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SALKM, OKKGOX, SI'S DAY M()U.M(i, MAIU'H 21, 191 A.
fiuce five cexth
ON SAME DAY
City Bombarded by Cannon
Firing From Distance of 74
Miles Beyond French Front,
Late Report Claims
SHELL PIECES CAUSE
OF DEEPEST MYSTERY
9 Long Range Shelling Dumb
founds Army Men Hid
den Gun Suspected
PARISi Ifarcn" 23. Paris received
a third warning of an attack within
twenty-four hours with unshaken
serves tonight 'when an alarm was
given at 9 o'clock. The "all clear"
signal was given at 10:20 before the
population could learn whether the
warning was against an airplane
'raid or whether the long distance
German cannon had t resumed ope
.The people were crowding to mu
sic halls and theaters, fully confi
dent nothing further would happen
"tonight, only to be advised to seek
the nearest shelter as quickly as
After the .aerial battle most of
, those who had taken refuge in cel
f lars, hearing no sound after half an
.hour's stay,- came out and remained
in the streets about their doors, won
dering at the prolongation of the
raid which generally do not exceed
three hours. School children were
marched to shelters which had pre
. Tiously been allotted them. fMany
' restaurants were closed, but large
stores which had just. finished ar
ranging their windows lowered their
shatters and sent their employes In
to the cellars. Parjs wore an aspect
recalling the early days of the war
in J914. Telephone girls remained
at their post8Lvery few taking ad
vantage of the administration's per
mission to .seek refuge If they
wished. Tramways and auto buses
stopped on the streets and the "con
doctors and ticket collectors sought
tie nearest shelter. . The subway
trains ceased running and the tubes
were used by pedestrian to reach
limine on foot. The police were
placed at each station to' prevent a
repetition of the recent panic and
prevented people from assembling
around the entrances. ftine hours
thus passed and-then Pajrls learned
Haat it was not being raided, but
PARIS. March 23. Paris has been
bombarded at quarter hour intervals,
; beginning this nWning, with shells
of about ' nine-inch caliber. The
source of the bombardment has not
been revealed. The nearest point on
the front is sixty-two miles distant,
more than twice as far as artillery
fire has ever reached previously.
One theory . suggested is that the
Germans "have developed , aa aerial
torpedo which can be fired from a
PARIS, March ; 23. According to
the latest reports the long distance
cannon which bombarded Paris this
afternoon' was firing from a distance
of 120 kilometers (approximately
seventy-four and one-half miles)
and was located about twelve kilo
meters behind the French front.
Flrt Daylight IUiUl Made.
PARIS, March 23. The first day
Hcht air raid on Paris came today,
nlrh was one of perfect sunshine.
The people of Paris refused to 1m
tnore themselves in cellars and other
subterranean shelters, and although
the subway stations were crowded,
the streets always had a great num-
- ber of people in them watching for
n aerial battle or some other stir
Ting incident. i
As the day passed and the "all
dear" signal was not given, the feel
tog grew that som Ithing new in the
ay of a raid was expected, ind this
M not explained until an iofficlal
Uteraent waa ifaued saying that
tbe delay was du? to the bombard
ment by lonj? distance "cannon.
1 The "all clear" was then, sounded
ind the normal .life as resumed,
tie ea-ble off ice. reopened to take up
. accumulated piles of dispatches.
Khell Pk-cex Mystery.
Pieces of the shells, on examina
tion, were found to bear rifling
marks which proved that they had
Jot been dropped, but had been
: ri from a gun. This apparently
eft a greater -mystery than ever, as
jo where the gnn In question was lo
oted, the nature of it and by what
iethod it was being operated.
. Another thing which turned the
thoughts of1 the officials at the mu
nicipal laboratory to the possibility
j"&t a cannon wan being used was
: " regularity with which the bombs
: fell, one every twenty minutes.
WASHINGTON, March 2 3. The
rong range bombardment of Paris by
German gun presumably sixty-two
ttiles away, announced as a fact to
ay in the French capital, dumb
Founded American ordnance officers.
(Continued on rage 2.)
One I Shot While Trying to
Escape; Only One Officer
Is in List
MEN CAPTURED IN RAIDS
Report Transmitted by Ger
man Government Through
WASHINGTON'. March 'Z?,. An
official list of 200 Americans now
prisoners in German camps, made
public tonight by the state depart
ment, records the death of Charles
Hemphill, shot while attempting to
eseape in September, 1ft 17, and the
death of Andrew Campbell Murtroy,
an aviator, brought down near Par
gny, September 30, 1917.
