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fight on New Defence Line .jfening of Resistance , |V Mean German Re? treat Is Ended LiMore Villages Captured by Allies * Ij-iuing Armies Consoli? de Ground to Meet Ex? pected Counter Blow atgf?,] ; :ench and S r. forces sBeountered toda;. .pjpasthe opposition to their ad ?* 0n : "*lie ?u,c l)p" *?.j,t>earpe si d thi Aisne. While l drive ahead at nearly ' groat pr? , J^rtail or' territory, the \\mt of the t."*nrian rear fU , and the enemv ?ccupying some see trsag o answer to the ^ af whether the Germans In? ,u on ?.?.renient to . iKond reserve line of defence, . ( . n frontier, offi roporj from ths battle front in att that Hindenburg ia about ready ?tie his ?ta*1?1 ?long the Douai fat, and that preparations have -CoB*>Ieted for the blow which he : ill be dec May Extend Retreat ??? so?? ? ':?' ?f an extension of -.Gernan withdrawal to embrace the tr.tcry north of Arras is hinted at in o*rt of German activity, r-.milar to W ?hich preceded the withdrawal m ft* Somme. Such a length-' of retreat might indicate B graest to the frontier line, from ?. to Verdun, but that is a possibil tfSm, than -. r robar "?? most notable progress made by aBr.t-h during the day was in the ororj tooth and southeast of han?, where the advance extended Ilia at point?, and resulted in ? mpatioii of forty additional vil <??. Between Nuria and Arras, east ?flapaane, the Hritiuh swept ahead li? face of growing opposition and ?Ttnble weather conditions. "The ?af'i rear guards are being steadily SB from their positions," Haig's ??? ntatM. 'le French maiie important prog is?"* both fides of the Laoti road, s tan villages were occupied. ; tf Ham, French troopa at two wsfsreed a passage of the Somme i_ lid drove the enemy back on te**h(et of Clastres and Montes tttti north of Tergnier, ruptured by tjrajsrterday. the French ran up nmtartillery fin of a lively char is. Seile Village and ( astle Ifanistaaee a wa? encountered 'Je re?.on north of Soissons and fc-'l? Ham-Sr. Quentin road. The ?It of Gene-;.; N ?lie states that ?*wa! ou.te i] .-igemcnts" ?o fojfht and that sharp resistance B net with at the village of Jussy ?t ti? Sevriennois Castle, which were ?v infantry "in a brilliant ?"."a" Betweer. Ronny arid St, Quen :?D*?r?Btly little pir?->gTess was made ?'i?French. To i Ight'i communiqu? anthat"our I Kr- forcea remain in *"?*"?*'"? ' between those ?i BBBaS. Ittrateg ,*.a:.dpoint the I ..ic by Nil *-B? '.o-o? ? which br? a tt to '??d the ? tL These vil ' lee '? ' ?-? H.ndenburg *-un lay th? - v ious '?t"*Dacr.fd. Thej are close to Fort ???h:*?! ititt La r ?*??-. In view t? far, rail ?-.?>? ohservers believe ine, instead of *~t to the west of La Fere, stands '_*** height? of the Oise. ? IWrdstent reports of British *?*i that the countryside for fifty "-s Whir.d the Hindenburg line is ?J*C dwaatated, coupled with the "** itatemer:*. -hat "most ??__!??**? b? * .?es in the ?wAood of .-'t. Quentin are in | ;iort the '.heorj' **J lome critics that the Cerman ^**t?ill extend to ths frontier. firuit Conducted Carefully ****-? t-- - m the British dly. Every new SV,'*' -oughly COI ^?Wfore the ?'?vanee of the main * u seat \ ountei blow ?nemy -.-. v lied JJ***'II prepared ia powerful posi JJ_*c-: I Ion _? rot im "- -r ' ,-rd in -.??? -o-'iay that the HSfJtwroent was "only a prelude aj^y battles in which the enemy 1 down to i r. . IJ<- ? Bbbbub ' fji*"* *' ? ver?ha?low - 2L!** ather reten? ?s the. - **?'. ?'a .-a and f villages arid ?'i are? th? re ? ? aban ? fW?.ns |akr x? , ,,,?. ' ?