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VOL. I-NO. 12
PHILADELPHIA, SATUBDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1914.
PItlOE ONE OET
VILLA SCORNS PEACE
PROPOSAL AND WILL
FIGHT TO THE END
Replies to Carranza, Who
'Sought Settlement Ac-
cuses Late Ally of Violat
ing Treaty of Torrcon.
JAPANESE DENY CHARGE
OF EXCESSES IN CHINA
JUAREZ, Sept. . Tho light between
General Francisco Vlllit and Provlrlonal
president VeiiiiHtliino Cnirnnz.i must go
en to tlm end. there cun be no mediation
ef their dlffercliccB.
This was the leply uencrni vnia sent
from Chihuahua today to Cuiranzn's mil
itary chiefs, who had msed him to ui.eept
a peaceful settlement, villa charge I mat
t'arrnnzn Imil violated the "treaty rf Tor
rcon." framed several months ngo when
a slrnltHt break between the two leaders
Backing UP his declaration of hostilities,
(Villa, continues to mobilize his forces,
and fighting below Torreon Is expected
lo begin shortly.
The messngo to Villa was drawn lip by
Generals Kduardo Hay, -Ignsclo Pes
nuieru. Rafael Duclna, Luclu Ulano and
Inuan Medina It urged pcaco "in nracr
that ne iqchib 01 ...
Those men met nt Mexico City last
night and offered themselves to Villa In
any capacity ho might wish to avoid
vnin linn released General Alvaro Ob-
regon. Carranm's chief military leader,
according to officlnl announcement. Ob
rcron li en route to Mexico City. In
blddlnz him farewell, Villa told Obregon
fhey would meet again soon on tho bat
tlefield. , ,
finiitml Rnnlnmln Hill, Caramon's lead
er In Fonora. was defeated yesterday Jn
t skirmish with Governor Ma turcna's
forrea at Santa Barbara. Hill's troops
retired to Naco and are fortifying tho
town ngalnst attack.
Advices received In Juarez last night
ay fighting has been In progiess at
Eacatecas during the day. As Villi has
no aoops nt Zaeatecas and has sent none
to that city, Juarez officials believe a
jnutlrs linn occuried In the Constitution
Villa has continued to fortify Torreon
and to send troops there from tho north.
Carranza forces are re-ported moving on
Torreon from three directions.
VERA Cni'7. Mexico, Spt. M. Con
stitutionalist troopi sent lo tho north
of Vera Cruz to check the supposed rev
olutlonnrv movement under General
Aftuilar are reported to have entered tho
mountains below Altu Luz, where the
ex-Fcdoral scueial ai'd his forces were
last sicti Agullnr Is supposed to be
moving toward Vera Cruz. He occupied
Esreranze, K miles west of Vera Gnu,
driving out a poht of 23 men, eight of
nhom were hilled.
Embassy at Washington Declare?
Trops Well Behaved.
WASHINGTON, Sept. M.-Denlal of re
ports from China that Japanese troops
committed excesses while engaged In
operations against Klao-Chait today wns
made by the JHpnneso embassy here. The
"IJeccnt cablegrams from Clilim can
only bo Inken with a gtnln of salt There
arc sinister efforts now being used In
China ltd elsewhere to give color to the
reports and telegrams going nbroad.
Groundless reports designed to oast a
slur upon the reputation of the Japanese
soldiers arc thus mole or less dlsscml
unlet'. "The alleged ruthless conduct of the
Japanese troops In Shun Tung, said to
be conlalend In a letter coming from
Lnl-Clinu, la nothing more or less than
a malicious canard.
"A dispatch addressed to the Shanghai
Mercury by n foreigner living In I'liutu
savs In part: 'The tlgld discipline of the
Japanese army and the decorum of tho
rank and lite nrc simply laudable. Aftdr
the landing of the Japanese troops the
citizen are at ense nnd mnrkcts are
calm. As to the Chinese women, the
Jnpanese arc taking scrupulous care not
to annoy them In ony wise. The Jnp
nncfcc soldiers aro lecclvid everywhere
Willi hearty welcome.'
