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Lending money jojhe government is a part of the spiritual devotion expected of the American people??Secretary Mc?too
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' TISED IN THE TRIBUNE
IS GUARANTEED
foi. LXXVIII No. 26,078
First to Last?the Truth: News - Editorials - Advertisements
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WEATHER
Snow or rain- and colder to-day. To?
morrow unsettled, probably rain;
fresh northeast galea.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10. 1918
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,., , , ,..,..<In (?rratcr ?w Tork ?nd
TWO CENTS';within com m m Inn di?fano?
THREK CENTS
KlM-where
Germans Shift Attack North, Gain 4 Miles;
Lloyd George Demands Draft for Ireland
Ireland Will
Resist, Shout
Members in
Wild Scene
Lloyd George Declares
Critical Situation De?
mands Man Power
increase
Will Grant Some
Sort of Home Rule
U. S. May Be Decisive
Factor in Fighting
Likely to Last
Six Months
LONDON, April 9.?David Lloyd
George, the British Prime Minister,
to-day made the boldest stroke of his
career by coupling Home Rule for
Ireland with the conscription of
Irishmen.
This unexpected disclosure in an
address by the Premier in the House
of Commons in presenting the new
conscription bill to Parliament swept
aside all interest in the details of
the conscription scheme, which al?
ready had been forecast by the news?
papers.
Ireland is the only subject talk??]
?f to-night. The only question asked
?show will the Irish parties and theii
British sympathizers take to the new
policy.
There was a test of strength ir
the House of Commons when Josepi
Devlin, Nationalist, made a motior
to adjourn. The government ther
moved and carried closure on hi;
motion after a brief debate by ?
vote of 310 to 85, and Mr. Devlin':
motion was defeated by a vote ol
?323 to 80. A few pacifists votec
?"ith the Nationalists.
Issue Depends on Home Rule
This preliminary vote means
little. Everything depends on the !
nature of the proposals for self-gov- '
ernment for Ireland to be adopted,
as the Premier said, "without vio- ?
lent controversy."'
The first impression was skepti?
cism as to whether the War Cabinet,
could frame a measure which would !
stand that, test, and the fear that the ?
country might be plunged again into
the old fury of the Irish quarrel
wblle fighting for its life against i
enemies outside its walls. It was
??<ause of this fear that the Asquith '
government shelved the old Home,
??le act, and the Nationalists have !
Warned that shelving for the failure !
of more Irishmen to enlist.
Lloyd George, however, is daring
gogh to attempt to balance both
eebts by granting Home Rule an<l
enforcing conscription.
'ri?h Denounce Dra?
The atmosphere in the House of
??mrnons did not foreshadow sue
{;!?? From his first sentence on,
i?t* uthc Premier wa:s assailed
d**" -v" Iieuter's correspondent
?H-nheH as "running hostile corn
went from the Irish benches."
v*ne new Nationalist leader, John
^?!on. %ho ?s more typical of the
"toy old-time Irish resisters than his
f^tly predecessor, the late ?lohn :
?Mmond, denounced conscription for :
je'and heartily. Nor were'there any
jjn* of conciliation from the Ulster
?WWn. The Irish Unionists me1.
jWOttr the chairmanship of Sir ivl
*rd Carson und resolved to sup-'
,JJ* Conscription, but they were
?? indorsing what hart been one
' lf" Planks in their platform.
rath Director of Stratejfy
," '? felt generally that there is a
,.<Uifr amJ stronger-force in th-s
'"?"?''-'y than * ?ay-operating in the
2^of Commons. Thai, i? public
E i ?' '*hich aPPftrcnt,y demands
J? Irish questions shall not stand
' ?? v,-ay ,,f inning th(. Wiit
v. ,'. L,oyd ?**Wt speech re
?*? that the irivh convention had
.reached any agreement and that
? constructive work must be done
-..H'"^';/"' on /',/,/< ,. Column I
Remove Creel,
Is Demand
In Congress
Penrose Offers Amendment
to Sedition Bill to Force
His Dismissal
[Staff Correspondence]
WASHINGTON, April 9.?Pride grow?
ing out of the unpreparedness of
America to play a part in the war when
she entered it, as expressed in a pub
He speech by George Creel, chairman
of the Committee on Public Informa?
tion, aroused resentment in both Sen?
ate and House to-day.
Representative Longworth, of Ohio.