*"*?? th? Ce L "?. - ? ?i the Bg tores ? ?i evidence i well?. ered landa h Is ' Hin : -r.d in I "' "?. front activity daring the day, ' on the Verdun ?inc. where the French penetrated an enemy trench ? orth of ?hambrcttcs Farm. *'A num ? German dead" were found in the position, Pans state?. ?:-T Germans Have Invested $256,760,000 in China I'he Tnl'Unr 1 Washington, March 21. Chinese au learned to-day, have ..ted the total amount of Gormas capital invested in enterprise? in 4 'iiiih. at %2t?S,~ao,OQ0. There sre 244 German companies intereated, uml the number arman residents . estimated (,t ? .??cvera! mines have been opened in ?lima by German*, notably the coal mine in Fantze, and the iron mine is K inglinfrcherij; The northern section of the Ticntsin-Pukcw Kailway and the ?lau-Tsinanfu Railway are alss German enterpriaes, the two having a total milcos;? ol MS. Trie Gormaos con tracte?! 10 build Other railways, dut these two were the only lines com? pleted. Germans Boast Of Devastation In French Towns Paris Reports That Retreat? ing Army Grows Savage in Work of Ruin Bj FBED B. PUNK. Pari . March 21, Devastation com? mitted by the ??ermtins in the terri? tory winch they have been forced to STOCOate is taking on the character of savagery. As the retreat continue?,: evidence of the German barbarity ?crows. The latest act is the forcible '? abduction of young girls from the town? which the Anglo-French advance has liberated. According to an official announce? ment fifty young women of Noyon, from fifteen to twenty-live years old, were forced to accompany the fleeing Germans, and this has been followed : by many similar occurrence.? in other . v.iiages. The anouncemctit ?I jiublished in the "ahina and Westphalia Gosetto,*1 the supposed organ of Krupp, that "the French will count on their fingen? how many cities and villages they have liberated; in reality they will i hardly find a city or a village." I'.egret. is felt keenly that at the i time of the beginning of the retreat on the Ancre, the Allied governments ! failed to serd out solemn warning to Germany that every art of destruction ' contrary to the rules of The Hague convention would result not only in reparations but reprivais, and. if necessary, individual repression sguin't the chief* who ordered the ravages. ?With clearer weather, the forward march of the Allies yesterday could have been continued under better con- i ditions than the day before, but the I French, still maintaining a vigorous ' contact with the enemy, were able to i establish themselves solidly in new: positions. They are now well prepared for any counter action Oahieh the Ger? mans may attempt. Tergnier, which was captured yester? day, is an extremely important rail? road town on the Paris-Brussels line This is a branch of the Amiens line which joins that of the Pans-Lille and and the Laon-Rheims. In regard to interior communications, the Germans in quitting Tergnier have lost an im- , p'ortant base. The Chateau dc Couey. which the ?iermans destroyed during their re? treat, was one of the remarkable monu? ments of military architecture of the 31'ddle Ages. It was constructed be? tween 12"5 and 1230 bv Enguerrand de < oucy. Standing tn a rocky height, it dominates the valley of the Aislette. , Germany's Sixth War Loan Failing, Is Hague Report London, March LM. A Hague dis? patch from the correspondent of the Exchange Telcjrraph Company says: "The German M in ist rv of Finance is organizing a gr?ai eoavassing cam? paign for the sixth German war loan, which, in financial circle?, is consid? ered less laoeeoafal tran :ne previous loan, the subscriptions being one-third lower. Berlin and Frankfort bankers openly state that ?the present failure shows the uaelessness of launching a seventh loan." I ? Nivelle Supreme In Army Control, Ribot Declares New Premier Announces "Hands Off!" Policy in Conducting War Will Force Victory Urges France to Economize; Salutes Russia for Spread? ing Democracy Paris, March 21. The new ministry of Alexandre P.ibot made its declara? tion to-day, pledjring itself to carry on ,;ie war with all possible energy. Th? declaration, which was read in the Chamber of Deputies by Premier P.ibot and in the Senate by Rene Vtviani, Minister of Justice, open* with the nf 6 rotation : "VYr ;,i(. resolved tO wape with the Otmost vii-or and to a victorious end the terrible war into which me were drawn by inexcusable aggression. We "-hall wage it not as our enemies, in a spirit of ronquen and domination, but1 With the firm resolve to r"?"