"In fine, Japanese soldiers nre living
tip to their reputation its established at
the tlmo of the Itusso-Jnpanese war and
the Hrixer troubles, The strictest main
tenance of military discipline and nn
utter abstention from unnecessary mo
lc stations Is their codo of behavior."
WHITE STAR LINER
BY FIRE IN HOLD
ATTRACTS MANY TO
Pennsylvania Entertains the
Gettysburg Eleven in First
Football of Importance
WATCHFUL WAITING TO BE
POLICY AT WASHINGTON
iAdmlnistration Strictly Neutral.
Evacuation of Vera Cruz Held Up.
WASHINGTON, Sept. IG. Strict neu
trality between Villa and Carranza,
silence and continued watchful waiting
Tere the Administration's watchwords In
the Mexican fcltimtlon today.
No hint was given regarding decision
upon a date for departure of Amercan
troops from Vera Cruz, except that
evacuation beforo October 5 was Impos
alble Meagre onielnl advices today Included
tiord that Consul Carcjthers had finally
left LI P.tho for Chihuahua to Interview
Villa. Wire communication with Mexico
was Interrupted and few consular re
ports on the situation are being re
ceived Publication was ptomlsed today by Car
ranza's representatives here of corre
spondence between Carranza and Villa
"nhlch pieceded the bleach that, It was
Mid, would nhow that Carranza made
every effort to placate Villa without
Hi.pected objections from Villa against
the sin render of Vera, Cruz and transfer
of more than Jl.000,000 In customs collec
tions to a ('.irranza agent wu-. one of the
knoitv problems troubling the Administration.
HOLLAND PROCLAIMS SIEGE
ALONG GERMAN FRONTIER
Steps Tnkcn to Prevent Traffic In
THK HAGUE, Sept. 26.
Tho entire eastern fioutler of Holland
.whs today declared to be In a state of
idego. This step was taken to prevent
contraband traffic In goods, exportation
of which has been prohibited.
The eastern frontier Is that Ijing
FRENCH WAR AEROPLANE
BOMBARDS CATTARO FORTS
Drops Bombs on Austrian Garrison,
MILANr Italy, Sept. M.
A French hydro-aeroplane, bent from a
J'rencli waishlp In the Adriatic, flew over
the Austrian forts at Cattnro and drop
ped several bombs, according to a press
dispatch received today from Ilrlndlsi.
Tho Austrlans fired upon the aeroplane,
lut it escaped In tho durkness. The dis
patch does not state the extent of the
damage, done by tho bomb.
FRANKLIN FIELD, Sept. 26. After
sweltering through 10 days of prelimi
nary practice, the Pennsylvania and
Gettysburg elevens found invigorating
weather for their opening of the 1311 foot
ball reason this afternoon. There was
Just enough crlspncss to the air to send
the blood tingling, nnd the playeis of
both teams could hardly wait for tho
referee's whlstlo to call them to battle.
The Quaker management made prepara
tions for one of tho biggest first-day
crowds Ir. Its history. And, although
the game wan not scheduled to stait until
3 o'clock, the gates were opened an hour
before this time and the undergrnttuatcsr
tost little time in trooping through them
to their specially reserved section In
the outh stand. It didn't take them long
to get their vocal batteries loosened up,
Flnnklng tho students on either side
woro the usual thousands of "old gruds"
with their wives and sweethearts, who
never miss a game In which th
nnd Blue plays. Even the Gettysburg
team, whose followers are usually lost
in the big stands, had a substantial del
egation this time, a special train bring
ing up a goodly sized body of students
In the Htands there was heard un
stinted praise of the Pennsylvania and
Gettysburg managements for their pro-gre.-slveness
In consenting to number the
players. Every player and substitute on
both teams had his number carefully
sewed on his Jersey this morning, so
tbnt the players could be Identified In
stantly. No more will the spectators
have to worry over the Identity of their
favorite players or guess at the man who
makes a sensational play.
