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Alsace Offensive Continued
With Important Gains in
Altkirch Region Ger
mans Blow Up Argonne
PAM8, Jan. S.
Tlio capture by French troops of Burn-hnupt-lc-traut,
only eight mltcs south-
west of Muelhausen, Alsace. Is announced
In an official statement Issued hero this
Afternoon. The statement also said the
French troops had resumed their often
Ivo In Flanders and had sained some
Broun a near Lombaertzydo. At other
points on the long battlo front, extend
ing from Switzerland to tho North Sea
coast, the French troops have advanced
their trenches. They aro now complete
master of hill No. G. In tho Altkirch
region, thoy having driven tho Ocrmnna
from tho position they had held.
The statotnont admits that the Ger
mans had a Blight success In the Argonno
region, blowing up somo trenches and
forcing the French back 20 yards.
The following dispatch from Belfort
gives a good idea of the florceness of tho
fighting around Stclnbach and Altkirch:
"In taking the German trenches upon
the heights near Stelnbach tho French
had to ascend steep slope), which were
Uppery with snow and Ice, at tho snmo
ttme cutting their way through barbed
wire entanglements. The German ma
chine guns played upon tho advancing
French with unmerciful ncouracy and
soon the snow upon tho hillsides was
"German sharpshooters had ovldcntly
been ordered to pick oft the French of
ficers, for the list of killed among tho
men of rank was unusually high. As
soon as tho heights wero taken the dlfll
cult task of hauling artillery to the sum
mits was begun. The slippery condition
of tho slopes made this exceedingly hard.
Tho results, however, more than paid for
the hardships, for when tho guns got In
action tho Germans were soon compelled
to fall back from their new positions
Stelnbach was bombarded until the
French entered the western part of the
village; then tho French artillery had to
cease. Stelnbach was completely de
stroyed by the bombardment and result
RUSSIANS ROUT TURKS
IN BATTLE NEAR VAN
Block Foe'a Retreat Through OHI
PETROGItAD, Jan. 5.
Another defeat for Turkls.li arms Jn the
campaign of tho near-cast 1b announced
hero omclally. The battles have been
fought 1n tho Van region, to the south o
tho sections of Ardagan and Sari Kamysh,
where tho Turks wero utterly routed. It
U stated that tho lith Army Corps has
urfered a disastrous defeat In Van. Tho
"Tho Russian cavalry in tho Caucasus
overtook and broke Into tho 10th Turkish"
Army Corps fleeing from Sari Kamysh
Jong the Oltl valley. The Turks Buf
fered enormous losses. Many batteries
wero taken and CO00 prisoners wero
brought into Kars. The Russians have
blocked tho retreat of the Turkish army
by seizing the southern egress of the vul
, ley. Its entire equipment has been de
stroyed and Its staff has been captured."
TEN RUSSIAN AIR CRAFT
SMASHED BY GERMANS
Zeppelins Reported Engaged In Po
BERLIN, Jan. 8. Russia's flying corps
has been badly crippled by the effective
work of tho German aerial guns In Po
land, Co-operating with the artillery
forces used to combat aerial raids, the
German aeroplanes and Zeppelins have
engaged In thrilling struggles with the
avWtors of tho Czar, and In every In
stance have como off victorious.
Official announcement was made today
that tn the recent fighting at Lodz and
Xiowlcz 10 Russian airships were de
stroyed by the Germans. Seven of these
were smashed by the aerial guns and the
other three were brought down by the
German aviators. Only ono German ma
chine was damaged. '
It was announced also that German air
ships had dropped two bombs on Dunkirk,
one of the French coast bases of the Al
lies, These, however, did no damage, so
far as the German aviators were able to
CZAR DRIVES AUSTRIANS
BACK IN BUKOWINA PASSES
Russian Van Pushes Foe South,
Vienna, Officially Admits.
VIENNA, Jan, 8.
