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PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1015.
Corixionr, IBin, t ins Pdbuo I,twn Conrini.
PItlOE ONE CENT
K'$5,P- ? H-?W?&tr-i- -
f TO BED; ILLNESS
k REPORTED GRAVE
War Lord Has High Fever,
Private Advices to
K THREE SONS SUMMONED
I Three Specialists in Attend-
ance Christmas Celebra
tion Called Off
LONDON', Dec. 23.
Emperor William's Ulncss la moro ser-
' lous than tlio ofTlcInl nnnounccment Is-
tiled In Berlin would Indicate, according
to iv dispatch received from The Ilnguo
The message says that private advices
reaching high ofllclnls In the Dutch capi
tal state that the Kaiser Is confined to
his bed with a high fever nnd that he Is
under the care of two specialists.
It adds that three sons ot the Emperor
have been summoned to Berlin nnd that
all plans for n Christmas celebration at
the German royal palace have been
Emperor William has been freo from
EMPEROR WILLIAM II
The Kaiser is believed to be more
seriously ill than reported. He
is said to have high, fever. His
malady is described in German as
Illness, so far as reports have Indicated,
Bines early this year, tho lost previous
report of his Illness having been cir
culated on January 31, when ha was said
to be returning to Berlin because of
throat trouble and to be suffering from a
chill. There was no onlclal confirmation
of the reports, however, and nothing
psore was heard of them.
A little more than n. vear ajrn. on Dfl.
iCember 8, 1914, there was official admls
Ion that the Emperor -was 111, the an
nouncement stating he Was suffering
from a feverish bronchial catarrh. It
was said, however, that he was able to
give his attention to reports on the war
situation from the General Staff.
au sorts of rumors were circulated in
Continued en rage To, Column lire
Poss'bl- our epidemic of grip (and to
oays weather Is particularly grlppy) Is
f result or tr. war, Most regrettably
we Kaiser Is laid up again, and perhaps
hat la really what Is the matter with
him. Not that his Influence Is great
enough to affect general health as well
genercl political conditions; but they
y that, even In times of peace, grip
always travels westward from Europe,
returning tourists bringing home with
tnem a slight epidemic each fall. It
ould not be unreasonable that a more
virulent kind of grip was being en
gendered In trench-covered. Europe these
Jys. and that we are to nave "the war
jrought home to us" la a new and most
In any event, the Christmas spirit is
making us hope the Kaiser will speedily
For Philadelphia and vicinity Un
iettltd and warmer tonight, with prob
ably linht rnin' KViffau nannrnthl fair:
LOST AND POUND
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W turVl 5d 4iU at. elevate! station. Re-
Sff w The Carroll, southeast corner Broad
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DJND AND PLATINUM BAR, PIN loft.
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127 vi " "turned to 8. MacDoauid Smith.
S.-tfc- oM oMn-hce bracelet watch.
Bi!!iF- Pmber " Return to Leitet
J.?P,f0!,8 POCKET Ol'IDB, loat. near
Jenkiotowu station reaard U returned to
jJcUr Si hell IS13 Ptainond .
Otktr CUatlAcit Ud e Poo' It ad H
app and Birsky,
"POSITIVELY NOT A
Taft on Politics
I'm through with politics.
I will pick no candidates for tho
Republican nomlnntion for President.
Has Roosevelt been indorsed by Re
publican national committeemen?
How should I know?
Should ho become tho candidato?
(Enigmatic smile and silence.)
Pennsylvania has many great citi
zens, but I am not picking candi
dates. I'm through.
I will positively not be a candidato.
If I am nominated unanimously? I
am not n candidate.
(More enigmatic smiles.)
TAFT A SPHYNX
"How Do I Know?" He Re
plies When Asked for
"I'M OUT OP POLITICS"
Former President Taft, a Bmlllng
Sphinx on tho subject of Itooscvclt's
cnndldacy, professedly uninterested In
politics, but overflowing with advice on
matrimony, arrived In nnd departed from
tho city today on his way to Allcntown,
whero ho will speak at the dedication of
tho Nurses' College this afternoon.