PRESIDENT SIGNS TRADE BILIi
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25. President
HejJfWIUon today higned the Federal Trade
commission inn. ;o ceremony attended
hl.s action. The hill would have become
law without his signature' had he failed
to sign It today.
..GERMAN TOWN IN AFRICA
TAKEN WITHOUT OPPOSITION
Kaiser's Colonists Settled Luederitz
Bucht in 1884.
CAPETOWN, South Africa, Sept. 26.
Troops of the Union of South Africa
have occupied the town of Lucderltz
Qucht, German Southwest Africa, with
Luedcrltz-nucht Is on Angra Pequlnn
Bay, und It wns there that German
colonization began In 1SS4.
200 HORSES LOST IN FIRE
250 Families in Nearby Tenements
Driven Into Streets.
NKW YORK, Sept. 26. Two hundred
hor.seu wero burned to death und 230 fam
ilies, living ill nearby tenements, wero
driven Into the Btreets today when tire
swept through the stables and undertak
ing establishment of John Donohue, 112
Kast 75th street.
Cotton Ignites arid Threatens
Destruction of Vessel.
Officials of Company Sus
NEW YORK, Sept. J6.-Klre started
cully today In the forward hold of the
Whllo Star liner Crctlc as she luy at
her pier at tho loot of West Eighteenth
stieel, and for n time threatened to
dcstioy the vessel.
Tlie Cretin wns scheduled to sail at
noon fur Genoa and Mediterranean ports
with a eaigo of cotton.
A aullor discovered, the blaze In for
wnrd hntch No. 3 ami sounded thu lire
alarm. Captain Huwnrtft matter of the
liner, ltd the fire flgbtlug foice o'f sail
ors, while city firemen under Deputy Chief
Martin fought to save the big slilp from
Tlie city firemen had not been sum
moned Immediately, as Captain Howarth
believed bis llrcmcn could put out tho
blaze. As the cotton became Ignited,
howiver, tho blnzo spread to such an
extent that outside aid was hurriedly
summoned. The flieboats Du.ine nnd V1I
lett lushed to the scene nnd hurled tons
of water over the forward deck of the
In the meantime, the smoke pouring
skyward caused Intense excitement along
West Mrcet and In the vrcllilty (it
Eighteenth street, ns persons Vtlcved
that the White Star pier was ablaze.
hying next to the Cretlc was the gicat
liner Olympic, which was scheduled to
sail for Liverpool. The pier was crowded
with this liner's passengers nnd their
friends, in their excitement men and
women ran aimlessly about on the pier
in the way of thu firemen and hampering
After a vigorous three-hour battle the
firemen were able to .control tho flames,
but the Interior of the Cretlo was badly
Five city flromen, among them Captain
William l.akestream were overcome by
fumes nnd their comnanlons had n hard
time dragging them to tafety.
During the height of the conflagra
tion panic broke out among 700 third
Officials of tho White Star Line nre
Investigating tho source of the blaze In
the belief Mint It may have been In
cendiary. One hundred British sallora
were dscharged yesterday and their
places were filled with Italians.
Two sailors who had been steeping In
the hold had a narrow escape from death.
They were unconscious when found by
the firemen, nnd It was with the great
est difficulty that they were taken on
The Cretlc, which is one of the best
known ships In the American-Mediterranean
trade, has had an exciting career
since she was built at Newcastle, Kng..
in IP02. In 1307 there was an explosion
on board, nnd- two--years -after sTftr went
aground on ueorge's Island, off Boston.
In 1311 the Crctlc arrived here nfter ft
thrilling rnce for safety against a giant
GERMANS AGAIN REPULSED
IN POLISH MOVEMENT
Ilonnenkampf, on Offensive, Check3
Invasion, Inflicting: Heavy Damage.
