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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY The British gained all their objectives in a counterattack in Flanders, advancing their defenses at Giv ■ncliy and- Festubert and re-establishing their lHtsiiions, the English war office announces. The British ejected the Germans from advanced positions gained by . them in Thursdays attack. In sharp fighting southeast of Kobecq, the British drove back German attacking parties. Nine machine guns, a trench mortar and prisoners were taken by the British in a local operation yesterday south of the Bearpe river. A German counterattack was repulsed. 1nder the classification of men for selective draft service. Provost Marshal General Crowder has advised the Senate military committee, approximately 2.000.000 will be placed in class 1— from winch it is expected all future calls will lie taken. These 2.000.000. according to General Crowder. are exclusive of between 560.000 and 1,000.000 more annually who. it is estimated, will be made subject to military duty under the bill now in Congress subjecting to registration youths reaching their majority. The toilers of Chicago, the men of brawn and force, took their stand yesterday where all the world might see — on the side of Liberty and Democracy, to fight with all their strength against the kaiser and his minions. Twenty-five thousand of them proved their loyalty in the big Liberty Loan parade, marching steadily on with unbroken ranks and unfaltering steps through the bitter cold rain and the raw and racking winds. Nearly fifty-five divisions WSO.OOO liave been used in" Planners by the Germans since April 9. and apparently many more will be needed if the fourth aud sixth German armies are to battle on much further. Some of these divisions are too badly battered to go on. Others are physically exhausted. The remainder are tir-d. but are being pushed on in desjterate attempts to enlarge the Armentieres bulge. The Holla lid -America line piers in Ilolx.ken were taken over Friday by the government for the duration of the war through an arrangement between the War Department and Capt. Victor Larsen, president of the steamship company. Negotiations are said to lie under way for taking over piers of the Scandinavian-American and Ellerman-Wilson lines in Ilobokeu. Michigan went over the top on its third Liberty Iian subscriptions, it was announced yesterday. Thirtv-eight of the sixty-eight counties have ovor-subseribed and the quota of ."" .»MK».0 H for the state was oversubscrilxd by 2,000,000. Detroit, with its large war industries, oversubscribed its quota of £*tf,00O,00Q by 0,000,000. Only thirty-four of a crew of seventy-five are reported as survivors following the blowing up of the American steamer Florence H. in a French port, the Navy Department announced late yesterday afternoon. The Telegraaf reports that the German Socialist parly in Austria has decided that work shall lie stopped May 1 throughout the country and that demonstrations in favorer peace, shall lie held. Snbs *ripW us to*4he liberty ""Loan have reached ,i3s,09S,i50, the treasury auaouuted yesterday.