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WARY ADVANCE. ——— ♦ I ITALIANS WIN AUSTRIAN I POSITIONS. I ALLIES CAINING GROUND ALONG TRENTINO FRONTIER. J STRATEGIC ADVANTAGES The Italians continue to make ground along the rugged frontiers of the Tren- tinn, P,.qp,-cially in the south and south- east, where, according to official en(imy- reports, they have brought upheavy guns against the Austrian fortifications. On t lie- -frontirr tbR Ituiians have occupied Grade, in the Gulf c), Tri-tst-, and Italian airships have bombarded the railway at Nabresina. half way between Moufalcone and Trieste. The Italian troops, driven forward at midnight by a hundred years of hate, have swept, away the Austrian advanced positions in the Southern Tyrol and cleared in unexpectedly short, time, with I' minimum lose, all the, points which domi- nated the line* of the Italian concentra- tion. -Italian-impetuosity has partly rec- ti(>] the mH)tary disiidvnntagf "which th?j original demarcation of t? Italian fron- tier was intended hy the Austrian bully to establish. The Italian lincs of communication on this fide of the frontier are no longer commanded by any Austrian f,)rtre"es. I Military movements can now lie made with freedom from interference. The Italians have made rapid progress in th<?ir march on Trent, in the 1 Austrian Tyrol- In the Lake Garda region, Monte. Altissiino, which commands Ala, Mori. R'WI'Tdo. and other towns, was captured without a blow heing struck. On Tuesday the positions seized during!j the night wcrf occupied by artillery dragged up the steep paths. The Itrilian guns opened fire on Ala and Riva (ex- treme norfh of Lake Garda). An Important Success, i The town of Gradisca (ten miles inside I the A\Itrian fr?ntipr on the wMt bank of tbo Isonzo) ha? fallen. This is <hc first import ant ?uccesK won "by. the Haliou iroops on The road f, Trieste. Gradisca is fit. the northern point (if the fortified hilly range commanding the approach to Trieste. During Tuesday morning the Italian artillery opened a. heavy bombardment upon the fortress. The, Austrian guns repliwl vipormt?y for several hours. Then iho A lJstrhn fire died down -1 was silent. The Italian cavalry was sent forward, and in the evening cavalry patrols entered the city, followed next morning by the infantry. Anothpr correspondent, writing from the frontier already captured, statas-t,hat. xo far the Italian advance, is proceeding satisfactorily in all directions. A cm- bat of some importance is going on be- tween Capor«t+o, which is in Italian bunds, and Tulmino, still heili by the; Au<than< for the p?s??"ion of rhf latter p?c?. which dominates <h? Transalpine R:Ü1W'n. TnlmiB? 's one of the most important point" of ?hp Austrian first line d?eu? and ? heavily fortiupd. Proceeding Cautiously, The rapid advance of tho Italian Army] has caused surprise in many quarters, brtt a respiring note comes from Mr. H. ?oaohoe. who, in ?n? ?t his special de- spatches to the Daily Chronic cays: Pome fugitives whe reached the Ital- ian. lines declare that, the Austrians who sought to oppose, feebly, be it said, the invasion of the Trentino, are now in oIt. complete 6t.ate of demoralisation. They dn not wait even to exchange ehot? withi the soldiers ?f V'?tor Emmajiud before I going to the right-about. 'It must not, however, lie overlooked that all this may be feigned alarm, and dimply a ruse de guerre to induce the Italians to commit some imprudence. The latter are wary. and are proceeding -ith caution, consolidating all positions captured from the enemy l'lefore attempt-1 ing any fresh advance into hostile terri- tory. Thanks to her swift advance in the enemy's territory. Italy now enjoys the incomparable strategic -idvantages -whit. the configuration of the terrain yester- day gave to the Austrians. The Italian army to-day dominates important heights from which, four days ago, the Austrian. army menaced the smiling plains of Lorn. bardy." At the Mercy of a Mob I TTdine. Friday.—A telegram received at Corrnons from Trieste mys: The city is fit. the mercy of an Austrian ffuob. The Austrian authorities hare fled, leaving the government of the city in the hands of a dele,gate, which immediately at night began the sacking of Italian buildings. The mob went first to the offices of the great irredentist paper, the Piccolo," forcing their way into .he, ground floor and acking and wetting fire to the premises. The staff only juFt escaped with their lives. This ferocious vandalism spread alarm- ingly, and became general. The damage done is impossible to estimate. The destruction continued the whole of next day, many Italians being the victims. All was done with the connivance and even the collaboration of the gendarmes. It is impossible to predict the ultimate fate of this beautiful city, should the Italians Cot arrive soon.
