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VOL. I NO. 4
Washington Hears Presi
dent's Second Mediation
Offer Has Been Accepted
by Emperor.
Protection of German Territory
and Commerce Said To Bo
Terms Demanded For Ending
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17.-Thcro Is n
, Mrslitent report In Administration circles
that Emperor William has accepted con
ditionally President Wilson's second
crofter of mediation. ,
n-.n conditions arc said to Insist Hint
German territory be preserved and Gor
man commerce afforded full protection.
Doth tho Whlto Housa and State De
partment refused to discuss tho report
and the German Embassy said It was
cut oft entirely from Berlin.
BORDEAUX, Sept., 17.
A Foamier news agency dispatch from
Munich quotes tho Neucsto Nachrlchtor
u '(? t,mt Germany has empowered
the United Stntes to Intervene- with tho
Belgian government for tho purpose of
,u5gestlne an armistice. The messago at
tempted to give tho proposed conditions.
tut they wcro rendered unintelligible by
the censors
. . .m.i.i nnwHTianer. tho Nord
Deutsche Allegcmclne SScltung, says that
SSYtoriM from hostile sources that GeN
rnany Is Inclined to make peace and Is
tired of the war aro entirely false.
"-The German people will neve.- lay
down their arms In this war," I . sas,
"without guarantees necessary to Its fu
ture In tho world of nations.
" AmUltary expert has Inquired drectly
of the Krupps at Essex If 42 centimetre
runs (Runs of a calibre of 16.6 Inches)
exist. The Krupps' reply was that mich
guns, transportable over land, have been
manufactured but that they regret they
are unable to glvo details at present.
The refeience is to the Immense siege
guns which the Germans have been re
ported as using In bombarding the Bel
gian and French forts, for which they
are said to have to lay irauna wi "-
and streets.
BERIfN, via Amstordam, HepL 17.
Informal representations have been
made through diplomatic channels to Em
peror William as to whether Germany
would accept another offer of mediation
by the I'nlted States. A reply has Vwn
tent to Washington.
Though the contents of the reply have
not been made public. It Is reported seml
offlclally that tho Emperor pointed out
that Germany had not sought tho war
and that it would placo no obstacles In
the way of peace, but under no circum
stance would enter Into negotiations that
would threaten the tcnltorlal Integrity
of the Emplro or weaken her commercial
Introduction of Measure Today or
Tomorrow Will Follow.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17.-Democrats of
the House Wnys and Means Committee
met today to npprovo the tentative draft
written by Chairman Undcrwodd of the
Jntcrnnl revenue "wnr tax" bill. The
Itepubllcans will bo called In later for a
fonnnl, perfunctory meeting, to bo fol
lowed by a favorable report and Intro
duction of tho measure lato today or to
morrow. Underwood Indlcntcd today that Home
of the Spanish wnr tax Items might not
be Included In tho present bill.
Republican committeemen plan a
scathing minority report, Indicting the
Democrats for alleged extravagance in
New Draft of Loan Bill In
cludes $500,000 -Item for
Preliminary Work on the
La Follette, Cummins, Borah
and Clapp Say His Elimi
nation Is Party Neces
sity. O,
Evening Ledger's Support of
Palmer Regarded as Powerful
Factor in Campaign for Poli
tical Morality.
Government Wants to Know Why
Clearance Papers Were Refused,
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17,-Tho United
States today called upon Brazil for an
explanation of her refusal to Issue clear
ance papers to tho steamship tlobcrt
Dollar at Rio De Janeiro.
Bescueis and Equipment Are Hurried
to Scene of Explosion.
Knoxvllle, Tonn,, Sept. 17. Word has
been received here of an explosion lit a
coal mine at Itoclcport, Ky. Rescuers
and equipment havo been sent to the
scene, .
The dispatch received here nslced for
fcflp and stated only that n numbtr of
men had been entombed by an explosion.
