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THE BEE: OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 1917.
BRITONS CAPTURE ELEVEN THOUSAND Germans Driven from Northern End of Vimy Ridge and Eastern Slope Cleared. FIGHTING OH WIDE FRONT (Caatlauea' Fra:j rf One.) Fighting continued along the entire battle front. The British have seized the village of Fampoux and the neighboring de fenses north and soutu 01 tne ocarpe river. The Germans made a strong attack on a narrow front, southeast of Ypres and reached the British support lines. They were driven from the Bntun trencnes Dy a counter at tack. Enemy Ejected. The announcement, which is timed 11:50 a. m.. is as follows: "During the night there was severe f ghting at the northern end of Vimy ridge, where the enemy had retained a footing., tie was ejected ana an ai temnted counter attack failed to ma' terialiie. The eastern slope of the ridge has been cleared of the enemy and counter attacks reDUlsed. "Our troops advanced and seized .the village of Fampoux and neigh boring defenses north -Slid south of the acarpe. "The number of prisoners taken yesterday exceeds 9,000 and over forty guns have been captured. "In the neighborhood of St. Quen tin the enemy has been driven from the high ground between Le Ver cuier and Hargicourt. Fighting con. tinuei throughout the whole battle front. "After an intense bombardment the enemy made a strong attack last night cn a narrow front southeast of Ypres and succeeded in reaching our support lines. He was immediately ejected from our trenches, leaving leveral dead." Newt Stirs London. ' The newi of the successful open ing of the new British orirmive has stirred high hope among the people throughout the country. Watever the enemy may have claimed as to the retreat in the Somme sector having - beert prearranged and strategical, it is contended that their recoil before the blow delivered in the Arras-Lent reg ion cannot be explained away in tuch manner. It is urged that there it no possible voluntary element in this re tirement and that there can be no dispute as to who took the initiative. A new chapter in the conflict on the western front hat begun and whether or not it is to prove the beginning of a decisive battle, it it bound, accord ing to the prevalent opinion here, to lead to results of the highest impor tance. The main feature of the bat tle thut far on which attention hat been focussed, it the capture of Vimy ridge. The immense value of thit tenet of height! which dominate the plain from an elevation of 400 to 500 feet hat been recognized throughout the war and great sacrifices have been regarded at justifiable if they resulted in itt possession. The French and Germans fought fiercely for control of the ridge in the summer of 1915, both tides suffering heavy losses, but in the end the Germans held the jnain portion of the position. Later the British took over the French lines and were ousted by the Germans from the part of the ridge which had been won by their predecessors. Important Strategic Position. One military critic, commenting on the present battle, thus describes the importance of Vimy height!. "They are admittedly the bastion of the enemy's wettern line. What ever else hat been allowed to go he held Vimy ridge with firm, resolve and lavished upon it all the artt in fortifications and defensive skill that the war has taught him. Upon it hinges the whole strategy of the enemy'a re treat in the west. With Vimy firmly held he ?an swing hit line farther touth tlowly back, until each part of it reachet the potition where. he has a mind to .stand and he can cover the French industrial districts upon which he depends much for supplies. But with Vimy gone the defense of these districts can hardly be maintained. The pivot of the whole retreat thiftt and givet backward and it in inttant risk of fracture." The issues depending upon British ability to hold the ridge are there fore immense. At the moment there it nothing to suggest a doubt that the ridge will be held, but the battle is ttill fiercely continuing and there is little disposition here to indulge in confident prediction!. Neverthelest the opinion it expressed that if the Germans are definitely driven from the ridge without hone of reattark. ing they are likely enough to be com pelled to acknowledge defeat and to retira to what it called the Meuse line, .running from Verdun through Mezieres, Maubeuge ami Lille. Front Fifty Miles Long. In the meantime the fighting noes on over a front of about fifty miles, roughly, from Lena to St O the core of attack being around the