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3659 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR.

'And on those furthest rims of hallowed ground

Where the forlorn, the gallant charge

expires,

Where the slain bugler has long

ceased to sound,

And on the tangled wires

The last wild rally staggers, crumbles,

stops,

Withered beneath the shrapnel's iron

Showers

Now heaven be thanked, we gave a

few brave drops,

Now heaven be thanked, a few brave

drops were ours."

Aye, heaven be thanked that, when

America still hesitated in an unnatural

and inglorious neutrality, some brave

Americans like Alan Seeger were bold

enough to strike in for humanity and

civilization and to "return the visit of

Lafayette!"

On the 24th of June, a terrific bombardment of the German lines was begun,

while, during the next week, poison gas

was discharged In more than forty places.

On the 25th, the British aeroplanes destroyed nine of the German observation

balloons, using in the work a new form

of missile that proved exceedingly effective.

At 7:30 a. m. on the 1st of July, after

a final hour of exceptionally violent bombardment, the British infantry moved

forward, while the French infantry advanced against German positions farther

south. Just prior to the attack, numerous

mines were exploded under the German

works, while smoke was discharged at

many places along the lines in order to

screen the attack. The German barrage

fire was very heavy in places, and numerous

machine guns that had survived the Allied

bombardment cut wide swaths in the

charging lines. Meanwhile, the Allied