"How do I know?1 ho, replied when
asked If Colonel Itooscvclt would, In his
opinion, become tho Republican candi
dato for tho Presidency. And a smile of
long duration was hlB answer when he
was questioned as to tho appropriateness
of such a selection.
THROUGH WITH POLITICS.
"I'm through with politics," ho Bald.
"I positively will not bo a cnndldate. No,
not If nominated unanimously."
Asked if ho considered any of Penn
sylvania's "natlvo sons" of presidential
calibre, he replied that this Stnto has
many great citizens, but that ho will pick
"I'm through with politics," he re
peated. Ho praised Henry Ford, who is one of
his best friends, ho snld.
"Besides, I have the greatest regard for
a roan who acta In. the eapaolty-of..,a
peacemaker," ho ndded. Tho former
President looked oiaer man on nis m.
visit to this city. His cold, which was
unusually severe, seemed better.
STRONG FOP. MATRIMONY.
tti rAtlrpnrn rilsannenred when politics
was shelved for matrimony.
"Ah!" ho said. "Now, wnai nner unnsi
mas present could a bachelor rocelve than
a nice bride? I consider myself a prac
tical man when It comes to mnrrlngo; not
that I wish to nppear conceited, but I
really am very sensible. I demonstrated
i, whan t mnrripd nn it vmmcr man. nnd
In my selection. Every bachelor who Is
confirmed siiouia cnango ms imou uiiu
Doctor Taft arrived from South Bend,
Ind., at the North Philadelphia station
of the Pennsylvania Rallrond, where he
was met by a delegation of Allcntown
men. Among them were Harry W.
Kress. Dr. C. D. Schaeffer, chief surgeon
of tho Allentown Hospital; Dr. A. H.
Balllat. Edwin J. Trexler, John Eckart,
Continued on I'ag-e Three, Column Two
"BIG BUSINESS" SEEKS
TO NAME ROOSEVELT IN
1916, SAYS HAM LEWIS
Illinois Senator Asserts "Inter
ests" Want Colonel to Beat
Wilson, but Republican
Chiefs Will Balk Plan
SAYS PENROSE IS "KING"
The bier Interests of the country will
seek to nominate Colonel Roosevelt as
the presidential candidato at the Repub
lican national convention In Chicago next
June, but he will demand a platform of
principles which will cause the bosses
to desert him. This prediction was made
today at the Beltevue-Stratford by United
States Senator J. Hamilton Lewis. And
this will be the end of the colonel In the
convention, according to the Senator.
'My opinion Is that, while Republican
bosses think they are playlnsr Roosevelt.
Roosevelt Is really playing them," the
Senator said concerning the, present po
Senator Lewis was In the city to attend
the annual festival of the New England
Society of Pennsylvania last night at the
hotel. He left today for Chicago. De
spite the purpose of his visit, the Senator
could not prevent some of his Southern
Inclinations from asserting themselves.
He ate his regular breakfast of hot
broiled hominy and bacon and coffee.
He said that his health had not been
good lately and he Is on a diet. At break
fast he consented to give Bome of his
views on the present political and inter
'Take out your notebook and pencil," he
said greeting n reporter. "I am In a
hurry, though, and have to leave for Chi
cago In a minute or two," Then, becom
ing serious, he said:
"The Republican rank and file are try
ing to cling to Democratic measures and
get a candidate tq represent the Demo
cratic spirit under a Republican form of
government. But the masters of the Re
publican Organization are bent on doing
what Senator Root, of New York, told
the Union League of Philadelphia ought
to be done, I. e.. to pick a candidate
satisfactory to the big Interests. In
other words, another Mark Hanna.
"These Republican masters are looking
for any man for a candidate, with any
thing for an Issue, who will conform to
the standard of tho bosses and secure the
aid of Jhe masters of finance. They feel
Continued on Pae To, Column Two
BRIDE IS LOVELY CHRISTMAS GIFT
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
WATCH FOUND ON
Was Pledged in Kensington
Avenue After Disappear
ance in April, 1914
BROKER TO SEE KELLER
Tho missing gold watch belonging to
Daniel J. McNlchol was found tml.iy by
tho pollcu when Harry Rosenthal, a pawn
broker, 2C29 Kensington avenue, notified
them that a watch with McNIchol's Ini
tials on It nnd of tho same enso number
was pawned In his shop In April, 1DH,
shortly after McNlchol disappeared.
