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DRIVE GERMANS BACK
THREE KIL0ME1ERS ON
FRONT OF MANY MILES
Germans Enter Montdidier and Effect Crossing of Somme
Near Chipilly, Compelling' British Left Flank to
Fall Back South of River: Channel Port of
(By Associated Press.)
London, March 28. French troops this morning counter
Attacked with great dash and drove back the enemy on a front
of 10 kilometers to a depth of three kilometers southward of
- , Last night the-Germans effected a crossing of the Somme
Jlar Chippilly, compelling the British left flank south of the
fiver to fall back. '
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' of the situation issued this evening. ,
i The summary adds that the Germans last night entered
BRITISH HOLD IN NORTH.
The French pressure on the enemy is continuing in the area
al their counter attack south of Noyon. .
The British are holding their positions north of the Somme,
their line in that area standing virtually the same as last night.
Several German attacks in this region were repulsed last night
Paris, March 28. -Reports reached Paris today that he
channel port of Dunkirk, which has been bombarded intermit
Untly by.the Germans with long range cannon, has been tinder
- fire again for several days. The number of victims is placed
us high as 20 and the material damage is said to have been
., severe. - 1
Striking with almost unexampled fury against the allied
front near the point where the French and British lines con-'
nect, the Germans yesterday and last night drove in a deep
wedsre to the west and forced the French out of Montdidier.
'V This town, which lies 49
The German offensives, is ten miles west of Koye, which the Ger
mans took on Tuesday. .
V "UNHEARD OF FEROCITY."
' Paris characterizes the engagement as of "unheard of
ferocity." The French regiments, however, fought with their
accustomed bravery and made the Germans pay dearly for
every bit of ground they covered in their desperate push for an
outlet, the French finally retiring in good order to the heights
to the west of Montdidier.
DRIVE TOWARD MONTDIDIER.?
"The battle was fought with sus
tained violence yesterday evening and
last night," says the French official
statement. "The Germans, blocked by
the valiant French troops, and cruel
ty punished before the Lassigney and
Noyon fronts and the left bank of the
River Oise, concentrate! all their ef
forts on the French left, and threw
forward important forces in the re
gion of Montdidier.
"At this' point' the engagements
sewn developed an unheard of feroc
ity, J French regiments, fighting hand
to hand, inflicted heavy losses upon
their assailants, and di not falter.
Finally, they withdrew in order to the
heights immediately to the , west of
"There has been intermittent can
nonading on the remainder of the
Copious Rains Fall
In Southeast Nebraska
Beatrice, Neb., March 28. (Special
Telegram.) Copious showers fell in
this section ofthe state this afternoon,
greatly improving crops, especially
the winter wheat.
For Nebraska, cloudy, colder.
" Hourly Temperatures.
I omparatlve Loral Becord.
IMS. 1M7. 11. 1MB.
Highest today ..... 64 '62 60 42
Lowest today 18 Z 30
ilean temperature .. tl to 64 36
Precipitation 00 .00 .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal at Omaba .inc. March 1,
and compared with the toast two yean:
Normal temperature ...7 .'it
Execesa (or the day 1
Kxcess since March 1, 1117 Ill
Normal precipitation .......... .06 inch
Deficiency for the day 06 inch
Precipitation since Mar. 1, HIT .11 Inch
Deficiency since March 1, 1M8 1.0 Inches
E1ce.11 for cor. period in 1917... .16 inch
Deficiency (or cor. period In 1516 .65 inch
'- . Beports From Stations at 7 P, M.
.SuVtion and State - Temp. High- Rain-
it weauier. 1 p. ra,
Cheyenne, snow '..'.....34
Davenport, clear '. 62
Denver, rain ..34
Des Moines, cloudy... ..(8 :
Kansas City, rain. ......68
I-ander. part cloudy. ...42
4 North Platte.' cloud)),... 50
Irim.!.. i i v en
ifl'ueWo,' eloudy .... 44
, iJUpid City, part cloudy. 44
, Palt Lake City, clear 50
!santa Fe, pa't cloudy.. 44
frherldan. cloudy 40
ioua city, cloudy 60
alen4fe. eloudy .44
" wlX trace of precipitation.
