front is being reached, says the War
Department's review of the military,
situation for the week ending April
13, published today. The Germans
have failed in their purpose to achieve
victory in the field, the statement con- .
tinues, and will soon be forced to re
sume their old tactics.
"We must bear in mind," the review
says, "that the enemy Is waging a
battle of annihilation to achieve vic
tory. He is fighting today with the '
sole aim of annihilating the British
armies. Thus, terrain conquered
counts for little.
"While it must be admitted that
German operations since the begin
ning of the present offensive have re
sulted in more than a mere ploughing
up of part of the Allied trench sys
tem and the capture of local objec
tives along a wide front, nevertheless
the aim of the German higher com
mand to obtain a decisive .strategic
success by these assaults has not been
"The turning point in the West is
being reached. The Germans have
scored a distinct advantage which it
would be unwise to endeavor to be
little. Yet they have failed in their
great purpose to achieve victory in
the field and will soon be forced to
resume their old tactics, seeking to
gain limited objectives, striking" first
at one point, then at another, in order
to render the Allied position unten
able and give themselves greater se
curity." The review of operations follows:
"As the time passes it becomes evi- .
dent that, the enemy is striking with
renewed vigor at the weakest point
he can find opposite him.
"In the offensive in Picardy, the
Germans sought for a rift in the line
where the French and British forces
joined. Failing to achieve any defi
nite far-reaching results from this -operation,
they promptly returned to
the assault elsewhere and plunged
forward hoping that by driving a
wedge into the sector along the front
held by Portuguese and British units
they may be able to roll the British
towards the sea and effect a break
"This is the operation attempted
this week in the region of the famous
battle ground of the early days of the
war in front of Lille.
"Here, on a frontage of 16,000
yards stretching from Armentieres to
the La Bassee canal, the segment
held by the Portuguese troops, flank
ed on either side by British divisions
was penetrated after an intense bom
bardment. "On the first day of the assault the
enemy was able to penetrate to a
depth of from two and one-quarter to
four miles on a front of 11 miles.
"On the second day the front of
attack was extended to 20 miles while
the impetus of the offensive was con- :
siderably slowed down and only able V
to reach a maximum, additional depth
of two and one-quarter miles. The
fiont of attack has since been further
extended and the British have been
forced to abandon positions to the
North and South of the Lys and West
of the Lawe.
"The enemy has made headway
along the LaBassee canal to within
the immediate vicinity of Bethune,
while other points Northwest of the
city of considerable tactical import
ance have fallen into the hands of the
"The enemy now finds himself with
in 40 miles of Calais. The main lines
of communication to channel ports ra
diate vertically from this battle front
and thus facilitate the German ad
vance. "If the enemy can muster the drir
ing power he will in all probability
continue his assaults, hoping that by
an enveloping attack on ' an oblique
front, to use the classic Prussian def
inition, he may score a complete an
"There has been less activity alonf
the Southern flank of the Picardy
salient. Here the line taken over by
the French is now fully c&nsolidated.
After the bloody battles which hav
been raging in the area between MonU
didier and Noyon the enemy, fearing
a counter attack along this flank of
their new, deeply-curved salient,
struck repeated blows to give them
selves elbow room South of the Oise.
"The Germans, by stubborn and
costly driven thrusts, were able to
force the French out of the triangu
lar area formed by the Oish, the Al
lette and the" old line stretching from
the LaFere to Anizy-Le-Chateau. .
"An an approximate 12-mlle front
the enemy advanced to a depth raaf
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