PETROGRAD, Sept. 26.
It Is announced that the Russian army
of General rtcnnenknhtpf has assumed
tlie offensive nnd lias repulsed the Ger
mans who tried to Invade Russian Po
land In the direction of Huwnlkl. While
details nrc lacking, the early reports
to the General .Staff Indicate that the
repulse has been berious lo the Germans,
who weic driven back towardNJumbln
nen with the loss of many men nnd a
number of cannon.
The general Russian advance on Ger
man positions Is described ni well In
progress. For strategic reasons the de
tails nrc ordered withheld by the censor,
but tho announcement Is authorized Hint
tho advance, with Berlin as the ob-
Jecthe, Is "now In progrcs."
Whether this menns that the known
movement" arc belnc eurrled on with
this Intention oi whethel i great move
ment Is masked Is not revested: but the
significant fr.ct Is ndmlttcd that the en
tire RtiKslan army, including even the
troops brought through Slbcila from Mart
vliurln nrc now at positions available for
BERLIN, Sept. 2fi.
Minister of Agriculture Von Schorlemer
nnd nn Imperial commission have re
turned from Knst Prussia, where they
went to Investigate conditions nnd esti
mate the los caused to the population
by the Russian Invasion. The eommls
slon decided to replace the destroyed
buildings with temporary structures so
Hint the people could continue their cus
Food has been distributed to the poor.
The Russians on their retreat before
General Von Hlndenburg nrc said to have
left great quantities of supplies of Vari
ous kinds which fully compensate for the
RUSSIANS IN SOUTH
WITHIN DAY'S MARCH
OF CRACOW GOAL
ALMOST STRANGLED BY BONE
A fishbone In his throat nearly strangled
James Hockman, 15 years old, of 3611
North Ninth street, until It wns removed
by physicians at the Samaritan Hospital.
DETECTIVE KILLS MAN IN
FIGHT ON FREIGHT CAR
Desperate Encounter Between Gang;
and Railway Police on Train.
READING. Pa.. Sept. 26.-A thrilling
fight between a gang of nix men on one
hide nnd four detectives on the other took
placo early today unon the top of a
rapidly moving Philadelphia nnd Reading
freight train. Tho members of the gang
attacked tlie detectives and both sides
began firing revolvers.
Detective Mackert engaged one of the
gangsters in a wrestling combat on top
of a swaying boxcar. A lurch of the car
throw them apart and Mackert drew his
revolver and fired, killing his man. The
dead man rolled from the train. In the
dead man's pockets was found J1000 in
counterfeit 1100 bills.
EAST PRUSSIA NOW FREE
OF INVADERS, SAYS BERLIN
1 t i
Expulsion of Russians Accompanied
by Heavy Casualties.
BERLIN. Sept. 2.
The situation In the eastern battleileld
Is said to show little change from the
earlier reports, according to the Berlin
War Office. The Russian have been
driven from East Prussia, with heavy
losses and numerous Russians guns and
two hnttln flags have been captured
Vienna advices say the situation In Gall
cla Hhons Improvement. The Austrlans
now hold strongly entrenched positions
and have checked the Russian advance.
The Russians continue their nttempts to
reduce Przemysl, but the fortifications
there are well supplied with everything
and It Is believed they can hold out until
a relief expedition reaches them.
German General Staff Su
persedes Austrian Control
and Civil Authorities Flee.
Przemysl Fall Imminent.
PETROORAD, Sept. 28.
Tlie Russian nrmy operating In the
south Is pushing on toward Cracow and
ts believed to be within a day's march
of it. The Austrian civil authorities
and the archbishop have lle-d from the
The Germans have rushed three nrmy
corps Into the legion of Cracow, and are
bclluved to have diverted their 'attention
from the campaign In the north for
If Cracow fnlls Into Russian hands
the whole German war plan against Rus
sia will have to be nlteied.