The only American officer in the
list is Lieutenant Harold Willis of
Newton, Mass., an aviator capthrod
at Verdun on August 18, 1917'. He
is interned at Camp Gutersloh. Evi
dently Willis was an officer in Vi
The list reported by the "Royal
Prussian war ministry, and trans
mitted by the German government
to the state department through tho
Spanish embassy in Berlin and the
Spanish legation in Berne, contains
the names of American troops cap
tured in French raids, crews of cap
tured ships and survivors' of cap
tured ships and survivors of captur
ed ships. ,
i Engineers Cambria Captive.
The list also contains the names
of American engineers caught in the
German turning movement at
The names of prisoners are as
At Camp Brandenburg - from the
fteamer Souchan captured in tho
North sea, October 8. 191G.
Herbert Henry, Brooblyn; Cecil
Savely, South Philadelphia: Arth'ir
Crfssie, New York: Mike Perribi.
Los Angeles; Theophlle Jones,
From the steamer Esmeralda, cap
tured in the Atlantic, March 10.
Elmer Sorrencen, Philadelphia;
Daniel Ge rrltty, Shamokln, Pa ;
Walter Perkins, Whiteley, Ky.; Ei
ward McDonald, address not given:
William Thompson, Jamestown, N.
Y.; Frederick Stone, Washington;
William Parker, Spencer, N. Y.: Ed
ward Martin. Baltimore; . John Saw
yer, Dubuque. Iowa.; Thomas Dur
fee, Boston; Paul Nagel, Belleville,
N. J.; Sam Youdin. New York.
From, the steamer Campania, cap
tured in (Bay of Biscay, August H
Alfred Oliver, New York; Jams
Delaney Brooklyn. N. Y.; Ray Poop,
Hoyne City, Mich.; Charles Cline.
Reading, Pa.; Fred Jacobs, Pitts
burr. Pa.: Albert William Miller,
From the steamer Bergen, captur
ed in the Atlantic. February 1, 117:
John Lepo, Baltimore. .
, From the steamer Bulgarian, cap
tured in the Atlantic, January 21,
James Samuels, Kingston, Ja
maica. From the steamer" Mount Temple,
place and date of capture not given:
itaoul Boulols, address unknown.
From tho destroyer Jacob Jones,
captured 1h the English, channel. Je
rember 6, 1017: Albert De Mello.
New Bedford. Mass.; yiobn F. Mur
phy, R. I. 1
At Cam? Dulmfn:
! Steamer Give Over Many.
From the staniT Esmeraldas.
captured in the Atlantic, March 10,
1917: Charles Market Anderson,
Baltimore; Thomas V. Ballon, Bal-
(Continued on Page 3.)
WINNER OF PRIZE
Mrs. Withycombe Dr.aws Sew
ing Machine Mrs. 01
cott Wins Doll
Mrs. James Withycombe. wife of
Gevemor Withycombe, and Mrs. Be.i
W. Olcot, wife of the Kerretary of
state, were winners of prizes in the
lottery contests at the County Fair.
Mrs. Withycombe drew the lucky
itsmber for the nevrin? machine an!
Mrs. Olcot gets a pretty doll.
Ciifnoaaf nl mimhfri drawn for the
. . I i i rc . ' - - - - - -
several prizes offered were announc
ed late test night. In all cases
where more than one number is
Riven, the first is the winnlg num
ber if the holder reports. If not,
preference goes to the next number
in order. The numbers are.:
Oraphonola, 1071. 1803; chair,
US, 610, 21; lamp, 621; rug, 39S,
340; sewing machine, 683, S34;
first number drawn by Mrs. Gover
nor Withycombe; automobile tire.
487, drawn by Mrs. F. M. Chitten
den, 54 2 North Water street; doll.
120. won by Mrs. Ben W. Olcot; sil
ver coffee urn, 77, 21, 48
WHEAT USE .
SO PER CENT
Food Administration Calls on
America to Hold Down Con-
' sumption to ' 21,000,000
FLOUR SALES CUT TO
EIGHTH OF A BARREL
Allied Supplies at Minimum
and Need for Bigger
WASHINGTON. March 23. Fur
ther reduction in the consumption of
wheat was asked of the public to
night by the food administration
that the scant supplies available be
fore the next harvest many be strech
ed to meet theneeds of the army, do
mestic consumers and the allies.
