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CHANGE DEFENSIVE TACTICS
BUT HAIG MOVES ON
London, April 24. Second stage of
England's great push, now on, is de
veloping fiercest fighting of war. Ele
ment" of surprise now no longer en-j
ters into attacks . of Haig's men ;
enemy has been preparing for des
perate defense no less than British
forces during week have been plan
ning for overwhelming attack. But,
despite German defense, steady gains
are being registered by Haig's troops.
Germans have changed defense
tactics. Having seen how terrific
British artillery fire pulverizes care
, fully constructed trench works, the
enemy is apparently not attempting,
use of elaborate underground sys
tems as formerly. Instead great num
bers of men are scattered in irregular
formation located at natural barriers,
"in shell holes, all armed with ma
chine guns. Meanwhile German ar
tillery has all front accurately rang
ed and is able instantly to set up a
curtain of fire against advances.
Capture of Cavrelle inserted wedge
in Oppy line, but. because of "nature
of new defense scheme of German
army such a penetration is not comr
parable to smashing through a per
manent defense front.
Dispatches received early today
hinted at momentum being under
way for a drive at some other point
on British front than in this Lens-Douai-Cambrai
Lens is now more than half en
veloped by British advance. If Haig
chooses he can occupy it with prob
ably a single strong blow.
London. Greatest gain British
push achieved today was in thrust
against the Cambrai-SL Quentin line.
Haig's forces reached St. Quentin ca
nal in neighborhood of Vandhuile.
Villers Plouich has been so closely
invested by.British troops for four or
five days that its capture is certain.
Beaucamp is just adjacent.
Berlin, via London. "England's
might has suffered heavy, sanguinary
defeat through the foresight of Gcr- 1
T man headquarters and tenacious de
sire o our brave troops for victory,"
declared today's official statement
Paris. Gen. Nivell's troops are
holding positions wrested from en,-,
emy in last week's great offensive
movement despite all Germaiix counter-attacks.
Amsterdam. The entente's heav
iest attacks have failed. German
yielding at certain points has been in
line with definite plan of keeping the
fighting line moving.
This is the critical explanation of
western front conditions made today
by the critic Major Moraht in the
EXPECT REFORM PROGRAM' IN
The Hague, April 24. Today was
the date set for reassembling of the
German reichstag after its adjourn
ment for the Easter recess and dis
patches from Berlin indicated the
liveliest interest in the forthcoming
The committ.ee of 28 appointed by
the main committee of the reichstag
to report on a method of constitu
tional reform granting an increase
in the franchise right, was expected
to make a preliminary report very
FENDER CASE UP FRIDAY .
The fight of Armour & Co., the
Consumers' Co., the Fair and several
other branches of big business to pre
vent 'enforcement of the law requir
ing fenders on all heavy auto trucks,
such, as street cars have, was put
over until Friday by Judge Smith of
the circuit court yesterday.
Patsy Callahan indicted for Selling
T. Brown, 669 S. State, suicide.
Julius Nadgy, Hammond, Austrian,
arrested for insulting U. S.
James Powers, 15 months, 5515 W.
12th, dead. Brother Edward, 3, acci
dentally gave him poison pills.