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320.000 TROOPS FROM EAST PRUSSIA TO AID DEFENDERS ON THE AISNE
i. LIKE HAPPY BOYS
:-; ON FIRST PICNIC
Battle-worn Tommy Atkins
Transfers Amiens Railway
Station Into Scene of
DUBLIN, Sept. 17.
It eeenn rather a paradox to dj-Bcrlbo
the arrival of a tralnload of wounded
soldiers at a railway station as a scene
ef revelry, yet such Is tho account given
fcy tho special correspondent of the Free
man's Journal at Amiens under yester
day's date. Ho wrltes:-
A train of twenty carriages came In
loaded with COO Tommies. Sixty of them
tre wounded, sent down fromtho fierce
front between Mons and Charlerol. These
trerc not serious eases sufficient only to
put our men out of tho battle lino for n
ipcll bullet wounds nnd cuts on the legs
chiefly, swathed hands nnd splintered
flngrr., and gashes and rips In arms nnd
ahoiilders. Not one lind a face wound;
and every ono of theso boys was clam
orous to get back again In the thick of
the business. Tho station was hushed
nnd quiet until tho fateful train came In.
And -what happened? Why nothing more
or irss ti.an a gala performance In khaki.
Instead of a dismal cortege this Incoming
troop tialn presented a scene of sheer
"Every carriage window was full of
brown. Jolly, dirty, shaggy faces faces
with week-old beards to them, but alight
Tilth quick, keen cheerful eyes. Hnt
were waved, songs wore sung, nnd from
the first carriage door which wns flung
open a Highlander hopped out, to tho
astonishment of the waiting crowd, and
ild a fllng-a fling with a limp to It It Is
true, but a Highland fling for nil that,
and most entertaining to the crowd. They
nould say very llttlo of the fighting savo
that It was fighting nnd no mistake, n
continuous roar of flame and fury, hard,
hot, thirsty work. Plenty to cat, though,
even thing splendidly managed, nnd not
a jingle man Jnck of them caring a Jot.
"The clamorous demand of nil theso
gay wounded was for a fag. Their com
missariat had been excellent, their grub
prime and coffee, but somehow In this
great world shattering war which wns
Just beginning and ringing Its gtim tale
of devastation ana aeain down tne nges,
somehow there had been a most deplor
able shortngo of cigarettes. A 'Wood
bine.' Nobody through the entire length
and breadth of tho Amiens long nrilvnl
platform had ever heard of a 'Woodbine';
but when, after much gesticulation and
dumb show, Tommy had made his mPan-f
In? plain, there nre showers of black,
punsent French cigarettes In tho yellow
wranrers nt his disposal.
"The fiaternlzlng was splendid, lm-'
menscly Jolly . A Blackburn Tommy,
after having shed hla Inst possible button,
produced a mouth oigan from somewhere
Inside of him. nnd played with the execu
tion of a master nt this revclrous busi
ness that familiar ditty, "We Won't Go
Home Till Morning." Thero wns a spcedy
and hilarious settlng-to, partners bowing
and scraping (In spite of limps and
tnlnges), and In a brnce of shakes the
British soldier and his brother across tho
water wore dancing a Jig with nil tho
abandon In It of Hampstond Heath on n
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AIR SCOUTS SAVE
SERB ARMY FROM
TRAP OF AUSTRIAN5
Servian Crown Prince With
draws From Proposed In
vasion of Slavonia March
Into Bosnia Continues.
NIS1I, Servla, Sept. 17.
That the Servian nrmles under tho
Crown Prlnco hnve found It Impossible
I successfully to Invadj Slavonia was ad
mitted hero today.
It was stated that the army had been
recalled for Important strategic reasons.
. It Is understood, however, that the real
i reason Is that tho Austrlans, In ovcr-
whelming force, had planned a trap, dis
covered In time by the Servian air scouts,
i whoso work has been responsible for
many of the successes of tho present war.
. The ndvance of tho combined Servlan
1 Montenegrin nrmles Into Bosnia contln
1 ups. The Invading forces have overcome
' ntrowj onpoHltlon nnd ate now moving
I against Sernjevo and nlso through the
passes of the I.lpcta mountains In on nt
tpmpt to tnko the valley of tho Verbis
Itlver nnd tho Important town of Jaltza.
The Austrlans have been repulsed In
every effort to check tho ad-nnce.
THE DIFFICULTY OF OBTAINING NEWS FROM THE FRONT Photo by International Nos Service.
The road of the newspaper correspondent has been a very rough one. The picture shows Belgian soldiers examining the passports of newspaper corre
spondents at a railway near Malines.
