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VOL. I-NO. 10
Believes Court Order Should
Have Directed Seating of
Moore Pending Final Decision.
Forty-Fourth Ward Select Coun
- oilman Obedient Servant and
Beneficiary of 'the Ponrose-Vare-McNichol
Mayor Blankenburg today expressed tho
Opinion that tho Supremo Court should
Jiiive seated Dr. Philip II. Moore as Se
lect Councllmnn from tho 41th Ward until
its decision In an election contest was an
nounced, Instead of permitting Dr. Wil
liam V. Bacon to hold tho sent. It was
bacon's vote which made possible tho
passage of tho Municipal Court's vague
land-condemning ordinance over tho
Major's veto In Select Cotincll on Tues
day. The Mayor said Dr. Moore should
Jiie been sented, becnuso Judge Auden
rled had declared Bacon's election had
teen obtained by fraud and tlmt Dr.
Moore was rightfully and legally entitled
to the seat.
'What do you think of tho order of the
Supreme Court permitting Doctor Bacon
to retain nis seni in oeieci v-uuutu uinu
a decision Is rendered In the contested
election case with Dr. Philip H. Moore
In that waid?" tho Mayor was asked.
"It seems to mo as a layman," ho
answered, "that from the evidence In
tho case and after Judge Audenrled had
declarod Doctor Mooro eligible to the
leat, he should bo the one retained In
Select Council until the decision of the
Supreme Court Is given, and not Bacon.
That's the way It seems to me.
"I remember tho famous Conway case
In the Fifth Wnrd 34 years ago. Conway
was counted out In the contest over the
election for Select Council. He spent
thousands of dollars In contesting tho
case In the courts and was finally award
ed his scat on the very day that his
term In Councils expired."
The vote of Dr. Bncon, political ob
servers said today,' will continue to be
recorded In Select Council In tho Interests
of Penrose, McNIchol and Vare, although
Judge Audenrled In Common Picas Court
declared Bacon Ineligible to his seat.
The Supiemo Court Is the medium being
used to keep Bacon In his seat as the
ostensible representative of the 41th
Ward, although Judge Audenrled Inter
preted the' decision of the voters of that
ward, almost a year ago, to be for Dr.
Philip H. Moore, a man pledged to uphold
the policies of tho Blankenburg Adminis
tration. An order wns made by the Supreme
Court yesterday giving Doctor Bacon the
privilege of remaining In Select Council
until the appeal he made to the higher
court from Judge Audenrled s decision is
finally decided.
Bacon Is Included among the dual office
holders In Select Council, whom Mayor
Blankenburg unsparingly denounced In
his message last Thursday. Ho receives
a salary of $3000 a year as real estate
wessor. The post came ns a gratuity
from the Republican machine early this
year. Bacon owes his fealty absolutely
to the McNIchol branch of tho Penrose
According to Judge Audenried's Inter
pretation of tho balloting In the Forty
fourth Word last fall. Doctor Moore, tb
Blankenburg candidate, was elected by
U votes.
Crookedness nt the o'fllclal count In tho
ard was responsible for the opening of
ll tho ballot boxes. The examiners
made their report to Judge Audenrled,
declaring their finding to be In favor of
Doctor Mooro. The original crooked count
lave a handful majority to tho Penrote
JIcNichol machtno candidate. Doctor
. Judge Audenrled. after hearln? thr,
arguments In the case, declared Moore
tnlltlcd to the seat. The Penrose-Mc-Mchoi
candidate then introduced his
case Into the ponderous mazes of the
Supreme Court in the shape of an ap
peal, a proceduro frequently employed by
the PenroRe-McNIchol-Vare combine In
similar wises.
Bacon has nlready represented the Re
publican machine forces In Select Coun
cil for a year, under a legal expedient
rather than under the legal right to his
at. The effect of the order of tho Su
preme Court will prolong that tenure.
The final decision, in case It be against
Bacon, will be that he had no right to
the seat In Select Council, although nn
order of tho same Court allowed him to
lt there, pending the decision. His
term will expire next fall and reform
forces are dubious of any possibility of
seating their candidate in time to obtain
any aluable support for tho Admlnistra
lion's policies.
