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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 31, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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ENTRANCE OF U. S. FLYERS PUTS T
SHINER ON GERPIANY'S
BATTLE EYE
With British Armies in Field, May
31. Nothing that America plans to
do in fighting Germany has aroused
more Interest here at front than
news received today of plans for a
vast fleet of aeroplanes manned by
thousands of American aviators.
Germany's aerial eye is already
badly damaged by allied supremacy
in air. Report, recently found on a
captured German officer showed that
through lack of proper aerial recon
noisance Prussian artillery has fre
quently turned its fire on German
instead of British lines.
Four such instances were detailed,
in report of this one officer. Each
time Germans turned terrific barrage
fire into their own instead of enemy
trenches. Their range had not been
corrected by aerial observation.
Killing and maiming of Germans
by their own guns forced evacuation
of trenches.
If America follows out her plan for
a vast aerial fleet, she has chance al
most completely to "blind" German
armies.
Not for one moment do British fly
ers stop their eternal aerial offensive.
On ground below there may be pe
riods of rest or lulls but in battle
fields of sky there is unending wa.
Prussians are fully aware of prime
importance of maintaining at least
an approximate equality in the. air
and are fighting desperately to hold
such a "place in the sun."
But indications multiply that en
emy is hard pressed to keep up even
numerical strength of his aerial bat
talions. Paris. American engineering com
mission conferred at length with offi
cials at war office today and an
nounced it would shortly leave for
front
USE POISON BOMBS
Paris, May 31. Attacking with
poison shells spreading great quanti
ties of deadly vapors,J3erman troojjs
at several points on Champagne
front last night Joined in powerful
counter-offensive movement French
official statement of today declared
enemy was everywhere repulsed with
heavy losses.
With British Armies 'in Field.
Local attacks, raids, mutual bom
bardments, incessant minor activity
continued all along front but there
was portentious "quiet" in strictly
military sense. No masses of troops
were in action.
Small British attack south of the
Scarpe staged early this morning
was failure. Prussians were too wide
awake to make surprise a success.
London. Resumption of fairly
active artillery firing on both sides in
few sectors and repulse of trench
raid, all reported in statement from
Field Marshal Haig.
Washington. Austria will be in a
serious plight when Russian armies
move against her as virtually all Aus
trian soldiers are fighting on Italian
front, according to member of Italian
mission. r
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BRITISH CASUALTIES 114,118
FOR MONTH OF MAY
London, May 31. British casual
ties published during May totaled to
day 114,118 officers and men killed,
wounded and missing. Details
showed:
Killed Wounded Missing
Officers.. 1,552 3.762 828
Men 25,838 75,718 6,420
Totals . . .27,390 79,480 7,248
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RUSS SOCIALIST PEACE MEET
Petrograd, May 31. Russian call
ed international socialist conference
will be held at Stockholm between
July 15 and 30, according to decision
reached by the soldiers' and work
men's council today. Final approval
of date was left to Dutch internation
al socialist bureau and Berne commission.
Harold Schaub, 632 Lincoln av.,
commissioned in army reserve corps.
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