?on-in-law of Colonel Roosevelt, said
the only people abroad who would shar.*
in this pride were Hindenburg, Luden
dorff and the Junkers, and at home the
I. W. W.'s and Bolsheviki.
In the Senate Mr. Penrose proposed
an amendment to the espionage bill
providing that no one who violated its
provisions should be permitted to hold
public office, and if the offender already
held office he should be dismissed.
Penrose's Amendment
Following is the amendment offered
by Senator Penrose:
"No person who has committed any
one of the offences described in the act
shall be eligible for office, and if such
person is now holding office under the
United States he shall be discharged
therefrom upon his guilt being declared
by the head of the department in which
he is employed."
Senator Penrose said it is notorious
that there are persons holding public
offices in Washington who are of
"strong pro-German leanings and who
have written scurrilous reflections and
treasonable articles on the Constitution
of the United States
"I do not see why," Mr. Penrose con?
tinued, "we should permit men like Mr.
Creel, for instance, whose scurrilous
and defamatory utteiances on the Con?
stitution of the United States were read
in this body the other day, to be hold?
ing an office and publishing a publicity
chronicle, when he is smeared all over
with treason.
"I only offer the amendment to im?
press on executive heads of the govern?
ment che fact thbt this is one of the
phases of the qualifications of appli?
cants for office which ought to be con?
sidered."
"Its inclusion in the law would add
moral strength to the head of a de?
partment," here interposed Senator
Sherman.
"Yes." remarked Senator Penrose, in
conclusion, "I should think so. And it
also would make a considerable breach
in the ranks of the officeholders."
Johnson Also Attacks Creel
"I read this morning," said Senator
Johnson, of California, "the language
of the distinguished gentleman who
presides over the Bureau of Public In?
formation, George Creel. 1 read he
stated, as has been adverted to be?
fore, that he 'thanked God this nation
was not prepared for war when we
entered the war a year ago.' 1 can
imagine, and you may imagine, too, the
answer of the fathers and the mothers
of the land whose sons have gone over
the sea to-day and are'in the trenches
of Fiance with six brief months of
preparation against a lifetime of prep?
aration of their foes.
"These fathers and mothers answer
just as you and I, I am sure, answer
this remarkable utterance of a 'duly
constituted authority of the United
States.' We answer him: 'If you thank
God that our boys were unprepared
when they entered this war, we feel
you are not tit at this particular time
to participate in the prosecution of this
war in any regard.'
"Now, the pith and point, as applied
to this bill, is what? Yesterday a
'duly constituted authority of the
United States government thanked God
we were not prepared a year ago.' "
libngworth Joins in Attack
Representative Longworth read the
following from Mr. Creel's speech:
"I will be proud to my dying day
that my country was inade(*uately pre?
pared when it entered the conflict. To
have been prepared would have given
the lie to everything we ourselves be?
lieved in and to our se-if-avowed posi?
tion before the world."
"[ ask you to let that sink into your
minds for a moment," said Mr. Long
worth. "I never thought the day would
come when a man who calls himself an
American citizen, particularly when he
hold:? a position of high importance in
this government, would publicly pro?
claim such sentiments as that."
"VVho was i' said that damnable
thing?" asked Representative Sloan, of
Nebraska, who had entered the chamber
while Mr. Longworth was reading.
"Mr. Creel, chairman of the Com?
mittee on Public Information," an?
swered the Ohio member. "I know of
no instance up to now when the most
craven pacifist ever went half so far.
I have heard men nince this war bejfan
apologize for our failure to prepare in
tome degree for the inevitable. I have
heard ?ome men condone, this failure
its a political necessity, but never be?
fore have. I heard an American boast
of it and glory in it.
"That i?. lino news, my colleagues, to
send to our boys at ?he front. That is
a message which will cheemhe heart*?
ot our brave allie**. General Foch, in
?suprema command of the Allied forces,
no doubt, will delight and glory with
Mr\ Creel upon the fact that America
entered thl? war entirely unprepared,
(.?vi** Ktwouragement to Knitter
"That brav?* Belgian King and Gen?
eral JofTre, who month-? ago came to
Continued on lM?t Paye, Col. 2
70 Millions
OfLoanTaken
By Big Buyers
?. H. Gary Announces U. S.
Steel Corporation Sub?
scription of $35,000,000
No Reports Made
On Small Purchases
Produce Exchange Takes
$2,204,000 of Its $10,000,
000 Allotment
The business side of the Liberty
Loan campaign leaped into prominence
yesterday.