Supporters of the Blankenburg Admin
istration nro questioning the feasibility
et attempting to nullify the vote of Dr.
uacon In ease the Supreme Court ultl-
J'aieiy decides against him. If such oc-
were possible the veto of Mayor
9 0
8 0
Chicago ....... ,o 3 1 10 0 0 1 Ot- 6
Phillies 0 . n 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3
Batteries Rixey and Killefer; Humphries and' Bresnahan.
Umpircs-i-Riglcr and Hart.
Chicago 0 0 0 ,' '
Phillies 0 4 0 0 - v
Batteries Mayer and Burns; Pierce and Archer.. '
Umpires Hart and Riglcr. )
Pittsburgh 1 0 ,' "
Brooklyn 1 o , ' ' '
St. Louis 1 o 0 1 ' 0
New York ...... .2 0 0 0 0 -7
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bwton 0 10 0 3 010 x 5
Cincinnati 1 0
Boston 1 0
Athletics .......
Chicago ,
Washington 0 0 0 0 40 0 0 1 5
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
St. Louis
--. jivsaul, 1
-...ciiuurg on tne ordinance to con
sul" 5 omer of the city block at
t and Race streets for the Municipal
., wuuio. siana.
The Administration sunnorterx nnlnt nut
that Bacon's vote against the Mayor's
Wo was cast on Tuesday, before the
definite order was handed down by the
Supreme court declaim? that Bacon had
right to the Select Council seat. It is
eontendea that when Bacon overruled
iI'b",8'' wa3 not occupying his seat
ort. 'ctJCounon undor a definite court
hnV i, and ihat Doctor Moore's eligibility
Dn tn d.ecldrei Judge Audenrled.
"ii mat point a contest may be started
thai . 2 nt rces pointed out today
It. Ji JSut"'eme Court can advanco on
WfflSf1, any caso lhat u deems of
Sf.u "' .Importance to warrant iinme
Incom'i'""1.'' Ther asse-t It to be
C0uPrM.nslbl tha the Supreme
to h.wi.ngt B,ve tarly consideration
btW definite seating of one or the
r of the contestants.
Phillies' Outfielder Sus
tained Injuries in Yester
day's Game Which Will
Keep Him on Sidelines
Till Next Spring.
24. It was learned this afternoon that
Dodo 1'iiskert will be out of the game for
the lest of tho senson. In sliding for tho
plate in yesterday's game ho was Injuied.
At the time little was thought or the
matter, but upon close examination, it was
found that the ligaments In the muscle
of his leg were badlv torn and an X-ray
picture repealed the fact that one of the
small bones In his foot was fractured.
Chicago found Klxey easy today, scoring
four runs and driving him from the rub
ier before tho end of tho third Inning.
After Mattison had yielded one run in
the fourth, he settled down and pitched
good ball through the sixth. The Phillies
scored two runs in the fourth on Becker's
mingle and I,iulcrus' home run to the
bleachers. Doubles by Magrc and Becker
In the sixth gave the locals one more
run. v
Lobeit was injured In tho early part
of. the game by a lino drive und, although
he remained at his position for several
Inning, was forced to retire ultimately.
Chicago won tho opening game of the
doublo header from the riilllles today,
6 to 2. Timelv l'lttlng by tho Cubs, netted
the visitors the game. First game:
Leach walked. Knlsely hit Into a double
play, Rlxoy to Irelan to Luderus. Byrne
threw out Saler. No runs, no hits, no
Lobert singled to centre. Byrne sacri
ficed, Humphries to Sater. Lobert went
to third on Magee's out, Zimmerman to
Saler. Cravath walked. Becker forced
Cravath, Fisher to Zimmerman. No runs,
one hit, no errors.
Zimmerman's double bounded over
Magee's head. Zimmerman took third
on Schulto's out, Byrne to Luderus.