Tho first stop toward the actual con
struction of tho subway and elovatcd
lines and tho abolition of exchange tickets
will bo taken today when Councils' Fi
nance Committee and Common Council
meet to carry out Iho agreement made
by Councllmnnlc lenders last Tuesday to
reapportion the new $11,700,000 loan so as
to Includo the Item of $500,000 for pre
liminary work In tho transit program.
Just before the Subcommittee on Ap
propriations met In City Hall at 1:30
o'clock there was a feeling of confldenco
among the business men of Philadelphia
that tho subcommittee would prepare a
now dtaft of tho loan bill and Includo
tho appropriation for transit. This com
mittee Is expected to present the reappor
tionment to tho general Finance Commit
tee at a meeting to be hold Immediately
before the session of Common Council
this nfternoon.
A general leapportlonment of the loan
piobably will bo made. The original al
lotments for tho Parkway, for man
damuses and for goneral lepavlng, It Is
planned, will be cut to provide the $500,000
for transit. Director Norrls, of tho De-
lJurunenL or Wharves, Docks and Fer
ries, has also asked a new allotment of
the apportionment for the work of his
department. Io wants two Items of $C00,
C00 and $:00,000 to be incorporated in a
lump sum oi iw,uou ror general pier con
struction, and also wants other changes
made. Ills request probably will be
There was considerable discussion pre
ceding tho- subcommittee meeting about
a plan accredited to Councllmnnlc leaders
to cut the payroll of the Transit Depart
ment. It was said that Councils planned
to transfer ?65,000 from Director Taylor's
unexpended salary appropriation as part
of the $272,000 asked by Dr. Harte for the
completion of work at Byberry, Holmes
burg and for repairs at the Municipal
The appropriation to the Transit Depart
ment for salaries this vear was swinfwn
and on August 1 there was a balanco of
5133.3i6.S7. The transit payioll that month
was $11,117.13, leaving a balance of $121.
820.33. Councils, It was said, figure that
only $53,000 would bo needed for the rest
of the year, leaving a balance of approx
imately $85,000.
On tho other hand. It has been said that
in view of the universal protest against
the original attitude of Councilman!,? lonrt.
crs, thoy have been ordered to keep hands
off the Transit Department for tho present
Irnor otm staff connEsrpNnsNT.)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17. Republican
and Democratic Senators aro silent to
day on the resolution Introduced in the
Senate yesterday 'by Senator George W.
Norrls, of Nebraska, for an Investigation
by the Committee on Privileges and Elec
tions, of the primary campaign expenses
of Senator Penrose nnd Roger C. Sulli
van, tho Democratic Senatorial nominee
In Illinois. Many picdlctlons aro made
that the resolution will not be reported
out of the committee.
Progressive Republicans like La Fol
lette, Cummins, Borah nnd Clapp make
no secret of their opposition to Penrose,
and among the leaders of this wing of
the Republican party there is a strong
fooling that tho sooner men of tho type
of Penrose and William Barnes, Jr., of
New York, are eliminated as leaders, the
better it will be for tho party. -On the
other hand. Democrats who ten days ago
weio very outspoken In their opposition
to ho nomination of Sullivan refuse to
discuss the Norrls resolution.
Senator John V. Kern, of Indiana,
chnirman of tho Commlttoe on Privileges
and Elections, announced today thnt the
committee would bo called for a special
session within ft few days to consider
the Norrls resolution. Senator Kern told
tho Evening Ledger, however, that there
is little prospect of an Investigation of
the Pennsylvania and Illinois primary
campaigns unless Senator Norrls U will
ing to Incorporate into his resolution defi
nite nnd specific charges of tho misuse
or money by Penrose and Sullivan "to
the end that wo may have something
to investlffatc."
The repudiation of Senator 'Penrose by
the Evening Ledgor and tho Public
LEDann has caused more comment In
Washington than has the resolution of
Senator Norrls. Republicans of tho old
school type, who have beon confident of
the re-election of Penrose, now express
fear that Representative A. Mitchell Pal
mer will be elected to the Senate. Pen
rose Is expected to visit Washington
within a few days to confer with his
friends in the Senate for tho purpose, It
is believed, of bringing every pressure
10 Dear to Keep the Norrls resolution
from being reported out of the committee.
