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German retreat on the Ancre continues, particularly north of Miraumont, where British line is advanced 600 yards on 1½-miles front; total prisoners during February 2,133, including 36 officers; 11 French villages recaptured. British destroyer lost with all hands in the North Sea, presumably through striking a mine. Aeroplane raid on Broadstairs. German plot in America unmasked; German Foreign Secretary, Herr Zimmermann, attempts to negotiate an offensive alliance with General Carranza and suggests that Mexico should approach Japan to induce her to join in attack on United States.

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