Bites walked. Fisher doubled along the
right field line, scoring Zimmerman and
sending Bucs to third. Bresnahan drove
a single through Lobert, scoring Bues
and Fisher. Lobert had a finger knockmt
out of Joint on his left hand by the
drive, but after a physician had attend
ed to the Injury he went back in to
the game. Bresnahan went from first
to third on a wild pitch. Humphries
fanned. Lobert tossed Leach out. Three
rune three hits, no errors
Luderus popped to uues, irrmn mreu
to Zimmerman. Killefer popped to
Bresnahan. No runs, no hits, no errors.
Knlsely was out, Lobert to Luderus.
Saler walked. Saier was allowed to take
second when Rixey balked, Zimmerman
singled to right, scoring Saler. Schulte
filed to Cravath. Zimmerman stole sec
ond. Bues walked. After passing Bues,
Rixey was replaced by Mattison. Fisher
forced Hues, Byrne to Ireland. One run.
one hit. no errors.
Mattison filed to Leach. Lobert popped
to Zimmerman. Zimmerman tossed out
Byrne. No runs, no hits, no errors.
Bresnahan walked. Humphries sacrl
tlced, Killefer to Luderus. Leach filed to
Cravath. Knlsely singled to centre, scor
ing Bresnahan. Saier rolled to Luderus.
One run, one hit, no errors.
Magee filed to Leach. Cravath fanned.
Becker singled through Humphries.
Luderus's drive to center field bounded
Into the bleachers for four bases, Becker
also scoring. Ireland Blngled to center.
Humphries threw out Killefer. Two runs,
three hits, no errors.
Zimmerman singled to left. Schulte
sacrificed, Luderus to Byrne. Buea struck
Villanova Freshman Seized
With Cramps and Com
panions Could Not Aid
Him Long Search for
Slgismund Stogarskl, of Chesler, a
first year student at Villanova College,'
was drowned In the swimming pool on
the place of George H. Earle, Jr., nt
Bryn Mawr yesterday afternoon. News
of the tiagedy became public late this
Taking advantage of the hospitality
of Mr. Earle, who allows Vlllanovu
students the use of his pool, Stogarskl,
who was 10 years old, accompanied by
four companions, entered the pool about
4 o'clock. Stogarskl enjoyed tho water
so much that after his companions had
left and were dressing he went back
for ono more dip.
He was seized with an attack of
cramps and sank to the bottom before
his companions could come to his rescue.
Stogarskl's fellow students first notified
an undertaker, and when he informed
them he could do nothing until the Coro
ner had been notified they telephoned the
The police grappled for the body for
hours with no success, and last night
dynamite was exploded In the pool to
bring the body to tho surface. This also
proved unavailing. Finally they resorted
ngaln to the grappling Irons, and early
this morning succeeded In recovering the
Stogarskl was a Pole. Until his parents
died, a stv.rt time ago, he lived In Chester.
The Earle pool Is from 12 to 20 feet deep.
Mexican Leader Says His
. Forces Will Wait on Ac
tion of Rebel General,
Who Rushes Army South.
out. Fisher lined to Magee. No runs, one
hit, no errors.
Mattison was called out on strikes.
Lobert filed to Zimmerman. Fisher threw
out Byrne. No 'runs, no hits, no errors.
Lobert retired from the game, Byrne
going to third, Irelan to second and
Reed playing short. Bresnahan walked.
Humphries sacrificed. Byrne to Luderus.
Byrne threw Leach out. Knlsely walked.
Becker made a clever catch at the right
field wall of Saler's drive. No runs, no
hits, no errors.
Magee doubled against the right field
wall. Bresnahan dropped the third
strike on Cravath, but threw him out
at first. Magee went to third on the
play. Becker doubled to left, Magee
scoring. Luderus filed to Schulte. Ire
lan tiled to Leach. One run, two hits,
no errors,
Zimmerman hit a Ion flv to Becker.
Byrne tossed Schulte out. Bues singled
to right, but died stealing, Killefer to
Ilelan. No runs, one hit, no errors.
Killefer filed to Leach. Mattison sin
gled to right. Reed doubled to centre,
putting Mattison on third. Byrne
fanned. Magee filed to Schulte. No
runsj two hits, no errors.