Secretory of the Navy Daniels today
Ash-laden Vapor Escapes From West
Side, Below Summit Crater.
MINERAL, Cnl, Sept. 17 -Vast quan
tities of nsh-lndcn steam vnpor arc es
caping todny as a result of a violent
eruption yesterday at Lassen Peak. Tho
vapor Is escaping from the west side of
the mountnln below tho rim of the sum
mit crater, Tho Indications nro that the
crater will fill up and that future erup
tions will occur through the now fissure.
Necessity of Providing Funds
for Transit Development
and South Philadelphia
Improvements Are Espe
cially Emphasized.
Officials Close to Commission Think
New Hearing Will Be Held.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 17,-The next step'
In the new Ave per cent, advance rate
case iu ,,ot be taken until the early
Pt of October, Interstate Commerce of
ficl! today said. Then tho commission
will consider the petition of the Eastern
railroads for a reopening of their case.
Officials close to members of the com
mission expressed the opinion that the
s will be reopened and a date set for
- w Hearing.
ftancis Joseph Grieved Because Order
Was Needed, Dispatch Adds.
. ROME, Sept. 17.
E .!?nM?lspatcl1 t0 the Corriero Delia
erintfni8 that AuBtrla has ordered con
It aa .,". '?,asse t0 forn ew armies.
Cthta1." Francls Joseph ou
'onaoVfC s,ucVhrraluy.'leVe1 "" Ue'
"Villa Sorrento Limeade" Displaces
the Grann .Titl.a
sWryanTs?Se,Pt- -S"etary of
drink i?e L ,tro?uc'"S a now "do"
Umeade "8 U "Vllla Sorrento
Villa so'rrenf, ,n?,lla ot "mes "
named 'vnarUon sue that It
The Z.h Xlla-Caanza-Zapata."
ju cV mead0 ,3 a "wtuuu for grape-
Railroad Station in German Lease
hold Taken With Little Loss.
TOICIO, Sept 17.
The capture of the railroad station at
Klao-Chau was effected with slight loss
to the Japanese because of the daring
of an aviator who flow In a hydroaero
plane from a warship outside the bay.
Flying hlsh above the German troops
gathered to resist the seizing of the rail
way terminal he dropped five bombs
among them. Ills aim was so good that
threo of the bombs exploded among the
Germans, killing nnd injuring many.
While the Germans were in disorder
the Japanese charged and drove the de
fenders back toward Tslng-Tao.
Andrew, of Massachusetts, to Cam
paign for Congress In Aeroplane.
BOSTON, Sept. IT.-CampalgnIng In an
aeioplane Is one of the latest novelties
In political stumping in Massachusetts.
A Piatt Andrew, candidate against Con
gressman Gardner for the Republican
nomination for Congress, has made ar
rangements to Ball In a Burgess-Wright
biplane piloted by Clifford AVebster from
one town to another throughout his dis
trict. Andrew lias planned to get an early
start from Marblchead Saturday fore
noon and fly to Swampscott for his first
"The strong support that Is being given
to the candidacy of Representative Pal.
mcr by the Public Lbdoeh and tho
Evening Ledgor has, I believe, turned
the tide in Pennsylvania. Those who a
few weeks ago thought Mr. Palmer was
engaged in a hopeless fight are now satis
fied that he has more than an even
chance to win the senatorphlp in Penn
sylvania." Colonel Thomas C. Pence, assistant to
National Chairman William P. McCombs,
No one thlnB is going to contribute so
much to making the election of Represen
tative Palmer certain as the stand taken
by the Evenlncr Ledcer nnH ii nnnrrr.
Lcnonn. Mr. Palmer is making a won
derful campaign and the support of the
Curtis newspapers will, in my opinion,
make the defeat of Penrose possible The
repudiation of Senator Penrose by these
newspapers has occasioned much com
ment among Senators and Representa-
ui uuui parlies."
Ambassador Spring - Rice
Expresses H i s Govern
ment's Regret for Attack
On Wilson by British Diplomat.
