Rpatee bp auction. T LLANELLEN AND LLANOVER, NEAR ABERGAVENNY. J. STRAKER, SON & CHADWICK will offer by -Public Auction at the ANG EL HOTEL, ABER- GAVENNY. at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, on TUESDAY, 'â€¢MAY 7th, Two Valuable Freehold Hill Farms LOT 1.-A11 that rich Holding known as PANTALAR FARM, in the Parish of Llanover, distant It miles-irorn Blaenavon and five from Abergavenny, and containing in the whole 27-21 Acres (or thereabouts), now in the occupation of the Vendor, and sold with possession on Feb. 2nd,1919 LOT 2.â€”All that Hill Farm known as GRAIG- YR-HAFOD, in the Parish of Llane^len, distant 3 miles from Blaenavon and four from Aberga- venny and containing in the whole 233: Acres (or thereabouts), in the occupation of Mr. James Meredith on an annual tenancy from December 25th, subject to six months' notice, at the rental of Â£ 11 per annum. Sale particulars from the Auctioneers. Aber- gavenny, or as to Lot I MESSRS. GABB & WALFORD, Solicitors, Abergavenny. and as to 1.ot 2 L. A. WALLEN, Esq., Solicitor, Abertillery. BOROUGH OF ABERGAVENNY. J. STRAKER, SON & CHADWICK are instructed to offer by Public Auction by the Executors of the late Mr. John Addis, On TUESDAY, MAY 7th, At 3 o'clock in the Afternoon, at the ANGEL HOTEL, ABERGAVENNY, All that Valuable Freehold Corner Shop & Dwelling House j known as 40 MONK STREET. Commanding frontages to Monk Street and Ross Road. The Dwelling House is now in the occupation of Mrs. Tooley on a weekly tenancy of 5s. (tenant paying rates) the whole formerly commanding a rental of Â£ 26 per annum (tenant paying rates) and affording capital accommoda- tion in a good state of repair. -Particulars of Sale from the Auctioneers, or of MESSRS. GABB & WALFORD, Solicitors, Aber- gavenny. To FARMERS AND OTHERS. CATTLE MARKET, TUESDAY NEXTt J. STRAKER, SON & CHADWICK will Sell by Auction at II o'clock,-3 Capital DAIRY COWS, also a Nearly New SECTIONAL PORTABLE SHED with folding doors, length 12ft., height 7ft. (to eave), breadth 8ft. 2in. MONDAY, APRIL 29th.-Sale of Furniture at Oakdale," Blaenavon, for W. L. Cooke, Esq., J.P., C.C.-I. Straker, Son & Chatfwiek, Auctioneers. THURSDAY NEXT.â€”High St., Crickhowell. Sale of Furniture for Executors of Mr. J. Jones, deceased. See Sale Posters. J. Straker, San & Cisatfwick, Auctioneers. THURSDAY, MAY 16th.-Important Sale of Live and Dead Farming Stock at Upper Cwm Farm, Llantilio Crossenny, for Executors of the late Mr J. Cross. J. Straker, Son & Cfradwick, Auctioneers. WEDNESDAY, MAY ist.-Sale of Freehold Villa Properties at Pontnewydd, situate in High Street. J. Straker, Son & Chadwick, Auctioneers. SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE. PARISH OF CLODOCK. ESTATE Oil THE LATE MR. JOHN WATKINS. MR. MONTAGUE HARRIS, F.A.I., has received instructions to Sell by Auction, in the early Summer, the above ESTATE, consisting of FOUR VALUABLE FREEHOLD FARMS. Details in future advertisements. Vendor's Solicitors MESSRS. HUMFRYS & SYMONDS, Hereford. MONMOUTH ROAD, ABERGAVENNY. SALE OF VALUABLE GRASS KEEP, by direction of Mr. John Prichard, Glendower, on TUESDAY, 23rd APRIL, at 4 o'clock. MONTAGUE HARRIS, F.A.I., Auctioneer. UPPER FONTHENDR-E, LONGTOWN. AT AN EARLY DATE. ANTIQUE AND MODERN HOUSEHOLD FURNiTURE & EFFECTS, by instructions from Representatives of the late Mrs. Martha Davies. MONTAGUE HARR48, F.A.I., Auctioneer. [ jUmzilamms. King Henry Vllith's Grammar School, Abergavenny. Headmaster T. HEADLAND SIPTON, M.A., late Exhibitioner St. John's College, Cam- gridge. With Staff of Five Assistants. Tuition fee (per term) Â£1 