Fisher singled to right. Bresnahan best
out a slow one to Irelan, Fisher taking
second. Humphries forced Bresnahan,
Byrne to Irelan, Fisher taking third.
Usher Bcored on Leach's sacrifice fly to
Becker. Byrne threw out Knlsely. One
run, two hits, no errors.
Leach backed against the centre field
wall where he stabbed Cravath's drive
with one hand. Fisher throw Becker
out. Luderus walked. Irelan fanned. No
runs, no hits, no errors.
Saler Blngled to right. Magee made
a bare-hand catch of Zimmerman's fly
Saier went to second after the out.
Schulte filed to Cravath. Saler taklnir
third. Mattison threw Bues out. No
runs, one hit, no errors.
Killefer filed to Knlsely. Burns bat
ted for Mattison. Burns filed to Fisher,
.., ,..reu lo feacn. r,0 runs, no nits.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2i. Tho United
States Government today was notified
by General Carranza that he would not
attack General Villa and his forces, but
would remain on the defensive and re
sist attack.
Trcops of both Villa and Carrnnza al
ready are moving to battle. Those of Cnr
rnnza are being sent north fiom Zaca
tccas, while Villa has tern gathering his
forces at Chihuahua and Torrcon for sev
eral weeks.
General Villa today ordered the mobili
zation of 25,000 troops of the Constitution
ntlst army of the north at Torreon,
where he expects to withstand an attack
by 10,000 Carranzista 'troops, said to bo
moving north from soifthern Mexico via
General Felipe Angeles, Villa's chief
lieutenant nnd leader of the rebel chief
tain's artillery, has been placed In charge
of the Torreon forces nnd will command
them 'In tho first battle of the new revo
lution now Impending.
"Carranza must go and go quick," said
Villa today is commenting on his proc
lamation of hostilities. "I have declared
hostilities on lilm and I am prepared to
fiStht until he Is forced to flee from Mex
ico, Just as Huerta was compelled to flee.
This will not take .long, 'as I expect to
push the campaign I have Inaugurated
with All possible speed."
Negotiations for an immense loan from
American capitalists are said to be In
progress, and If the transaction is suc
cessful Villa will have a'large fund.
General mobilization of troops In north
ern Mexico, loyal to General Carranza, is
under way at Monterey.
The present troop movements Indicate
that the first battle between the Car
ranza and Villa forces will be fought In
the State of Zacatecas, somewhere on the
Mexican National Railway.
General Villa Is rushing troops south
ward from Torreon, as fast as troop
trains can be made up. Constitutionalists
loyal to Villa throughout Chihuahua and
Sonora are being concentrated.
Although Carranza has the advantage
of controlling the capltal. Villa's big
army Is equipped for a long, vigorous
war. The soldiers of the former bandit
ire Joyal tohtm- while' Carranza Is be
lieved ti5 have .no general on his. start
equal tb Yllla, t rorn, a. standpoint of:
strategic ability -
"Within the paat 48 hours, according
to reports, more than 7000 rifles, half
a dozen machine guns and 3,000,000
rounds of ammunition havo been sent
across the border, consigned to Villa's
Carranza probably will bo able to com
mand the use of a large section of the
Federal army, which had fought for
Huerta. Villa can raise an army of be
tween 40.000 and 60,000 men. If not more.
President Wilson admitted to callers
this afternoon that no date had Uen
fixed for withdrawal of American trjops,
but he made It evident that this was
not because of any uncertainty tver the
outcome of the present difficulties.
In the absence of official notification of
the reported spilt, he wou.il make no
comment on the situation. It was marl-
iesi. nowever, tnat he planned no Im
mediate Interference with the present em
brogllo. George C. Carothers, special representa
tive of tho State Department, who was
ordered last night to proceed to
Chihuahua, nas Instructed today to in
terview General Obregon, the Carranza
leader, who was arrested by General
Villa and later set free.
Immediate return of Paul Fuller, of
New York, nnd possibly John Llnd to
Mexico, as personal representatives of the
President In a movement to prevent
further bloodshed, Is also under considera
tion. Wnr Department officials persistently
declared they had heard nothing of a
revolution In the northern States of
Secretary Garrison said he had heard
from General Bliss, In commnnd of tho
troops along the border, but that the
officer had made no mention of any
trouble or that any was anticipated.