ZrinPnkll?de!?hia and MtV-l
hS Cl0udmea knight followed
" m th, early morning and
Prw!' 0' mueh chaW in tern-
r$L;. v.l,oderatc eashrlv '.
ttrtaifc, tu last
S, P. C. A. Wants Motor-Driven Patrol
A committee representing the Society
for the Prevention of Ciuelty to Animals,
consisting of S. H. Rutherford, William
flumps aim 11 i.epper, Jr, called on Di
rector Porter today and requested that
a motor-driven patrol bo given to the
Tucony police station. The committee
pointed out that the district. In which are
Included Bustleton, Summerton, Fox
Chase and Lawndale and which comprises
S3 square mllca. It entirely too largu to
permit the employment of horses, par
ticularly in view of the hard roads they
have to traverse in answering emergency
NEW YORK, Sept 17 -The Weather
Bureau today announced that tho South
ern storm had passed inland to Georgia
And that it would lose Its intensity,
Wjirnioss were ordered down to the
South Atlantis,
WASHINGTON. Sept. 17.-The British
Government today, through Ambassador
bpriiiB-Rlce, apologized and expressed a
great regret to the American Government
for the Interview alleged to have been
given by Sir Lionel Canlen. in which
Carden criticised the administration for
withdrawing the troops from Vera Cruz
Sir Lionel Carden was banished from
Mexico by Provisional President Car
ranza. This was the sui-urlslnir state
ment mada today by a high olll
cial. It was Intimated that be
cause of the known animus of Sir Lionel
Carden for the Mexican Constitutional
Government, the Washington Adminlstra.
tlon would take no further notice of the
diplomat's recent Interview In New York
In which he characterized the withdrawal
of American troops as a "desperate
Caiden is now 011 his way to England,
and from there will go to Brazil where he
has been accredited by his Goverrinmnt
Cardon's published criticism of with
drawal of American troops from Mexico
was regarded In administration circles
today as unfair and untrue. No official
confirmation of the widely printed Inter
view was at hand, government authorities
were Inclined to view it as the outburst
of a diplomat, admittedly personally dig
gruntled at the Carrnnza administration
A high diplomat here stated today that
ne wuum noi oe surprised ir France
should withdraw her Ambassador to Mex
ico, because of the treatment of nuns and
monks by the Constitutionalists. In dip
lomatic rlrclta it became more evident
that serious difficulties in securing com
plete re ognltiun from foreign Powers
40pfrn, the Constitutionalists.
Mayor BUnkenburg's third annual
message, submitted to Councils this
afternoon, brought to the attention of
the legislative bodies the demands of
the people for great municipal Improve
ments. Necessity of providing funds for the
beginning of transit development and
for tho elimination of grade crossings in
South Philadelphia is particularly em
phasized. "Tho financial problems of the city are
peculiarly the province of your honorable
bodies, and I ask for them your early and
careful attoullon," says tho Mayor In his
argument for tho groat civic betterments.
"The Improvements which seemed Im
portant last autumn and. winter are even
nioro urgently needed now, and public
opinion demands that prompt action be
taken to provido for them.
"Public improvements of the greatest
Importance to the city were included in
the $S,G0O,00O loan, authorized by popular
vote at the election In November, 1013,
and the $12,900,000 loan whose submission
to a special election wasrjrovided for by
a later oidlnance of Councils.
"These particular loans were prevented
by a decision of the Supremo Court,
which has, however, nindo clear that tho
larger part of these amounts cannow
be borrowed under n proper ordinance."
Mayor Blankenburg points out the
splendid condition of Philadelphia's finan
cial credit In connection with th flota
tion of municipal loans. "It is not known
that any other American city was able
to float four per cent, bonds at par last
year," ho says.
Realization of the plan to transform
South Philadelphia below Oregon avenue
from a waste area to an Important In
dustrial, commercial and residential part
of the city by the elimination of rail
road grade crossings is declared by the
Mayor to occupy tho place of first Im
portance among the achievements of his
Administration In 1911
"It means the realization of Improve
ments which have been talked of for
more than a score of years," he says.