IRA SANKEY'S SON. I New York, Friday—Mr. Ira Allan Kankey, of New York, is being sued to- day for divorce by his wife, Mrs. Frances (Sankev, who charges him with intem- perance, cruelty, and desertion. Mrs Sankey says her 'husband is worth 4MO.OOO. and asks for alimony. Mrs. tenkey's maiden name was Wann.
RUMANIA STOPS EXPORT TRADE. I Bucarest, Tuesday.—AH export trade is Interrupted. Aspbyxiatipg bombs Ikave been discovered in transit to Constanti- nople. In political circles a hopefnl view is taken with regard to the negotiations for an entente with Rumania. Next Sunday a meeting will be held at which full ♦ympathv for Italv will be expressed. I
A NIGHT ATTACK FRENCH CONTINUE TO MAKE PROGRESS TRENCH CAPTURED PARIS, Saturday. The following French official oott- munique was issued this afternoon:— During the night of the 28th and 29th, a night attack enabled the French troops to make fresh progress to the east of the Aix Noulette-Souchez road. Towards midnight a counter-attack by tha Germans on the French trenches at Ablain St. Nazaire was easily repulsed. In Argonne, in the district of Fontaine Dame, the French have taken a portion of a German trench.
NEATH OFFICER KILLED Three Days After Reaching tne Front. Official intimation of the death of Second-Lieutenant, Dan Thomas, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, reached Neath on Fri- day night. At the outbreak of the war the gallant soldier joined the West Kent Yeomanry, and, on receiving his commission in January, was transferred to the Royal Dublin c Fusiliers. He left Neath for the .froin.t. a. fortnight ago, and was killed in action three days after he got to the. firing line. Second-Lieutenant, Thomas, who was 32 years of age, was formerly in the service of Lloyd's Bank. and was an exceedingly popular in all circles. Much' sympathy is felt for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thomas, who live at. Gnoll-avenue.
INTERNED SAILORS SET FREE. Rome. Friday.— The Messaggeros Messina correspondent, says that owing to Italy's intervention into war the survivors of the sunken. French cruiser Leon Gambretta arc free.
CHARCES AGAINST MINERS Ten miners, charged with being con. cerned in the anti-German disturbances at Goldthorpe on May 11th, were at Doncaster to-day committed for trial at Leeds Assizes. The charge against nine- teen other miners will be proceeded with on Monday.
| ITALIANS LANDED AT RHODES. Copenhagen, Frifiay. A. private Berlin despatch reports that great masses of Italian troops have landed at Rhodes. [Rhodes is the largest and southern- most of the Twelve Islands (Dodecanese) which were occupied by Italy in 1911 dur- ing the war with Turkey. It lies between Crete and the coast of Asia Minor J
BRIBES TO SERBIA? Amsterdam, Friday.A Berlin tele- grimi sa-ys the U VOMichê Zeitung" pub- lishes an article which shows to what desperate straits German diplomacy is nduced. It says the Serbians have done quite enough for the honour of their arms. For their enormous exertions in the war compensation land in North Albania with Adriatic ports would boi compensation which might be entertained. --R.eut,r,r.
WHAT MEAT COSTS TO-DAY On making inquiries this morning a' Leader representative was informed that the supply of meat was equal to the demand—but thn demand was not great. Retail prices were as follow: Beef, ribs and surloin Is. 2d. per lb., rump steak Is. 4d., leg steak J s, lamb, Is. 2<1.; mutton, lid. to veal, lOd. to ]5.
TINPLATERS IN CONFERENCE Th annual meeting of the Tinplaters' Section of the. Dockers' Union was held to-day at the Dockers' Hall, High-street, Swansea. Thpre was a rather longthy agendn, and the deliberations were con- ducted in camera. We understand the question of the application of the District officials for an increase in salary, and the situation arising therefrom, is one of the subjects that wil, be discussed. Another item of importance relates to the payment of war bonuses, and their application to the limitations of wages. Up to the luncheon interval, nothing of public interest had transpired.