There will be no change In the attitude
of the United States Government toward
Mexico as a result of the break between
General Carranza and General Villa, It
was declared at the White House today.
The Administration will hold unswervingly
to Its course, and Is confident that the
trouble will be settled In the near future.
The American troops will be withdrawn
from Vera Cruz as has been planned nnd
officially there will be no recognition of
the Villa revolt.
The causes of the conflict between the
two men are well understood by Presi
dent Wilson and he was not surprised by
recent developments.
Administration officials, It Is snld, ex
pect an entire change of policy by
Carranza In the near future and that he
will yield to the major demands of Gen
eral Villa.
Institution of a new embargo on arms
and ammunition to Mexico was another
question before the President.
The break between General Villa and
his former chief arose over Villa's de
mand that the vast estates of the wealthy
men of Mexico be divided up and the
land parcelled out among the peons
Since General Carranza has been at the
head of the Government in Mexico City
ho has made no move toward carrying
out this reform, although the revolution
which put him at the head of the re
public was an uprising of peons.
The War Today
Capture of Pcronno by the French, nnd
bombardment by the Germans of the
whole line of forts linking Verdun
nnd Toul, were tho most important
developments of tho twelfth day of
the great battle. The Allies state tho
forts near tho centre nre holding
firm, while the turning movement
ngnlnst the ficrman right continues.
Russians continue westward advnnco
toward Cracow. Skirmishes with the
Austrian rear guard occupy their at
tention and they are taking minor
positions on the way to their objec
tive. The main army has been aug
mented by troops from the Interior
mobilization centres. Ono corps has
been left to continue tho Investment
of Trzemysl, which continues under
tremendous bombardment.
In tho East Prussia-Poland campaign
tho Russians, under Rennenknmpf,
have successfully lured the Germans
onward by their rtrateglcal retire
ment. An unconfirmed report states
that the Germans gave battle and
were routed. The Germans have
strongly fortified the Thorn-Czesto-chow
lino In order to withhold as
long as possible the Russian invasion
of Silesia.
Rumania will declare war within a
short while, according to high offi
cials of that Government. Already
mobilization has been agreed to, and
It Is said tho Balkan State will Join
tho Allies. Further complications
among the Balkan countries are ex
pected should Rumania take up arms.
French War Office states the offensive
taken by the Allies continues to bo
successful. Unofficial admission is
mado in Bordeaux that Maubeugo has
been captured. Berlin mado this an
nouncement September 9, and added
that 40,000 prisoners had been taken.
Berlin official statement Insists that all
assaults by tho Allies have been re
pulsed and that tho German offensive
In Russia continues. Changes in
command have been made necessary.
Accusations are made that Russia is
using dum-dum bullets.
Petrograd "War Office reports success
In the Galiqlan campaign. . No gen-
eral battlels 'pectcd: for a, few
days until reinforcements from tho
Interior can Join tho main nrmy.
Minister of War SukhomllnofT an
nounces that Russia controls more
than two-thirds of the railroad lines
west of the San and leading to Cra
cow. Ho further reports that present
operations cut off possibility of Aus
trian forces near Przemysl joining
tho armies between tho Russian front
and Cracow. Tho War Office in a
later statement says tho Russian
cavalry has already penetrated to
Cracow, the inhabitants of which are
fleeing In terror. Statement Is made
that the Austrlans have ovacuated
Galicia with the exception of Prze
mysl and Cracow.
Japancso War Ofilco announces land
ing of British infantry to co-operate
with Japanese forces In tho Klao
Chau campaign. Assault of Tslng
Tao, the principal fortification of the
German leasehold, Is expected by the
end of tho month. Jnpanese success
continues on Shnn Tung Peninsula.
China Is in a ferment because of war
like propaganda. The President Issued
a decree ordering the tmmedinto ar
rest of any persons seeking to ngl
tate tho public mind. The decree re
iterates tho earnest desire of tho
country to remain neutral.