Every American is requested to
cut his average ration of wheat by
fifty per cent which would leduce
the total monthly normal consump
tion to 21.000,000 bushels. That
gives a ration of not more than 1
pounds of wheat products weekly for
each person. Flour sales will be
cut to one eighth of a barrel for
a town customer and to one quarter
of barrel for any country customer,
that retailers stocks may be (dis
tributed m to as great a number as
Wheat Content Reduced.
The wheat content of bakers
bread will be reduced to 75 per
cent on April 14, which increases by
five per cent the amount of substi
tutes that must be used.
Sacrifice in the what ration will
entrail no hardship in the opinion of
food administration of ficials. because
the supply of potatojes; corn, oats
and milk is ample.
The full seriousness of the wheat'
situation and some of the difficulties
with which the food administration
has had to contend in wattling off
famine from the allies became known
with the announcement of the new
Food Supply At Minimum.
With food i rations in France and
England cut to the utmost, there has
been constant danger that the Unit
ed States could not meet even mini
mum demands because of transpor
tation handicaps. The breakdown n
the railroads upset the corn exporta
tion schedule. On March 1 there had
been sent, abroad only 14.000,000
bushels, against the 64,000,000 bush
els of last year and the 100,000,000
bushels which it was hoped to send.
Accordingly the foreign populations
have been dependent on wheat. Their
need of wheat is growing, for after
April 1 the shipment of corn is at
tended with great risk of loss owing
to the possibility of germination.
Mtore .than 10.000,000 busjiels of
contract corn have been gathered
for shipment abroad In the fast few
days through the co-operation, of
grain exchanges with the 6d admin
istration. Elevator Supplies Iw Indie.
: . i ' '
Asj-the demand for wheat has
grown, the supplies in elevators have
dwindled. Too, the usual flow of
grain to market has decreased in the
last month from . 000, 000 bushels
weekly to 3,000,000, due, it is de
clared, to the desire of farmers to
hold out their grain for the higher
price proposed in legislation before
congress. Corn growers have added,
to the confusion by threatening that
If the corn price is not raised and
fixed, as the price of wheat has been
fixed they would, plant wheat instead
of corn, which officials declared
would work untold loss in the meat
supply. , "
The price of flour will be increas
ed to $15 a barrel if the $2.50 a
bushel for wheat becomes law. ac
cording to food administration of
ficials. Hoarding to IV Stopped.
Food Administration officials said
tonight their work had been ham
pered by the refusal of many per-,
son to coroperate in food conserva
tion. One German-American in New
Mexico was discovered to have raised
8000 bushels of wheat, to have pur
chased an additional 100.000 bush
els, all of which he stored and re
fused to sell, The grain was requi
sitioned. Several similar cases In
Minnesota are under Investigation
and the full power of the law will be
invoked to punish hoarding that at
tempts to hamper the prosecution of
Regulations for the enforepment
of wheat conservation are being
worked out by the foorif administra
tion and will take the form of fur
ther limitation of distribution.. As
the new reflations probably will be
necessary until the harvest, a mat
tor of three months, the administra
tion has abandoned the idea of ra
tion cards and will impose restric
tions on mills, wholesalers and re
tailers which can be established in
expensively and odne away with
quickly. , . ; .i
U. S. ARTILLERY
OF GAS SHELLS
Observation Balloon Downed
in No Man's Land and
DISTANT TOWN SHELLED
Gunners Retaliate Against
Hons Who Dropped Mus
tard Gas Shells
WrITH THE AAIKRICAN ARMY
IN FRANCK, Match 23. Hundreds
of gas shells werelfired by the Amer
ican artillery on the Toul sector In
to the village of St. Haussant. The
.American observers reported that
the work of the artillery was ef
fective. At the sam time high explosive
shells were fired into the town,
against batteries in the rear of the
cemetery (and into Sonnard wood,
where there were other enemv guns.
An enemy observation balloon
near Montsec broke from Its moor
ings this morning and floated to
ward the American lines. The artil
lery brought it down in No Man's
Land and completely destroyed it.
' WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY
FN FRANCE. March 23. The Amer
ican suns retaliated heavily against
the Germans, who aeain last night
drooped more than 600 mustard gas
rhells In a certain town within the
American lines. There was no wind,
and the gas remained for hours.
