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BVRCiJW: SSna555B55i THREE BILLION
MELTING AWAY BEFORE ' g- DOLLARS ASKED
;s sitT 3mmsE Tm - y in third loak
Offsiiidntinues In Furious Intensity
VIEW, YORK, March 26 (Associated Press) The TJritih lines in lMcardy are still intactfWIthout sign of dis
A. integration, , while the German advance is becoming slower and slower. A large part of the British line has
been withdrawn to. straighten the front and defeat the now evident strategy of von HIndenhnrg, while through
out jthegTeat battle,, whicl is continuing with sustained intensity, the slaughter of the' GertnaW is proceeding
at a rae tnat must soon compel tne Teutons to desist turougn fear of wearing their force-completely out. .
J".'. I The greatest gains of the, Germans have leen made in the direction of Nesle, .which If mprehan ten miles '.
. west .of. thevBritisa , line as it stood on, Thursday morning. This town is west and a little south ,of St. Quentin,
aome three miles West of the Somme canal. When night fell the battle for possession-of thlriKli' was piroceed-T
in.?ritli..tie; greie8t.faryr the .fighting being hand to hand and from one mined house' to' another. During Ithe
afternoon the place changed hands repeatedly. " ... rt;--')sl .
C Boh French and British are engaged at this point, the French having taken over. tH .sector to the south
i. and east toperinit the British to reinforce their northern lines, 1 ,
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Obserrere of the battle as a whole, as it has been developing, discern an effort on the parti of the Germans
" to ,carrypu effprt is to drive in two great wedges, into .the pritish:(Uneone north of
Babaunie and the other-directed aeainst Chaulnes. west of St' Ouentln4 and on ' the original Line of ithe British
? ' before, theBattip Of Kth 86i!ame- t ,The hope of the Tji
; v. ire linosn nstye ioreseen inis anempi ana are mmmff Uiriie point orxne nortneriL weazen inrouen tne 1 1 nvn nnnr?ni. tki i z nurii-n fizm-t: s ?
Any danger from ft turning movement, wniifc tnj soutftern ? ' . vr-, t , :; ' i v-y; : ....
;'weacQ.'nica.Aat Deen anven tne aeepesv.w. aisa.peing ?HltitlnlL.HIi'rUllL.Ea LUL.HICU . 7 loicdon, Mnrci c-(Assotited i taken wiu be immediately n
ifimprf simltK; ltf IhA rifcrrfi fllrSnc thp RnmtriA. wlir it . V ''' 1 1 ' ' L : Pre) Eeinforeements . ot new V and There are still further rei
" JirA 7l: i rji.r- 1.7: ' IN VnUF flF fiPFlT RATTF gm On their way to General Haig of men and gun ready now to enter
1U eiUWlWl i Will UIBSWUJ 1UI iwwer. . fin .vr v mij f in lrc number, sufficient to reolaee battle, snbioct to vonr Call."
' -Ply ' NOT AJJLRMING NOW
IThe Oferman ' wedge oit the south is still movine,"
ajB the latest' official reports
tertj but hM bpen slowed
proirress Is not alarming.
, ;xmaoij ;xiespatcnes ot last mgni connrm me uer
maq claim v to haVinji; captured Bapaume. The official
ahnouncement states: "Heavy attacks on this front by
thj ehemytrpQP Jnabfjd,hem td make progress west and south
west of Bapaume, wfriU.' our lines have also been pressed back in
places io'uth of PerontotV '
-' , FRENCH FIGHTING HARD
Official irnort$roni7Pri announce that the. French have been
heavily vnrtgdfOUthVet of $t. Quentin, in the Noyon sector, and
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although slowlv retirmer belore
they ar carrying out strong counter attacks along the l.ne, mflict-
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ing ncsvr iusks uuun uic nuus.
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Th mighty, cbnflict- is raging
British driw back ind the elbow
onilsl), wnivn nu occn uoinucu as inc ujuu sduciu, is aircicncu
into 4 greater curve. From Boisleau, a hamlet west of Croiselle,
which appears to mark the closest point of the drive to Arras, down
to the' most southern edge of the British front and along the new
blazing Fre-nch Trbjit to the old line on the Ailette River is more
th'an, ixty miles, alp'hg which a score of major engagements are be
ing fought afld throughout the entire length of which there is tre
mendous activity. i
j , CHECKED ON NORTH
North of Bapaume, which the Germans have retaken, a great
drive ia teinr'atttmpjed along1 both banks of-the Cojeul River.