French Wound and Capture
Scout When Gust of Wind
Turns Machine Over.
PILOT'S DEATH GRIP
SAFELY TO EARTH
Queen Alexandra Hears
Story of Fight in France
Between English and Ger
LONDON. Sept. 4 (by mall to Xew York).
Calling nt the London hospital tn visit
the bounded soldiers brought from the
front. Queen Alexandra listened with the
closest attention to the story of a thrill
ing battle In the nir, told to her by n
wounded pilvnto of the Royal Engineers.
The fight was betuern n German nero
plane and Trench and Cnsllsh nlr craft.
which sailed away to give battle to tho
Invader, and rmlod their pursuit only
when the Clermun machine fluttered down
The wounded private s,ald lie was rest
ing on the ground after a haul fight When
German aeroplane suddenly nppeured
directly over the British troops, Imme
diately from the rear Flench and Hrltlsh
Viators took to the air. The troops
y "till, watching silently the death
wugji above them. First the British
nd French airmen endeavored to out
maneuvcr the German and cut off Ida
'"feat. But the German began to 'cllirf
higher in the air and the British Hero
ine was seen to be mounting steadily,
JO-Ing to ECt nbovo ,ne roo UI)(1 m a
"tier position to shoot.
The whir of the motors could be herd
y the troops below as the machines ruse
n'ener ad higher, cadi striving to get
"ve the other. Then It could be Been
"iat the Englishman wms iiimvn m fn
In i th. ? ne." aPPea-e1 as mere specks
sound t v. rom far abovo cdmo the
man mi,.h.t hot, nml lm"'dlately the Ger
Inllv w e bega" to descend. Grace
PerL. iol'!lanei1 toward the earth under
the b,im .n,rl- U lanUcd S3fV tlf
long til3'' ll,,cs; ran a sh't distance
Thf i'ml10"'."1 amJ stopped.
!! S,oIa"'rs ru8hca toward. In
hllL""1 th0 avlator d prisoner.
tatorPSL ? "ley drew nrer. The
"-rough ?h. ."' Jle had bccn 8hot
hUhie.,lCad-, "ut bc'ore death he
u dead LJ',,anes.for R descent and. with
U "ad ,a?S r'PP' " control, the
naa sailed to earth.
40 VTERANS AT REUNION
Survivors of l32d Pennsylvania Vol-
X" eet at Atam Field.
"ST,-p s"; -'rty
?"', whlrA i 5? Pennsylvania Vol-
u bttle kr" 4ersary 0( th0 Anlie
eM tv. . ' Exercises i.-i.i -. .i...
BERLIN'. Sept. 17 (By courier from Rot
terdam to New York).
How a German aviator gnlned control
of a falling aeroplane after his companion
had been killed Is described In a thrilling
letter tecclved by his father hero today.
It reads r
"Dear father: I nm lying here In a
beautiful Belgian castle slowly lccover
Ing from wounds which X thought would
kill me. On August 22 I made a flight
with I.lcutennnt J a splendid aviator,
and established the fact that thj enemy
wns advancing townid us. In tho region
of llcrtrix we camo Into heavy rain
clouds and had to descend to 3000 feet. As
we camo thiough tho clouds wo wero
seen nnd an entlro French division began
shooting at us. Lieutenant J. was hit In
tho abdomen. Our motor was put out of
commission. We were trying to voloplano
across a forest in the neighborhood, when
suddenly I felt tho machine give a Jump.
I turned round, ns 1 was sitting in front,
nnd found that a second bullet had hit
Lieutenant J. in the head and killed him.
"I loaned over tho back of tho seit nnd
managed to reach the steering npparatus
and bended down. A hall of shots whis
tled about me. I felt something hit me In
the forehead. Blood ran Into my eyes,
1 was faint. But determination prevailed
und I retained consciousness. Just ns wo
were near tlin ground a gust of wind hit
tho plane and turned my machine, over.
1 fell In tho midst of tho enemy, with
my dead companion. Tho 'red trousers'
wero coming from all directions, and 1
drew my pistol and Miot three French
soldiers. I felt a bayonet nt my breast
and g.ive myself up for dead, when an
" 'Let him live! He Is a brave soldier.'