WOUNDED TWICE IN A DAY I A Dunvant hero, in the person of Pri- vate D. J. Jones, 1st Welsh Regt., has had the unique and unfortunate experience of being wounded twice in the same day. This is not his first experience of the enemy's marksmanship, for in December last he was home from the front suffering from a shrapnel wound in the face. His present injuries were incurred on April 21st during an attack on an enemy t position. He was first wounded by a piece of shrapnel in the thigh. While on his way through the communication trench to the dressing-station he was struck in the chin by a bullet which caused a compound fracture of the jaw. The party of which hp was a member were to have been relieved the following day after being nine days in the trenches. Pte. Jones, who is making good pro- gress, is at present in hospital at Wheat- hampstead, lIert.
ITHELATEST PIRATE CIANT SUBMARINE'S I VICTIM I ELDER-DEMPSTER LINER TORPEDOED IN CHANNEL PART OF CREW LANDED The Press Association's Liverpool cor- respondent The Elder Dempster steamship Ethiope has been torpedoed and sunk. The chief officer and 16 men were picked up and the rest of the crew" are in other boats. The Ethiope is a steel screw steamer of-3,791 tons, built in West Hartlepool in 1906. Her' master is given in Lloyd's Register as Captain A. W. Sulivan.% I Work of the U24. An Exchange Telegraph Company's message says:-— The Liverpool underwriters have reo ceived a. report, this morning to the effect that, the Elder Dempster liner Ethiope. has been torpedoed by the Ger- man submarine U 24. The chief officer and 16 men have been picked up. but the rest of the crew who t.ook to their boats have not yet been rescued. The Ethiope, which sank, was bound from Hull to London, .and thence to the West Coast of Africa. A Plymouth correspondent states that the crew of the Ethiope were landed at Falmouth late last night. Thy com- prised Captain Macdonald and fifteen Dln.. About 9.30 lat-t evening the vessel was proceeding down the Channel when the ¡ crew was surprised to hoar the .discharge of a giin. 300 Feet Long. The shell crossed over the vessel's" bow. The submarine then appeared, one ox the latest type in the German Navy, quite 300 feet in length. An attelapt was made to get away, but two shells were fired at the steamer, t which then hove to. The crew were given five minutes in which to get into their boats, and then the steamer was torpedoed and. sunk within five minutes. The captain and 15 men, who wore in iono of the boats, were picked up by the :isteamer Saxonian, but no1 news has since been received orf the men in the other boats. The crew numbered 32.
CONSTANTINOPLE TERRIFIED I Submarine's Exploit in the Harbour. Athens, Saturdliy,-The remarkable feat, of the British submarine Ell in penetrating into th* harbour of Con- stantinople is the talk of Athens. A tele- gram from Dedeagatch furnishes the first account of the effect in--Constantinople and of the f.ubmarine's exploit. It says that while four Turkish trans- ports were embarking troops at the quays adjoining the Tophanes gun factory, on Tuesday, the British submarine attacked them. but it is presumed that the strong current deviated the torpedo which struck a lighter laden with firebricks lying along- side the German Levant steamer Stam- bul. The lighter was blown to atoms, while the Stambul was holed and had io be beached at Harem Iskelessi on the Asiatic shore facing Tophanes. The raid produced a great panic at Con- stantinople. All shops closed, and eventu- ally troops were all disembarked. The fear of a visit of a, submarine to I Constantinople has been entertained for some time past, and many vessels sought safety from a possible attack some time ago in the inner harbour of the Golden Horn. These ships include the German liner General, which is used as quarters for the German officers in Constantinople, and which was moored at the Galata quays up to fh^time. of her removal. It is thought that a few more such ex- ploits will drive the Sultan and his Minis- ters across to Asia. On the Defensive, I According to reliable ip f ormation, Turkish losses at the Dardanelles thus far are (>0,000 killed and wounded, and the force at present holding the peninsula is estimated at 80,000. It is further ascer- tained that: the Turks have decided to remain strictly on he defensive in the Caucasus and the Sinai PoniMula, and to concentrate all their efforts on the Dardanelles and Constantinople.
NEWPORT OFRCER'S DEATH. Captain Leslie Phillips (Newport), 1st Welsh, :.s unofficially reported killed. He was recently wounded, but returned to the front. His brother, Lieutenant E. S. Phillips, the Cambridge cricketer, was killed a fortnight ago. The information is contained in a letter which his father Mr. Edward Phillips, of Ffrwd Vale, Maindee, Newport, ha-g re- ceived from another son, Lieutenant H. Phillips, of the Middlesex Regiment.