2S. od. THE above fee includes all subjects in the School curriculum. The School has a well-equipped Laboratory, a Workshop for Manual Training, and a Playing Field near. The course of instruction includes :â€”Scripture, Classics, Mathematics (with book-keeping), English Language and Literature, Science, French, History, Ã©Ã¼A Geography on modern lines, Drawing and Manual Work. There is an op- tional class in Shorthand, and the Science course is drawn up with a view to introducing at as early a stage as possible the elements of chemis- try that bear upon Agricultural Science. The Headmaster, Edenhurst, Abergavenny, and the Secoi-d Master, Belmont, Abergavenny, are authorised to take in Boarders. Particulars can be obtained from either of them at the above addresses. I Next Term commences Wednesday, May 1st. The Headmaster may be seen by parents at the School on Tuesday, Apnl 30th, from 2.30 to 4.30, or on Wednesday, 1Ly 1St, during School hours. Forms of application for admission to the School may be obtained from the Headmaster. or from FRED BAKER GABB, <1, rk to the Governors. Abergavenny County Intermediate School for Giris. Headmistress MISS HOULISTON, Newnham College, Cambridge, Historical Tripos Class II. With Seven Permanent Assistant Mistresses. Tuition fee (per term) Â£1 is. od. THE above fee includes l 11 stationery (except primed booLsj, Swedish Drill, by a specially r, ined Mis r. ::s, 0Ild all subjects in the School eun iculuiu. ia the higher forms special ins ruction is given in Domestic and Commerci 1 subjects for those not entering on a scholastic c. reer. The School has a well- equipped Ciunac. 1 Laboratory, excellent Play- ing Fields CoLd Lawn Tennis Courts, and the health of the gills receives careful attention. Pupils fretn a distance 1. dge at houses ap- proved by eLl. Governors Under supervision of the Head mis LTV-SS. Next Teini c.n.mences Wednesday, May 1st The He d1111.su ess un y be seen by parents at the Schoel on Tuesday, April 30th, from 2.30 to 2.30 to 4, and on W, d..e.-dt.y,M-.y ist; from 2.30 to 4. Forms of pplieiuion for admission into the School my b^ obtained from the Headmistress, or from FRED 13AKHR GABB, Clerk to the Governors. x CEFN COTTAGE GARDENING SCHOOL FOR WOMEN, OLD MONMOUTH ROAD (Abergavenny It Miles) will open about Marcii 15th, for the reception of Resident. Pupils. Out Pupil also taken. For terms, &c., apply Superintendent, Miss C. G. DAVIES, at above address. Wantrtj. SMALL HOUSE or Cottage Wanted furnished or unfurnished.â€”X, Chronicle Offic.e WANTED, immediately, good General.â€”Ad- dress, No. 18, Chronicle Office. WANTED, Junior or Improver for Grocery Trade.â€”J. Tutt & Son. WANTED, Useful Help for Farmhouse good wagesâ€”Mrs. Bruten, Yspitty, Abergavenny. SMART clean Boy Wanted as Page.â€”Apply Angel Hotel, Abergavenny. WANTED, Help, farmhouse fond of children state wages with reference.â€”Lewis, Gelli, Llanvetherine, Abergavenny. TEMPORARY GAS FITTER Wanted at once one used to iron and compo work preferred.- Apply, Manager, Gas Works, Abergavenny. AGED MAN seeks Light Work generally useful indoors or out live in or out. Full time or few days a week.-F.W., Chronicle Office. WANTED, Woman to Wash and Iron, two days a fortnight, for small family.-Apply, F., Chronicle Office. v WANTED, a Kitchenmaid, with some ex- perience well recommended.â€”Apply, Hon. Mrs. Herbert, Trebencyn. WANTED, Useful Help for Farmhouse state wages.â€”Mrs. Lewis, Cwmerra Farm, Llan- vetherine, nr. Abergavenny. WANTED, General, able to cook good references three in family comfortable home.