"I was taken tn tho commanding gen
eral of tho 17th French Army Corps, who
questioned me, but. of course, got no In
formation. Ho said I would later bo sent
to I'm Is, but as I was weak from loss
of blood and seriously wounded I was
taken Into tho Held hospital and cared
for. The officers were very nlco to mo,
nnd when the French fell back I took
adnntage of the confusion to crawl un
der a bush, where I remained until our
KAISER'S NEW PLAN
TO RDSH 8 CORPS
TO FIGHT IN FRANCE
Withdrawal of 320,000 Men
From East Prussia Defense
Risks Exposure of Berlin
AFRICAN TROOPERS ' BATTLE ALONG AISNE
ACCUSED OF SAVAGE i TERRIFIC, REPORTS
PRACTICES IN WAR, SOISSONS OBSERVER
TWO COTTON TAX PLANS
WILL BE RECOMMENDED
I Committee Learns Government Has
Power to Curtail Production.
WASHINGTON", Sept. 1". A special
committee of Senators and Representa
tives from the cotton-growing States,
after consulting a number of decisions of
the t'nlted States Supreme Court relat
ing to tho taxing power of the Federal
1 Government, today determined to report
to the Joint Congressional cotton confer-
, once that tho Federal Government haa
j the power to curtail the production of
cotton by placing a prohibitive tax
' upon It.
Two plnns will be recommended. Tho
I first would place a tax of 10 cents a
pound on all cotton produced In 131." In
excess of BO per cent, of the production
In 1DH, and the second plan would place
a tax of $20 nn ncic upon all lauds planted
to cotton In 1915 In excess of 50 per cent,
of the land planted In 1914.
WOO TO SEE BATTLE;
GETS MOjWS WORTH
French Captain Said to Have
Sight-seeing Party Spec
tacle "Worth the Price."'
RHINE CITIES STRENGTHENED
TO GUARD ESSEN DISTRICT,
Berlin Is Told That French Conflict Wages Desperately
Officers Are Powerless to , Four Days Before Allies
Stop Alleged Barbarities
YOUNG MAN ENDS LIFE
AFTER BEING SCOLDED
PETnOGRAD. Sept. 17.
Information wn3 received at tho War
Ofllco today that eight Gorman army
corps, numbering 3M.0M men, which had
been sent East to repel the Russian at
tack In East Prussia, and to strengthen
the Austrian forces in Galicla, have been
withdrawn and nre being rushed to the
western zone of operations In France.
(This report contradicts yesterday's dis
patch that the Kaiser had gone to East
Prussia to tako personal charge of the
campaign there, leaving tho Gorman
armies In Franco to pursue defensive
tactics against the advancing allies.)
LONDON, Sept. 17.
Tho movement of eight German army
corps from East Prussia to the theatre
of war In France Is taken to mean that
tho Kalsor Intends to aim a final terrific
blow nt tho allies In an effort to crush
the opposition in France.
Such a aourse la directly opposite that
which yesterday was believed to be tho
German plan. The withdrawal of tho
320,000 soldiers In tho East can only re
sult In hastening the advance of the
Czar's troops toward Berlin.
COPENHAGEN, Sept. 17.
According to a dispatch from Stock
holm, General Von Hlndenberg, the Ger
man commander In East Prussia, has
been recalled to take command of nn-
oiner army to do sent against the British
and French troops.
(This dispatch Is confirmatory of ono
fiom Potrograd saying eight German
corps have been sent from the Eastern
to tho Western theatre of war.)
SURVIVORS OF PHILADELPHIA
BRIGADE MEET IN REUNION
of Southern Allies.
Melnncholy as Result of Estrange
ment From His Wife.
Grief after a hcoldlng from a brother
In Mlddlctown, and estrangement from
his wife, led Howard Riffle. 26 years old.
to end his lifo with poison today In his
mo'ii at a boarding house, 2112 Arch
Riffle became separated from his wlfo
three years ngo and since that time has
been working In Philadelphia, His mother
Is proprietor of tho National Hotel, Mid
tlletown, and is said to be wealthy.
Several months ago Rlfflo visited his
old home, and was sharply taken to task
b, a brother who sided against him dur
ing the domestic troubles which led to his
coming to Philadelphia.
Deputy Coroner Walden said today that
JIi. Mar Wnugh. proprietor of thu
houso at 2112 Arch street, told him Rlf- s
tlu returned from Mlddletown greatly de- ,
Jected. Ha was of a melancholy disposi
tion and tlje brother's attitude Increased I
till!, tendency, b'everal times Riffle Eald I
he would kill himself.
Early this morning Sirs Waugh de- I
ttctcd tho odor of carbolic acid. Sho In- '
ve.stlgated and found her lodger prostrate '
in his room. He was pronounced dead at !
the. Medico Chlrurglcal Hospital.