north of Arras. As far at informa tion goes, everything it going well for mc onusn ana juttinet tneir sanguine hopes, but the comments today n. erally include a warning not to allow these hopes to run too high. The enemy it known to have Brest re. nerves at hand and an iron compulsion bindt him to make every effort to avoid defeat The pipers warn the country that it should await the event in a tpirit of sober expectation and that it it not the time for exuberhant boasting. Berlin Admits Losses. Berlin, April 10. (Via London.) ine oriiian, says tne uerman otti cial statement today, "succeeded in penetrating our positions on the roadi radiating from Arras, but did not break through. Two of our divisions suffered considerable losses. The battle continues. - (JTrom a Butl ComaponSrat ef tha A Mo ri lad Proa.) With the British Armies in France, .ripm iu vvia i-onuonj. under blind ing snow squalls with intermittent flashes of sunshine, the British pressed their attack against the Ger mans today all along the line from a point south of Cambrai to the vicinity ' GLOVES, 15c We art aw aquiptwS to Jo the Wit rlot work fa Omaha and propoae to do tt. Our priea for cleaning glovci 'Tht Cmr Way" after Mar lit will b IS eBU- in tht BnstlM von wUl hava a eaanee to try aw now method at tho old prieo. Webster tts la ear somber. What'a rearer - Russia Expects Germany Will Strike a Petrograd, April 10. (Via Lon don.) The provisional government has issued a proclamation directing attention to the grave danger of a German effort to deliver a decisive blow at Russia and the necessity of immediately concentrating all of Rus sia's forces for the defeat of the enemy. "The provisional government," says the proclamation, "feels that it has no right to hide the truth. The state is in danger and it is necessary to em ploy all our powers to save it. The old regime left Russia in a sadly dis organized condition, especially in the matter of finance, food supply, trans port and munitions. "The provisional government will devote all its energies to repair the serious consequences of the old re gime. The blood of many sons of the fatherland has been shed freely in the course of these two and a half long years of war, but the country still is capable of a powerful blow at the enemy, who occupies whole ter ritories of our state and is now in the days of birth of Russian liberty threatening us with a new and deci sive thrust.; "The defense, cost what it may, of our national patrimony and the deliv erance of the country from the en emy, who invades our borders, con stitutes the vital problem before our warriors who are detending the lib erty of the people in close union with Our allies. ' The government deems it to be its duty to declare now that frea Russia does not aim at the domination of other nations, at depriving them of their national patrimony or at occupy ing by foroe foreign territories, but of Lens. So much booty was taken in the first rush of this new assault that it -has not all been reported, but it is said a large number of guns were captured. Yesterday s aghting and gains lar surpassed the first davs of the battle of the Somme last July. The Can adians today command the Vimy ridge and are reported to be well be yond it at some points. More vuiaget laaen. More villages were captured today in the direction of Cambrai and the fighting there it intense. Clearing weather yesterday after noon prompted the airplanes to de tect German trains moving toward the rail head, apparently for a counter at tack on Vimy ridge. Ihis tact was reported to the artillery and all long range gum for ten milet tround were concentrated tuddenly on the indicat ed point in what probably constituted a new record for long distance bar rage fire with heavy guns. Thua the plant for a counter attack were abso- utely destroyed before the reserve troops could detrain. The British casualties have been tight, due largely to the splendid ar tillery covering. uerman Being Done. Men who are going back to the hos pital from the -forward moving front give glowing accounts ot now tne Germans are being "done" every where. After being bandaged hur riedly in the forward dressing posts the wounded men return whistling or tinging in high spirits. 