Here theBritish hive retired but slightly, having'beaten back the
enemy and covered 'their front with a barrage through which the
Germans could jiot penetrate. The German losses have been heavy
on this, secticmDt the battle front without gains to compensate.
Bapaume itself, which was the announced objective of General
Haig in the Battle of the Somrue, has been recaptured by the Ger
mans, who have pressed their line west of this point and down
through the center of the triangle enclosed between the Tortille
and the Somm,,near tly junction of which is the city of Peronne.
This city has been evacuated by the British, whose line south of
Peronne runs this morning just in advance of the town of Chaulnes,
seven miles west of the Somme Canal.
SMASHING COUNTER ATTACKS
From this point south the new line runs southeast through
Nesle and below Ham, swinging south again towards the Oise.
Here it joins the original French line. The French have fallen
back from the Forest of St. Gobain, the section which Vontains the
long range cannon now bombarding Paris, the new French line
being apparently along the Ailette River.
Yesterday, on many sections of the great line, the British called
their retreat to an end and smashed back at the Huns, taking prison
ers and capturing aome of the new tanks with which the Germans
have been covering the charges of
the Germans have been fought to
the Somme canal the enemy have lost prodigiously, while British
counters have swept their advance columns back.
(Ooattaned oa Fag 8, Column 3)
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aucaici; jls kjiauizmy jnnu sxines bouncer s
Grow In Effectiveness And Forte 1
from the British headquar
up and its present rate of
- C A . I V A J it
tne anves ot the Crown I'nnce (
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along a widening front as the
f the junction of the French and
North of Bapaume,
a standstill. South and west of
HONOLULU, VH A WaI TERftltORT.
ontrategis'W habeei to thrust es wedges' deep into
WASHINGTON, Mrch J(Aix-ited Presa) Report vthtt American
reserve! bd 0iitur4 the battle in the Britiik lector of the .tfeaterfl front
were aet st rett lmt-evening fcy meaaagra which were reeiv4 tjr the war' de
partment from OeneraJ Perahlag and made public ao far as American partici
pation in the battle ia concerned. . '.'
There are two regiments; of American railway engineer! attached to the
British forcee where the Oermana are attacking, Perihingv reports. Three
other regiments of engineers were working in the vicinity of the positions
where German oAciai report mentioned the presence of American troops or
reserves and can be the only American forces to which the eommanique could
''A desperate military Venture" is
the language used in the war depart
ment weekly review to eharaeterlit
the German offensive. Ia part, the re
port saldt .',
The German assault against the
, I'a:L M A. 1 A.X. A. iL. r
tJZi to .n in
I s desperate 'mUitaxy.
fort to retain lti domination trer the
is uusDie to control the strategic situa
tion through political agencies, as un
ceasingly attempted ' during the last
Wilson Send Cable
America 'a pride in the magnificent
showing of the British ' troops and
America's confidence in the reeult of
the battle were expressed by President
Wilson in a cablegram to General Haig,
British) commander. President Wilaon
cabled: ' ' )
"We .watch with warm admiration
the splendid steadfastness and valor of
your troops which have withstood the
enemy 'i onaet. Americans are confi
dent that yon will win the final Tie
tory.'? Expert Give Views
Following closely the great Csmbrai
buttle, Washington officials noted some
signs of slacksning in the fierce attaek
of the German offenslvs foreae but ex
pect much hard fighting before the
back turn begins.
Alt' the despatches fgree that the
British army is equal to the task given
it ami is inflicting huge losses which
probebly will be decisive later on.
The new long range cannon of the
enemy ia considered a remarkable
freak, but its military value is held to
be almost negligible.
Allied expert estimate the German
loases at 100,000 n day.
General Pershing reported there was
nothing nnoeual in the events of the
day on the American sectors.
Earlier despatches from the Amer
ican front had said:
A good deal of activity was msai
feKted oa the Tout sector.- The Amer-
lu n oimiirl atlJillA fl fmn li n a
the enemy. The Germans replied to
idc oomDaaroeui Dy using gas.