A strong German force has now as
sumed the work of defending that Im
portant fortification and n German gen
eral detailed from tho German General
Staff has replaced tho Austrian com
mandant, accoidlng lo advices leaching
Advices from the Gallclan front today
say that tho capture of Przemysl Is be
lieved Imminent, all noncombatants hav
ing been permitted to leave tlie city.
The Russian bombardment continues
from all sides. Already weaknesses have
been noted In the eastern forts, whtre
the fire of tho Russian artillery has been
exceptionally deadly. Two of the outer
forts aro reported as taken.
Meanwhile the main Russian army Is
continuing Its movement niotig the rail
road lines both from Jaroslaw and
Przcmjsl toward Cracow. It Is now
known that a desperate resistance will
bo encountered at Cracow.
Russian troops on the southwest front
have occupied the important ral'road
centre of Chyrow, southeast of Przemysl,
without opposition, following the cap
ture of Krukenlce and Felsztyn, arcord
lng to an official announcement Issued
here today. This gives the Russians
undisputed control of all the railways
In Eastern and East Central Gollcla.
AUSTBIANS RETREAT TO AVISLOKA.
Dynow, on the San River, west of
Frzemsyl, has also been taken. Severe
righting took place in the vicinity of
Dynow before the Austrlans retreated
to the "WIsloka River.
On the right of the southwest front, the
Russian forces are resting at Rzeszow,
on the Wlsloka. while the troops from
T3aranow and Ranlzow are moving to
ward Tarnow nnd tho bombardment of
Przemysl continues. Some of the. Rus
sian advance guards have tried to cross
the Wlsloka near Rzeszow, but have been
driven back by superior forces.
The reports current that Cracow has
been tnken over by the Germans, because
of their dlssntlsfactlon with the Austrian
plan of campaign, nre given little cre
dence at the War Office.
WAY OVER MEUSE
ON ALLIES' RIGHT
Gain Foothold on Fortified Line Between
Verdun, and Toul at St. Mihiel, But
Most of Foes Are Forced Back Across
River, French Declare.
French and British, Heavily Reinforced,
Regain Part of Lost Ground on Their
Lett Allies Retreated 12 Miles, Ber
The War Today
German forces today crossed tlH-Meuse
River at St. Mihiel. on the fortified
lino between Verdun and Toul.
French official statement says most
of the foe's lines were forced to re
treat across the river. On the Allies'
left a violent struggle is In progress
around St. Quentln. The French
claim some advantages in lower
Aviators report the Germans are con
structing lines of entrenchment In
southern Belgium near the plains of
Waterloo. This is interpreted as a
plan to provide a haven, In case of
necessity, for the right win?, which
has been badly damaged by the Al
lies In the battle along the. Alsne.
Belgian authorities expect an attack
EARTHQUAKES CAUSE PANIC
GUAYAQUIL. Ecuador, Sept. 26. A
great panic among the people was caused
yesterday by a heavy earthquake shock.
Two distinct tremors were felt, each last
ing nearly a minute. No damage was
Sfc J t, '
r WEATHER FORECAST
for Philadelphia and vicinity Fair
( continued cool tonight and Sun
d'lV, with possibly frost on lowlands
tonight; moderate northwest winds,
'or details, see last page,
GERMANS WRECK AIRSHIP
AND KILL JAPANESE PILOT
Aerial Battle nt Night Over Kiao
CHE-FOO, China, Sept. 26. A Japanese
hydio-neroplane which was rcconnolter
Ing over Klao-Chau, was attacked by
two German aeroplanes from the Tslng.
Tau foi tress last night.
Tlie Japuuesc machine was wrecked
and the aviator una killed.
Roth the Germans ami the Japanese
are making use of aeroplanes constantly
for fccout duty. Almost every night
aviators can be been high over Klao
Chau or tho adjacent country.
BRITAIN DOES NOT OBJECT
Willing That the Robert Dollar Shall
Fly the American Flag.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 2tf.-The British
Government bus Informed Its Binbasiy
here that it has Instructed the DrllU'li
Consul at Rio de Janelio that It has no
objection to the change of registry of
il.u iteaniihlo Robert Dollar so that It
j may lly the American flag.