â€”Apply L.M., Chronicle Office. WANTED, Coat Hands, Blouse Hands, Skirt Hands, and Apprentices to the Dressmaking. â€”Mrs. Lyons, Rother House. WANTED, Lady's Second-hand Bicycle, in good condition.â€”Apply, giving all particulars, to A.B., Chronicle Office. WANTED, to Purchase House in Abergavenny, between Â£ 800 and Â£Â¡,ooo.-Partkulars to No. 20, Chronicle Office. WANTED, a Jobbing Mason or Plasterer; in- eligible for Army.â€”Apply, Pritchard, 1, Trinity Terrace. WANTED, reliable General Farm-hand; good wages.â€”Apply, Rosser, Pendre, Lansdown- road, Abergavenny. WANTED, for Farm Work, all-round Man; house and garden on work good wages.â€” Apply, Williams, The Steps, Llanwenarth Citra. WANTED, immediately, experienced Coat and Bodice hands in Dressmaking Department. Also Apprentices in Drapery Establishment.â€” Apply, Thomas & Sons, Golden Fleece, Cross- street, Abergavenny. WANTED to Purchase, Ladies' and Gentlemen's and Children's Second-hand Clothing best prices given will call on receipt of post card. â€”Apply, Mrs. Jackson, 4 Chapel-road, Aber. gavenny. WANTED, Man for farm work, able to plough and hedge cottage and garden provided close to work.â€”Williams, Red House, Llanarth, j Abergavenny. SECRETARIAL or other Clerical Work Wanted by Two Ladies trained and experienced London references.â€”Apply, N., Chronicle Office. 1ftt. 'I' .=. LODGINGS.â€”Good Lodgings for two respect- able Working Men.â€”Apply, Mrs. Jackson, 4, Chapel-road. TWO Fully-Licensed Houses to Let at very reasonable rentals. Easy ingoing. Immediate possession.â€”Apply, Delafield's Brewery, Aber- gavenny. for ^alc. WHITE LEGHORN EGGS; 55. 6d. a sitting of 13.â€”Williams, Outwoods, Llanfoist. THEJ.ARGEST STOCKS of GARDEN SEEDS in Monmouthshire.â€”Fraser's. A LIMITED supply of Artichokes for planting or cooking.-Fraser, Seedsman, Abergavenny. GARDEN BARROWS, Ladders, Carts, Gambos, &c.â€”Watkins, Wheelwright, Mardy, Mon. BLACK RETRIEVER DOG, about 17 months old, suitable for gamekeeper or yard.â€”Donald Knight, Glancibi Grange, Abergavenny. SAVE YOUR SUGAR. Try our full strength Saccharine Tablets.-Roberts, Chemist, Aber- gavenny. FOR SALE, Iocwt. Platform Weighing Machine, also icwt. Sack Machine and Weights.â€” Apply M.A., Chronicle Office. 65-GUINEA New Upright Iron Grand Piano- forte for immediate cash sale, 35 guineas.â€” Nightingale, 3, Stow Hill, Newport. HAY for Sale, about 10 tons, at Government price. T. James, Grocer, Winchestown, Nantyglo. SITTINGS of White Leghorn, White Wyan- dottes, Anconas, Black Wyandottes pedigree strains, 6s. per dozen.â€”Percy Fraser, The Seed Stores. FOR SALE, Ralli and Four-wheel Dog Cart for r double or sing'e harness (builder, Probert) Set of Harness, all in excellent condition also I Bridle and Saddle, nearly new.â€”Donald Knight, Glancibi Grange, Abergavenny. RITO (Horticultural No. I) suits everything that grows. Wonderfully increases all crops. Allotment Holders and Gardeners should buy from Jeffreys & Son, Seedsmen, Abergavenny. In The Pink of Condition ? Rather I give them OVUM, Thorley's Poultry Spice. You try it, then YOUR fowls will be healthy and PRODUCE AN ABUNDANCE OF EGGS. You can procure OVUM at A. J. Wibberley's (late Saunders & Co.), 50, Cross Street, Abergavcnny. OXIDE OF IRON (Compound) enrich the blood, strengthen the system and bring the colour of health to pale faces, also acts as a gentle aperient. Invaluable for anaemia. 50 tablets in box, Cross Street. When Next Ordering Your Poultry Food add to order OVUM, Thorley's Poultry Spice the results will more than repay you. You can get OV-UM at A. J. Wibberley's (late Saunders & Co.), 50, Cross Street, Abergavenny. POTATOES.