Austrian, forces In Bukowina have been
compelled to fall back before the Rus
sian sweep of Franz Jpsefa crawnland
r province. This dlsastruos development of
the campaign of defense of Austria's
home territory Is admitted in an official
: report from headquarters made cubllo
r The Russian advance has been pushed
Into southern Bukpwjna, where (he Aus
trian patroia were obliged to retreat be.
h . fore the Czar's vanguard. The enemv la
in superior numbers and his objective
stems to be Transylvania,
'Austrian troops In their withdrawal
have fallen back from the malrTnnss nr
W .tfc JanathJans, the official report'sajs.
TMs. la probably Borgo Pass, possession
f which furnishes another gateway to
Quietaesa qh the GaUeten. frontier and
jurtHUiry duels along both the Dunajeo
I,,, , riu raicn arg reported in me
5s fi&clal &nnannuif)iinl.
IIIJIIIJ. ., J.' nf
official war reports I
Tho enemy's artillery showed dur
ing all the day of January 7 great
activity In Belgium nnd In tho region
of Arras. Tho French artlllucry re
sponded sharply and effectually. Our
Infantry realized somo progress near
Lombaertzyde, where we captured EO
yards tn front of our trenches a hill
occupied by the enemy.
To the east of St Georges we have
gained some ground. We have seri
ously damaged the enemy's trenches
In tho neighborhood of Stcenntraate.
In tho section of Arras, at tho forest
of Rethonval, we without being at
tacked, evacuated certain parts of the
trenches where our men were up to
their shoulders In mud.
To tho loft of La Bolssollc our lino
of trenches has been carried forward.
Wo now occupy tho highway from La
Ilolaselle to Avcluy.
In tho valley of Alsno aro artillery
duel has been very sharp, Our heavy
nrtlllory has obtained good results.
Near Blana gabion the mine thrown s
of the enemy Indicted losses upon us,
but In tho afternoon wo stopped tho
In tho section of Rhelms, to tho west
of the Hols do Zouaves, wo blew up
n blockhouse with a mine and occu
pied a now trench 200 yards In front
of our lines.
The ' ortlllory combat between
Bothenv and Prunay ihas been very
hot. The Germans have left numerous
dead upon tho Held. Our losses wero
small. Bctwoen Jonchcry-sur-Sulppo
nnu souain wo silenced In sovoial
lights the enemy's artillery, wrecked
somo trenches and destroyed some
Tn the Argonne, to tho wort of tho
heights of Chevaucliee, the enemy
blow up with a mine a few of our
trenches of tho first line, whloh wero
A violent attack which the enemy
mado Immediately thereafter was ro
pulscd with tho bayonet. Wo took
somo prisoners nnd maintained our
front, txcopt on one lino extending for
eight lards, where tho wrecking of tho
trenches compelled us to establish our
lines 20 yards in the rear.
On tho heights of the Mcuso nnd be
tween tho Meuso nnd tho Moselle thcro
Is nothing to report. Tho wind blow
a gale nil day.
Our offensive has continued In tho
region of Thann nnd of Altkirch and
has obtained Important results. Wo
have retaken the trenches on the cast
sloop of Hill N'o 125. wliero the enemy
had succeeded In reinstalling himself
iwo uavs go
We subsequently gained ground to
the east of these trenches. Fuither
to the south we havo captured Burn-haupt-le-Haupt.
Wo havo, at tho
snmei time, advanced In tho direction
of Aspach bridge and of Kuhlbeig.
Tho enemy's artillery, which had
tried without success to rea.ch our bat
teries, has ceased to flro upon them,
bombarding only the hopltnl of
Thann, whloh has been evacuated.
Our advance patrols In southem put
of Bukowina had to fall back on tho
main pass before the superior numbers
of the enemy.
(The main pass In southern Buko
wina Is Borgo Pass, leading through
the Carpathians to Hungai v )
Kverj thing li calm on the Hungarian
and Gallclan frontier. On tho Dunajec
River (In Western Gallcla) and In Rus
sian Poland artillery duels havo oc
In flg'litlng near Urumlnti, Azerbaijan
province, Persia, two detachments of
Russian troops wero takon prisoner
and 100 men wero killed. As a, result
of the rovcrso of Urumiah, tho Rus
sian morale lias beon broken.