EBB AND FLOWOF CAMPAIGN. I j Speaking at & meeting .,t Chertaey yesterday, Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Hutton, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., U.L., said if they failed in the present campaign it was perfectly safe to say that freedom and civilisation would receive a set-baok which it was almost impossible to realise tbeiDlwensity of. These were times when there was what was called an ebb or set-baok in the campaign, but every cam- paign had its ebb a.nd flow. He asked them not to forget what we had achieved in these moments when they felt de- pressed and things did not seem to be quite so satisfactory. He thought that taking a rosy view was the best view to take as Englishmen. The British soldier was never downhearted, and the British public ought never to be downhearted. s
REPULSED ON THE SAN GERMANS ADMIT DEFEAT BY RUSSIANS. MUSCOVITES MOVING WESTWARD Petrograd, Friday.—The Russians hold fast along the San and the Galician side of the Carpathiane. The Germans, since they failed to deprive the Russians of the control of the situation, are so close to the different Russian armies that they are compelled to make frontal attacks, in which they etiffer heavy losses through their inability to manceuvre. They were defeated at the Sti,-j in attempting to reach the naphtha uelds, and many pri- soners have been taken to Kieff. The Russians on both sides of the Vis- tula are moving slowly westwards from the San, threatening the entire German flank. j The Germans admit that they have been repulsed on the San and have lost six I guns,-although they claim the capture of 9,000 prisoners and 25 guns at another point. The Russians announce that parties of the, enemy who pierced their line near Stryj were annihilated. I Turkish Treasury Taken. Petrograd, Friday.—The following Mm. munique is issued, dated May 26th, from the Caucasian Headquarters:— In the direction of Van our troops cupied Vastan, capturing three guns. During the operations the Turks have also been defeated in the region of Sero Syrtyk, on the road from Lilman to Diza Gujaverskuja, and our troops, continuing the pursuit, carried the village of Bjirga. The Turks, suffering heavy losses, fell back to south and west. In the capture of Van we took 26 guns, a large number of other rtrni-, great stores of provisions, and the Government Treasury. In other directions there have •been no engagements of importance.
I WAR CORRESPONDENT SAVEO Mr. Ellis A shmead-Bartlet^ the authorised correspondent with thfe Allied forces at the Dardanelles, was on board the battleship Majestic when sh. was torpedoed. lie telegraphed to the Admiralty yes- terday that lie. was saved, but had lost everything, an d vas proceeding to Malta.
I WELSH ARMY APPOINTMENTS. Lieut.-Colonel E. Carne Curre, late of the, Monmoiith Royal Engineers, and a member of the Monmouthshire Terri- torial Force Association, has beon ap- I pointed to comma rid the infantry base depot, Welsh DivHon. Temporary ?fond-Liputpnants J. Wil- t 4 R-eee, Ct. R. F. liams!, A. A. Morri?, J. ?. R??. G. R. F. Strachan, L..T. Dearlorp. H. C. Hn. I riques, R. F. BMriU, C. W. Barter, H. B. Turner, H. Dodd, E. Roberts. J. E. Rimmer, B. A. Morgan, P. K. T. Giles, M. P. Fitzgerald, and W. Roberts have been posted for duty on first appointment, and ordered to join the 3Sth (Welsh) Divisional Artillery, R.F.A.