â€”Plant Scotch-grown Arran Chief and King Edward for sound heavy crop also Templar, Great Scot, and King George. Par- ticulars on request. â€” Criddle, Market Gardener, Govilon. jFiisceUaneonfi. â€”â€”= SOW BRITAIN'S BEST SEEDS WHICH ARE I SUTTON'S Royal Seedsmen, Reading. Sole Representative for Monmouthshire and East Herefordshire: R. D. JONES (Late Saunders a Co.) GOVILON, ABERGAVENNY. 1Fl iÃ¸crllaneQuu. â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€” I 1 GOLDEN FLEECE. SPRING-TIME FASHION DISPLAY. As leading features of our Fashion Display we mention Charming Millinery. Elegant Costumes. Choice Blouses. Handsome Knitted Coats. Stylish Clothing for Ladies & Children. We invite inspection of our windows of the extensive exhibits to be found in the Showrooms and of the New Materials offered throughout. THOMAS & SONS, 59 Cross Street, Abergavenny. S 0- S- Sow or Starve -No Shortage of Seeds. Cultivate every yard of ground. Don't heihte in t'ttnns; a new allotment on acconnt of seed short- \-? age. I have sufficin t 8etd to plant .very ard .f gmn. d in Abergavenny and District. 8eed Potatoes in aU the )eading varieties Onion f?, (i Bedford Cba?pion, James's Keeping, White Spanish, Rhonnhe; m Park, Dauvers Ye',Iow, all %per oz. Thousands of Cucumber and Tomato Plants now ready. f jT\lrTRERr?AVBNN^ TREI^ ^TORB8^ f??i?L??/ I??ABERGAVENNYSEEDSTORES. j ? ? ?/??AT\???? FROGMORE STREET. j I â– ( ABERGAVFNN'Y. â™¦k FLORIST AND/i^ s EEDSMA Fraser's always Â» Always Fraser's tons F J MORGAN & CO. Have a Large Stock of Writing Pads t Stationery ? and all Office Requisites e -.No v The Finest detection of PHOTO. FRAMES in Town. 'Chronicle' Printing Works n FROGMORE STREET Tei, 87. ABERGAVENNY. I I The wh" of the Raleigh are carefully Wt Md htmd?rued by the meat highly e?SeJ Operatives. ThLa you get light running and every ounce of power which i. put in by PodAM*6 R3 LEiGff^s^- !FhsH 'i'TL3W i ï¿¼ f !Mr?. LLTEE ï¿¼ a t B s 5ICYCLE .? ?? ? Stands First-here 00 OV$denCO of ï¿¼ <$??? ? the te?wtce it gives to local ftde? ??? Raleigh ? ABERGAVENNY J J â€”Nou^mgham.Abergavenny Cycle Co., 53 Cross St JJRf Nott inghain. Aber,,avenny Cycle Co., 53 Cross St The 'i Postwom4n '7 4> Â¡; SUARANTEED FOR EVE;, }.o.u'C. '? ?'t ?r 'Mv&mh :t. ? :.) ? tj <. ?? )H LOST from Cwmcoched Farm, Clodock, about Christmas last, one Ewe.â€”Apply A. Prosser, as above. FOUND, Black and Tan Sheep Dog. If not claimed within seven days will be sold to defray expenses.â€”Apply, 14 Lion-street. LOST on 8th April, between Post Office and Cross-street, Black Handbag containing brown purse and money.â€”Apply, Airs. Right, Llurt- dore Farm, Llanddtwi Skirrid. LOST, a White Wire-haired Terrier black spot by tail; answers name of J ck >. Finder rewarded detainer prosecuted 30 Lion-st. LOST, Six Welsh Ewes marked J each side, ear mark crop the right side and slit hole in the left. Finder rewarded.â€”H. Emery, I Great Campstone Farm. Pandy. j LOST on April 5th, between Usk and Aberga- venny, Yearling Ewe tar mark on loins, ear marks fork swallow tail.â€”Information to B. I W. Davies, Penrhoel, Llanbedr, Crickhowell. I LOST from Great House Farm, Abergavenny, I on Monday, April 15th, a Dark-brown Bay Pony, about 11 hands.â€”Apply as above. H. Watkins. LOST from Lower House Farm, Mardy, one Ewe and one Ewe and strong Lamb (cross- bred) pitch mark W on off hip.â€”Information to Wm. J. Day. ifasmlaneous. Chnstadelphian Synagogue, LION STREET, ABERGAVENNY SUNDAY NEXT, APRIL 21st, 1918. At 6 o'clock I (Please note alteration of time). Speaker: Mr. A. MILLIER, of Bristol. Snbjsct I The Bible a reliable guide, being divinely inspired and infallible. I Come and hear and judge for yourself. t)..