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BATTLES OF PAST WEEK ONLY
PRELUDES THOSE TO COME
With French Armies in the Field,
April 23. Germany has just, gone
through most disastrous week for
her in history qf the war."
Coming seven days are likely to
unfold more clearly the nature of
the Franco-British offensive. Fight
ing now in progress is of vital import
ance. Since Monday week ago, when the
great French offensive began, Gen.
Nivelle's forces have accomplished
Capture of more than 100 guns.
Taking of 20,000 German prison
crs. Occupation of 20 large villages
not including hamlets.
Retaking of about 50 square miles
of French territory.
Inflicted losses in killed, wounded
and missing on Germans conserva
tively estimated at 100,000.
Two great battles were raging to
day. One is along Chemin Des
Dames "the Ladies' Road" domi
nating Laon and plateau; other
around Moronvillers heights, domi
nating northern Champagne plains.
Although French attacks are
against two strongest pbsitions held
by Germanson entire western front.
Gen. Nivelle's men have already won
Fighting which was in progress to
uay supeioBUcs m uuijui iouv.1. cwiji
actions on entire western front At
any moment newer and more im
portant situations may be created.
While German disaster of past
week has been tremendous, never
theless the week's fighting is only
first stage ofan entire action plan
ned by French. Aisne-Champa'gne
front comprises only on'e portion of
great Franco-British offensive. That
offensive now extends over at least
125 miles of front.
London. Over wide front on both
sides of river Scarpe, Field Marshal
Haig resumed British drive with
South of Bapaume-Cambrai road
he captured remainder of village of
Treecault and at night gained great
er part of Havrincourt wood.
Amsterdam. Tremendous explo
sion at Wilhelmshaven, Friday,
wreckedVmany buildings and caused
damage for miles around. Wilhelm
shaven is second important German
MUNICIPAL MARKET FIGHT
Aid. Nance may" ask a few perti
nent questions at council meeting to- -day
concerning the South Chicago
municipal market At the last meet
ing he had passed an ordej which
directed proper city officials to open
and operate this market, constructed
two years ago at cost of $23,000.
No use has ever Keen jnade of this
place. At the last meeting it was un
derstood that Mayor Thompson,
would set aside $1,000 to employ a
"What is needs," said Aid. Nance
yesterday, "is a man in charge who
has sufficient business ability to in
terest producers of garden truck to
bring their goods for sale and to get
housewives i to patronize booths.
Aldermen Ricerht, T. J. Lynch,
Haderlein, Lipps, Fisher and Healy,
council committee on committees,
returned, from Florida yesterday,
where they have spent two weeks
preparing slate of committee mem
berships for new cpuncil.
They are certain the slate will
pass at council meeting tonight, even
though Mayor Thompson and his
supporters opposite it. Most impor
tant change asked for in, report" is
an amendment to require four-fifths
vote instead of twp-thirds to sus
suspend rules. -
Barbour King, clerk Board of'
Trade hotel, who disappeared with
$104, found in Detroit. Said he was
robbed of money. ' .
Lake traffic finally opened. 17,.
000,000 bushels pf grain shipped.