THE LINE-UP IN TODAY'S FOOTBALL GAME AT FRANKLIN FIELD
KOONS HARRIS JOURNEAY BORIE RUSSELL NORWALD SEELBACH
18 2 1 29 3 4 -IG
Right End Right Tackle Right Guard Centre Left Guard Left Tackle Left End
Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Centre Right Guard Right Tackle Richt End
TURNBULL SCHEFFER WEBNER TITZELL MERCER MARKS BUEHLER, R. E.
In the accompanying diagram are shown the numbers by which the players of each eleven will be known
Pennsylvania's varsity squad Is numbered as follows: " "'
is si:i:i,hacii .
2 HAItniS ....
3 HUKSULL ...
0 MEHHILL ..
8 I'KPPKn ....
0 OAHTER ....
15 VJlEKl.AND ,
10 OOTWA1.8 ..
SO HE.NN1NU ...
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. ...I,. B. 1 JOURNEAY .....
, ....I.. T.U POKIZAS
....L. O. i NARWALD
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q. n :; tucker
O. S3 TIOHE
0.36 UllQUHART ....
E. SI MAYIIERRY ....
....H. n.SO IIAt.LOU
C. IT MURDOCH ,
n. n. 10 IRWIN
....R. T.SJ HUCiUES ..
P. S3 WHARTON ,
H. 34 Mclllt AYER
II. 35 TAYLOR . . .
K.8 OEYEI.1N .,
K.3T HOPKINS .,
V. 3S HANFORD .
....Q. IhiO MENCIA ...
E.41 BECKER ...
....R. P. -IONES. If. M..,.
....Q. H.-JIATTHKVVa ....
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B, 18 MADEIRA
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.... P. H.
on Antwerp, as German troops aro
moving In that direction. Firing
heard a few miles from Ghent indi
cates the presenco of - nearby force
and the inhabitants are fleeing from
tho city, which was believed safe a
day or so ago, when several train
loads of wounded were carried there
Russians have occupied Chyrow and
Dynow, important railway centres
near Przemysl. Tho bombardment
of Przemysl continues and two outer
forts have been taken. Its fall Is
declared Imminent. Near Dynow the
Russian advance guard was repulsed
by a superior force of Austrians. The
Austrian army is concentrated on
the River Wlsloka, west of the San,
where they will oppose the Russians
before falling back on Cracow.
Petrograd War Office reports capture
of small towns, giving control of en
tire railroad syHtem in Eat.t Galicia
and opening way for westward prog
ress to Cracow. It is said German
officers have taken command of the
defense of that city
In East Prussia the Russians have as
sumed the offensive after Rennen
kampfs strategic retirement south.
Germans who attempted an Invasion
of Poland near Suwalkl were re
pulsed, according to Fetrograd, and
forced back to Gumblnnen. Se
vere losses on the German side, both
of men and guns, are reported.
Berlin official statement says the Al
lies have fallen back 12 miles along
the Olse, although the enemies' lines
had been reinforced. Further ad
vances along the Meuse aro reported,
while the German artillery continues
to bombard the French forts.
London is intensely excited over op
erations of the Zeppelin fleet In the
Xorth Sea, and extreme precautions
have been adopted against a possible
night attack. Lights are out early
and great searchlights comb tho
Chinese Foreign Office has formally
protested to the Japanese Legation
at Pekln against the occupation of
AYel-Hsicn in Shan Tung province.
The town, which was seized with
out resistance, Is SO mites from
Tsing-Tao, in the German leasehold
of Klao-Chau, where the Japanese
are operating, and Its occupation Is
regarded as an Infringement of
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.S i I L": V"" UaU 7Ston,'' " ""Ji Sw"P. Quarterback! 0. Hoar, left halfback; 10, StraUpa VlhV
!. fullback. Bub.lltme.-13. rattlactri IS, Welmorj 14. Hall; 15, Erl,; 1, liark.j IT, WeltktitU, i Goli
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BISHOP SPALDING KILLED
Head of Utah Episcopal Church Dead
in Auto Wreck.