Tho body found In a trunk In tho cellar
of 100! Frankford avenue hns been Iden
tified as having been that of McNlchol.
who disappeared M months ago. Kdwnid
Keller, of 3119 Frankford avenue. Is In
the county prison charged with tho mur
der of McNlchol. He declares the body
In the trunk which was burled in the
cellar of the building ho used as n laun
dry after McNlchol disappeared Is not
that of McNlchol, and tho police conHld
ercd tho new evidence revealed today as
of prlmo Importance.
CASE NUMBER A CLUE.
In tho trunk, In n pocket, ofrthpsu(tpn
the" hodj-. ''were found Uvo Tiotebooks, In
tho back of ono of which wbr a cnhi
pleto Identification outline. This coin
cided with the case number of tno mlsx
lng man's watch. This number wns sent
to every pawnshop In Ponnsjlvnnia, New
York, nnd Important cities In nearby
States, In the hope of tracing the natch.
Rosenthal told the police today that
tho watch remained In pawn on year,
nnd that after that time ho sold It at
auction. It was purchased by a reputa
blo person, who was easily found by tho
The watch Is a 17-Jowclcd Elgin, with
a heavy hunting case. It has been Iden
tified by McNIchols lclatlves ns nn heir
loom given tho missing man by his fn
thur. It had been In tho family for gen
erations. The pawnbroker will go to
the prison late today to confront Keller.
The-police say they have a description
of the man who pawned the watch, but
declined to say whether this description
could npply to Keller.
It became known today that the trunk
In which McNIchol's body was found
Continued on Vac Two, Column I'ivr
JUDGE E. A. WALLING
NAMED SUCCESSOR OF
JUSTICE J. P. ELKIN
Erie County Jurist Appointed
by Governor to Fill State
WHITTELSEY GETS PLACE
JUPGE SS70r A TRUING
HARRISBURG, Dec. I3.-Governor
Brumbaugh today announced the ap
point of Judge Eir.ory A. Walling, of Erie
County, to succeed the late Justice John
V, Elkln on the State Supreme Court
At the same time he tilled the vacancy
caused by the elevation of Judge Wall
ing by appointing Captain Ed. L. "Whlt
teUey, of Erie, to the Common Pleas
bench of Erie County.
Emory A. Walling was born In Erie
County, and after his admission to the
bar practiced In the Erie courts. In I8SI
he was elected to the ofllce of District At
torney, but resigned In December I, 1831,
having been elected a member of the
In ISM Mr. Walling was nominated foi
tho bench as President Judge of Erie
County and was elected for the ten years'
term ending in January,. 1907. He was re
elected, for a. second term. His rulings
have given general satisfaction and very
few of his decisions were reversed.
He was a candidate last year for Su
preme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by
the retirement of Chief Justice FelL
Taft on Marriage
What n fine Christmas gift is n
Bachelors who arc confirmed should
hange their minds and become sensi
ble. Marriage is sensible.
I am sensible on thnt score, I
showed it when I married as a young
man. And my choice showed I was
I claim to be a practicol man. I
don't wish to appear conceited, but I
proved that I was sensible when I
I'm a practical man on that subject.
OF BIG GUN DUELS
German and British Artil
lery Engaged in Mighty
Combat Around Ypres
DAILY AERIAL BATTLES
PARIS. Dec. 23.
For a week the mightiest artillery duel
of the wnr hns been raging In West
From the North Sea to Armcntlercs
tho ground lins rocked and ronred be
neath the shattering riro of heavy Ger
man, British, French nnd Belgian guns.
With only a few hours respite In the dead
of night the artillery hns literally
drenched tho ground with hundreds of
thousands of shelli of every calibre.