French Assert Fortifications Extending
From Argonne to Meuse River are
Holding Firm Against Fierce Bom
bardment by Kaiser's Forces.
Capture of Peronne Further Imperils
" Harassed Right Wing of von Kluk
Both Sides Rush Forward Heavy Re
inforcements on Twelfth Day of Battle.
Report Coupled With Prediction That
Knox Will Succeed Him.
PITTSBURGH. Sept. 24 It uas rumor,
ed in political circles heie today, nnd the
rumor was printed In the Leader, that
United States Senator Boles Penrose, of
Philadelphia, would soon retire from his
present campaign to succeed himself. A
"well authenticated report" wns given ns
authority for the prediction. The same
authority said Philander C. Knox, for
merly Secietary of State and Attorney
General of the United States, would;! tako
the place of Mr. Penrose as the Repub
lican candidate for the Senate from Penn
sjlvanla. The Leader added:
"U is believed Mr. Kno will announce
his candidacy nt the annual fall dinner
that will be given the first week in Octo
ber by the Manufacturers' Club of Phila
Politicians in this city said today that
no such rumor as that reported from
Pittsburgh had reached here.
Henry P, Fletcher's Nomination to
Senate By President.
WASHINGTON, S.pt. 2.-Presidnt
Nikon today sent to the Senate the
nunuoatlon ot (Henrv P. Tnt-hi- nr
PwuwlTinia! to bf Ambassador jc. Chill, j
"-IP, J J.
F. J. Stimson, of Boston, Selected for
Argentine Post.
WASHINGTON. Sept 21 Frederick J
Stimson. of Boston, was nominated today
by President Wilson to be I'nlted States
Ambassador to the Argentine Republic
Mr- Stimson Is to succeed John-W. Oar
rett. who withdrew from his post some
time ago because of his wife's til health
and requested a transfer to a European
diplomatic post.
Mr. Stimson is a well-known lawyer
and essayist.
For Philadelphia and vicinity tn-
settled and cooler tonight, with poasi
bly showera; Friday partly cloudy;
moaeraco vartaoie winds.
For details, set peja. 14,
PARIS. Sept. 24.
German forces have renewed their
assaults on the forts guarding the
centre of tho Allies' line, In a desperate
effort to divert tho foe's attention from
the Invaders' right wing, commanded
by General von Kluk.
The forts between Argonne and the
Meuso so far have held firm.
An olliclal statement issued here this
afternoon announces that tho French
left wing Is making steady progress
and that Peronne has been occupied
by tho French. In an attempt to drive
off the French troops, who are threat
ening his lines of communication, Gen
eral von Kluk Is making a sharp at
tack upon tho French forces at
Peronne Is 17 miles northwest of St.
Quentln and more than 70 miles north
east of Paris. In its turning move
ment, therefore, the French left wing
has advanced about 75 miles since it
was driven across the Marno by the
swift advance of the German right
wing, and there forced the Germans
in turn to withdraw.
The complete official statement fol
lows: On our left wing, between tho
Soramo and the Olse, our troops
have advanced in the direction of
Royo (about 25 miles southeast of
St. Quentln). A detachment has
occupied Peronne and Is maintain
ing Itself there despite sharp at
tacks from the enemy. Between
the Olse and the Alsne the enemy
continues to maintain Important
forces, solidly intrenched. We have
advanced slightly to the northwest
of Berry-Au-Bnc.
On the centre, between the Ar
gonne and Rheims, there Is no
change. At the east of the Argonne
on the heights of the Meuse, tho
enemy continues his attacks with
particular violence. The combat
continues with alternative recoil at
certain points and advanco at
On our right wing there Is no
notable change In the region of
Nancy and In the Vosges.
Some detachments of the enemy
have attempted again to penetrato
French territory, pushing forward
light covering forces, but their of
fensive has been quickly arrested.
In Galicia the Russians have
captured Jaroslaw, completely In
vested Przemsyl and continued
their offensive against Cracow.
German forces, in a series of violent
night attacks on the centre of the Al
lies' line, again were repulsed.