Tb American artillerists have been
dropping shell on the St. Qaesant bil
lets north of Boqueteau, where German
I troops were quartered.
On this sector the first tlo,Us of
' TUfcSDAy, MARCH ' 26,
FOUR MILLION MEN
NEEDED IN ARMY
IN WOOD'S OPINION
Tells Senate Committee Two Mill
, ion Should Be pver-Seas and
; Two Million More Should Be
- Under Training In This Country
' WASHINGTON, March 2ft
(Associated Press) Two million
American soldier should be made
, the Uaited State ever.ee forces
at the earliest possible moment.
' Two million more Midler should
ibe given military training in this
country to be ready when needed
abroad. These were, recommenda
tions made by Gen, Leonard Wood
to the senate committee on mili
tary affairs yesUrdav.
General Wood had been called
before the senate committee to
furnish information on th gen-
' eral military situatiea and espe
cially on tnte expeditionary forces.
s suggestion enme in answer
to questions by member of the
committee as to hi view of the
1 requirements v hich the United
States must be prepared to face.
The testimony which he gave to
the committee member consider
ef great value.
' Speaking of the present situs
tion in France, General Wood told
the committee that from the in
formation which he had received
military expert of th Allies
generally were confident that the
German offensive would end In
the Germans have been virtually aban
doned. Colonel MacArthur .Wonnded
Cot. Douglas MacArthur, chief of
tff of the famous "Balnbow Divis
ion" ia France, ha been severely
wounded. The war department an
nouncement tells of th wounding of
eight other American.
' - - . tZr-m l r i c --m m m riniu w iinMini r un. m uun a . t
all losses, while there are still further
force ef men and guns ready for any
call that General Haig may make. '
This was the announcement mad last
aight in th publication . of a despatch
wired the British Held marshal y est en
day by Premier Lloyd George, The
' ' All the . men necessary to . replace
the loot are either already in Franes
or on their way there1 to you. All guns
$ TO GOVEiflEi ;
Fighting Their Way Forward Along Whole
of Great Front is Claim Made In Berlin
BERLIN, March 26 (Associated
Press) " Between the Somme and the
Oise our troops are steadily fighting
their way forward. Everywhere they
are gaining and the progress is all that
we hare expected," was the announce
ment made in the official report pf the
day's fighting last night.
"The Crown Prince has foreed a
crossing ef the Somme below Ham,"
the ejnim unique continues. It general
burden ia that auccess of the German
arm ha been shown throughout the
day along the great front of fifty
TO ACCEPT GRAIN
Taking Might Be Considered As
Tacit Consent To Ship Seizures
LONDON, March ?6 (Associated
Press) Befusal of the offer of the
I'nited States of grain in return for
the Dutch ahipping taken over by that
country and Great Britain is reported
to be soon forthcoming from ths Dutch
cabinet, according to reports received
here from The Hague.
In diplomatic circles here It if annum
ed that while the Netherlands ia in
great need of the grain and really de
sires to accept the offer made, the
government feels constrained tp refuse
the offer lest it shall be taken lv
Germany aa a tacit consent on J he part
of Holland to the taking over of the
w. . a.
SIXTY-SIX ARE LOST
AS SWEEPER HITS. MINE
LONDON, March 26 (Associated
F'ress) Loss of sixty six men, officers
and members of the crew of k mine
sweeper, was reported by the admiralty
yesterday. The sweeper was blown up,
linking at once, when It earn in con
tact with a mine.
Field Marshal Hale also received i
despatch, yesterday from King George,
expressing confidence of the ..British
Kmpire in its army and its commander.
The Kiag wired fat assurances that
"the course and. self sacrifice of your
troops who have so heroically resisted
greatly superior number are realized
by the people and myself. The Kmpire
is calm and confident. God bless our
troops and give them strength. ' '
miles. Ear He in the day the official
reports said the town. of Nesle has been
taken by the Germans, ' and British,
American and French troops thrown
hack. Gujseard and Chauny have been
captured. .Battling ia th progress for
the possession of Combles Heights in
the west, and the enemjr is being de
feated. The Germans have taken 45,000 pris
oners and 600 gun. '
The Germans are sfaoding north of
the Homme in the middlh of the former
battlefield. Bapaame. was captured
during the night. v.