Ypres. tho ghost of what was once a
beautiful city, has again been raked by
tho lire of tho big Oerninn howitzers,
When the cannonade was opened last
week by the Germans It wns reported that
tho Kaiser hnd ordered another drive
townul Calais nnd that tho bombard
ment was made In preparation for Infan
try attacks The Germans hnd masseil
nn onormouu number of men cast of Ypres
and their ammunition supply nns bound
less. The German artillery was concentrated
against the British positions around
1'operlnghe, noithwest of Ypres, nnd the
nngllsh guns replied.
1000 GUNS IN DUEL.
From Ypres tho duel extended north
nnd south, nnd toon 1000 or moro big guns
along tho sodden hanks of tho Yser River
and the Vser Canal.
Trenches hue been torn to pieces by
the heavy salvos, ana the wrecks of
what were onco hnmlcts or farm build
ings havo ngaln been battered.
Nothing wns overlooked by the artil
lerymen. Patches of woodland, clevn
tlons of ground, trenches, buildings nnd
all exposed lines of highway wero brought
beneath the big gun tire.
Whllo the rolling drum llro of the ar
tillery blasted tho countrysldo below, air
scouts have been unusually nctlve In nn
effort to search out tho locations of
enemy batteries. Numerous duels have
tnken place high In the clouds above the
naming guns which were dueling on
Frequently the artillerymen working tho
hlgh-anrlo guns were as busy as their
fellow nrtlllerylsts who were throwing
shells ngninst tho enemy trenches.
Dispatches from towns behind the front
sny that every battery In Belgium Is In
action. Tho nrtillery tiro around Ypres
Is called "Indescribable."
Poperlngho is said to have been wiped
fiorn the earth.
BRING UP FRESH TROOPS.
Tho British nro rushing up reinforce
ments, some of tho troops being new
levies that were never beforo under lire.
They could not have faced a more deadly
baptism than the terrific cannonade from
tho German guns.
The following communique was Issued
at the War Otilce this afternoon:
"The night wns comparatively calm on
the entlro front. To the south of Arras,
In tho region of Beauralns, our artillery
pursued Its destructive tire upon the
"In Champagne there wero grenade
combats to the east of the Navarln farm
and In the sector of Hill No. 153.
"In the Vosges, at Hartmnnnsweller
kopf, the situation Is unchanged on our
left, whero counter-attacks have been
launched by the enemy. Our right wing
continued to advance yesterday."
DAI CANNONI ITALIANI
Non E' Confermata la Notizia
dello Sbarco Russo nel Porto
Bulgaro di Varna
II generate Cadorna ha annunclato nel
euo ultimo rapportn che le artlgllerle
Italiane che sono otate messe In poslzlone
sul montl dl Cadria, recentemente con
qulstatl dalle forze Italiane, hanno bom
bardato le opere fortlflcate dl Ladaro,
evldentemente I due fortl sulla sinistra
del Chlese. I lettorl rlcorderanno che
qunndo lo forze Italiane stavano con
solldando le loro poslzlonl sul Cadria, essl
furono non solo attaccatl dalle fanterle
nustrlache che tentavano dl rlconquls
tare le perdute poslzlonl, ma anche bom
bardati dalle batterle dl Lnrdaro che
speravano dl tmpedire agll ltallanl dl
mettere In poslzlono" le loro grosse
artlgllerle. Invece ora sono 1 fortl dl
Lardaro che, non cssendo rluscltl nel loro
Intento, sono a loro volta attaccatl dalle
La notlzla dello sbarco dl truppe russe
a Varna per una, Invaslone della Bul
garia non e' stata confermata. Sembra
che si sla trattato soltanto dl un nuovo
bombardamento. da parte della Aotta
russa del porto bulgaro. La sltuazlone
nella, Penlsola Balcanlca non e' ancora.
chlara. Non 1 sa se gll austro-tedeschl
Intendano attaccare gll alleatl in terrl
torlo greco. ma, b1 dice che essl vadano
concentrandoal nella zona dl Gveghell,
sulla ferroyla dl Salonlcco. Non ' nep
pure confermata ancora la notlzla della
nuova offenslva turco-tedesca contro
(Leggere In t pagina le ulUme e plu'
dettagllate notlzle sulla guerra. in itall-ano.)