J MAJOR DYSCN WHLIAMS. I From the "London Gazette" on Fri- day:— Welsh Rgimeltt-Htl1 Battalion (Swan- sea) .—Temporary Captain Dytion Aril- liams to be temporary major ( May 5). Temporary lieutenants to be temporary captains (May 5): Aubrey C. Smith, Gra- ham Howells, George L. Boyle (and to be adjutant. vice Temporary Captain D. B. Wil-liams), Ilector L. Davies, and Cecil F. M. Home. Temporary second-lieu- tenants to be temporary lieutenante (May J 5): Francis LJ. Corker, Vivian M. Lewis, John S. Strange, and Roger K. Belling- | ham. I ■_
WELSHMAN'S DASHING EXPLOIT. Mr. John Buchan, writing in The Times," eays: Bombing played a large part in the attack, for it was the only way to clear the trenches. The chief ox- ploits of our recent. iighting have been amongst the grenade throwers. For ex- ample, Company Sergeant-Major Barter, of the Welsh Fusiliers, went out on the right of the attaelron the 16th with seven men. He cleared with bombs and occu- pied 500 yards of German trcnelies, cut 11 mines, and captured 102 prisoners, in- cluding three officers. Th pre is an exploit which it would be hard to parallel. [A detailed- story of the- Welsh Fusi- liers' magnificent bayonet attacks will be found on Page 8.1
PORTUCAL'S PEW PRESIDENT. Lisbon, Friday.—President Manoel Arriaga yesterday tendered his resigna- tion to Parliament as President of the Republic. This decision was to be ex- pected, as he had identified himself with the dictatorial acts of the late Govern- ment, and could not be expected to sign decrees annulling all the measures of General Pimenta de Castro, already bearing his signature. Dr. Abel de Pinho is mentioned as a probable candidate for the vacant office. At to-day's meeting of Parliament it was decided to hold the elections on June 13. Parliament will meet again on Mon- day to eleet President Arriaga's successor. The British battleship H.M.S. Caesar arrived at Liebon last week. _0_
NOVEL USE OF X RAYS. New York, Friday.—The application by 9 representative of the British Con. sulate in New York of X-rays to bales « f ootton has led to the indictment of five merchants of German and Hungarian ex- traction, who have been engaged in a conspiracy to smuggle rubber into Ger. many and Austria. Furnished with large credits by the German authorities the defendants first packed the rubber in barrels of fe6in. .When resin was declared contraband they hid it in bales of cotton. In each case they sought to export the rubber in British ships to Genoa. So far as is known none of their consignments reached its destination. The charge against the defendants is one of seeking to defraud the United States Government by making false declarations to the Customs authorities. The penalty is a year's imprisonment or a fine of 92.000. ¥
SOLDIER'S DEATH. TAKEN ILL IN THE STREET. DIES IN A SWANSEA CHEMIST'S SHOP PROBABLE CAUSE-HEART FAILURE I Private Zephaniah Jones, of the 6th Welsh Battalion, died' under tragio circumstances at Swansea on Friday night. The deceased soldier, who be- longed to Clydach, had been with his regiment in France, and was invalided home. Between 9 and 10 p.m. lie was Eflla in Nelson-street, Swansea, apparently ;11. He was sitting on a doorstep, palpably in an exhausted state, and a comrade, seeing his plight, assisted him into Mr. Bevan's chemist's shop, which was quits n-ear. Mr. Bevan, seeing the seriousness of the man's state, at onco sent foi Dr. Howell, but soon after the latter arrived, Jones, after exclaiming, I am going, 1 am going," collapsed and died. Heart Failure Probable Cause. Further inquiries by Cambria Daily Leader" reporters show that shortly before 10 p.m. last night the police were called to Mr. Bevan's chemist shop. where Jones had been taken by a comrade, Private Pugh, who discovered deceased's plight. They found the man had died very suddenly, and that Dr. Howell was in attendance, and the doctor stated to them that the probable cause of death was heart failure. I There were rumours that deceased had been kicked by a civilian, but the police officer in charge of the affair had tailed to obtain any confirmatory information, Mr. Beyan stated that the deceased came to his shop accompanied by Private Pugh, also of the Second 6tli Welsh. Pugh said that deceased had made no complaint to him .of having been ill-used. Special Constable George Richardson, manager of the Swansea Empire, was early on the scene, and he states that the deceased man made no complaint of being kicked. I "I am Going." 1 A lady, named Mrs. Emily Davies was also interviewed. She stated that she saw defendant walking down Oxford-street at 9.35 p.m., and he appeared to be in diffi-i culties and groaning. He walked as"fpr as Nelson-strct., where lie fat on a door- step, and was then taken to the chemist's shop. Hero he made no complaint, and sikid nothing beyond: I am going." j No Marks of Violence. I Dr. Howells, of Piston-place, Swansea, seen by our representative, said that a man at the corner of Nelsonistreet saw.: ones struggling on the ground. He helped, Jones into Mr. Bevan's (th chemist) shop, and immediately Jones fell sprawl- ing on the lfoor. On my arrival," said Dr. Howells, Mr. Sevan was holding the mail's head, and the man was foaming at the mouth. There were no marks of violence on hie body. Jones died almost immediately. Patriotic Efforts, IT he deceased manwho,itisBtatpd,was euppM-ed to su?er from some heart trouble, has made several efforts to get into his Majesty's forces. First of all, he joined the Royal Wel?h Fusiliers, but here, after an illness for which he was treated at Cork Military Hospital, he was invalided out of the regiment. Later he succeeded in getting into the 6th Welsh, with whom he went to France, but here again he broke down. He was single, and between 35 and 40 years of age, being the son of Mr. Evan Jones, Hebron-road, Clydach. Jones was a carpenter by trade. I The Inquest. I The inquest on the unfortunate man; will be held on Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Bilildings.