1 he crowded cages for prisoners st corps and divisional headquarters have been a source of1 greatest in terest to the Tommies who are await ing their turn at the front. They gather about the outer circle of barbed wire and converse with the Germans who are able to tpeak Eng lish. Even in thit third year of the war waitert from London hotels who are captured anxiously inquire how things art going there and if the Zeppelins lett any visible signs on the city. Loud laughter rings about the caget at tome of these queries and the replies of the tommies cause laughter in turn within the caget. The prisoners toss out water bottles, which the British refill and fling back. There is also a lively exchange of souvenirs. Sterile Often BUI, Wathlnfton. April S. Senator Sterling of South Dakota Introduced a bill today to appropriate ItS.ooa.QOO for the relief of Bel Slana made dependent by the war, to bo dlibuned by tho American Belief oommla- eton. Jnnaadate! , , JL. P" ' The White Enamel that V.' J) prodnces a surface like choice ; j china, smooth, bard, extreme- ' :Y v ark ? datable and washable. . V ) JK? Boaktot "JKVeVa nan aaat STiii a 1 1 r" Vajavr , eowt oej roqaoot. Addaeea Boaroel oAoe. I Tj a LJ aa-e.1 -. 0 IViitaihaia.illii.ai ' ''V Decisive Blow Soon that Its object is to establish a dur able peace on rights of nations to de cide their own destiny. "The Russian nation does not lust after the strengthening of its power abroad at the expense ot other na tions. Its aim is not to subjugate or humiliate any one. In the name of the higher principles of equity it has removed the chains which weighed upon the Polish people, but the Kus sian nation will not allow its father land to come out of the great strug gle humiliated and weakened in its vital forces. These principles will constitute the basis ot the foreign do icv of the orovisional government, which will carry out unfailingly the DODular will and safeguard the rights of our fatherland while observing the engagements entered into with our allies. "The provisional government of free Russia has no right to bide the truth. The state is in danger. Every effort must be made to have it let the country respond to the truth when it is told, not by sterile depressions and not by discouragement, but oy unani mous vigor, with a view to creating a united national will. "This will give us new strength for the struggle and will procure our sal vation. In this hour of rude trial let the whole country find in itself strength to consolidate the liberty won and devote itself to the welfare of free Russia. "The provisional government, which has given its solemn oath to aerve the people, it firmly confident that with the general and unanimous sup port of each one and all it will itself be able to do its duty to its country to the end. (Signed) LVOFF, "President of the Council." W.R.C. Speaker Would Put Disloyal , At Mercy of Subseas At the monthly meeting of the Cus ter Relief Corps at the court house yesterday afternoon harsh terms were used in speaking of the disloyal citi zens of the United States. Mrs. Ellen Hershey opened the discussion by saying that every person in America who even thinks of not tupporting the United States, but instead sympa thizes with some other country, ought to be nlaced in a ship and tet adrift on the sea, to be blown up. "In that way," she added, "the bad ones would be eliminated for good. Mrs. Augustus Lockner, who is of German descent and whose husband fought in the civil war, taid: "Al though I am part German, at times like this. I think that everybody ought to stand by the flag. If they dont, let them be punished severely, regardless of their mother country. Another woman said that every man who shows any inclination toward being disloyal to the Stars snd Stripes ought to be thot right on the spot. Another important matter dis cussed was the part that the corps will take in the war. The relief -corps of the city will unite in the work and co-operate with the Red Cross so ciety. Dick Rutherford Accepts Offer of Washington Uni Lincoln, Neb., April 10. (Special Telegram.) "Dick" Rutherford, for the last year assistant coach at the University of Nebraska, tonight sent an acceptance to the offer of Wash ington university at St. Louis to be come director of athletics. Rutherford will sever his connec tion with the Husker institution at the close of the present school year. The St. Louis offer represents a substantial increase in salary and also puts the Nebraska star in complete control of the athletic affairs of the St. Louis institution. The loss of Rutherford was keenly regretted by Dr. E. J. Stewart, the head'eoaeh, as relations between the two men had been the most cordial. Rutherford is '26 years old and mar ried, a base ball, foot ball, basket ball and wrestling ttar. ROOSEVELT HAS TALK WITH WILSON Colonel Lays His Plan for Vol unteer Division for Foreign Service Before President. BIO CROWD CHEERS HIM Washington,' April 