I Four thousand Russians havo been
completely vanquished near Mlandoab,
losing 200 men killed, while the Turks,
who were aided by Persians, lost six
Our troops advanced from Somol and
BuJIrorvs and occupied Urza, nn Im
portant Russian point of support.
Tn the western theatre of war tho
continuous rain and swampy ground
In Flanders aro hindering our opera
East of Rhelms, the French at
tempted to tako one of our trenches
In a night attack, but were driven
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"SISTER SUSIE'S SEWING SHIRTS FOR SOLDIERS"
back on their own (positions, losing CO
In the eastern Argonne wo have
mado further progress.
A night attack by tho French on
Buckenkopf, south of Dlcdolshauscn,
In tho Vosges, was repulsed.
Repeated I'lcnoh atUicks west of
Sennhelm bioke down under our artll
leiy flro Wo captured two officers
and more tlmn 100 men Fighting con
tinues for Obcr-Burnhaupt, south of
(Obor-Burnhnupt Is Burnhnupt-le-Haut,
which the French announced to
day they had cupturcd )
In tho eastern thcatro of war, the
weather continues unfitvurablc. There
Is no change In Kant Prussia or north
Our attacks are progressing east of
tho Ilnwkn (west of Warsaw). Six
teen hundred Russians and flvo ma
chine guns hao been captured
Only artillery battles havo occurred
on the oust bank of tho Plllca
BELGIAN PRIESTS MURDERED
BY GERMANS, IS CHARGE
Twenty-six Massacred at Mechlin
Alone, Says Report.
LONDON, Jan. S. The Belgian Legation
today gave out a lengthy statement, In
which thoy declared that the Catholic
clergy of Belgium had suffered especially
through tho German Invasion. Churches
had been destroyed or profaned in every
city and town through which tho Ger
Many had been utilized as stables, the
statement says, and In somo cases tho
snered vessels had been stolen, while
priests had been shot, hung and "sub
jected to abominable maltreatment," In
tho Diocese of Mechlin alone, It Is said,
2d priests were massacred without cause,
while specttlc instances of tho Hogging
and torturing of others aro cited.
Continued from I'nfte One
cldcd effect on tho outcome of tho con
flict. Beyond tho Uzsok Pass lie the
great oil llelds of tho Austro-Hungarlan
monarchy. The occupation of Transyl
vania, It Is felt horo, would have a ten
dency to Induce Rumania to enter the
niena on tho side of tho Allies and bring
the Balkan situation to a head. Tho re
duction of Cracow would open the way
for nn Invasion of Silesia.
Tho Russians Invading Bukowina havo
occupied Cypot and Kameral, south ot
Snlctln, nnd also Illlschestlo on tho road
to ricskatchlk. These towns are on the
direct route from Bukowina to Transjl
vnnln. Tho latest advices reccitcd hero Indi
cate that the Austrian armleB, reinforced
by GcimntiH, have succeeded In stopping
the pi ogress of tho Russian armies In
w extern Gallcla
MERCIER IS CAPTIVE
OP GERMANS, BRITISH
Denial of Arrest by Berlin
Denounced as Untrue.
Belgian Cardinal Not Seer
PAPAL OFFICIAL COMERS
WITH PERM Ay ENVOY
ROME, Jan. S.Cardlnal Plctro
Caspar!, Papal Bccrclartl of State,
and Prince von Dueloio, head of the
German Embassy here, held a con
ference this morning which lasted
for three-quarters of an hour. It
Is understood the an est or detain
ment of Cardinal Desire Mcrcier,
Arehoshop of Mechlin, was the sub
ject of their discussion. No report
of the meeting teas given out.
DROWN PRINCE AT LIEGE
Kaiser's Heir Reported In Belgian
Town December 26.
AMSTERDAM, Jan. 8 Tho German
Crown Prince Frederick William wai at
Liege on December 26 and left the follow
ing day for Germany.