\??r the provinces formerly wrested from us and obtain reparation and guarantees to prepare a durable peace, founded on respect for the rights and liberties of. peoples." The declaration re firs to the retire men? of the Germans on the Freneh front, which it says "is without doubt r. prelude to other battles in which the ?nemy will exhaust his last resources. Nivelle to Stay in Command Referring to "the much debated que? tion of chief command of the armies," the declaration say? the answer is I reached in the simplest manner, add- I ing: "The Cabinet, which is responsible ? for the political direction of the war.] t.mler the luperviaion of the chamber, has a high hand in all that concerns ? organization and upkeep, but when it has ehoaen a commander in chief who ( must lead our troops to victory it . leaves him complete liberty for Strata*' gic conception, preparation and direc? tion of operations. The government is happy to he able to seize this occa? sion to affirm its absoluto confidence in the commander in chief i (?encrai Nivelle) and in the other commanders of our armies." !' ?i pointed out in the declaration that the alliances of France are not solely founded on the interests of the country, but are animated by common idea1? of liberty an?! fraternity, "which the Fr?nes revolution had the immortal honor of propo<-ing t?> the WOfld and which, one.? they have become H real-. ity everywhere in Europe, will be the1 beat k'uarantcn of ?hat peace among i the peoples an ardent wish for which WH?: sxareaaed recently by the Presi? dent of the great American Republic, as wall ?s one of the conditions of or- '? ganization of a society of nations." Salut??* **???*? Russia Referring to the Russian revolution, the Cabinet salute? "the work of eman cipation which is beinc accomplished among the noble people with which we hove had sn alliance dating from more than a quarter of a century ago." It exprossoa the wish that "the develop? ment of repres?ntate i? institutions, founded on popular sovereignty, may be achieved without violence, to serve si On example for other nations." Regarding finances, the Cabinet em? phasizes the necessity of restricting foi - fign payments as far as is possible without prejudicing the defence of the nation, and announces a fifrthcoming deeros prohibiting importations which, are not indispensable. It is pointed out that economies at home are neces- ; ?ary. "in order that public finance? which have supported thu? far the un? precedented effort required may hold out to the end and preserve their elas? ticity for the future." The Premier announced that ?I would be neeesoary to impose new taxe? and ?Ke an added effort for the de \eiopment of agricultural resources. N. J. Local Option Bill Killed Tier;ton. V .!.. March II. A : bill, providing for modified local op? tion, was killed by the lower hour?? af the New Jersey Iaegislature to-night. An adverse report on the bill was concurred in by a vote of 33 to 17. Germany Blocks Austrian Peao Allies Belie England Not Surprised T Wilson Is Working o Plan for Vienna Entente Not Advis Operations on Battlefield N Solve Problem?Russia Confuses Situation Bj MtTHIR S. DIAPEI I ? a - ? . r r-.tiur.?) dan, March 21. The report ' President Wil-on is at work on a | for a separate peace i \ . 