' U A.. WELSH. Meteorologist.
- - Hour
yyypiK 11 a. m
7 v cL"- )r i p. .
7 p. in.
miles southeast of Amiens, one of
NO INTENTION TO
ASK FOR DRY MOVE
Letter From Secretary Lansing
Merely Notice of Adoption of
Resolution by Congress;
(From a Start Correspdondent.)
Lincoln, March 28. (Specials
Publication of a story in a Lincoln
evening paper that Secretary Lansing
had sent a letter to Governor Neville
asking him to submit the proposition
of ratification of the national prohibi
tory amendment to the present ses
sion, brought out a special message
sent to the house this morning in
which the governor stated that he had
no intention to call upon the legisla
ture to act upon such proposition. The
communication was received and went
over under the rules.
A bill has already been introduced
in the house calling for the ratifica
tion of the amendment in spite of the
fact that the. matter was not in the
original call 'of the governor.
The governor's message was as fol
lows: "Gentlemen r I have the resolution
of your honorable body, requesting
the governor to submit for its con
sideration any communication-which
he may have in his possession relative
to the acts of congress dealing with
the national prohibitory amendment.
"For reasons that I considered suf
ficient, I did not include in the procla
mation 'calling the legislature into ex
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French War Cross to
U. S. Ambulance Men
, Paris, March 28. Three officers
and 11 men of the United States
army ambulance corps have been
decorated with the war cross by
the French government.
The men to receive the honor
are Lieutenant Joseph Greenwood
of section 633; Lieutenant Alan D.
Kinsley, Lieutenant Otka F.
Dober, Privates Liyis E, Timson,
Arthur W. Crosby, John F. Fitz
patrick, Robert E. Gaf, C. V.
Tompkins, J. T. Jones, John S.,
Wood, Richard Baker, Peter U.
Muir, section 516, and - Privates
Richard Y. Duel and George Rep
ley Butler of section 642. -
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH
Map Showing German Offensive
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The seventh day of the German advance has carried part of the forces of
the kaiser beyond the lines held bf them in 1916. As the new front is develop
ing, it is extending westward along the north banks of the Oise river, from
a point south of LaFere. -
Here the French are holding the south bank jsf the river as far west as
Noyon. From here the line swings to the northwest to Rove and Chaulnes to
the Somme river at Bray sur Somme. The greater part of the front is being
held by the French, according to latest reports. , ' :
North of the. Somme the British line swings through Albert, Beaumont
Bairy, Wancourt to the west of Monchy to the old line. ,
RAIL CONTROL BY
0. S. SHOWS LOSS
FOR FIRST MONTH
Railroad Men Attribute to Un
precedented Bad Weather and
Freight Embargoes, Which
Reduced Hauling Traffic.
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, March 28. For the
first time in many years railroads
operated at a loss in January, the first
month of government control.
The situation is attributed by. rail
road men almost entirely to the un
precedented bad weather and freight
embargoes which reduced the hauling
of general traffic to a minimumand
increased expenses far beyond nor
mal. The deficit was suffered only by
eastern lines, while , western and
southern roads made small profits.
For February the record was much
better, though exact figures are not
available and the railroad administra
tion hopes to make higher earnings
of later months offset the poor Janu
ary showing. Otherwise the govern-j
ment will lose money in compensating
railroads on the basis of their average
earnings for the last three years.
Loss Over Two Million.
Preliminary reports from 172 of the
196 large roads compiled by the In
terstate Commerce commission and
made public today show a January
deficit in railway operating income of
$2,227,000 as compared with positive
earnings of $67,000,000 in January last
year and about $57,0O0.000 in Decem
ber a low record for that month.