The GermnnB nre utilizing the large
automobllo factory of Nagant Freres at
Liege for the manufacture of military
automobiles Largo forces of German
troops continue to traverse Tournal, Vor
viers, garrisoned by elderly members of
The weaving mills of Belgium are silent
and Idle because of lack of materials.
WARNED OF ZEPPELIN RAID
Lord Rosebery Issues Orders for
LONDOX, Jan S Further evidences
that n German raid, probably by Zeppe
lins With escorting aeroplanes, is expected
wns shown today when It became known
that Lord Rosetery, acting In his offi
cial capacity as Lard Lieutenant of Mid
lothian, had Issued Instructions to the
population regarding their action In case
of a German hostile movement.
Civilians aro sternly urged to refrain
from nny hOBtllo actions, but to remain
quietly In their homes nnd let the regular
soldiers do the fighting. Other orders.
Including the mobilization of the home
guard, aro also given.
COTTON TO GERMANY SAFE
Allies' Action on Contraband Met by
BERLIN, Jan. 8. Among the Items
given out by the official German news
bureau today was the following:
"The American embassy in Berlin has
been advised from Washington that
Franco nnd England have agreed to elim
inate cotton from tho list of contraband
articles. Therefore cotton can be sent
Into Germany without risk of seizure."
Turk Minister Reported Slain
CONSTANTINOPLE. Jan 8-ReportB
that General Jomal Pasha, former Min
ister of Marine, had been assassinated
were In circulation here today. An of
ficlnl denial of tho rumors wns Issued.
LONDON, Jan. 8. Tho status of Car
dinal Mercier was today the chief topic
of discussion In England, overshadowing
tho Immcdlato war news. Tho denial by
Germany that tho Cardinal had been ar
rested and confined In his palace Is de
clared by high Catholic dignitaries, In
cluding Cardinal Bourne, to be untrue.
They point 6ut the fact that ho was
unable to appear as had been arranged
at Sunday's special scrvlco at tho Ant
werp Cathedral proves conclusively that
he was under restraint.
Only force, It Is said, would havo pre
vented his taking part In that servlco
because of Its peculiar significance.
Already stirring protests have been sent
to tho Vatican by tho British clergy, who
demand that tho Papo tako action to
force Gcrmnny to respect In every way
Cardinal Mcrclcr's authority In Belgium.
THE CARDINAL'S LETTER.
The much discussed paragraphs of tho
pastoral lottcr of Cardinal Mcrcier which,
the Netherlands newspaper TIJd said, had
been responsible for his arrest by the
German military authorities tn Belgium,
nn arrest which tho Gorman authorities
havo categorically denied, have been pub
lished In pamphlet form In London. They
are as follows:
"I consider It nn obligation of my pns
toral charge to define your duties of con
science toward the power which has In
vaded our soil, and which at this moment
occupies a greater part of it. That power
has no authority In law. In the sanctuary
of lour soul you owe It neither esteem
nor attachment nor obedience. The solo
legal power in Belgium is that which Is
derived from our King, our Government
and tho representatives of tho nation.
Thl3 alone for us represents authority;
this alono has a right to tho affections of
our hearts and to our submission.
"Of themselves, tho acts of those In
occupation aro without forco; but the
legal authority ratifies tacitly those acts
which are Justified in tho general Interest,
and from this ratification alono they de
rive all their judicial worth.
BELGIUM NOT CONQUERED.
"Tho occupied provinces or Belgium
aro not conquered provinces. Belgium
Is no more a German province than Ga
llcla Is a Russian province. Neverthe
less, tho occupied part of our country Is
confronted by a situation to which it
must submit. The greater number of our
towns have been handed over to tho en
emy, thoy must respect the conditions of
"From tho beginning of military oper
ations tho civil authorities have Insist
ently recommended that private persons
abstain from acts of hostility against
tho armed enemy. These recommenda
tions are still In forco. Our army alone Is
charged with the duty of our national
defense, Let us know how to await at
Its hands tho final dellverencej let us
comfort ourselves an tho general interest
demands. Let us respect tho regulations
thoy (the Germans) Impose on us so long
as thov do not attack our liberty of Chris
tian conscience or tho dignity of ur
RUSSIA HAMMERS TRE'NCHES
OF GERMANS AT MLAWA
(Jain Slowly But Steadily in Advance
to East Prussia.