Parades and speeches and stunts were
crowded into second place in the scale
of importance by the concentrated drive
of the signers of checks and of ap?
plication blar.ks. From varied points,
particularly the regions where big
business thrives in New York, came
picturesque reports cf how the people
of the United States ore answering the
nation's third request for a war loan.
Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo's
ba . on the premature publication of
official totals of subscriptions again
prevented an accurate summary jf
what was done yesterday in a financial
way. The prohibition proved irksome
to the emotional war financiers, who
were eager to cry out before the first
week of the month's offensive for fight?
ing dollars that the loan had been !
oversubscribed. i
Objectors to the decree that the pub?
lic must wait until authentic loan fig- ,
uros can be compiled compared their |
position with that of a spectator at a
baseball game who does not know what ,
the score is. But unofficial announce- i
nients of subscriptions ranging from
$50 to $2f,,000,000 made the analogy
somewhat delusive.
Day's Subscription $70,000,01)0
In New York incomplete lists of the :
larger purchases of Liberty bonds
showed a day's subscription of more
than $70,000,000. The largest subscrib?
er was the United States Steel Corpo- j
ration, which announced through E. 11.
Gary, chairman of its board of direct?
ors: "The United States Steel Corpo- I
ration will subscribe for $20,000,000 of
the new Lioerty bonds, and it will sub- i
scribe for $10,000,000 additional to be
offered to employes of the corporaton
and subsidiary companies on an instal?
ment plan."
The Prudential Insurance Company
of America announced its subscription '
to $10,000.000 el bonds, half of which
will be credited to the quota of this
city and the other half to Newark, j
The Citizens' National Bank will take ;
$5,400,000; the Mutual Benefit Life
Insurance Company, of Newark, %:?'..
000,000; the R?public Iron and Steel :
Company. $2,060,000; the Hamilton
Trust Company, ot Brooklyn, $1,600,
000; the Dime Savings Bank, $1,000
000; the Liggett & Myers Tobacco
Company, $1,000,000. and the Corn.
Products Refining Company. $1.000,000. :
No Report on Small Buyers :
No complete report of subscriptions
by small buyers was available. Hut the
enthusiasm" that crowds at Liberty
Loan meetings displayed made the out?
look seem encouraging. Despite the,
inclement weather, interested groups
collected at the noon gatherings and'
other meetings all through the after?
noon. More than 4,000 persons heard
Mrs. Douglas Robinson, Colonel Roose?
velt's sister, speak at the Sub-Treasury
at noon, and many others grouped
around the Liberty Bell of the Mayor's
Committee of Women on National De?
fence in City Hall Park. At ;? o'clock
Rear Admiral Usher expressed the
navy's attitude toward the nation's call
for financial support in the Liberty
Theatre, in front of the New York Pub?
lic Library building, and his reception
was warm.
When trading at the New York Prod?
uce Exchange ended yesterday after?
noon bond selling started. After
Thomas W. Lament, of .1. P. Morgan i
Co., told the wheat and rye dealers why
he believed the Allies would stop the ;
Cern?an offensive and Mme. Louise
Homer sang, in exquisite voice, "The
Battle Hyman of the Republic" and
"The Star-Spangled Banner," the trad?
ers subscribed for $2,204.700 of bonds,
including the subscription from the
Corn Products Refining Company. The
quota of the Produce Exchange Liberty ,
Loan Committee is $10,000,000, com-,
pared with $0,000,000 in the second Lib?
erty Loan campaign.
Mr. Lament's Plea
The first subscriber at the exc-hange
yesterday was Morris Rosenfeld &
Son for $2,000. The larger subscrib?
ers included Power, Son & Co., $100,
(?00* Hasslcr Brothers &? Co., $100.000;
Kuhn & Valk, $100,000; Buttery Park
National Bunk, $100,000, und the Bar?
ber Steamship Company, $100,000.
"We are passing through the darkest
days of the war," said Mr, Lamont in
his aildress. After he concluded he
took a $.r>,000 bond for his eight-year
old girl. "On many sides," he con?
tinued, "I hear gloomy expressions, but
I believe we are now in the rjurkness
that comes just before the dawn. Light
Continued on Pur/e a, Col. 2
1
U.S. Engineers
Dropped Foe
By Thousands
Americans Fought Shoul?
der to Shoulder With
Allies at St. Quentin
Fell Back When
Rifles Burned Hands
Took New Position and
Poured Stream of Shot
Into Advancing Ranks
'By Tlic A?so<-iat<-<l rrcss) .