Â¿Â¡<J.1; are free, and DO collection. i I BOROUGH OF ABERGAVENNY. Â¡ The Corporation have a consignment of I GREAT SCOT II SEED POTATOES At 13/3 per Cwt. (without bags)., Allotment Holders, Gardeners and others should immediately book orders at my Office to secure a supply of this excellent seed. Wm. H. HOPWOOD, April i8th, 1918. Town Clerk. JHtsirilauetms. I P. E. GANE, Ltd. House Furnishers, 161-2-3 Commercial Street, NEWPORT. Furniture ill Carpets I I I Fabrics IN Decoration in Characterised by Distinctive Style. I I I Moderate Price. p i c e. Unimpeach- able < Quality. P: E. GAN E, Ltd. House Furnishers, 161=2=3 Commercial Street, NEWPORT.. â™¦ COLISEUM ABERGAVENNY. Telephone, 33. MANAGING DIBECTOB RICHARD DOONER. RESIDENT MANAGER: W. H. WALLER. Continuous Performances 6.30 until 10.30 p.m. Saturdays, 2.30 p.m., 6.30, and 8.30 p.m. MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY A Masterpiece Screen Drama in 5 Acts, THE CLODHOPPER. Featuring CHAS. RAY, the famous American Screen Star. Chapter 13: "PATRIA": The Super Serial. Topical Picture WITH OUR EGYPTIAN ARMY. PATHE GAZETTE. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY:- BLANCHE SWEET in a Beautiful Story, SOWERS. Presented in Five Beautiful Acts. A Splendid Film. Chapter 6: SECRET KINGDOM. Farcical Comedy HIS UNCLE DUDLEY. I PATHE GAZETTE. I NEXT WEE K. GOD'$ CHILDREN." ADULTS 4d. j ADULTS, I 1 (Tip np Chairs 1 Set. j ADTTLTS, (Tip-tip Chairs Children 4d. and Sd. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Nights (not Monday and Thi-irsday- with Adults only. I 1 â– TOWN HALL, ABERGAVENNY. THURSDAY, APRIL 25th, 1918. Two jlmaioiir Dramatic Eqiertainmeitis TRIPLE BILL, consisting of PACKING UP," BETWEEN THE SOUP AND THE SAVOURY," THE PROS AND CONS." Parts will be taken by the IfollÃ¶wing :-M.rs. Bosanquet, Mrs. Heywood, Mrs. F. R. Hobbes, Mrs. Jack Thomas, Mrs. Tresawna, Mr. F. R. Hobbes. MRS. BKIXINGHAM has kindly consented to play at the MATINEE, and MR. BUSHER'S ORCHESTRA at the EVENING PERFORMANCE. MATINEE at 5 p.m. (doors open 2 30). EVENING PERFORMANCE at 8.15 (doors open at 7.45). PRICESâ€”Balcony (reserved), 3/ Front Seats (reserved), 2/- Admission, If-. Tickets can be obtained from Members of the Company, Members of the Brookfield Red Cross Depot, and Messrs. Heins & Co., Frogmore St., where sats can be booked. Proceeds in aid of the Brookfield Red Cross Depot. N-EVILL HOUSE SCHOOL FOR BOARDERS AND DAY PUPILS. NEXT TERM begins on MAY ist. For prospectus and particulars, kindly apply to A. E. RADFORD, Mistress. jfltectUatstous. Abergavenny Borough Food Control Committee. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the i\ above Committee have adopted the Scheme for the Rationing of BUTTER AND MARGARINE as and from the 15th ,instant, a copy of which may be inspected at the under- mentioned address. MEA. is rationed under the Meat Rationing Order 1918. WM. H. HOPWOOD, Executive Officer. Local Food Office, Town Hall, Abergavenny, 19th April, 1918. ABERGAVENN f GAS WORKS. SULPHATE OF AMMONIA. THIS ARTIFICIAL MANURE can now be JL purchased at the Gas Works at the following prices:- Two cwt. or over 17/9 per cwt. One cwt. jg' HalÂ£-cwt. 9/6 Half-cwt. 5/- 14tbs. 3!)