The American artillery work was
WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY
IN FRANCE. March 23. A patrol
of four Americans earlv this 'morn
ing crawled nearly a mile, approach
ed a German listening post from the
rear and Jumped' on the German
there, throttling him before he had a
chance to make an outcry. They re
turned to their line as quietly s
they "went, bringing their prisoner"
with them. He was put through an
examination by the intelligence
STOLZ URGED TO
TRY FOR MAYOR
Petition Signed by Seventy
Seven Presented Former
A petition signed by se.venty-seven
citizens of Salem has been presented
to Gideon Stolz. urging him to be
come a candidate for tho nomination
for mayor at the primary election in
May." Mr. Stolz is reluctant to enter
the race and has not yet consented
to do so. but it is believed the weight
of sentiment brought upon him by
the signers of the petition will cause
hira to allow his name to go upon
the ballot. He Is a former member
of the city council.
The petition that has been signed
reads as follows: "Recognizing your
special fitness and qualifications for
the office of mayor or the city of
Salem, the underMied "citizens re
spectfully rqnest that you allow
your name to be placed In nomina
tion for mayor at the forthcoming
primaries to be held on Friday. May
The signers are: A. N. Moores,
C. V. Rlshoo, Lot I,. Pearce. E. T.
Harnes. Isadore Greenbaum, Edward
Rostein. Max O. Ruren. Lee W. Ach
eson. Edward N. Weller. W. T.
Jenks, Joseph II. Albert. 1T. G. Rover.
I). A. White, R. White. Clifford
W. Rrown. Ralph Glover, A. L.
Urown. F. E. Shafer. John W. Rol
and. William S. Walton. L. P. Aid
rich. A. N. Rush, O. E. Price. O. R.
Gingrich.: J. W. Harbison. Hoy Bur
ton. W. P. Georee, C. R. Cross. A. R.
Gardner. Russell Catlin. Georpe C.
Will. Ixiwell Will. F. W. Spencer,
Edward Schunke, L. G. Altman, S.
M. Endicttt. A. M. Clough. C. B.
Webb. W. VI Moore. Rar L. Farmer.
Ed. 15. Kene, W. A. f'usif k. C. S.
Hamilton. R. 11. Campbell, H. W.
Meyers. M. L. Meyers. E. L. Raker,
W. A. Denton. Paul II. Siege. W. 11.
Dancy. Theo. Roth. R. W. Hartman.
O. D. Hartman. John Hayip, William
Fleroine. F. I Vtter. C. H. Elliott.
F. Von Eschn. Otto Hansen. S. T.
Richardson, Erail A. Schaefer. J. A.
Mil's. E. R. Millard, C.- W. Laflar,
Rollin K. Pace. E. Crolsan, S. E.
Howard. 7.. 3. Rlsrps. F. R. Soiifh
wick, G. W. Evre, J. P. Rogers? J.
Ranmrartner. John Maurer. Y. W.
Hazanrl. H. A. Johnson. Jr., J. S.
Austin. S. R. Elliott.
Marine Corps Aviator
Falls and Is Killed
MIAMI. Fla.. March 23. Second
Lieutenant Lester C. Bauman of Salt
Lake City, an aviator In the marine
corps, was instantly killed this af
ternoon as the .result of a fall in . a
hydroaeroplane., .. i
Guns of World's Greatest Bat
tle Plainly Heard in Lon
don; Fact That Drive' Has
Come Brings Relief
NO NEW STRATEGY
What British People Look to
. Army For Is That It Shall
LONDON, March 23. While
clouds of uncertainty obscure the de
tails of the world's greatest battle,
the guns of which are heard in Lon
don, tonight, thee is a measure of
relief felt that Germany has finally
shown her hand. The purpose and
method of her long talked-of blow
are now plain. Hindehberg' ob
jective is undoubtedly the channel
potts, but he purposes to take the
first step toward them by breaking
thrauch the allies' line near the
junction of the French and British
No New Strategy Shown.
The attack has shown no new
strategy, but appears to be simply
a colossal blow with masses of guns
and men men hitherto never used.
There ,is no surprise that the British
line has been forced back. Lines of
defense have bent before all great
offensives In this war. What the
British people lciok to the army for
is that it shall not break.
With usual caution the German of
ficial reports of the first days' fight
ing did not reveal to their own peo
ple the extent or Importance of their
effort. Onlv when n imhIiI hm
has been recorded waaf Emperor Wil
liam designated as commander-in-chief
and the crown prince mention-
LONDON. March ?rre.ntf-
. . V .
advances: mad a bv tho r.rmni n
ipsa of confidence on the allied side
jii me ultimate outcome is apparent.
serious, but not alarminr " U th
view London takes of the sit nation
Attention is largely centered now on
in ji. yuenun inrust ana tne next
bijk developments are looked-for to
come from that sector.