10. Colonel Roosevelt called on President Wil son at the White House today and was received in the executive man sion. Colonel Rousevelt was accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Nicholas Long- worth. Colonel Roosevelt laid his plan for raising a division of troops for for eign service before the president and said that he had been received with the "utmost courtesy and considera tion." On departing from the White House after half an hour's conference with the president, Colonel Roosevelt gavt, out a statement, which 'in part fol lows: "I am heart and soul for the princi ple of universal military training. I would tavor it it the aim were to raise 3,000,000 men.. I am for both univer sal obligatory training and service. Call it conscription, and 1 will say yes. You cannot frighten by any name. "The division that I ask permission to raise would be made up of men who would not be taken under con scription. Thev would be over 25 years of age or of the excepted classes under 25." Several hundred persons gathered outside the White House gates and cheered Roosevelt as he left. As the colonel turned to leave Jack," a negro Tnessenger, who served at the White House during his administration, came up. Hello. Jack, exclaimed the col onel, shaking the negro's hand vig orously. Dust Explosion Kills Man at Dubuque, la. Dubuciue. Ia., April 10. A dust ex plosion at the Farley & Loetscher Sash and Door factory early today caused the death of James Reed, an employe, and probably fatally injured Maurice Hoyne, a laborer. The ex plosion occurred when Reed entered the shavings room with a lantern. The loss is estimated at $25,000. Missouri River Rising-. Pierre, S. D., April KWSnecial Telegram.) The Missouri river is at the twelve-foot stage here this even ing and yet rising carrying a heavy run of ice.. Clearance Sale OF USED PIANOS At Pries to Suit the Smallest Puree. Thma instruments were tak en in exchange on New Schrool ler ex Mueller Pianos sold 'dur ing our Easter Piano. Circle. We have thoroughly overhauled each instrument and guarantee them in every reipect. Uprights, $68 Up! Embracing Such Makes as Chickering, Conovar, Kimball, Steger it Sons, Hardman, Emerson, Schubert, Cable, Haines, Player Pianos . From $165 Up Embracing Such Makes as Columbus, Gerhardt, Wheelock, Herbert. 4 (Grand Pianos Prices starting at $150. Chickering, Steger at Sons, Emerson, Knabo. This is a piano-buying oppor tunity which all intending pur chasers should investigate at, once. We Will Arrange Terms to Suit. $1 Per Week Will Do. High'Crade Pianos' for Rent, S3.50 par Month. 500 SS-Note Player Rolls. Former price, 50c, 75e, $1. Now on sale at 15-25 SchmollerS Mueller ,v Piano Co. 1311-1 J FARNAM ST. 1 Whatever tkli coun try may ffo or w b ahrt f, w kur iMtftw fan csi f plain of a shorta f toad show plats didly aquippad antl clavarly play -and anly at tha Gayatjr, Senate Anti-Sunday Barber Bill Passes In Lower House Prom a Staff Correspondent.) Lincoln, Neb., April 10. (Special.) There was not a single vote against the Bennett bill to prohibit Sunday bartering in all towns of the state when it came before the house on final passage today. It received 79 votes, there being 21 absent. Governor Neville's bill to appro priate $18,000, matching a federal al lotment of equal amount, for voca tional education in public schools, and $2,500 additional for administrative expenses under the act, passed with 58 votes in its favor and 18 against. These bills also went through on third reading: a F. No. 13 Tima of c&IUna of a Brand jury mada optional wttH tha district court of each county. S. P. No. 5 (Penalty for conatructlnr or extending; alec trio traniroiwlon llnaa with out railway commtiston'a approval. 8. F. No. IAS To Include county aurveyort with other officials forbidden to be Inter ested In publlo contract. 8. F. No. 110 Railing aalary of Douvlaa county publlo defender, Si.200 to $2,400. H. R. No. 495 Corrective bill, recom mended by the governor, relating to regis tration of bonds. H, R. No, 803-Correcttva Insurance bill recommended by the governor. 8. F. No. 222 Salary raise for Omaht fire chief and assistant. 