I EXPEDITIONARY FGRCES LOSSES. I Casualty lists issued last night contain j the names of 161 oiffcers, 30 of whom; were lost in the Princess Irene, and 655 j iN.C.O.'s and men from both Expodi-j tionary Forces.
VOLUNTEER CORPS' ROUTE MARCH. The Swansea Battalion of the Volunteer Training Corps, which includes platoons 1 from Mumbles and Sketty, will march from Victoria Park this afternoon at 3 o'clock to Hepdrefoilan, Sketty, the resi- dence of Colonel J. Roper Wright, the i honorary colonel or the battalion, where the battalion will be inspected by General I James Hillg-Johne?, V.C. The battalion is about 300 strong. J i
FIERCE FIGHTING IN ALSACE. I Paris, Friday—Fierc« fighting has be-I gun between the River Largue and .pfe-r-hou!e. The Germans hare mags?d large bodies of fresh troops in this ecftor, and und. co.er of artillery ?mhardm?nts have made repeated attempts to break through our lin". Their efforts, eo' far, have been unsuccessful, but the result of this most important combat is still unsettled. The Germans are still using asphyxiat- ing gases throughout Alsace.
INSULTING REFERENCE TO KING. I Describing himself as a leader of the industrial workers of the world, William Holliday, a gas worker, wa<s charged at Birmingham, yesterday, under the section of the Defence of the Realm Act, which forbids anyone to make statements likelv to cause disaffection to his Majesty the King or to discourage recruiting. It was stated that on Sunday evening Holliday addressed 3.rowd of about 500 people from a wagon in the Bull fting, and made offensive remarks in regard to the King. I Fearing a disturbance, the police arrested him. Holliday denied using the words complained of, and said there was not the slightest disturbance owing to his address. The magistrates fonnd him guilty, and sentenced Kim to three mouths' hard I libour. I
WHEN THE GUNS SPOKL I FRENCH OFFICER'S STIRRING STORY OF AN ATTACK. THE FINEST SICHT Paris, Friday.—A vivid description of an artillery bombardment preceding one of the principal infantry attaoks which., secured for the French such important gains to the north of Arras, is supplied in a letter written by an officer. I witnessed," he says, the mNlt, powerful bombardment which I have seen since -lie beginning of the war. No imagination, Lo (leieription, can give efen • a faint idea of it. Our attack was prep-a,roo by an ar- tillery fire of hundreds of guns, including many heavy piwes. This fire lasted, with- out interruption, for four hours, and itA intensity went on increasing, reaching in the last few minutes an extreme degj-ee of violence. French mortars, throwing quantities of melinite, added to the ap- palling din. An Anpalfina Scene. At length, after four hours, mines placed thirty feet below the Gorman trenches, and containing thousands of kilos of explosives, were fired. The scene was unspeakable, fearful, infernal. The German lines for a, length of several,kilo- metres, and a depth of about a kilometre, were covered with opaque irapentrable smoke which thickened every moment. In this sea, of smoke hundreds of projec- tiles were bursting simultaneously, • and throwing up towards the, heavens columns of thick, black smoke that lasted for four hours, during which the Germans were suhjf>Ctp,d to it. hurricane of steel. W e, knew that punctually at the. end of four hours our infantry must leave the trenches, cross -.pac-o separating it from [ barbed wire entanglements, and negotiate these in ordpr to reach the enemy's tretiches. No one can tell what our fel- lows were thinking during these last i minut. Everyone near me had his eyes glued on his watch. How many times bad oir men been stopped by wire and been mowed down by maxims to the last iiian Was the same thing going to happen again ? These and other thoughts passed t hi ough our minds as we awaited the fatal moment. Only five minutes i-iinre.1 The thunder had increased, if possible. Four minutes! The trench mortars were belching forth more, furiously than ever. It was im- pOSsihJe to distinguish the detonations separately. All were, merged in a fnngle, i gigatic thunder clap, beside which the | music of the skies is gentle, -niu.ic. .