The invaders are making desperate
efforts to relievo the crushing pressure
on the right wing, by attempting to
cut through tho centre and harassing
tho French on the eastern end of the
The German army of General von
Boehm, containing practically all of tho
active army that had been hft in Bel
glum, has reinforced General von Kluk
and now holds the extreme north and
west of his line from Doual, U miles
east of Arras, south to the neighbor
hood of Solssons, through Cambral and
St. Quentln.
The bloodiest fighting ot the great
battle of the Alsne, which now Is in
Its twelfth day, is going on there, whera
the British and French are struggling
furiously to surround and cut oft the
German right.
The French have swung round a gN
gantlc circle and now are delivering a
series of fierce attacks on the soldiers
defending the Mons route of German
According to the military authorities
this Is the first direct assault which the
Allies have been able to deliver against
the important German line of commu
nication. Desperate fighting is going
on especially around Arelux and Cour-
h jchelettea, where the Thirteenth French
Army Corps under General AHx Is at
tempting to smash tho Invaders' front.
Tho Germans are continuing their
terrific attacks against the Allies' cen
tre in the vicinity of Rheims in an at
tempt to pierce it, but tho French and
tho British who were rushed to that
point are holding valllantly.
No troops are being withdrawn from
the right to reinforce' the French cen
tre and left. They havo been aided by
several corps from the second line sent
from the mobilization centres to tho
south and still maintain their numer
ical superiority over the enemy.
The turning movement against Von
Kluk Is necessarily slow. The official
statement at midnight referred to five
eighths of a milo as an excellent day's
Tho impression exists here that the
Germans much longer cannot hold
their positions along tho Alsne. The
Germans are at bay. They nre fighting
in desperation to hold their present
lines in hope that tho Allies' front may
be pierced at some point. The only
hope of the Invaders now seems to be
in piercing the French line in the -centre.
To tho eaBt of Rheims, the Frencn
have a tremendous number of men
who are fighting on the offensive.
An idea of the fierceness of tho fight
ing along the western reaches of the
Aisne and tho Oise is gained from the
fact that tralnloads of wounded aro
being brought south every night. Theso
soldiers tell terrible tales of night and
day fighting in rain and fog or in the
darkness. Tho Germans have put up
a resistance so stubborn that even Sir
John French, the British commander,
and the other generals are astounded.
It had been believed nt first that tho
Germans were merely making a stand
along the Alsne In order to cover their
retreat. After a few days of fighting
this idea was dispelled.
A general of General von Kluk's staff,
who was captured In tHn flr-hfir,
around Amiens, has been brought to
Paris, together with a number of other
prisoners. He looked as though he had
been In the thick of the fighting. Ho
was hatless and one of the shoulder
straps had been wrenched from his
coat. His face was covered with grime
and underneath could be detected tho
redness of exposure. His uniform was
dirty and caked with mud. His boots
were wet, muddy and torn. One was
ripped as though it had been struck
by a bullet or a fragment of shrapnel.
The soldier was worn and emaciated,
but he bore himself proudly before hU
Tha soldiers brought word that the
Germans had blown un the railway
bridge near Maraumont, between Am
iens and Arras in order to hamper
the advance of the French against the
troops defending the line of communi
cations. Three trains filled with prisoners and
wounded German soldiers arrived at
tho Garo Nord last night, A large
crowd gathered about the station, but
there were no hostile demonstrations.
On the train with the wounded pris
oners were 132 nurses and 12 doctorj.
Upon the eastern end of the French
war theatre, the soldiers are getting
their first touch of w inter. Snow is fall
ing In the Vosges mountains,
The French War Office Is ordering
winter clothing shipped to the troop
operating in that district.
Interesting stories filttr in from tha
front. One Is to the effect that many
soldiers have been driven stone deaf
by the continuous detonations of tho
big guns, tho sound being Intensified
by the heavy, wet condition of the
atmosphere. The strain of five weeks
of continuous marching and fighting
has told on the minds of some of the
men. A number of the soldiers have
broken beneath the strain, going stark
The French Government is expected
to make oftlclal admission soon that
Maubeuge has fallen A Frenchman
who arrived here today declared that
the. Germans are in possession o thq