WITH THE AMERICAN- ARMY IN
FRANCE, Monday, April 8. The Amer- j
?can railway engineers who helped stem ?
the tide of the onrushing Germans dur
ing llie opening days of the battle now j
in progress fought shoulder to shoul- !
der with Canadian engineers in carry- j
ing out their task.
They held their ground stubbornly
and retired to previously prepared po- |
sitions only when forced to do so and
inflicted casualties hy the thousand j
upon the Germans as thev advanced in i
I
close formation, in one place as many
as seven waves, each wave ten men i
deep, with one hundred yards between
the waves.
The Americans with the Canadians j
had all the ammunition they needed, i
and although they were unsupported i
by the artillery and armed only with J
rifles and with a few machine guns they |
poured scythclike streams of bullet3 j
into the enemy at several different j
times urnil their weapons were so hot j
as to be useless.
Fought Furiously for Days
This handful of American soldiers,
who were no: hardened to such terrific
daughter, were sickened by the sham?
bles they created, but fought furiously
for several days, helping to hold the
enemy all the way from near St. Quen?
tin to the vicinity of Noyon.
These wete the Americans mentioned
at the time in the offici?t communiqu?s,
but the*'e details of their exploits it
has only now been possible to secure.
Wh'*n ?".he German attack began the
Americans were working in the rear
lines with the Canadians under Cana?
dian command. They quickly threw
down their tools and seized the weap
(ins with which they had been armed
Cor some months and formed them?
selves into a lighting unit. The Ger?
mans came on and finally reached the
positions where the Americans were
waiting.
The exact number of the engineers
cannot be given, but they were com?
paratively few. They had no inten?
tion of retreating, however, and were
bent upon killing all the Germans pos?
sible.
Held Their Fire
As tl".* first gray enemy wave ad?
vanced the American forces let them
?orne until thej were within certain
range, '.hen opened fire, pouring in a
norm o? bullets. Caps appeared in
the advancing linos at many places,
some of then, large, where the machine
i'Uiis had chewed through. Still the
German waves came on, without firing
u single shot just advancing.
The Americans were unabie to un?
derstand these tactic.-*, but neverthe?
less wet, certain that it was a ques?
tion of slaughtering the enemy or be
inpr themselves smothered under the
advance. Bj this time their weapons
weio so hot that they could not be
used effectively, and the enemy was
close, so that the engineers retired,
fighting, took up another position, then
turned and began operations again. A
British officer who witnessed the en?
gagement is reported to have said:
"They held on by their teeth until
the la>t moment, inflicting terrific
casualties on the enemy. Then they
moved back and waited for the Ger?
mans and repeated the performance."
Sample for the Germans
By the time the engineers reached a
place somewhere near Noyon they were
nearly exhausted and almost without
equipment. There they were given a
chance to rest and re?quip. According
to nil reports, they were entitled to it,
for certainly they gave the Germans a
fi-enorous sample of what the enemy is
to expect from the American army.
During a battle unusual stories al?
ways nop up, but the following is one
which the correspondent heard from an
unquestionable source, and it is said to
have been verified:
In one of the periods when the Amer?
ican engineers and their Canadian
comrades in arms were holding a posi?
tion what, appeared to be a British staff
motor drove up. The driver was in the
uniform of a British soldier, and a man
in the tonneau was in the uniform of a
British staff officer. The officer stepped
out and asked for the commanding offi?
cer. He was taken to a Canadian officer
near by. The staff officer ordered the
commander lo retire four killometres,
saying that the Germans were pressing
on both flanks and he might be cut oft".
For some reason the Canadian com?
mander became suspicious. He had the
staff officers searched when the latter
failed to produce his authority, and
papers were found on him proving that
he whs a German officer. He and his
chauffeurs were immediately shot.
American engineers are said to have
been present when thin ;ncident oc?
curred.
NOW YOU'RE SHOUTIN', NEWTON
447 Names on Six
U. S. Casualty Lists
WASHINGTON'. April 9.?Pub?
lication of the casualty lists of
the American expeditionary forces
was resumed to-day, as the result
of instructions from Secretary
Baker to the War Department re?
ceived by cable from France.
The last list made public was
on April 2. From April 3 to April
8, inclusive, the lists contain 447
names. Of these eighteen were
killed in action and eleven died
of wounds.
The list appear* on page 71.