"It Includes the completion of the Belt
Line system and the transfer of the
terminals of a great railroad from a point
on the Delaware, where the development
of South Philadelphia was held In check,
to a point contiguous to League Island.
adding a new value to this great naval
"It also Includes the acquisition by the
city of a water front that will enable
us to build a doen or mora SftMoot piers
for tho accommodation of Urge steam
ships, and thus we may realize the hope
to restore Philadelphia to Its former posi
tion as one of tho gieut seuports of the
Mayor Blankenburg calls attention to
the economies in floating loans, effected
through tho efforts of his administration
by having an net passed b the Legisla
ture making It posslblo for bonds of an
authorized loin to be sold only when
the money Is actually needed, thus effect
ing savings In interest and sinking fund
Councils are scored by the Mayor for
failure to co-operate with him In an effort
to put the cllj's finances on a sound basis.
"I entered office determined as far as
lay In my power to put the finances of the
city In such shape that the 'pay-as-you-go'
act could be honestly obeyed and there
would be no excuse for paying current ex
penses ont of borrowed monoy," he says.
"My efforts wete not seconded by Coun
cils and as a result, the old unsound sys
tem of resorting to loans to pay current
expenses still exists
"Appropriations have been made In a
haphazard way and legurdlcss of tho
law. Actual requirements for the year
have been Ignored and sometimes the
original appropriations In the annual'
budget lme not amounted to one-quarter
ot the money needed.
"The city a Income has been inadequate
for Its wants, largely owing to the fact,
ns a cursory investigation showed, that
the assessment of real estate was un
just and inequitable A readjustment of
assessments seemed imperative before th
city could be placed In proper financial
L'tforts of the Mayor to have more
equitable assessments made In many in
stances are declared by him to have been
accomplished to some extent in the 1911
The Major points out that failure of
John P. Connelly, Charles Seger and
Harry J Trainer to sign the report of
the advisory committee on municipal
finances, which, he Asserts, would have
established modern methods of assess
ment, is responsible for preventing thr
submission o the rerort to "ouncila.
The Har Summary
Tho battle of the Alsno continues. The
allies are hurling forces again and
again upon the strongly ontrcnchotl
lines of Germans north of the river
and havo been repulsed In each" ad
vance. Tho position of tho Kaiser's
forces is satd to bo so strong that
attacks arc made only at heavy losses
by the allies.
General von Klulc's army on the Ger
man right wing i's In danger of be
ing surrounded, London reporting
his forces already hemmed In.
FrcnchWar OfTlcc, at Bordeaux, an
nounces that the Germans havo been
. compelled to raise tho stego at Ver
dun and that the Crown Prince's
army again has been forced back.
German ofilclal War Ofllce statement
today explains tho retreat of the
Germans In Franco was only to their
prepared positions and to enable tho
troops to recover from their earlier
exertions. It Is announced that the
general battle now in progress is pro
ceeding favorably to tho German
. cause.
Przemysl, tho strong fortification on
the San, near where tho Austrian
armies are reported to havo effected
a Junction, has been captured by tho
Russians, according to a Petrograd
dispatch. Tho Austrians will bo
compelled to take a final stand at
Cracow, near tho meeting point of
Russian, Austrian and German bor
ders. Capture of Cracow would open
tho way for tho Czar's forces to
march on Breslau, In Silesia, 100
miles from Berlin.
Meanwhile, another Russian army is
proceeding west through Poland to
ward Silesia, and military experts
bellpve thnt thesn movements vlll
fatally expose Berlin, if tho Kaiser
has, as reported, withdrawn eight
army corps (320,000 men) from East
Prussia and Gallcla, to reinforce tho
German armies In France.
Advices from Vienna, however, stat$
that the fighting in Western Gallcla
is not ended and that tho Junction
of the armies of Generals Dankl and
Auffenburg will be followed by
fresh offensive tactics between tho
San and Vistula, with the object of
keeping the lino Intact between
Przemysl and Cracow, thus protect
ing Central Austro-Hungary on one
hand, and Silesia on the other, from
Russian encroachments.