Will Discuss the Panama Canal
SUNK BY U-BOAT;
WAS NOT WARNED
American on Board Ship
Torpedoed in Mediterra
BREAKS PROMISE TO U. S.
Washington Foresees Trouble
Unless Berlin Promptly Dis
avows Act of Commander
LONDON, Deo. 23.
Additional details nbout tho sinking of
tho new Jnpancso liner Ynsnka Maru, In
tho eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday,
received hero today show:
First. That tho vessel was. sunk with
Second. That there was ono American
Dispatches received in Fnrls from Malta
on Wednesday snld that tho submarine
wns of German nationality. If this Is
Into Germany hns apparently broken her
promise to tho United States not to sink
any moro passcngor ships without warn
ing. Tho agents of tho ship's owners at
Port Said report that there wero 120 pas
sengers nnd a crew of 1C0 on board the
liner, which when destroyed wns on her
way from London to Jnpancso ports.
Among tho passcngors was W. J. Leigh,
an Amerlcnn. He, as well ns all the
others, wns saved. Tho passengers were
picked up by a French gunboat nnd
landed nt Port Said after being In small
boats for about nine hours.
The Port Snld ngents report that tho
passengers all express great admiration
for the skill nnd bravery of tho captain
and members of the ship's crew.
SINKING OF JAP LINER
MAY RESULT IN 1IREAK
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23. Stnto Depart
ment olllclals wero gravely concerned this
nftcrnoon over tho report that nn Ameri
can citizen was aboard tho Japanese
liner Ynsakn Maru, sunk by n submarine
In the Mediterranean Tuesday. No official
advices of the sinking of tho vessel have
been received here.
It Is expected that Ambassador Page
nt London will send a report on the sink
ing of tho vessel ns soon ns ho enn get
the facts. Officials admitted If tho re
port Is confirmed that the vessel wns tor
pedoed without warning by n submarine
Hying tho German Hag It may crento n
delicate situation between this country
and Germany ngaln.
Through Ambas:ndor Von Bernstorft
Germany pledged thnt no moro liners
would bo torpedoed without warning.
Ofllclnls say that no action of any kind
will be taken until olllclnl reports nro
received, but that If It Is established thnt
n German submarine attacked the ves
sel and no warning wns given that Ger
many probably would bo asked to ex
plain. In view of her promises It was pointed
out that Germany would have to disavow
tho attack at onco If It desired to con
tinue friendly relations with this country.
U. S. INDICTS KOENIG
IN CANAL PLOT CASE
Chief German Conspirator and
Two Associates Planned to
Dynamite Wei land Locks
NEW YORK, Dec. 23.
Paul Koenls, chief of tho Hamburg
American police nnd declared to be the
"brains of the Teutonic conspiracies," wns
Indicted by the Federal Grand Jury this
afternoon on charges growing out of the
nlleged plot to blow up the Welland Cannl.
Richard E. Lyendecker nnd Edmund Jus
tice, chnrged with complicity In the Teu
tont6 activities, wero also Indicted.
Two Indlcements were returned ngalnst
Kocnlg. One charges him with attempt
ing n military expedition against a
friendly Power In tho plot to destroy tho
canal. The other makes the same chnrgo
In connection with the mission on which
he Is alleged to have sent Justice nnd
Frederick Metzler to uebec. There, the
Indictment charges, they were to Bpy
upon British transports In an effort to
determine tho number of Canadian troops
being sent to Europe, and. If possible,
destroy ships and property.
Lyendecker was indicted on the Well
and charge only nnd Justice Is chnrged
only with the mission on which ho Is
said to have been sent to Quebec. Metz
ler, who was Koenlg's Beceitay, has made
a confession and was not Indicted.
The Indictments were returned before
Federal Judge Mayer. The defendants
will not be given a hearing until after
the Christmas recess of court. At tho
same time a ruling will be made on Max
Breltung's motion for a separate trial on
the indictments growing out of the al
leged activities of "Lieutenant" Robert
AGENT OF KOENIfi UNDER
AMtEST, SPIED AHUOAD
William McCulley Was Sent to France
and England by Plotters
NEW YORK, Dec. S3. The allegation
that Paul Koenlg, alleged chief of the
German secret Bervlco In this country,
Bent an agent to Italy, France and Eng
land to secure military Information was
made today, when William McCulley was
detained at police headquarters at the in
stance of the Department of Justice.
