Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister):
I mentioned on Friday that I had sent a telegram to Sir Edward Kemp asking that we might be advised of the conditions wihich have developed in the German offensive, and I have a telegram from him this morning saying that the Canadians are not yet involved, and that he will keep us informed. The Minister of Militia and Defence (Major General Mewburn) has placed in my hands the latest official report which has been received and which reads:
Monday Morning Service.
London, Mar. 26.-Fresh attacks by the Germans have developed northward and southward of Bapaume, the War Office announces. The British repulsed powerful attacks yesterday afternoon northward of Bapaume.
Paris, Mar. 25.-The French on Saturday went to the assistance of the British and took over a sector of the battlefront, the War Office announces.
In the region of Noyon on the right bank of the Oise heavy fighting with the Germans is in progress.
Paris, Mar. 25.- (Official)-The statement follows:
"French troops began to intervene on March 23 in the battle now being fought on the British front. They relieved certain of the allied forces and took up fighting themselves on this sector of the front.
"At the present time they are engaged in heavy fighting in the region of Noyon and they are disputing the heights of the right banks of the Oise with important German forces. ,
"Northwest of Rheims there has been a violent artillery action in the region of Courcy and Loivre. In the Champagne two German surprise attacks east of Suippe resulted in failure. French patrols took some prisoners near Tahure.
"There was much artillery activity between Arracourt and the Vosges. At daybreak German forces attacked the French lines east of Bleneroy and east of BadOnvillers. The Germans were repulsed with heavy losses."
London', Mar. 25.- (Official)-The statement follows:
"The battle continues with great violence on the whole front. Powerful attacks delivered by the enemy yesterday afternoon and evening north of Bapaume were heavily repulsed. Only at one point did the German infantry reach our trenches, whence they were immediately thrown out. Elsewhere the enemy's attacks were stopped by rifle, machine gun and artillery fire in front of our positions, and his troops were driven back with great losses.
"During the night and' this morning fresh hostile attacks have again developed in this neighborhood and also to the south of Bapaume.
"South of PeTOnne, bodies of German troops who had crossed the river between Lioourt and Brie were driven back to the east bank by our counter-attacks."
So far as one can judge, the Germans are undoubtedly throwing absolutely their full force into this attack. It seems to have been met with as great success as was anticipated from the first. It is beyond question that very much depends upon tihe issue; and I know the hearts of the people of the whole country will he lifted up in intercession that the right may prevail.
Subtopic: STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER AS TO THE GERMAN OFFENSIVE.