8. F. No. SI Municipal tax levy for Omaha limited to tl mills. District court clerk, instead of Judge, to approve bonds of guardians for sale of real talatc Persistent Advertising Is the Road To Success. THOMPSON BELDEN &CO. V6pas6ion(?pnfarbrJf6mpn Csfabfisfod 1066 Georgette Blouses Three delightful new models in Maize, White and Flesh color. The styles are very dainty and are particularly good values at $6.50. Silk Shirts for Men ' Exclusive patterns, all fast colors. Crepe ' de Chines, Peau de Crepes, Broadcloth Silks, Tub Silks with satin stripes, Fibre "Silks." A most attractive selection. , A call will repay you. To your left a as you enter. "" i Women's Fine Gauze Vests A fine ribbed a unit vest. low neck, sieveiess. An extra quality for 35c, 3 for $1.00. Skirt Shields At the . next opportunity step into the Corset Section to see our selection' of Skirt Shields. They are very light and sanitary and a neces sity to every woman's ward robe; 50c to $1.50. Third Flow I robe; 50c to $1.50. . . tor present wear. m I Third Floar MilliMry, S.ewd Floor M "When we see a II man cutting down Vl if on his Advertising, HI ' we cut down on Jfj tM his Credit" Jr :;'fe.-r ' Festus J. Wads, t JVX asd MatnMUa Natkaul Bank. &7mm, Wis Ar CoirvxirrtoN Boamd, NEW GUARD UNITS NOT TO BEACCEPTED War Department Announces a New Ruling Regarding- Vol unteer Regiments. NEW ARMY TO BE FEDERAL Washington, April 10. Plans for the National Guard were definitely outlined today by the War depart ment. Adjutants general of the states have been informed that no new units of the guard will be recognized except such special forces as may be neces sary to complete divisional organiza tion of the present establishment and those which have armories, have been recruited in definite localities and have other indications of "probable permanency." The purpose of the department is to prevent organization of purely vol unteer regiments under the guise of National Guard units ' and which would not, in all probability, last be. yond the duration of the war. An official circular issued today points out that the present emergency is one which cannot be met by the regular forces and the National Guard alone and adds that the existing law "does not contemplate that the fed eral government shall call on the states to form more National Guard trooos in order that they may be called into the federal service." Lunch Cloths, An Importation These attractive pieces are much favored for warm weather lunch eons; the colors are blue and gray and are all fast. Newness Trimmings are ' Wings, Ribbons and Fancies. This showing" radiates newness There are a number of attractive styles shown, all becoming for present wear. ADVERTISING dans op the Rivers of Industry, trans. mitring their Power to all tha people of the World it Instantaneottslr ill amines the path to the skilled artisan's door-atcp it breaks down barriers of caste, creed and country, distribotinf the good of the earth on their intrinsic merits. That to power for good may increase that all mem may welcome its aid end share in its constantly increasing benefits is tha purpose of the Thirteenth Annual Convention of the Associated Advertising Clubs of the World, to be held in the City of St Louis June 3rd to 7th of this year. MareaatOt Ch BMf. "The laws," the circular continues, "placed this responsibility of organiz ing more troops for strictly federal use upon the federal government, where it properly belongs. Both from the standpoint of justice to the state and of efficiency of the forces, the federal government should have the duty and the responsibility of organ izing all forces additional to the Na tional Guard after the guard has been called into the United States service." The statement then affirms this statement of policy, approved by Sec retary Baker: "No new National Guard units will be recognized which not have (1) suitable armories, (2) personnel grouped by locality so as to insure the possibility of attendance at drill, (3) probable permanency. "No new units will be authorized in addition to those needed to com plete the division outlined in the or ders of the War department and such army corps troops as may hereafter be designated, "State authorities and National Guard officers should concentrate their energies and upon organizing, properly equipping and training their existing organizations and recruiting them up to the strength authorized. Calls Patriotic Meeting. . Pierre, S. D., April 10. (Special Telegram.) Mayor Borst has called a patriotic meeting of the citizens of Pierre at the Auditorium for tomor row evening and the local company of guards along with the Grand Army of the Republic and Philippine Veter ans, have announced an intention of taking an active part in the movement. Napkins, Scarfs Direct From Japan. , 36-Inch cloths, 50c 50-Inch cloths, $1.00. 60-Inch cloths, $1.50. 72-Inch cloths, $1.75. Napkins, 75c a dozen; size 12x12 inches. Jap Scarfs, 35c ; 17 inches by 50 inches. 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