German forces to tho number of K0.000
are reported from Petrograd to have
been withdrawn from tho East Prus
sian campaign and rushed to aid the
Kaiser's forces defending their posi
tion along tho Alsne. Eight corps
comprise the force reported moving.
Belgium dispatches report that Ger-
mnny Is rapidly withdrawing her
veteran troops from nil the large
cities and towns. They are being
rushed to reinforce the army of Von
Kluk. New garrisons of the naval
reserve and Landwehr have arrived
to replace the veterans.
British War Ofllce says the general
situation continues favorablo to the
allies, but makes no statement re
garding the battlo now In progress
in France.
Turkey h03 an army within Russian
borders along tho Bulgaria River,
according to reports in Petrograd.
It Is said a German cavalry ollicer
Is In command.
Servia announces officially that the
Crown Prince's army has been with
drawn from the proposed invasion
of Slavonln. Air scouts detected a
trap laid by Austrian forces and the
army was saved. The Invasion of
Bosnia, however, continues.
Italy clamon for war against Aus.
trla and Germany. Suldlers havo
been called, ready to quell rioting,
street demonstrations already liny.
Ing reached, almost unmanageable
Kaiser's Artillery Mows Down British As
They Force Passage of the Aisne.
German Line Repulses French Infantry
As They Storm Defenses.
Flanking Movement to Cut Off Army of
Von Kluk Reported Successful Both
Sides Bring Up Powerful Guns and
Great Duel Is On.
PARIS, Sept. 17.
The Germans havo effectively re
pulsed tho attack of the allies on the
entrenched line of tho enemy along
the Alsnc.
The forces of tho allies, however,
moved forward at two points in tho
great battle line, which stretches from
Noyon in an almost direct eastern line
to the Meuse.
In tho valley of the Alsne River, east
of the Argon ne, the French advanced,
while at these extreme western end of
the line the British have made secure
their foothold on the north bank of
tho Alsnc.
Again and ugain havo the allies at
tacked the German lines, but except
on the extreme western end they have
Concluded oa Fate H
Covering Removed From
White House Lawn,
WASHINGTON. Sept. l7.-l'residtnt
Wilson has folded his tent.
No longer does the canvas covered sum.
mer office stand on the rear lawn of the
White House. It was removed today.
Th- President will not miss It much.
As a matter of fact it was not a suc
cess Erected under his orders In order
to sle him a cool rctr. at In which to
worK on not aays, tt riti 1 , t us pur
pose It was not a coot retreat. Ths
lnslcle cilice was cooler.
failed to break tho German defense.
The Germans made a fierce counter
attack from their strongly entrenched
positions along the Alhne river, but
were repulsed by the allies. Furious
lighting is going on all alorg the line.
The war ofllce issued an official
statement at 3 o'clock this afternoon
giving this lnformalon:
"Fighting continues with the utmost
violence everywhere. Allies have re
pulsed a fierce counter attack at
tempted by the Germans from their
strongly entrenched positions."
Heavy reinforcements have reached
the German right wing and General
von Kluk's army, taking the offensive,
is striking fiercely at tho allies' left.
New French troops are being rushed
to the vicinity of Noyon from the army
of the defense of Paris.
This statement was made by a high
Government ofilclal at noon today:
"The German action on the right has
suddenly become very strong, Indicat
ing that the enemy is making another
effort to cut our line. Along the centre
the Germans show less strength, whllo
on their left their position Is almost
"The Germans have attempted a
bombardment of Rheims, but with lit
tle effect. Should the enemy win the
battle now In progress, a second ad
vance on Paris will naturally follow,
but wo believe General von Kluk'a
army has little chance of success."
It Is belle'-ed here that the Germans
have succeeded In withdrawing a large
portion of their eastern army from
Prussia, and havo hurried it Into ac
tion in another attempt to break
through tho allied line in a general
circling movement.
