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BRITISH ADVANCE IN INCHES BY
USE OF BAYONET.
London, April 27. From north of
Arras down to the Champagne today
Franco-British offensive and German
defense had developed into titanic
"push of war" not tug of war.
Only major infantry operations on
British front were of huge bodies of
men on both sides gripped in hand
to hand conflict. Most modern of all
weapons, the perfected artillery
pieces still gave barrages of fire, but
actual movement of British forces
forward wa almost always by use of
most ancient of all fighting weapons
the. steel blade.
In contrast to his previous stra
tegical methods of concentrating the
fury of his attack on particular spots
in German1 line, Field Marshal Haig
was adopting plan of keeping whole
front pushing in a great concerted
Meanwhile Hindenburg was rush
ing great bodies of reserve troops and
pouring these into lines to interpose
human barriers to British advance.
The enemy's losses have been co
lossal, due mainly to dogged manner
in which Germans are held in closed
rank formations, offering unmissable
targets for British guns.
It is British pressure toward Douai
which Germans apparently fear
most, according to dispatches from
the front. It was east of Gavrelle
that the battle readied its greatest
Cloudy weather of past 24 hours
greatly disappointed British air men.
With complete supremacy of air es
tablished, they had hoped to add to
their record of at least 100 German
machines brought down in the "big
Information from French front in
dicated almost ceaseless counter-attacks
by Germans. Everywhere the
French withstood attacks and inflict
ed tremendous losses on enemy.
London, April 27. German de
stroyers evidently attempting raid on
Ramsgate driven off by British pa
Paris. Gen. Nivelle's troops gain
ed ground around blood-soaked fields
of Hurtabis and Cerny and stormed
and captured German trenches on
heights of Moronvillieres today.
Since April 16, in district between
Soissons and Auberive, French have
captured 130 cannon.
Amsterdam. Germany's subma
rine warfare is having its most suc
cessful period of operations, secre
tary to German ministry of marine
told reichstag subcommittee. Dis
patches from Berlin quoted him as
asserting April successses so far
equalled all previous months.
London. Capture of quarries on
eastern outskirts of Hargicourt, Ger
mans fleeing and hurriedly abandon
ing rifles and equipment, said report.
London. Shells from German de
stroyer raiding squadron falling on
Ramsgate killed man and a woman,
injured three other persons and
damaged 21 houses and two stables.
German warships were driven off by
British patrol vessels.
Berlin, via London. South of river
Scarpe English attack on both sides
of Arras-Cambrai road was repulsed
with heavy losses in hand-to-hand
fighting. Around Chemin-Des-Dames
on French front infantry engage
ments resulted in capture of ground
by German forces and 'number of
prisoners taken from enemy.
Petrograd. Active artillery fight
ing along Riga front, particularly in
sector where Russia started her De-,
cember offensive, reported.
TRAGEDY AT MONTGOMERY
WARD'S WHOLESALE PLANT
Edward E. Robbel, 35, 4G09 Maiden
st., today pursued his wife, Helen
Donaldson Robbel, 25, 7352 Roscoe
sL, into an elevator in the plant of
Montgomery Ward & Co., where she
was employed, shot and killed her
and then drank chloroform and shot
himself, dying instantly. They had