Battl? U niKKet New.
' "Phe great battle in the west has
caused all other news to become of
minor importance by comparison, but
considerable interest attache to the
announcement of a further British
success in Palestine, where General
Allenby's troops have forced a cross
ing of the River Jordan and are
fiKhtincr their wav eastward rt r
successfully bridging the stream.
LONDON. March 23 "Nothing
we have heard nn to fb nrMr
would lead me to think that anything
has happened which could not have
been expected. There Is no reason
to come to the conclusion that things
are lookine bad." General Sir Hnrar
Lor k wood Smlth-Dorrlen nays in an
interview with the Weekly Dispatch.
LONDON. March 23. The guns in
France are distinctly heard In Lon
don tonight, particularly In high
places there is a continuous throb
bin ?. Many persons have gone to the
house tops to listen. j
LONDON, March 24. Comment
ing n the great battle in France,
the Sunday Times says: - .
-."In all previous great assault the
chief success has been gained at the
first thrust, but in this battle, where
as the Germans were unable to issue
a flowery report at the close of the
first day. it has to be admitted that
their second and third communiques
will be more satisfactory from this
point of view. They have already
flung nearly one third of the entiie
western resource against the sector
measuring one tenth of the western
front and must continue to flingl
fresh divisions Into the blood bath.
"With time on our side and fwer
troops exposed to the death blast, we
"nujyr reasonably count on holding in
band reserves powerful enough to
deal a crushing counter-stroke when
Von Hindenberg has shattered his
last legions against the impregnable
Heart Is With Huns,
German Rancher Jailed
MISSOULA, jfont.. March 23.
Ijuis Ef finger, a wealthy Rattle
Snake creek rancher of German
blood, narrowly escaped punishment
at the hands of a crowd this after
noon when he said he "hoped the
Dutch would pet every one of the al
lied forces- on the western front."
Only th fact that a patrolman
rnhed Effinger to Jail saved him.
Effinsrer was later taken before
County Attorney Fred R. Angevlne.
who Issued a complaint charging
him with sedition. He was placed
under $1000 bonds and will have a
preliminary hearing Tuesdays
ON QUICK BLOW
As News Comes in American
Officers Hold View of
GERMAN GAINS COSTLY
Every Foot of Ground Given
Up by British Is Bought
WASHINGTON. March 23. The
war department cabled General Per
ching tonight to forward immediate
ly definite Information of the exact
situation, on the battle front where
the British troops are under the
German onslaught, j
,v The only official word at hand
was contained in the official state
ment issuel from London and
Berlin. ' I
a The American army officers would
hazard no opinion lacking definite
and comprehensive advances. . Pri
vately, however, their confidence in
the eventual repulse of the German
thrust remained unshaken in the
face of aljl reports received. ,
View of Confidence HeM.
Both American officers and those
attached to the1 British, and French
military missions looked with con
fidence on the story unfolded from
hour to hour as the German effort
progressed. A reveiew of the day's
events as told in American Press
dispatches, they said, gave no
ground for assuming that allied ra
sisting power would prove unequal
to its task. All reports were taken
to prove that the Germans had
Ftaked lives by the hundred thous
and upon a quick blow, designed 'to
be overpowering both because of
men used and also because of the
absolute disregard of losses which
marked its delivery.
There was evidence that seemed
to bear out predictions that Ger
many was prepared to sacrifice 300.-
ooomen In the effort. It wag with 1
m&n power in great masses and not
gun power thfct the first lines of the
British defenses were penetrated,
llritihh Meet Shock Well.
The greatest shock ever hurled at
an army appears to observers here
to have been met by the British with
great skill. It appeared that the
British had stopped the rush where
they could withdraw slowly before
it where they could not. Their ori
derly retirement, American officers
telieve means defeat for the" Ger
mans in the end. There has been,
no loss of British organization. It
was pointed out, and every foot of
ground surrendered has been bought
Military experts say such an ef
fort as the Germans are making can
not be continued long. Every foot
gained means added dificulties of
transportation and the conseqeunt
slowing tip of the forward move
ment. A day or two more of bitter
jesistance. even involving ul-ther
British retirement, it was thought
would see the Impetus of the Ger
man thrust lost, and Us power di
minished'. Then would come oppor
tunities for counter blows on a ma
. . Drive on French Suspected. ; j .
In seeking the strategic purpose
of the German drive officials here
noted that the British press had al
ready suggested a possible solution.