Tho ofilclal War Office statement Is
sued at Bordeaux at 3:15 this after
noon, and made public at General Gal
lloni's headquarters,, states that the
battlo continues along the entire front
between the Rivers Olse and the Meuse,
with the Germans resisting the French
advance at all points In an effort to
prevent the carrying of their fortified
positions behind which the armies
which participated In the battlo of the
Marne are re-forming.
"The battle continues along the en
tile front between the Oise and the
Meuse." bays the statement, "with the
Germans fleicely resisting the French
attack and fortifying their positions
ulong the lines previously Indicated."
The allies have suffered the heaviest
losss yet sustained by them.
The allies are still bombarding the
uennan positions along the Aisne
River- The Germans, despite the dim
culties caused by heavy rains of the
past week, have h.-ought up most of
their guns, and the greatest artillery
duel that the world has ever heard of
is In progress. At least 5000 guns are
believed to be engaged.
The Germans thus far have repulsed
the efforts of the British and French
forcs to drive them back from the
hills along the Alsne. The allies have
been unable to secure a firm foothold
on the north side of the river, al
though, they gained croflsfcjf, at three
points under a terrific concentrated
Are from tho German batteries.
The efforts of the Fifth French
Army and the First and Second Brit
ish Corps are concentrated In an en
deavor to shatter the German lino
by cutting off the German right wing,
commanded by General von Kluk. The
French are driving from tho west,
while the British are striking up from
the .southeast.
The fighting at this point on tho 120
mile front is deadly to both sides. The
British attack on the German right
wing centres around to tho north of
Solssons. No details have been re
ceived as to the fighting along the
allies' centre and right flank.
It is reported from the front that
the British army has been successful
in Its flank movement and that Von
Kluk's army Is practically surrounded.
General von Kluk was reported to
day withdrawing his lines closer to
those of General von Buelow, which
were in turn drawing In on tho main
German centre. This movement fol
lowed the attempt of the allies to
flank the German right, perilously ex
tended west of Noyon.
The losses of tho allies haVt? - beelL.
far heavier in the last two dayb than
at any other period of the war. Trio
German counter assaults have boen"
determined and have required frequent
use of the bayonet In checking them.
But it has been in the general as
saults that the French have lost
The German artillery Are continues
particularly deadly. Their batteries,
masked in the hills which for the most
part constitute their new positions,
are served with the utmost precision,
while their rapid flrers, mounted on
automobiles, simply mow down tho
French who attempt to carry the Ger
man lines by storm.
It ia evident that the Germans havo
massed all their avalluble strength
along the battle line to hold back the
pursuit of the allies. The battle front
Is about the same as It was yesterday.
It extends from a point near Noyon
across the plains to the north of Vlc-sur-Aisne.
near Solssons and Laon, and
thence over the heights north and
northwest of Rheims: thence to the
north of Ville-sur-Tourbe and from
there through Verennes In the northern
part of the Argonne region to Meuse,
north of Verdun.
The position held by the Germans
around Laon Is particularly strone.
They havo heavy Rrtlllery and troops
massed on a hill which rises above a
big area of marshy ground, The allies
nre compelled to cross this marsh land
before they can attempt to dislodge tho
Germans by storm.
General Gallleni. the Military Gov
ernor of Paris, declared that dis
patches to the military authorities
here from tho front show that tho al
lies have been gaining ground i'nco
the fight opened, although slowly.
"The Germans have been compelled
to yield under the pressure of the
French and British, despite their re- j
Inforcements," sajd General Galllenlt'
"We feel sure that the Germans will
again be Jn rapid retirement befoio
the end of the present week T in
vaders fell back to a good position,
but their strength and the power of
their big guns will be as naught be
fore the glorious brnvery anl dash
of our men. The artillery duel wliH.li
Is going on is one of the mlghtieat
known to warfare, with guns of tre
mendous power used on both stdea.
We have been fortunate in silencing
a number ot German batteries that
commanded fordable points on the
The great battle front Is admitted by
the French military authorities to glvo
the Germans an advantage, Jf they
have a sunVlent supply of ammunition
ay 4he,r men are not to exhausted
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toxoid. iU Tho Un of, tho German