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VOL. I-NO. 15
PHILADELPHIA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1014.
PRICE ONE CENT
OLD GUARD ASKS
. FOR CAMPAIGN AID
Letters From Democratic
City Committee Viewed
.With Suspicion as Product
of Bipartisan Machine.
Federal employes In this city bcllevo
that a secret Investigation to determine
the political aflUlatlon o( every person
employed In tho various Federal de
partments hcio Is being conducted by
agents from Washington. There Is lit
tle possibility, however, of tho results
ot tho investigation being mado public,
tho employes say, since ono of tho first
things that will bo 'uncovered will bo
tho attempts of the "Old Guard" Demo
cratic City Commltteo to levy political
assessments upon tho Federal employes.
Letters requesting substantial and
prompt contributions to tho Democratic
campaign fund linvo been received by
nearly all tho employes In the Postofilco,
the Custom IIouso and tho Internal
Revenue departments within the last
two weeks. Tho letters state that the
City Commltteo Is the legally constituted
organlzalon ot tho Democratic party In
"Despite the force of their declara
tion," said one of the Postofilce em
ployes this afternoon, we have not for
gotten threats made by the 'Legally con
stituted City Committee;' when Ityan
lost the nomination for Governor. Wo
feel that to contribute to the bi-partisan
City Committee would be about tho sama
ns to h..nd the money to Tenrose. The
two have worked hand In hand before,
and wo will have to sec very conclusive
proof beforo wo will believe that tho
City Committee and Tenrose are not
ccretly nlllcd in this campaign.
"Tho one teutonic In the letter, 'the
commltteo Is tho legally constituted
organization ot the party In tills city,'
may delude a few ot tho Federal em
ployes Into making contributions to Pen
rose, but that number will be few."
Tho letters arc signed by B. Gordon
Dromlev, as chairman ot the committee;
John O'Donnell, ns chairman of the Organ
ization Committee, and Edward F. Bennls,
FOUR PERSONS KILLED .
WHEN POWDER EXPLODES
President of Chicago Fireworks Com
pany One of Victlir-3.
CHICAGO, Sept. SO.-Four persons, In
cluding M. B. Thenile, president of the
company, were hilled today when a pow
der explosion wrecked tho plant of tho
Fireworks Display Company on Wash
Ington avenue, near the business centre
of the city
Girls ejilnloycd In tho building next
door fled In a panic when that structure
FOUND SHOif TO DEATH
Woman Believd to Be Agnes Smith,
Captain Cameron, of the Detective Bu
reau, received word this afternoon from
the police of Thompsonvllle, Vt., that
n young womnn and a man, both of
whom are believed to bo Philadclphlans,
had been found idiot to death in a board
ing house In Unit city. According to the
Thompsonvillfi police, the man shot tho
Slrl and later committed suicide.
The girl, according to the long distance
message, is believed to be Agnes Smith,
a domestic, formerly employed by Mrs.
Louis Heidelberg, or 2223 North Park ave
nue She has a sister living in Camden
Detectives who were dtalled on the case
by Captain Cameron learned that the
Smith girl whs married to a Greek named
Nicholas Srhirocks, about two years ago,
nnd who later lft this country to servo
in the Bulgarian war. Schlrocks arrived
in this country .1 short while ago. A man
answering his description accompanied
the Smith girl to Thompsonvllle.
PALMER WILL ASK
SENATE PROBE OF'
Nominee and Congressmen
Kelly and Walters to Ap
pear Before Committee in
Behalf of Norn's Resolution.
SALOON MEN IN MYSTERIOUS
AND SECRET CONFERENCE
Turthernncc of Penrose Campaign Its
More thnn 200 saloon keepers from the
Eighth Senatorial District, where Senator
James P. McNIchol Is the Republican
leader, had a secret and mysterious meet
ing In tho Kagles' Temple, Spring Garden
Ptreet, below Broad, yesterday afternoon
Possession ot a Mnall orange-colored
ticket and knowledge! of n secret password
ndmltted each saloon keeper to the bulld
Intr. The door was guarded, and only those
who t,ould Identify themselves wero al
lowed to pass. While all questioning as
to the purpose of the meeting and neces
sity for all the unusual precautions was
useless, It Is supposed that the object
of the gathering was to plan further tho
part the saloon keepers will play In the
PENROSEISM NEAR END
Roosevelt Tells Ohio Audience People
Will Eradicate Evil.
