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GERMANS RETREAT TO VICTORY
SAYS KAISER OFFICIAL
Berlin, via Wireless, March. 21.
Germany is retreating to victory; an
other master stroke has been achiev
ed by Field Marshal- Von Hlnden
burg and the entente's plans for a
great spring offensive have been de
stroyed. This, in brief, is official .explana
tion given to Germany's retirement
on western front.
Germans have made whole coun
try between old line arid new a wil
derness. German forces will be entrenched
in strongest possible defenses, pro
tected by forests of barbed wire en
tanglements. Free fire zone in front
will give clear view of enemy. Guns
have been carefully ranged. Enemy
must come up, must dig itself in,
must arrange transport of millions of
tons of amunition, food and supplies
over the wilderness left by the Ger
mans. Allies will face German forces pre
pared for every contingency and pro
tected as an army was never protect
Germany is retreating to victory
because her armies are taking their
places in new positions, long prepar
ed. These positions embody newest
lessons of the war. They will force
enemy to learn their trade all over
again. They may affect transforma
tion of entire character of the war.
London. In several places today
fighting is within, two or three miles
of the "Hindenburg line" as experts
here have picked it out French are
nearest German permanent defenses.
British have made haste more slow
ly, preferring to rebuild destroyed
country over which they advance.
Germany's new line, officials here
say, lies in position where engineers
and strategical experts have chosen
every feature of topography as an
All this change comes at point
where Germany's enemies had plan
ned a new spring offensive. The
kaiser's forces have run away to specially-prepared
offensive lines, which
the allies will now be under disad
vantage to attack.
Paris. Ten additional villages oc
cupied by French forces in further
progress north and northeast of Sois
sons and to left of Laon road.
Paris. "We are now in a position
where we can fight with equal
strength of arms as long as neces
sary having what our enemies do
not have, the sentiment that we are
defending the cause of right and of
So read a stirring statement issued
by the new premier, Alexandre Ribot, '
today to the people of France. It was
his formal "cabinet declaration."
Tokio. Prohibition against publi
cation of news of arrival and depart
ure of Japanese merchantmen sailing '
in Pacific and Indian oceans was an
nounced by government today.
Washington. Reports that allies
have partially lifted their blockade of
Greece interpreted as admission of
their failure to unseat King Constan
tine in favor of Venizelos' revolu- '
tionary government. Greecian situ
ation regarded as another blunder of
allies' Balkan diplomacy.
RUSSIAN TROOPS REJOICE IN
OVERTHROWING OF CZAR
Petrograd, March 21. Russian
troops at front received news- of the
overthrow of autocracy and setting
up of democracy with acclaim ac
cording to dispatches received today
from field headquarters.
Troops were mustered in the pub
lic square, to which point they had
marched carrying red flags, and sieg
ing the "Marsellaise." At request of
uiand Duke Nicholas, commander-in-chef
of army, Gen. Alexeiffl chief
of staff, read czar's declaration of
abdication and exhorted soldiers to
loyalty to new government.
Dave Montgomery,. actor, recover
ing after operation yesterday morning.