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BETTER NEWS TO-DAY Enemy Masses Thrown Back. BATTLE'S UNEXAMPLED FURY. Rheims Position Unchanged. TO-DAY'S FRENCH OFFICIAL. France, Saturday. The enemy drive continued yesterday at the close of the day and during the night with redoubled violence., On the front from SoisBons to Chateau Thierry, in the region of Soissons and on the Chavdinâ .Vierzy line our troops, continuing their counter-attacks with entire energy, drove back the enemy masses launched on this front, and main- tained the ground everywhere, and captured several hundred prisoners. To the south the enemy has been thrown back on the Crise. Further to the south, Chavdin and Vierzy, taken and lost re- peatedly, remained in our hands after desperate fighting. The battle has not been less violent in the region of Chovy-Neuilly St. front. Our troops broke up the enemy attacks and maintained their lines immediately to the east of these localities. On the north bank of the Marne the enemy pushed his advance ele- ments from the northern and eastern outskirts of Chateau Thierry as far as Verneuil. On our right very lively combats took place on the road from Dor- mans to Rheims. The situation remains unchanged to*the north-west and to the north of Kheims. TO-DAY'S UNOFFICIAL STORY. FRANCE, Saturday. The main operation is of a great collective importance, in that they mean the steady strengthening of our line in places where it may have to meet the shock of a new. great German effort. The weather continues wonderfully fine all over the battle area, and aeroplane activity is intact. TO-DAY'S BRITISH OFFICIAL. General Headquarters, France, Saturday, 10.33 a.m. A hostile raid was repulsed last night east of Villers-Brettoneux, Local fighting has taken place to'our advantage at Aveluy Wood, north of Albert. A few prisoners have been taken by our troops in tfiese encounters Hostile artillery developed considerable activity earl y this morn- ing in the Villers-Brettoneux-Hebutei-ne sector, and has been active during the night soucli and west of Lens, and in the neighbourhood of Givenchy. CLEMENCEAU CONFIDENT. The Gaulois" on Saturday says that M. Clemenceau, in receiving a deputa- tion of Socialist members of the Chamber on Friday, declared his absolute confi- dence in the issue of the operations which are now in progress, and gave the deputation details which produced an excellent impression upon them. The newspapers regard the situation as still serious, but think the present symptoms are more and more reassuring. A new development ha.s occurreq which makes it possible to define more clearly the st rategic intentions of the enemy. EVENTS OF NEXT 48 HOURS. Paris, Saturday.âM. Marcel liutin, in the "Echo de Paris," says the enemy lias beaten all records, and is benefitting greatly from his numerical superiority. Our reserves are hurrying up to take the held. "During the whole of the night the nirtiien on both sides have been extremely active. The battle has been', proceeding, and our troops are insistently holding up, at sensitive poin, the (parch of the enemy. The Crown Prince is receiving an unlimited number of fresIl troops, but our reserves are arriving, and within the next 48 hours the development of the battle will show whethehe enemy has not enterd upon a mad enterprise.âExchange. BRITISH OFFICIAL. Genral Headquarters, France, Friday, 7.40 p.m.âThere is nothing of special ip- terest to report from the British front. On Thur-iday our aeroplanes and bal- loons were very active. Fine weather enabled much work to be done in co-operation with the artillery as well as reconnaissance and photography. Bombing was carried out vigorously all day, 38 tons of bombs being dropped on different targets, including railroads, dumps, and billets at Merville, Armen- tieres, Bapaume, Albert and Valen- ciennes. Twenty-eight German machines and two German balloons were destroyed dur- ing the day, and six other hostile aero- planes were driven, down out of control. Five of our machines are missing. On Thursday night 17 tons of bombs were dropped by us, and Bruges Docks were again attacked, and large fires started In addition, 1! tons of bombs were dropped by our long-distance night squad- rons ibn railway stations and sidings at Metz Sablons, Thionville, CourceHes, Ktr 7 thans, and Esch. r All our machines returned. FRENCH OFFICIAL. rriday, 11 p.m.-On our left, in the region of the Lower Ailette, the Germans continued their pressure in the course of the day. Our troops broke up the enemy attacks in tli6 region of Bleamcourt and to the west of th. t loeality. An 4p attack which had succeeded t»i jjpKinng the Oise to the east of Sem- Ilikoy was thrown back on to the right jBffik. The enemy's efforts were chiefly directed in the sector of Soissons, and further to the soutii in the direction of «Neuilly Saint front. To the west of Soissons our troops made vigorous counter-attacks and stopped all the enemy, who suffered very heavy Uvw, ani was unable to make any pro- in this direction. St On the other hand. we were able to-gain me ground to the west on the road from Soissons to Chateau Thierry and in the direction of the town, starting beyond Oulclfy la Ville and Oulchy Ie Chateau. At the centre small German elements reached the northern banks of the Marne, between Chartres and Jaulgonne. On our right there is no change in the situation, and the same is the case to the north-west and to the north of llhoims. GERMAN OFFICIAL. Berlin, Friday. Army Group of the Crown Prince liup- precht.-âThere have been artillery duels Of varying intensity and minur infantry engagements. Army Group of the German Crown Prince. e closely pursued the enemy retreating from the Ailette front to the south of the Oise across the Ailette, cap- tured the Bretigny-St. Paul-Trosly-Loire line. To the north of the Aisne in constant fighting we drove the enemy back via Bieuxy-Chaviny. To the south of Soissons the French brought forward cavalry and infantry for violent counter-attacks. They were with disastrous -effect bv orr fire, fcnd defeated. The French divisions which were brought > the direction of Fere-en- Tardenois ii y e south-west across the Mame;and from the south-east were unable anywhere, in spite of their despe- rate counter-attacks to offer successful resistance to our advancing corps. Rear positions of the enemy at Arcy and Grand Rozoy were pierced. To the south of Fere en Tardenois we reached the Marne. The heights 01 Cham- puotey, St. Gemure, and Eomigny are in our possesion. On the southern bank of the Yesle to the west of Reims. Germigny, Gueux, and Thillois were captured. The number of prisoners and booty are increasing continuously. Over 45,000 prisoners, and over 400 guns, and thou- sands of machine-guns have been taken. Friday evening. On tht front from Noyon to the west of Reimf our attack is progressing favonr- ably.

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