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GERMANS CLOSE IN ON FRENCH
TROOPS AT BETHINCOURT
London. French troops holding
fortified village of Bethincourt, 10
miles northwest of Verdun, a?e three
fourths surrounded by Germans and
under terrific bombardment from
German artillery. Believed they will
evacuate position before many hours.
French position on west bank of
Meuse has again become serious.
French successes in fighting around
Vaux village yesterday important,
but-did not offset German gain on
two-mile front northwest of Verdun.
Following French retirement to
south side of Forges brook, Germans
are laying Bethincourt, important
communication point of Esnes and
Bourrus woods, under heavy fire.
Whole sector northwest of Verdun
witnessed great artillery battle from
dawn to sunset yesterday.
For nearly a week Germans have
been 'shelling Hill 304, keystone of
French outer defenses in this region,
day and night.
French gains in yesterday's fighting'
near village of Vaux have confirmed.
' belief of English military men that
crown prince will never win Verdun
from northeastern front. Since the
capture of Douaumont fort and vil
lage, Germans have made no impor
tant progress on this front, though
they have sacrificed thousands of
men in attempts to take Fort Vaux.
News of presence of large German
forces on British front, in Flanders
and Northern France confirmed pre
vious reports from Dutch sources.
Since beginning of Verdun offensive
Germans, through stripping their
lines elsewhere, have held large
forces opposite Haig's army, fearing
Washington. When cabinet met
today it faced dearth of definite in
formation regarding recent disasters
to ships carrying Americans, which
have threatened to bring about rup
ture of relations with Germany. Affi
davits and other direct evidence haye
Sussex, Englishman and the Man
London. War office officially de
nied Edinburgh, Leith, New Castle
and factories on river Tyne were
damaged in Sunday night's Zeppelin
London. German gunners hurled
thousands of tons of metal against
French front northwest of Verdun
throughout last night with French
artillery energetically replying. Be
lieved bombardment is in preparation
for another heavy assault designed
to drive French out of Bethincourt
Paris. Germans: shelled French
front northwest of Verdun violently
throughout last night but made no
infantry attacks. Bombardment
particularly heavy around Malan
court and Avocourt
In the Argonne French artillery
cannonaded German organizations
east of Le Pretre wood, 45 miles
southeast of Verdun, French infantry
fire dispersed strong German recon
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ARTIST CHRISTY TO SUE WIFE
Zanesville, O., April 4. Armed
with divorce papers which will be
served on his wife, Mabelle Thomp
son Christy, the original of the fa
mous "Christy Girl," Artist Howard
Chandler Christy was enroute to
New York today.
Christy carried with him a deputy
sheriff's commission made out in the
name of John Smeed, New York at
torney, who will serve the legal
documents on Mrs. Christy.
In his divorce petition Christy
charges his wife with gross neglect
Washington. England has refused
to release Germans taken off the
American liner China recently while
enroute from China to San Francisco.
Lansing, Mich. Barage county,
with 22 saloons at present and Clara
county with four, returned dry ma
joxxtfeaJnstate ejection,. i
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