1 caused considerable int"r. St here, no surprise. Il is unquestionably true that A trians and none more than tl young Kmneror desire to pet out the war. Hut l.ormany. having dr: them into it. blocks the way out. Tha? Essneror Charles ha? Bl President Wilsoa to use bis pood offi in perfecting a separate peace is wholly surprising. Rut I can state thoritatively that the Allies have been appriached of?ciallv on the ft tion up to the present lime. The possibility of a separate pel now raises so many important <|U tions that before it can become an I rnpiplishrd fact operations on the h tlet'ields arc likely to alter Bjwteria the entire situation. Milcht l se Austria :>s \\ edge If Austria sues for a ?eparate pea it means that Kmperor Charles is su ported and not opposed by the Raise it mean-? that the German cover ment consider? Austria more valuar out of the v ;ir than in it, and tb (Iermany is using l\ustl I ?SI a wed to open the doors to peace. Political and economic unrr.-t Austria-Hungary hurried the visit Bethmann-Hollwep to Vienna, referr. to in these dispatches two days ap This seems to lend strength to tha n ports that big developments in tl Central Powers are sure to come with a short time. The revolution and :h?> new detiir,, ra? , in Russia arc largely rasOOBsibl for the unsettled ?conditions. No on knows how fntTSBehing the etTic's ? Russia's reorganiza ti ota o.i the conn B? the v? ar may be. the Russian situation remains coi fused. Russia'? greatest well sriahei are still unable to riew hei futUf calmly. A Disturbing Klement. Rut the one element in the R situation disturbing to the mien S the Central Powers, a factor "floate even than the potential military powe of the country, i? the ?'?Tect which thi revolution is having upon their ow i peoples. If the rulers of German;.. Austrn and Rulparia v?ouli| avert revolution, in their own lands, they must Hi ?? nil I of the people. If rev? does come m the?, countries it will not be argnnised a- skilful!) ?as it . R ? h. but it will \*o ten times hie. In official quarters I find that the qnestien of a separate pases with Aus? tria is viewed as h possibility, but hard? ly S Probability, inasmuch a? the whole problem is likely to be solved before diplomatic negotiations could be eaded Tuscania Arrives From U-Boat Zone Anchor Liner Followed by Mysterious Craft When Near New York Anchor liner Tuscan ia si la*e yesterday evening*; having pi safely through the submarine danger ..one from (?la ?.go v. and l.iverponl. A mysterious vessel was sighted B day out from New York. It was pairitr.l gray, had a high superstructure arid ? two crow's nests on the fore truck, and, I despite, the appearance of a harmles? FOR THREE DAYS ONLY Saks Spring Topcoats for Men Special at $19 THIS coat is such splendid value at $19 that we are tempted to quote a comparative price. This being con? trary to our policy, we will leave it to you to judge its value on the basis of what $19 will ordinarily buy at Saks or elsewhere. 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All day ?he rossel followed the Tuscania. but ?lui not speak her, and when nip' I headed our. to ?ea PasSCBgaM be'ieved that th?' vessel ?a? a (iernan ?raider, bat arB? era sf the T iscbb?s ? -a ., - ?as of a i amber of British pn ?r?il boat i on duty off th V' coast. Amonp ?tl ' .-'.a?? pas*.?rtgor? of the Taseaaia ? BBt Joseph Smith, of Paaadeaa, ?'al., who a- the hepinnirip of ''>?? ? ;ir en! i at Rayai Scots (?uard- He laid that he : iatended riait ? in Calif o ? Irwin cha-", of Avoodale, N. ?'.. who ? ? months ago served on a Britiah aubmariaa cha?ei m the N'orth Sen. retara? of the Tuscania's He said thai light patrol boat? ? ng built by the United Stat? ? lavy had been found highly effective by the British navy m ng C-bo.its ' lin .?-a't. bo said. one-half of ?il the captures ! unan underes craft Holland May Bar U. S. Armed Ships Hague Also Standing By Re? fusal to Admit British Vessels with Guns London, March 21. A dispatch U Reuter',? 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