French High Commissioner
Speaks Words of Encouragement
NEW YORK, March 85 (Official)
Krem-h High Commissioner Tardieu to
day iKsued a statement dealing with the
Cinnlirai battle. He declares that the
Herman great offensive -is not such as
to warrant disquietude in the United
Stte, aud that the Allies are dealiug
the euemy "blow for blow'.' Iu this
statement it is noted that the Allies
;ite Kupplied with much better arms of
i ver.v kind, including artillery, than
were the French at Verduu.
W. ft. a,
IS LESS INSISTENT
A K 1 8, March 23-(Associated
1 ' M'BN )-
The long ranirv bonilisr.lmont
df Paris was resumed again today, four
sIuiIh falling intermittently during the
The bonibardmeut ceased yesterday
afternoon auout three o'clock aud was
nut heard again ULtil today, when the
kIicHs again began laluug
WHOLE NUMBER; 4i4 r.t!i
Bonds Will Bear Interest '. of, v
Four and a Quarter percent .. .
and Differ From First Issue tn .
Beng Non-Convertible o y'U , ,
AMOUNT ANdInTEREST; v k .;v ' -SMALLER
Secretary of Treasury Says Ex
penditures ; Fed Below Esti-
4 mates; Large Credit : Is Still
Available Under Authorizations
WAsmiNuiuw, Marcn x -,
(Associated Preis) ' ;
Three billion of dollariy is ther
amount of the third Issue of Lib- ;
erty Loan Bonds, the campaign ,;
for th aa1 fit vuAttfh iml in ft tiJ
gun on April o.rTpeWds. y'UI
bear interest at thtirate. of : four V" ' .
apd ,4 'iurter r&nt;: According - v
to ' Ms r;tTOrn Secret "-" " ' .
terms 'erf tbi ijext isslie yesterday.
yYv5"05cripiions to ims ipan
will be Accepted ' and' in thisre4.
spect the. terms differ. from those'
of the previous loans ' where' the
issue was limited to the amount of .
the caJL v. Thus the third USerty 1
JLoari l mty jm, in. fact is Jikely io
Dcr in excess. 01 inc amount asaca. . ,
Another respect in which this Ipan '
differs from, the previous ones ia, I ;
that those bonds, were convertible. . V;
into the bonds pt tne third Kmn .- -while
the new oonds'will be rion-. ' -
convertible into bonds of -'sobse-'.v . .'
MARCTN IS I.WWT f H i '
NTur twrnj4 latrVicliiM. w Wff IjSsbV -'j ,i '
for the issue , of four ajid a lialf tJ :
uunons 01 aoiiars in aaamon 10 .
the already authorized hut, V!14'; .
is an authorized credit of $8,160,- ... ;v
000,000, or $5,160,000,000. oyer i
and above the first two loan's, and,;
the coming, third loan. This credit, v:
or authorization by congress, iyil?M:':,
uc avauauic ior suDsecjucpi oona -
issues as incy may oe yequirco, .
Announcement ot tnft rate 'or ';.
interest which the, new bonds will V
bear came as something of a sur
prise for it -had. been generally , v; . i
forecast the rate would' be four : ,
and one-half percent. ' ! '( ! V '
Expand! turaa BmaJUr ' ' '
ExDlalniE! th "amaunt which .had . '
finallv , been datqunad upoa, Saert- '
tary MeAdoo ia his aa nouses meat Mid .
that expeadlturah 1st b consider
ably under stiahatea and for that rea
son It was deenied nnneesssary to a&aka
nun" wi uwtiayi. - .
Whan ths 'first announesmsnt .'was
mail ttiaft km l . m. r. 1 m
would bairin April 8 it was aspaetad
v. . k. if. . a a i ac .
ooo.ooo, the unissued authorttatlon br
runirtH, ana tom u rais or iniareat
...... M i. . A -t .4 A . M L - Id
In addltios to this loan thsra has
been raised la subscriptions to treasury
reruoeates by ths banks
companies of the country
three : bil-
uons or aouars.
w. s. a. ,
SECRETARY. BAKER HOLDS
TWO LONDON CONFERENCES
LONDON, Marts 5-Ataociatd
Preas) Ambassador Paw today prs- '
seoted Secretary of War linker to Bong
George. They conferred for a a hour.
Mr. Baker then, (ailed upon Premier.'
Lloyd George and Karl Derby.