McCulley, who is said to have been an
associate of Koenlg's, is the man who Is.
reported to have gone abroad. McCulley
Is said to hae successfully evaded the de
tectives watching tho French and Brit
Old Man Hit by Car Dies
Samuel Smith, 85 years old, died today
In the Samaritan Hospital from injuries
received when he was struck by a trolley
car last Tuesday at Germantown road and
Sedgley avenue. Smith was an inmate of
the Masonic Home, at 333J North Broad
$28785,178 APPROPRIATION BILLS PASS
Appropriation l)llls for 11 of its most important departments of
the municipal government were passed by both branches of Councils
today. The total appropriated for 1010 is well within the $3l,8S7,
088 estimated revenues of the city. The 11 bills passed today total
AUSTRIAN AVIATORS BOMBARD SCUTARI
BUCHABEST, Dec. 23. Austrian aeroplanes bombarded th
town of Scuturi Tuesday, dis.patcb.c3 announced.
500 "TRUSTY" CONVICTS TO GET 3 DAYS' LIBERTY
RALEIQir, N. C, Dec. 23. Three dnys' liberty from prison bars In tho
Christmas present Governor Craig Is presenting to "trusty" convicts. AH
"trusties" In North Carolina's Stato and county convict camps, under orders
just Issued by Governor Craig, will bo released tomorrow morning and bo at
complcto liberty Frlctny, Snturday nnd Sunday. They -must -show up to bo
locked up ngnln by noon Monday. Governor Craig estimates that COO convicts
will thus sccuro tho Yuletldo liberation gift.
SHIPPERS LOSE SUIT FOR REFUNDS AGAINST RAILROADS
WASHINGTON", Doc. 23. Tho Intcrstato Commcrco Commission today
refused to grant refunds of many millions of dollars to shippers In tho San
Francisco Chnmbor of Commerce, tho Bonrdmnn Company nnd others at Los
Angeles, Sim Frnnclsco, Snn Diego, Sacramento, Snn Joso, Crockett nnd Al
varedo, Cnl and Reno, New, asked from tho Southern Pacific, Santa Fo and
other railroads for switching charges of $2.50 a car from 1910 to August 12, 1014.
Tho Interstate Commerce Commission In 1910 ruled that the railroads must
discontinue the charge for switching enrs belonging to these shippers.
FAIRMOUNT PARK LAKES OPEN TO SKATERS
Hunting Pnrk Lake, Coneom.-.- Lake and Chnmounlx Lake, In Fntrmount
Park, mo open for skaters today. It Is expected thnt the skating will con
tinue through the Christmas holidays wltjiout Interruption, ns thero is no
indication from tho weather man of a wnrm wavo coming toward this city.
The other lnkes In Fntrmount Park havo not been olllcially declared open to
skaters. They have been coated with n film of Ice for many days, and prob
ably tomorrow this will ho thick enough to warrant their being opened to the
ROOT NOT A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT
JIINNKAI'OLIS, Minn., Dec. 23. Ellhu Root Is not a candidate for the
Presldet cy. In n letter to tho Republican State Central Committee today tha
forme:' Now York Senator said:
"I nm not n candidato for the Presidency. If my name Is put on the
ballot I shall bo compelled to Insist upon its being withdrawn."
It is likely tho name of Theodore Roosevelt will not go on tlfo ballot.
AUSTRIANS FAIL "IN SURPRISE ATTACK IN GALICIA
PKTROGIIAD, Dec. 23. Austrian troops clad In white uniforms to afford
concealment In tho snow mndo an unsuccessful attempt to enpturo Russian
works near Huczncz. in Gallcln, the Wnr Oillco reported today. The advance
wns detected by Russian outposts, nnd machine guns forced tho enemy tp flco.