PETROORAD, Jan. 8.
Russian troops are again attacking tho
Germans nt Mlawn, which has changed
hands five times slnco tho war began,
Tho fighting extends oast and west from
Mlawn over an 18-mllo front, nnd Is re
sulting In heavy losses on both sides. Th
Russians are slowly but steadily ad'-ano
Resumption of tho Russian offensive In
the Mlawa region, was permitted by the
success of the Russians in holding back
tho Go. ."inn drive upon Warsaw from the
west. In their trenches running from tho
Vistula west ot Kunpollska, through
AVischlska and Mszcznow, tho Russians
nre repelling tho attacks of the Germans
who have crossed tho Bzura River.
Tho slight tetlrcment of the Russians
cast of the Bzura, which permitted the
Gormani to cross that stream, was duo
to tho heavy ortlllory Hre of tho Ger
mans. The Russians withdrew to their
second lino of trenches, out of range of
tho German guns, which cannot ho
brought across tho Bzura. Tho Germans
are conducting regular siege operations In
their attempts to tako tho Russians' sec
ond lino trenches.
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190,000 TURKS MASSED
FOR INVASION OF EGYPT
Ex-khedlvo Predicts Egyptian Re
volt Against Britain.
COPENHAGEN, Jan. 8 -A dispatch
from Cologno says that tho Turks havo
concentrated their principal army, con
sisting of 120,000 regulars and 70,000 Be
doulns, at Jerusalem for art attack on
A Cairo dispatch says:
"It Is a fair esMmato to say that tho
Turks have In Syria 70,000 men, while
there are In Lebanon 17,000 more belong
ing to the command or tho late DJomal
A dispatch from Geneva gives an Inter
view by tho ex-Khedlvo of Egvpt to tho
representative of tho Vienna Neuo Frelo
Proste Abbas Hlimt Pacha takes a very
pessimistic vlow, and thcro Is nothing of
German-Turkish bombast in his decima
tion. Ho sajs:
"It must be understood that Egypt is
wise, and does not wish to revolt Just
now, a revolution being in tho present
circumstances foredoomed to fnlluro, but
If a Turkish army enters Egjpt, It may
bo regarded as certain that tho Egjp.
tians, faithful to their feelings In favor
of tho Turks, will Join with them and
create foi England a situation full of
i sn nnn t, n
,, Fo Vjnf.
tratedfbr Defense of Oij
man Capital Serioujl
ternal Disorders c
SALONIKA, Greece, jJi
stnntlnople to tho end. All th .u
tlllory at Adrlanonlo hn l.. ..A'
tho capital and only 4000 troops h,t'
left there, according to advices nj
Ono hundred nnd fifty thoujwid
havo boon concentrated In the nttaj
hood of San Stofano, a euburli o(J
stantlnople, for tho defonso of Ih.-fc
tal, nnd fortifications nro being ttvii
uiiiciui announcement was JaiJiji
that the Grand Vizier and omV
hers of the Cablnot will leave tonS?
crultcd since tho war hounn V
m,... .. "TT 'I
mis may explain mo report itn'V
pioparlng to lleo to Adrlanople.
Tho authorities fear not nnw
from tho outside, but aro Iri eoSH
alarm over Internal disorders, (ever
which have been nipped within n.A.
few days. These havo been kh,.J
nous of tho Russian victory In tht'fl
casus. Many of tho archives of BUU
HnrlrltP Itnirn Iiaaii rent 1 - "
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Attempts by Austrlans to ocenpf
small Island of Adla Tslgoulla, In
Danube opposlto Belgrade, have
frustrated, it is officially announce
"A fairly largo forco of Austrian!
pled tho Island on Sunday." n
statement, but tho next night our to
routed tho enemy, capturing threecSs
and 45 men. Our losses nere Is,
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