A rupture of the British lines in the
vicinity of St. Quentin, it has been
said, might leave the French left In
the Aisne front unsupported. Re
tirement (there would bring the bat
tle lines 'closer to Paris.
German reports that 23,000 pris
oners had been taken were regarded
ae not at all improbable. The cap
ture of certain points on the first
defensive system probably was that
made thje sector of the line aban
doned by, the British untenable and
started the withdrawal. Presum
ably thei 16,000 men said by the
Germans to have fallen into their
hands yesterday, are included in
their new figure of 25,060 prisoners.
The first captures undoubtedly were
made when the front lines were
breached. The ramainder probably
fe composed of rear-guard units left
in position to hold off the enemy
until the British withdrawal under
fire had been accomplished, then to
The Germans themselves lost fifty
thousand or more prisoners to the
French and British in the withdraw
al on the Somme alone, and a great
number were taken in the retire
ment from the Marne during the
first year of the war.
Officials were hopeful that tomor
row's reports would ehow clearly
the German objective and steps to
oft set it. They are beginning to
look for counter-blows by the allies
on other sectors. Now that the Ger
mans are so deeply involved in theti
enterprise In the St. Quentin region
it is thought they could not spare
large reserves to face attack else
where without checkingr their own
Germans in Desperate Fight
ing Penetrate Five Miles
West of St Quentin and
Reach Ham; British Strong
in New Positions
GROUND IS GAINED
! AT HEAVIEST COST
Haig's Counter-Attacks Suc
ceed ; Berlin Claims 25,0 0 0
Prisoners; Battle Rages
With Great Intensity
t k.wsku xim axis c;erman
illume w -WKSTISIIX
LONDON. March 2. To-
day's official announcement re-
celved here states that Em
peror 'William is In command
on the western front.
This announcement Is re
garded as further evidence that
the emperor has staked his all
on an offensive, hoping to win
and go down la history as tho
Victory in this great and decis
ive world conflict.
Dispatches from Amsterdam
picture the emperor at Spa,
Belgium," which Is being kept
Isolated on a radius of fifteen
kilometers. The German crown
prince. Field Marshal Von IHn
denburg. General Von Luden
dorf., and other prominent Ger
mans are also reported there
BRITISH ARMY HEADQUAR
TERS IN FRANCE. March 23. The
Germans this, afternoon were press
ing their fattack hard on the right
flank of tie British near Ham, while
on the northern end of the battle
line desperate fighting has been go
ing on since yesterday about Mory.
which has chanred hands several
It Is reported that some of the
enemy infantry puahed down across
the Somme cnal and drove forward
against prepared positions to which
the British had retired. A
German cavalry was seen behind
the advancing German infantry and
there was small doubt that the at
tackingf forces Intended to make a
supreme effort' to rupture the British
line in this sector, which Is near the'
Junction of the French and British
IlritUh Defensive Magnificent,
The British strategical withdrawal
aldng the battle front 4 better posi
tions has now been carried out de
liberately and in accordance with
the plan, thereby saving the lives of
British troops while attacking forces
have been advancing under increas
ing difficulties with huge cost of
life. Aboat .Mory the battle has
been especially fierce an when the
story of the British defense can be
told it will fee a record of a magn!f
Icent stand. -The fighting here be
gan yesterday morning when Aha
Germans attacked with a superior
number of trops. The British held
on during the day but last evening
the enemy gained a foothold in the
village after a sanguinary struggle at ;
iennans Meet fJrillinff Fire.
The Germans advanced for this
new attack from Crolsllles and for
hoars Were held off by a company
01 imusn macnine .gnnners wno t
were stationed on high ground aoi
swept the enemy ranks with a grillt
lag fire. j
The British organised a counter
attack as soon as the Germans en
tered the tillage and pushed the
Bitter, fighting continued through
out the night and it is not less bitter
today with fluctuating fortunes.
LONDON. March '25 'The bat
tle Is continuing wfth the greatest
intensity on the whole front south
tf the Scarpe river.' Field Marshal
Haig's report tonlsht announces.
"South and west of St. QuentiTt
our troopshave taken up their new
positions and we are heavily en
gaged with the enemy."
Teuton's Hurled lUck.
"During the night strong hostile
attacks Jn the neighborhood of Jus?y
(south of j3t. Quentin), was repulsed
with great loss to the enemy.
"On the northern portion of tho
battle front the en;mys attacks
have been pressed with the utmost
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