French Airmen and
Artillery Firing on
Giant German Gun
PAR?S, April 9. French aviators
have discovered the location of the big
gun with which the Germans have been
bombarding Paris at long range, and
the continual bombardment of the spot
by the French artillery and bombing
by the airmen have made the handling
of the piece difficult. This explains
the intermittent hr?j of the long range
weapon.
The piece is mounted at Crepy-en
Laonnois, near the road from La Fere
to Laon.
Captive observation balloons of the
sausage type have been seen rising
over the region of Paris on recent
r?ifrhts, and there has been considerable
speculation regarding the purpose of
this move.
It ?3 now explained that the balloons
arc -used in connection-with a system of
metallic nets as defences against air
raiders. The balloons first were sent
?up on the occasion of the last at?
tempted raid on Paris, but. the enemy
having been fought off before he was
able to reach the capital, the effective?
ness of !he system has not yet been
tested.
Recent air raids on Paris undoubted?
ly have had as one purpose the obser?
vation of the fire of the new gun.
Crepy-cn-Laonnois is a village of 1,
500 population, seventy-live miles
northeast of Paris, just east of the St.
Gobain forest. It is southeast of La
Fere, seven and a half miles north and
east of An?7.y-le-Chatca\i, the nearest
point in the bnttle line.
Turks Report Capture of Van
CONSTANTINOPLE, April 8.--After
violent fighting, says an official state?
ment issued to-day by the Turkish War
Office, Turkish troops have occupied
the town of Van. on the cast bank
of Lake Van, in Turkish Armenia.
a -
BUT THIRD LI BERT V LOAN B?M18.
H-u-Ullurn? * Plrnhl-v. ? Wall St.?AdvL
U. S. Submarines Crossed
Atlantic in Winter Gales
Successfully Made Perilous Trip to Join U-Boat
j Hunt in European Water?s?Some Lost Convoys,
Finished Voyage Under Their Own Power
WASHINGTON. April P. -In the face
of bitter winter gales American sub?
marines, primarily designed for opera?
tions off the home coasts, have crossed
the Atlantic to engage in the common
tight against German U-boats. They
are now aiding Allied naval forces, as
are American destroyers and American
naval airmen, and they have been in
the war zone for some months.
Secretary Daniels revealed the fact
that the submarines had gone "over
there" in h?3 address at Cleveland las't
Saturday at a Liberty Loan celebra?
tion, but gave no details. It is now
possible, however, to tell for the first
time of the midwinter passage of the
boats across the seas in the face of the
most severe weather known in years.
In the perilous passages the best tra?
ditions of the service have been main?
tained.
Departure Kept Secret
The first submarines to leave got
under way in early winter. Arrange?
ments for the triD were made without
a hint appearing in the papers, and, in
fact, until Secretary Daniels spoke, no
word of the participation of the under?
water boats in the war against Ger?
many was published.
The navy had some experience with
long distance work with submarines on
which to draw. Boats have been sent
to the Philippines, to Hawaii and to
Panama, but always in mild seasons of
the year and with plenty of time for
precautionary step*--.
Made Trip Safely
This time, however, they were to go
in winter, and a terrible winter at that,
with the Atlantic in its ugliest mood.
The steps taken to get them across can- j
not be disclosed, but the fact that the ;
department has no disaster to record i
is pointed to as proof of their suffi- :
ciency.
Officers and men of the submarines I
faced hard days as they put out. I
("ramped in narrow quarters ar.d with
storms in prospect, they steered to
sea with ?omplete confidence in them- :
selves and their boats. A laconic re- ,
port of uneventful voyages bore out ?
that confidence.
In mid-December, others got started
While it was fair on sailing day, ahead
of the submarines a 100-mile gale was
brewing. Into it they ploughed, rolling!
and tumbling.
Strike Heavy Gale
Details of the commanders' repo.-ts |
have not been made public, but among j
the crews Undoubtedly were men who
v ,
recalled the first employmenl of the
submarines at man?uvres when sea?
sickness all but put the flotilla out. of
commission.
But there was no faltering. The
boats were goitu?; to the front in roal
warfare this time. Even when tow.
lines parted in some cases, unknown to ,
the tugs and accompanying craft, the
subniterines battled forward alone._ A
majority of them reached their destina?
tion under their own power, ready for
duty.
Some of the boats were driven far
from their course. They showed up at
different ports, but promptly put to
sea again and reached their stations.
One Forced to Return
One boat was the nard-luck vessel (
of the. lot. Separated from the flotilla
in the lirst storm and its compasses
out of order, it turned homeward, only
to strike two more gales in quick suc?
cession. However, it made port suc?
cessfully and undamaged.