¡.' The Gleaming Bayonets. Tnree minutes JtlQTe! Thousands of French bayonets gleamed in the sun! I Now there were only two minutes left, and then one. We, stopped breathing. Our faces grew pale. Thf, hideous din grew: worse than ever the seconds hand on the watch jumped round naringthe lin)it. AU our glasses were fixed on the first, line trench. We forgot the roar of theg1Í1Í$., ao. in tent were we, II I At. ?st out th"T sprang. AH nf them d'nnced, walking calmly, and reached [ the wire. Here they seemed to stop a iiionient, and a mitrailleuse began to spit. We were ghastly pal-, and all our blood seemed to stop in our veins. Were we to witness a massacre? No. The entangle-! ment had been backed to pieces by our shells, and the little oTue. points passed through and reached the German trenches, some going farther to the ,0nd line of trenches,' still in the. open at a walking pace and in perfect order. "This picture will never fade. I shall always hfcve it before my eyes, for it is the finest thing 7 have ever een."
A NOVEL RECRUITING APPEAL I A recruiting party consisting of ofifcers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the 12th Battalibn Welsh Regiment, with their band and. mile singers visited Carmarthen on Friday, and in the evening gave an open-air concert under the patronage of tho Major (Mr. John Lewis) in Guildhall-square.
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION. t Press Bureau, Firday.—The Press I Bureau has received the directions of the Government to place the following an- nouncement' at the disposal of the Press for public information. The Government have had under con- sideration the best means of preventing disclosure of information, or publica- tion of statements in the Press, which might assist the enemy or interfere with the successful prosecution of the war. It has been decided that the Director of Public Prosecutions in JSngland and Wale.% the Lord Advocate in Scotland, and the Attorney-General in Ireland, shall henceforward be charged with the duty of instituting proceedings in the event of infraction of the Defence of the Realm regulations by publicatioa in the Press of prohibited aultsc. i
FINAL .1 Violent Attack. An addition to the French com. ntuniqtw iasned this afternoon eays: In the on to tho north of Arraa th6 night was tDarfced by a. very violent artillery straggle*. Tho onamy bom- barded especially those of our potitims on the vtetoau of L%V(iO. Austrian Sooplone Captured. An official B&m* ttee&afe say*:—An Austrian e&aplaft* Von captured tm nnr6iiy, ci-lbs Itiliali d6wif. Tif 6tenpant§ w taiefc -prifttvrw. t i I 1 I 1 i i i | • • • "k • # i 7 v I" I t' r» • «♦
810 MANCHESTER FIRE. The Manchester Fire Brigade were en- gaged for five hours this morning figliting a. conflagration at an extensive cotton warehouse owned by the LManchtster Ship Canal Company. The building and its contents, which included many thousands of pounds worth of cotton, were destroyed.
FOREIGN CORN CROPS. I The Board of Agriculture and Fisheries have received the following information from the International Agricultural In- stitute:—In Spain the area of wheat tõOwn is 9,785,000 acres, and of barley, 3.683,000 acres, and in Italy of maize 3.951,000 acres, showing increases of 1, 8 and 2 per cent, respectively, on last years acreage. In Argentina the production of wheat is estimated at 95,447,000 cwts., oats 1SJ 12,000 cwts. ,and linseed 24,456,000 cwts., or 56. 11 and 25 per cent, respectively aboev last year's crop.
REPORTED WORKMEN'S DRINKING HABITS I The London Gazette announces the I King has appointed Captain Brian Her- bert Fairbairn Barttelot, R.N., Captain- Superintendent of the Clyde district, to be member of the Fourth Class of the Victorian Order. I The King has appointed Sir George Morison Paul. Deputy-keeper of the Signet in Scotland, to be an additional member of the Royal Commission, on the Civil Service. Captain Barttelot recently reported that the workmen of the Clyde were spending an excessive amount on liquor. Mr. Lloyd George based his original proposals re- stricting drink facilities on the reports of Captain Barttelot. and Admiral Tudor. u.