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These are the facts: Great Britain,
never got an army until she began to
conscript one. Up to the time that
she yielded to the inevitable and
adopted conscription she had not
made a single military movement
from Mons to Kut that was not a
blunder and a failure. From the time
i she adopted conscription she has not
made a military movement that was
not a success.
Because whenshe adopted univer
sal service all men knew that she
meant business, that all must serve
alike, that she was fighting with all
her strength to win, and that Inhere
were no slackers and no skulkers' at
If the simple souls of Capitol Hill
' have their way we shall go flounder
ing along in the same swamp in
which Great Britain was mired for a
year and a half.
A volunteer army? Oh, no, good
mutts. What you really want, you
know, is an army equipped with bows
and arrows. That is what they used
to fight with in your geological
epoch, which was a little this side of
the lower Silurian.
HAIG WIDENS WEDGE TAKES
IMPORTANT NEW POSITION
London, April 16. In face of fierc
est opposition yet rallied against the
British drive, Field Marshal Haig's
forces today battered their way still
further around Lens and pushed an
other wedge to within mile and' half
of Cambrai-St Quentin line.
"We progressed to northwest of
Lens" was British commander-in-chief's
laconic comment of that point
in figfhting where British forces
' have straddled the famed Hinden
Haig' also announced capture of
Villaret, southeast of Hargicourt. Its
taking by British troops widens the
wedge thrust against main Hinden
burg line of communications from St
Quentin to Cambrai on front of ap
proximately five milee.
German defense was centering
around Monchy Le Preux.
Paris. Violent artillery firing
along almost whole French front,
with vigorous French offensive raids
at half dozen places penetrating the
German lines in Alsace, were report
ed in today's official statement Ar
tillery combat was particularly in
tense from Soissons to Rheims.
Berlin, via London. "British &ere
repulsed along northern bank of the
Scarpe and northeast of Croissille,"
war office declared. "They were
also driven back at Lagnicourt and
With the British Armies Afield.
British troops fought forward in out
skirts of St. Quentin and Lens to
day. Just north of St. Quentin they
took village of Troissauvages.
Around three sides of Lens they
were fiercely fighting against Ger
man defenders and slowly encircling
the coal city.
Again early today Germans threw
two more strong attacks at British
positions at Monchy Le Preux. Both
"WANT AD WOLF" PUNISHED ON
YOUNG GIRLS' STORY
One of the wolves of the advertis
ing columns of Chicago newspapers
was punished in the morals court to
day after Policewomen Hoover and
O'Connell of the Desplaines street
station ran him down and brought
him to justice.
The man was Augustus Rapp, a
stage musician, 723 S. Wabash. Dur
ing the months of February .and
March he advertised in the Examiner,
Tribune and Daily News for a young
lady, "of small and medium build," to
travel with him as assistant In the
Two girls, one 17, the other 22,
were discovered by the policewom
en. ,The girls said Rapp wanted to
pay them $5 and wanted them to
travel as his wife. His arrest fallowed.