With new fuel and supplies aboard
and with a man or two worn out by
the long struggle with the elei-.ents re?
placed, ?n a few days the boat put to
sea again. It went through that time,
despite a fourth gale it encountered.
Little lias been said of the work of
the British and French submarines in I
the U-boat hunt. They are playing a
definite part, however, and lurking
close to enemy bases. There have been
encounters between submarines which i
read like fiction. The service has been ?
discribed as a trying one, for which!
men of courage and daring are needed.
It is in this work presumably that the
American submarines are engaged.
No 'Phones Between
Mexico and U. S.
EL PASO, Tex.. April 9.-Telephone
communication between American and
Mexican border towns is to be sus?
pended for the period of the war, it
was announced officially here to-day.
This action is voluntary by the tele?
phone companies, and designed to pre- ;
vent information regarding military j
movements reaching German agents in :
Mexico.
Communication has already been I
severed between Brownsville and Mata
moras, between Laredo and Nuevo La?
redo and Eagle Pass and Piedras Ne-1
gras. The same action is to be taken
here and Juarez, and at Douglas, "aco.
Nogales and San Diego, west of hero.
An elaborate system of "under
ground" communication between Ger- !
man agents in America and Mexican
towns opposite here, has been discov
ered, and the action of the American
telephone companies is expected to!
curtail such operations. '
British and
Portuguese
Fall Back on
11 Mile Line
Terrific Bombardment
Precedes New Blow
Between Givenchy
and Fleurbaix
Allies Holding
Firm on Flanks
i .
Haig Admits Loss of
Two Towns; French
Again Give Way
on Oise
*
The Germans shifted their attack
yesterday to a sector thirteen
miles north of the battlefield of
the last three weeks
They assaulted an eleven-mile front
between Givenchy and Fleurbaix,
near Armenticres, and drove the
British and Portuguese in the
centre back a distance of about
four miles to the line of the River
Lys, between Estaires and Bar St.
Maur.
On the flanks the Allies held their
ground, thus creating a sharp
salient. Very severe fighting was
continuing late last nigh?.
Marshal Haig announced that the
towns of Richebourg-St. Valst
and Laventie had been lost.
The section selected for attack is
open and fairly level, with few
obstacles to an advance. The
enemy advanced in a fog after a
short, intense bo m bard nient, just
as he did on March 21. "His object
undoubtedly is to turn either
Messines Ridge, to the north, or
Yimy Ridge, to the south.
The French continued their retire?
ment south of the Oise, taking up
a position behind the Oise-Aisnu
Canal, paralleling the Aillotte
River.
On the rest of the front the fighting
yesterday was confined to violent
artillery duels ami a fev. -harp
local actions.
Portuguese Sector
Bears the Brunt of
New Enemy Attack
I By Tha Aiwxlatp-1 Presa]
WITH THE BRITISH ARMY J\'
FRANCE. April 9. Another sector of
the British theatre suddenly developed
intense figh'ing to-day, when the Ger?
mans ?elivered a heavy attack over ap?
proximately an eleyen-mile front from
the vicinity of Oivenchy and La Ba---"
to a point east of Fleubaux. ju-t below
Armentieres. A Portuguese sector is
included in the line involved.
Ea?t of Le Plantin and East of Peti!
ion. the enemy appeared to have gained
a footing in advanced defences, accord?
ing to the latest reports, and a fierce
battle was raginp; all along the sector.
Le Plantin i? northwest of Givenchy
and Petilion lie- to the cas', of La
ventie.
At Givenchy and on the ?eft of the
front attacked the Allies apparently are
holding their ground in the very heavy
fighting, which was reported to be es?
pecially bitter east 0f Festub-jrt. The
Portuguese wore heing supported by
British troop3.
Towns Heavily Shelled
The attack was preceded by a violent
bombardment, which bp?an in the early
morning and extended all along the
front affected. Bethune, Estairs and
other towns behind the British lines
have been heavily shelled.
It is too early to say what relation
this new move has with the main Ger?
man offensive further south. Only time
will tell whether it was undertaken
as a diversion, cr whether the enemy
has a serious idea of pushing forward
here.
Rain Continues
The sky was heavily overcast this
mornine with low hanginjr clouds and
the earth blanketed with ground mists.
Rain fell occasionally, as it did yester?
day and during last nifrht, making the
battleground undesirable terrain for
operations.
The enemy artillery lire sjuth o? tu?

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