SALT LAKE CITY. Utah. Sept. 25.
Hishop F. S. Spalding, head of the Episco
pal Church In Utah, was Instantly killed
here last night when the automobile In
which he was riding struck a curbstone
and wai tverturned
Illshop Spalding was about 47 vars old.
lie was a graduate of Princeton Unl.
vcrstty, where he was known as one of
Princeton's best football plaers. For
about five yars. In the late 90s. he was
rectr. ofT,st Pau' Epeofai Church,
la Erie, P '
PARIS, Sept 28.
German forces have crossed tho
Meuse River near St. Mihiel. south
east of Verdun, In the face of terrific
Are from French ports.
Heretofore the Invaders had been
unable to gain a foothold across tho
Meuse on the Allies' right wins in
spite of fierce assaults to plerco the
tine of forts Unking Verdun and Toul.
The official statoment issued at 3
o'clock this afternoon admits that tha
Germans succeeded in crossing tha
Rivor Meuse near St. Mihiel, but de
clares that the greater part of their
forces have been thrown back across
According to the official announce
ment heavy flghtinjr continues on tho
entire left wing of the Allies, both
along the Olse and the Aisne.
The official statement follows:
On our left wing the battle con
tinues with great violence between
the Somme and the Olse. Between
the Olse and Soisaons (on tho
Aisne) our troops have made slight
progress. The enemy has not at
tempted any attack. Between Sols
sons and Rheims there is no impor
At the centre, from Rheims to
Verdun, the situation is unchanged.
In the Woevre region the enemy
succeeded in crossing the Mouse in
the vicinity of St. Mihiel, but thT '
offensive token by our troops has
already thrown back the greater
part across the river.
At the south of the Woevre our
attacks have not ceased to progress.
The Fourteenth German Corps has
been thrown back after suffering
On our right wing (Lorraine and
the Vosges). the German effectives
seem to have been reduced. Some
detachments which had attacked
our advance posts at certain point?
have been repulsed by the entry
into action of our reserves.
Dispatches from the front today de
clare one of the most violent engage
ments of the great battle of the Aisno
is in progress near St. Quentln, on tho
General von Kluk, heavily rein
forced, compelled the Allies to rctlro
yesterday and additional forces for tho
French and British arrived just in
time to prevent a severe reverse.
St. Quentln. a place of much stra
tegic importance, In the centre of the
Allies' assault. This town had been
taken by the Germans after desperate
Tlie Germans have made a supreme
effort to check the allied advanco
along the Olse and to push their line
forward so as to split the allied forces
between Noyon and St. Quentln, but
they have been unsuccessful.
The new allied armies, which moved
east from Amiens and Doullens, aro
reported to 1 ave so strongly entrenched
the Allies' left that the capture of St.
wui-min is consioercd certain within a
short tlmo. If the Allies can take St.
Quentln and the railway lines between
it and Xoyon, the Germans must
abandon their strongly entrenched po
sitions in the Olse-Aisne region and
retreat speedily to the northeast or be '
cut off and forced to surrender.
Terrible street fighting Is reported
from St. Quentln, where the French
are fighting the troops defending Gen
eral von Kluk's line of communication.
It waa regarded as possible that the
British reinforcements might co-operate
with General d'Amade's French
troops In the north In a general move
ment against General von Kluk's rear
and the forces of General von Hoehm
that are defending the German lino of
An unofficial dispatch from a corre
spondent who has been at tho front
makes no mention of any British sol
dlers at St. Quentln. This message
"The fighting at St. Quentln has been
severe. Tho French wero in eontrol
of the city, but a superior force of
Germans engaged them and secured a
ruin foothold. Thero wu furious
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