- Per lb. Ã›-d. Purchasers of less than 2 cwt. must provide their own bags. ABERGAVENNY UNION. WARDSMAID WANTED. THE Guardians invite applications for the 1_ Office of Wardsinaid at the Workhouse. Salary, Â£ zo, increased by Â£ 1 annually until it reaches Â£ 25, with uniform to the value of /3 annually, and with residential accommodation The appointment will be made subject to the provisions of the Poor L: w Officers' Super- annuation Act 18^6. The duties can be ascer- tained from the Matron. Applicants must be unmarried, or widows without children dependent upon them. Applications, stating age and present occupa- tion, accompanied with copies of three testi- monials of recent date, must be sent to me on or before the 9th of May next. Dated 17th April, 1918. W. H. P. SCANLON, < Clerk to the Guardians. Union Offices, Monk Street, Abergavenny. SEED POTATOES. NO BETTER STOCKS OBTAINABLE. Pine Seed-size samples of King Edwards at 9/6 per cwt. Arran Chiefs 10/- â€ž Up-to-Dates â€ž 10/- â€ž Factors 79 ll/- â€ž A Real Good Sample of British Queens at 10/6 per cwt. May Queens, Duke of Yorks and Eclipse just arrived. All the leadh g varieties supplied. LARGE STOCKS of our Noted GARDEN SEEDS. New and Genuine from Reliable Growers. Shallots, 10d. per Ibi TALL GIANT AMERICAN SUNFLOWER SEED (for growing purposes only). 3d. per oz. 8 ozs. for 1/6. AGRICULTURAL SEEDS. MANGEL, SWEDE & TURNIP (now arriving). HORTICULTURAL RITO. SUPERPHOSPHATES. WITH'S UNIVERSAL MANURES in Stock. Red Italian Tripoli Plants (our own growing) 1/- per 120 plants. JEFFREY5 & 50N, THE RELIABLE SEEDSMEN, ABERGAVENNY. ABERGAVENNY CASTLE. BE it known that J. H. HINTON has B taken charge of Abergavenny Castle, Refreshment Rooms & Grounds and will make every effort to cater for visitors in a thoroughly satisfactory manner. Patrons of Refreshment Rooms may rely upon absolute cleanliness, civility and the best value that can be secured subject to Food Control Regu- lations. Schools. Choirs, Clubs, Committees, and similar Parties can be accommoda- ted by arrangement. MS Board of Agriculture and Fisheries. THE KING'S PREMIUM THOROUGHBRED STALLION SANGLAMOKE (By SANTRYâ€”ISMENE) WILL TRAVEL MONMOUTHSHIRE THIS SEASON, Visiting the Abergavenny, Pontypool, Caerleon Magor, Chepstow, Tintern, Monmouth, and Raglan districts. For particulars of .Route, etc., apply to :â€” Messrs. A. M PILUNER, LI myravon, Newport A. G. B u R c H A R D T A S H to x, Llandogo Priory, Chepstow; C. B. KNIGHT, Llanvihangel Court, Rogiet or to G. VAUGHAN-HUGHES, Wye lands, Chepstow, (Sec. Mon. Light Horse Breeding Committee). St. Mary's Church, Abergavenny. AN ORGAN RECITAL Will be given after the Evening Service SUNDAY, APRIL 21st. Collection in r id of ORGAN FliND. Abergavenny and District Horticultural & Allotments Association. Annual s xhibitioii Market Hall, Abergavenny, Bank Holiday, Monday, Aug. Sth, 1318. Schedule of Prizes now ready. Apply, F. J. DAVIES, Assistant Secretary, Castle Stre, t, Abergavenny.
No Need for Pessimism. There is no need for pessimism with regard to the war situation of the Allies on the Western front. It would be exaggerated optimism to say that the gravity of the position has passed, but there are incre: sing signs that the German effort is exhausthg itsdf in comparative futility. Nothing but the complete smashing of the British Army would compensate for the frightful German losscs,' 2Ld that achievement, which was the main object of the enemy offensive, is further off than ever. We may lose more ground and be compelled to evacuate positions which we would rather retain, even the portions round Ypres which we have held so long in spite of eve" effort to turn us out. Nevertheless, the cental fact which emerges from the war news is thatlthe Germ; n Army is being more and more firmly held, and even their most trifling advance