The police have communicated with !
Hallle's family. I
Commemorate Battle of Antietam,
Where 545 Comrades Were Killed.
In commemoration of the battle of An
tletnm, where 545 of their comrades wero
killed 52 years ngo today, the survivors
of tho Philadelphia brigade held their an
nual reunion at I.emon Hill, Falrmount
Park, this a?ternoon.
Tho gray-haired old men who were the
pick of flglUers In years gone by, while
somewhat slow of foot, spruced up for
today's reunion and marched as of old.
Many of the veterans who answered roll
call this day one year ago did not re
spond when their names wero called this
afternoon. As they grow fewer In num
bers each year their enthusiasm grows
Many were the yarns told of the hap
penings of this memorable day 52 years
ago. Tho survivors represented the 69th,
7Ut. 72d and 106th regiments of the
BERLIN (by way of Amsterdam). Sep
Wounded German officers who were
brought here today accuse tho Algerian
troops fighting with' the allies In France
with terrible atiocltles.
They charge that the French officers
are unable to tame the wild natures of
these African fighters, who delight In
torturing tho wounded and mutilating the
dead upon the battlefield.
One 'of the wounded German officers,
Lieutenant von Lenz, declares that Ger
many should make formal protest against
tho use of these savage Africans.
"They have been guilty of tho most
aggravated cruelties, some of which 1
witnessed." declared the German ofllcer.
"In other Instances I have learned from
tho lips of witnesses how barbarously
these Algerians act. One wounded Ger
man soldier had his eyes gouged out by
n Turco, who used his spurs for the
"After one fight In which they had
participated tho Turcos went around
with their snbrcs cutting and slashing
the dead and wounded.
"There hnvo been numerous Instances
where headless German soldiers have
been found. The Turcos had decapitated
them, carrying oft the heads as trophies
"Credit must bo given to theso Africans
ns fighters, though. They have no regard
for human life nnd have not the slightest
conception of fpar. Dut their traits are
the trnlts of savages and their chief de
light Is to inflict cruelty. God pity tho
countryside upon which theso wild
creatures are turned loose without restraint."
Realize Advantage Over
Slowly Yielding Germans.
LONDON. Sept. 17.
Describing the battle of Alcno fiom
Solssons, under date of September 15 In
tho afternoon, the correspondent of the
"Tho unending, terrific struggle lusted
rour days und only now may one sav that
i?,ry ls tl,rnnK I" favor of the "allies.
The town of Sois.sons cannot ot be
ent.-reiT. for It is still raked by artillery
ana rifle fire, while mar columns of smoko
mark sovoral points where houses nro
burning in tho centre of tho fighting
lines where the allied pontoon corps h.ive
been trying to keep tho bridges they sue-
vntu in constructing.
"Men from tho front tell mo that the
combat has been a veritable slaughter
and thnt the unceasing fire of tho last
four days puts any previous wurfaio
i-ijiiiiiicipiy in tne simile.
"Severn! ciosslngs wore effected Sun
day, but the German guns got the range
nnd compelled tho forces to withdraw
Last night, however, tho allies brought
up heavior guns and theso changed the
prospect. The Eiritlsh got a battery
across the jlver and the Germans wero
unable to reach It. The Germans there
fore moved to another position from
which they compelled tho Riitlsh to re
tire nnd Icavo six guns behind. German
batteries hitherto not dlscerniblo weio
revealed, but under the protection of a
heavy bombardment two BritlMli batteries
got over and. planted at tho bridgo head,
very soon recoveied the six guns and the
two German batteries weio captured.
"On tho western side the Fiench suc
ceeded In getting over three batteries and
a regiment of Infantry. About 1500 pi Is-'
oners have been taken today.
"I can clearly trace thn abandonment
during the last thiee hours, of a number
of German positions by the smoke of
their guns moving further over the hills. '
Move to Protect Centre of War Sup
THE HAflUE. Sept. 17.
Tho German foi tiflcations about Co
logne, Duesseldorf, W'escl ami Duiiberg
ure being sttengthened. apparently as a
defensive mensure, necoidlng to reliabti
leports leeched here today. These four
cities occupy strategic positions along the
Rhine and constitute the western line ot
Their capture by the allien would be
a terrific blow to Germany. They guard
Essen nnd the .stirioundlng district.
Essen is the arpcnal of tho German em
pire. Not only aie the Krupp guns made
thero, but the mills where am made the
armor plate for battleships and powder
and ammunition works also are located
in thnt Prussian city.