Operating revenues were $270,231,
000 and operating expenses $257,868,
000. The $12,363000 difference' be
tween these items, or the net revenue,
was more than" swallowed up by or
dinary taxes of $14,551,000. These
taxes did not include new war levies,
which probably would amount to
more than $10,000,000, and which the
roads must pay out of the government
The eastern roads' deficit on the
operating income was $17,640,000,
compared with net operating; earnings
of $24,325,000 injanuary, 1917. For the
western li nes this was $11,000,009, as
compared with $30,(W0O00 the same
month last year and southern lines
made $3,617,000, as compared with
$12,612,000 the same month last year.
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MOST RAISE 4j
PER CENT OF LOAN
Allotment Raised to $130,000,
000, Twenty Million Less
Than Total Effort of
(Bjr Associated Press.)
Washington, March 28. Subscrip
tion goals which each federal reserve
district will be expected to reach or
pass during the third liberty loan
campaign opening April 6th, arranged
today by the treasury, give the New
York district 30 per cent of the
$3,000,000,000 loan total, or $900,000,
000 as its share,' the same as in the
second loan. The Chicago district is
alloted 14 1-6 per cent, or $425,000,
000, and.the Cleveland district 10 per
cent or $300,000,000.
In calculating the wealth and
general business conditions ot var
ious districts as the basis for the
quotas, it was found Boston had been
give a disproportionate share in the
second loan, and in the district's per
centage has been reduced from 10 to
8 1-3 per cent. Cleveland, Min
neapolis and San Francisco were
given the same proportions as in the
second loan and other districts were
The goals of each state and county
will be determined by federal reserve
district committees oh the basis of
population, wealth and business con
ditions. These will be announced
locally within a week or two.
The Kansas City district, which
includes Omaha has been allotted
4 1-3 per cent of the loan or $130,000,
000. This is an increase of $10,000,
000 over the second loan. The district
of which Omaha is a member raised
$150,000,000 during the second drive.
South .est Teachers Meet.
Beatrice, Neb., March 28. (Special
Telegram.) Five hundred teachers
are here attending the annual meeting
of the bothueastern Nebraska hdu
catiqn association, which, convened
this morning. 'y
The speakers today and this evening
were Prof. John Simms, president of
the' Wisconsin State Normal at Ste
vens Point, and Mrs. Mary Bradford,
state superintendent of Colorado.
GERMANS LAUNCH BIG BLOW
NEAR ARRAS; COAST CITIES
. POSSIBLE NEW OBJECTIVES
British Take Prisoners and Guns; Fierce
Fighting on Both Banks of Somme; - .
Allied Counter Blow Due
London, March 28-After an all day battle north and south of the Somme, with
Arras asMie chief center, the British forces have beaten off the Germans, with
heavy losses to enemy, according to the report from Field Marshal Haig tonight.
London, March 28. The entire Turkish force in the Hit area in Mesopo
tamia has been captured or destroyed by the British, the war office announces. t
Three thousand prisoners were taken.
London, March 28. Prisoners and machine guns have been captured by
the British, the war .office announces.'The fighting continues fiercely on both banks
of the Somme.
This morning the enemy opened a heavy bombardment on the British de-
tenses east or Arras. An attack is developing m mis sector.
Repeated attacks were made by the enemy along the valley.of the Somme
in the neighborhood of Beaumont-Hamel, Puisieux and Moyenneville. They were
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DONN RESIGNS AS
CHIEF OF POLICE;
DEMPSEY GOES IN
III Health Causes HeacJ of De
partment to Give Up Duties;
Assistant Promoted to
Henry W. Duni, chief of police,
has resigned and Michael F. Demp
sey, chief of detectives with rank of
assistant chief, has been promoted to
position of chief of the police de
partment, effective April 1.
City council accepted the resigna
tion .and adopted a resolution offer
ed by Superintendent Kugel recom
mending the promotion of Dempsey,
These changes had been expected
for several months. Mr. Dunn's ill
health was the cause of his resisma
tion. He returned recently to his desV
after an absence of seven weeks,
during which time he suffered with an
attack of meningitis which affected
Entered Service m 1891.
