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SPLENDID WORK OF OUR AIRMEN IN FRANCE. MANY ENEMY PLANES DOWN. The following reports from Sir Douglas Haig have beem issued by the Preea Bureau:— Saturday, 10.40 a.m. A successful raid was carried out by Lan- cashire troops early last night in the neigh- bourhood of the Ypres-Staden railway. Eleven prisoners were taken by our troops, and our own casualties were slight. Hostile artillery has bpcn active in the course of the night north of Lens and opposite La Basseo and Wyteehaetfv Saturday, 9.5 p.m. Raids carried out by the enemy at dawn this morning in the neighbourhood of La Vaquerie and CherLsy led to sharp fighting, in which a number of casualties were in- flicted on the hostile parties, A few of our men are taiasing. The enemy's artillery haa keen more active to-day in a number of eec- tore, particularly south-west of Cambrai, BMtih and north of Less, and in the neigh- bourhood of Passehendaele. On the 15th inst. the weather was again Overcast and misty, but our aeroplanes car- ried out several reconnaissances. A few bombs were dropped and machine-gun fire was opened on the enemy's trenches and on various other targets behind his lines. Last night our machines dropped bombs on Menin lanway station aud sidings, and on hostile aerodromes and billets. One German machine landed intact behind our lines, and its occupants were taken prisoners. All our machines returned. Sunday, 9.43 a.m. A few prisoners were brought in by our patrols during the night north-east of Hargi- court. Except for some hostile artillery ac- tivity in the neighbourhood of Passehendaele tivity_ is nothing further of special interœt to report. Headquarters (France), Sunday, 9.35 p.m. Early this morning the enemy raided one of our posts west of La. Bassoo. Hiree of our men are missing. Another raid attempted by the enemy in the neighbourhood of Poclcappelle was suc- cessfully repulsed, leaving prisoners in our hands and a number of German dead on our wire. Hostile artillery has been somewhat more active than usual during the day in the St. Quentin, Lens, aud hmentières sectors, and also north-east of Tprcs. FIGHTING IN THE AIR. I Oh the 16th inst. the weather was very fine and visibility good. Our aeroplanes car- tied out observation for the artillery all day, and took photographs of the enemy 's rear lines and aerodromes. Hostile billets, rail- way stations, and troops, were bombed and engaged with machiiie-gun fire throughout the day. A large-calibre German gun was also bombed, and in the course of the day over 5i tone of bombs were dropped by us on different targets. Fighting machines on both sides were most active, and frequent attacks were made by the enemy on our bombing, photographic, and artillery machines. In air fighting fourteen German machines I were brougnt down, and seven others were driven down out of control. Our anti-air- craft guns shot down two other hostile machines, one of them being a large bomb- ing machine, which carried four men. This latter machine fell in our lines, and its four occupants were taken prisoners. Another German aeroplane, making tho sevente-enth accounted for during the day, in addition to those driven down out of con- trol, landed near one of our aerodromes, and ite occupants were also taken prisoners. Five of our aeroplanes are- missing. During the night of the 16th-17th inst. our machines dropped 400 bombs on hostile aerodromes in the neighbourhood of Ghent, Tournai, and Laon. The railway station and sidings at Conflans (fifteen miles west of Metz) were also successfully bombed from a low height, bursts being observed in the eidinga. An our machines returned. ENEMY RAID REPULSED. Monday, 10.4 a.m. A lwstile raiding party was driven off during the night by one of our posts in the neighbourhood, of Gavrelle. A few pfisoners were taken by Portugue-se troops in the neighbourhood of Neuve Chapelie. Patrol encounters, in which the enemy euSered casualties, took place also early in the night in the Messincs sector. The enemy's artillery has shown some activity south of the Arras-Cambrai road and north of Lens, and in the neighbour- hood of Zonnebeke. Monday. 9.57 p.m. During the night a party of the enemy at- tempted to raid one of our posts east of Epehy, but was driven off by our rifle and machine-gun fire. Hostile artillery has been active south- west of Camhrai in the neighbourhood of Ar- mentieres, and also south-east and north. east of Ypres.

PRISON FOR EX-M.P.

NO NEW RETAIL SHOPS.

MORE WOMEN WORKERS.

MUNITIONS MINISTRY CHANGES.

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IGERMAN AIRMEN FOLLOW LINE…

I EDITOR FINED £100. I

I CONFIDED IN DETECTIVE. I

ILADY DALMENY FINED. I

I SOLDIER'S DISTRESSING ACCIDENT.…

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——. DESTROYER'S FIGHT WITH…

-THE GOVERNMENTS RECORD.__f

MORE MEN FOR SHIPBUILDING.…

.LORD FOLEY DEAD. I

iPREMIER A GRANDFATHER. I

A CHINESE CUSTOM. I

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RAID OFF tOVEt,I

NEW PALESTINE ADVANCE. ——...——.

¡ U-BOAT SHELLS DOVER.I

GENERAL MAUDE'S MEMORIALI

LIVED AND DIED TOGETHER. I

NEW LONDON MAGISTRATE.I

-ABSENTEE'S THEFTS. I

HARBOURED GERMAN PRISONERS.…

CAPT. BALL'S BROTHER SAFE.…

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OFFICER WHO FOUGHT TO THE…

SOLDIER'S DRAFT LEAVE.

PALESTINE AIR VICTORY. .I

CANNED MEAT PRICES FIXED.

HUSBAND AND WIFE ABSENTEES.

NO RUSSIANS FOR ARMY.

POLAR MEDALS.

CARPENTER TO SHIPWRIGHT.

SACCHARIN INSTEAD OF SUGAR.

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