Rus.Hlnn artillery dispersed German troops erecting defensive work In the
Jncobstndt-Dvlnsk regions and put to lllght several enemy aviators. It wae
announced. West of Trcmbowln, In Gallcla, the enemy carried a Russian
position, but wns quickly driven out.
FOOD AND PEACE RIOTS INCREASE IN BERLIN
LONDON, Dec. 23. Peace and food riots in Berlin nro assuming formida
ble proportions, according to tho Amsterdam correspondent of tho Central
Nows Agency. Ho telegraphed today that tho residence of tho Imperial
Chancellor von Rethmann-IIollweg Is guarded to prevent an attack by the
women participating in the demonstrations. No ono Is permitted to enter
tho Imperial olllces in Wilhelmstrasse beforo presenting evidence as to the
business to ho transacted.
TWO TURKISH BARKS SUNK BY RUSSIANS
PETROGP.AD, Dec. 23. Two Turkish barks bound for Constanza with
cargoes of benzine wero sunk by Russian wnrshlps and their crews captured,
according to dispatches received here today.
BRITISH CASUALTIES AT DARDANELLES 112,921
LONDON. Dec. ,23. The British forces at the Dardanelles had suffered
112,921 casualties up to December 11, It was announced In the House of Com
mons today by II. J, Tennant, Under Secretary of War. '
BABE BURNS TO DEATH AS MOTHER BUYS XMASv TOYS
An 18-months-old baby was burned to death while his mother Wits nt a
store nearby buying htm Christmas toys The dead child Is John Tobln. son of
Mrs. Mary Tobln, of D30 South 2d street. He was taken to tho Pennsylvania
Hospital, but died on the way. The police believe the child fell against the stove.
DR. CHAS. B. PENROSE CRITICALLY ILL IN BALTIMORE
Dr. Chnrles R. Penrose, of this city, brother of Senator Penrose, Is critically
ill In the Hotel Belvldere, Baltimore, suffering from brbrfchlal pneumonia. Ills
brother, Dr. Clement A. Penrose, of Baltimore, has been attending him.
NAVY YARD MAY LAY OFF 3000.WORKMEN
Several departments at the Philadelphia Navy .Yard have exhausted their
appropriations and unless more money Is Immediately furnished by Congress
3000 workmen will be laid off. It is said that 40 per cept. of.thQ yard employes
have already filed application for employment with the Remington Arms Com
pany at Esslngton, where work will be carried on to complete the order for
1,000,000 rifles for the Russian Government.
WASTAGE AT FRONT AMOUNTS TO 1 ARMY INjl MONTHS
LONDON, Dec, 23. Harold J. Tennant, Parliamentary Undersecretary st
War, declared in the House of Commons: "For every man we lceep abroad,
we ought to have at home In reserve 1,8, this being a year's supply of men at
a monthly wastage ot 15 per cent." Thus, he declared, the army of 1,250,000,
which Premier Asqulth yesterday said was the present British force abroad,
required 2.250,000 reserves In training at home, or a total, force of 3,500,000 nec
essary for the prosecution of the war on the present basis fqr one year. At the
rate of wastage indicated by these figures, the loss to British .armies abroad
would amount to their entire original strength In slightly less than seven
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SWISS ARREST U. S. CONSUL'S CLERK AS SPY
GENEVA, Pec. 23. The secretary of the Austrian Consulate here, Herr
Taussig, has been arrested on a charge ot espionage.' Tho charge. It Is said,
grows out of his alleged denunciation of Mrs. Merrick Hlldebrandt. of Louis
ville, Ky., recently expelled from Germany after her arrest and Imprisonment on
a charge which sha Jatd was not made known to her, Mrs. Hlldebrandt came
to Geneva and caused a strong protest to be forwarded to Washington against
what she declared to be the unwarranted treatment accorded her by the German
POWDER MILL BLAST KILLS 300 GERMAN WOMEN
LONDON. Dec 23. According to advices to tho Amsterdam, Telegraf. for
warded by Renter's correspondent, a powder factory and several ammunition,
depots at Muenster, Westphalia, have been blowp up. great damage was don
to the town, the newspaper adds. Later advices from 4wsterdijm state that 300
of the 600 women employed In the Muenster powdey mil! were killed.
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