NEW YORK, Sept 17.-James A. Wake
field, of Pittsburgh, who arrived hera
yesterday from London by the Atlantlo
Transport steamship Menominee, saw
part of tho battle of Mons, It cost him
JI00; laBted eight hours, and the lght,
he said, was worth the money.
Mr. Wakefield was In Valenclennea
when the Germans began to throw their
heaviest forces against th Frenoh and
Belglann, and tho longer ho stayed away
from the lino of battle the more h
longed to see it On August 21 ha met
a captain of French artillery and ex
pressed his desire to Beo a real battle.
Tho captain, whose name was Antord,
said ho thought It could be arranced,
but that it would cost about tlOO if a.
party of a dozen could be procured.
Mr. Wakefield told thin to soma of hla
friends, and later Informed Captain An
tord that a party of eight was ready.
Tho money was subscribed, and at
P. m. on August 24 Mr. Wakefield and
soven other Americans were brought to
a placo within three miles of the battla
of Mons. They were carried in two spring
wagons, and, having the necessary passes
through the lines, were not molested in
"We could not see a great deal," said
5I,.,VakcncId' "but we couId hear plenty
of tiring. Wo htayed on the scene unUl
la. m. on August 26, when firing began In
the rear, and we decided to go back. W
J-aw SS2 wounded and 32 dead soldiers
brought out of tho fight in British auto
mobiles. The cars were stripped ot their
bodies and boards were built out over
the chassis bo that each car could carry
T,mc?' AI1 ere taken to Amiens."
H. C. Bell, of Brunswick, Me., said he
had collected a number of French and
German bullets on tho way from Baden
Baden to Pails, and asserted that the
Prench missiles were the more humane
"The Germans have accused the French
of shooting poisoned bullets,'- he said
"but this Is not so. They contended that
blue bands around the bullets wera
poison bands. Tho French bullets are cop
per Jacketed, arc well balanced, and when
they hit a man they mako a clean, small
"German bullets are steel jacketed, and
am so balanced that when they hit they
turn up perpendicularly -.nd cause a bli
and bad wound."
GUILTY OF ATTACKING MUTE
Manager of Shoe Store Seized
William Wolf manager of n shoe store
at 1", North Klghth street, was convictid
before .fudge Carr in thf Quarter Ses
slrns Court today of as-ault and battery
with felonious Intent on Slema Selmltzer,
a I'rnf mute, of IMS North Franklin street.
Tho attempted nssault occurred on De
remboi J last. The oung woman went
Into the store to purchase a pair of slip
pers. Realizing her Inabllltv to make an
outerv, Wolf Invited her to follow him
Into a small stock room where he sud
denly switched off the electric lights and
.eized her. The young woman succeeded
In breaking anaj and escaping- from the
After the Jury had convicted Wolf,
.luduo Carr found It m, difflrult to repress
his Indignation that lie , Inferred sentence
until later In tl.e ilnv
Workman Says Man He Befriended
Stole His Tools.
Kltner Kriger. of SID Ea.it llnnilnm
sticet, has a peculiar meilmrt rf i,in
his gratitude, accordinc to th tvoIIcb, ofS
the Tienton avenue and Datinhif .tre5SS
Arter being assisted for weeks by
Harjy Karp. a fellow workman, Kriger
It is s,aM, stole a number of tools from
the latter. Ho was arrested this after
noon and taken to the Trenton avenun
and Dauphin streets station. Karp. it
Is said, frequently helped Kriger. his wife
and two children
Fondness of drink, according to the
police, is responsible for Kriger'a downfall.
U. S. ASKS BRAZIL TO EXPLAIN
Government Wants to Know Why
Clearance Papers Were Refused.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 17The L'nlted
States today called upon nrastil for an
explanation of her refusal to Issue clear
ance papers to the steamship Robert
Dollar at Rio De Janeiro.
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The Crystal Shop
102 N. 10th St. ;
Cut ClaMM Exeluiively
ENGLAND NOT TO ASK U. S.
FOR "DUM-DUM" INQUIRY
Foreign Office, However, Would Wel
come Investigation of Charges,
LONDON, Sept. 17.
Rngland has no Intention of asking that
the United States Institute an inquiry
into the alleged use of dum-dum bullets
by tho French and German troops, al
though It has no objection to one being
RepljIiiR- to Dr. Chappie in the House
of Commons this afternoon. Francis
Dke Aclaiul. parliamentary Under Secre
tary for the Foreign Office, said that In
ei of President Wilson's answer to
Emperor Wllhelm, the foreign office sees
no use of proposing such an Investigation.
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