The retiring chief entered the
service of the police department on
May 25, 1891, resigning in September
of that year and was reinstated on
April 19, 1892, since which time he
has been in continuous service.
lie was appointed a detective in
March, 1894, and was promoted to
chief of detectives on September 22,
1902; became captain on January 1,
1906 and promoted to chief on August
ii, 191.;, succeeding . the late J. J
Mr, Dempsey was appointed as pa
trolman on July 28, 1887, and has
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Th official statement ay J
"Severe fishtinr took place
during the night astride the Somme and northward, from Al
bert to Boyelles. Repeated attacks were made by the enemy
along the valley of the Somme and in the neighborhood of
Beaumont-Hamel, Puuieux and Moyenneville. 1 hey were re
pulsed. We captured a number of prisoners and a number of
"The fighting is continuing fiercely on both banks of the
"This morning the enemy opened a heavy bombardment on
bur defenses east of Arras and an attack is developing in this
sector." j . c
V NEW STROKE IN NORTH. '
The reference in the official British statement to an at
tack east of Arras evidently means that the Germans have
widened their battle front and are delivering a new stroke on
, The battle was begun last week on a. front extending as
far north as the River Scarpe, the junction of which with the
battle line is almost due east of Arras. No fighting north of
the river has" been reported.
The attacks which are developing -today may mark the
beginning of a second phase of the battle. German military
writers in the last few days have been hinting that surprises
were in store for the British and there has been much discus
sion of the possibility of a German drive for the coast, with the
channel ports of Calais and Dunkirk as the objectives.
FOR WORK DONE TO
First Public Appearance Since
Illness; Urges Complete Co
operation and No Partisan
' ship During Conflict.
Portland, Me., March 28. Theo
dore Rodsevelt made his first public
appearance here today, following his
Colonel Jloosevelt devoted his
speech entirely to patriotism, urging
the sweeping awa of partisan lines
while, this tountry is involved in the
great' world-war. He spoke in part
This country is now involved in the
greatest war of all time. In common
with the rest of the world it is pass
ing through one of those tremendous
crises which lie centuries apart in
world history. Under such conditions
the question of partisanship sinks into
utter insignificance compared with the
great question of patriotism, compared
with the duty of all of us to act with
istern and whole-hearted loyalty to this
mighty republic, and to, serve the in
terests of the republic and the ideals
which make the republic the hope of
the future of mankind. I come be
fore you republicans of Maine to speak
only as an American to his fellow
Americans, as a patriot speaking to
patriots. I make my appeal only in
the interest of patriotism. In other
words, I make precisely such an ap-
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GERMAN GAINS SLIGHT.
In the last 24 hours the Germans
have made but one comparatively
trifling gain as the result of numerous
massed attacks along the whole front,
says Reuter's correspondent at British
headquarters. . ' . . - ' '
For the British there - may be
claimed several distinct local sue
cesses, either in completely repelling
enemy blows or in wresting back
ground won by counter attacks.
Although the Germans continue to
use theirtinfantry with ruthless prodi
gality, the general pressure along the
front is for the moment less deter
mined. This may be attributed in
part to the enemy waiting to bring up
heavy artillery preparatory to another
eavy artillery preparatory to another
great effort, and in part to exhaustion.
at effort, and in part to exhaustic
ALLIES HOLD IN SOUTH.
British Army - Headquarters in
France, March 28. News received
from the extreme right wings that
the allies are holding well. v (This
refers to the southern sector, where
the French have been falling back).
Near Beaumont-Hamel the enemy
attacked heavily. Severe fighting fol
lowed. This morning it appeared that
the Village virtually was No Man's
land, with the contending lines drawn
close on either side. v ; -
Hard fighting occurred at several
points along the battle front during
the night in consequence of enemy
attacks. The latest reports indicate
that the British have kept the situa-
tion well in hand. .
The German artillery this morning
put down an intense bombardment
along the front, between Acheville
and the Souchez river, south of Lns,
but up to the time' of the filing of
this dispatch, 10 a. m., no infantry
action had been reported.
Allied Stroke Due.
Washington, March 28. American
staff officers studying closely the wat
maps and latest dispatches from the
battle front are of the opinion thai
developments of moment in the allied
counter-attack will bcgiiv to show
themselves on the battlefield today oi
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