TOLUnO. O. Sept. 30 -Colonel Roose
velt In nn address here last night said
men of the btrlpo of Penrose and Lorlnier
were going to bo completely eradicated
from public life In this aovernmeiff
through the will of tho rising people. Tho
day when tho back rooms of b.iluons are
tho conference chambers for the old
political machine parties is ulso Hearing
an end, lie said.
Tho defeat of woman suffiage In
Michigan last jcar tho Colonel at
tributed wholly to the work of the
saloonnifcii against It. "Every saloon
there," ho said, "1 as used ns a head
quarters against woman suffrage." Ho
prophesied the success of the woman suf
frage movement In Michigan this year.
FA I R.
A wife who declared she had been
hypnotized petitioned Judgo Brown In'
tho Municipal Court today to compel a
man who stated ho was not her husband
to support her. After hearing all sorts
of testimony from phslclans, hand
writing experts, a number of down
town politicians and tho principals
themselves, Judge Brown continued tho
caso until ho could gain time to unravel
tho matrlmoplal riilx-up.
The woman was Mrs.'Mnry Le Roy, 2165
Kinney street, Frankford. The man she
claimed as her husband Is Leon Lo Roy,
1306 Jackson street. He stated his name
was not Le Roy, but Georgo McCullon
and that he never before saw the woman
or know anything about her. Ho ad
mitted living at the Jackson street ad
Mis. Le Roy appeared In court without
counsel. Judge Brown nppointcd Assist
ant District Attorney Charles H. Burtlett
to conduct her case. McCullon was teprc
sonted by Raymond MacNolllo.
Mrs. Le Roy, who startled the Court
by declaring her husband hypnotized her
when she was married, declared she was
afraid to appear today for fear he would
do the same thing. She testified to marry
ing the man she called Le Roy -on -November
18. 1907, and living with him sev
eral months before he deserted her. In
this Mrs. Le Roy was corroborated by
her daughter, Margaret Lamar. She
stated her husband was ah actor and
McCullon smiled during thla testimony
and the woman shrieked nt him, "Why
do you not own up to It?" He stated he
was employed at the Point Breeze Oil
Works, that his name was actually Mc
Cullen, and he bad never before seen Mrs.
Le Boy, much less marrying and desert
Thomas Blynn, a probation officer, of
the Municipal Court, declared he hnrt In
vestigated the woman's story and found
that on tho dav of the alleged marriage
McCullen had been treated for an Injured
finger by Dr. George T. Tracy, at Beverly,
X. J. He declared McCullen was not in
Philadelphia on November IS, 1907, or any
time within several daya of that 'date.
McCullen also produced a number of
f I lends, who testified to his good char
acter anil Identified him ns McCullen and
no other person.
Mis Le Roy produced a number of
letters, diclnred to have been written to
her by the man she called Le Roy, while
he wap away on a theatrical trip. The
letter paper was emblazoned with the
photograph of a vaudeville actor, whom
she declared was Lo Hoy, only at that
time ho wore a mustache.
Webster A. Melcholr, a handwriting
expert, stated the letters signed by Le
Roy favornbly corresponded as far as
the handwriting was concerned to let
ters written by McCullen.
Mis. Le Roy declared flvo yeors ago
the defendant suggested that sho give
hlni the letters. She refused, she de
clnred, feeling they might come In handy
It was testified that McCullen told per
sons In Beverly, N, J., of Ills Intention
to make a balloon ascension at tho Tren
ton Fair on Saturday. Tho defendant ad
After considerable other testimony,
none of which clarified things. Judge
Brown decided to continue the case un
til further Investigation could be made.
Mrs. l,e Boy had the defendant ur
rested In 1911 In Beverly, X. J. At that
time s-lie was not sure that he was her
husband, and he was discharged from
custody. When the caso was first called
beforo Judge Brown, three weeks ago,
fcho mis crt.iln. as she was today, that
McCullen is the "Leon Lo Boj" who
married her In this city on November
FIRE ROUTS STUDENTS
250 Girls and Their Teachers Flee
From Normal School.
JIUIUWAN, Mlea., Sept. 30.-Two bun
dled and fifty girl students and teachers
fled In their night clothes when fire de
stroyed tho nuln dormitory of the Ala
bama Normal College at Livingston,
Ala., early today.
Will Promote Trade With Greece
NEW YOUK. Sept. 30.-.n otflce was
opened hero today hy Consul General
Vassardakls. special representative of the
Grirk Government, for the purpose of
fuithcring a movement to piumote direct
tradlii? with that country In product
made In tho United States.
For Philadelphia and vicinity Fair
tonight and probably Thursday; not
much change in temperature; mod
irate west winds.
For details, sea page J A-
SATURDAY IS YOUR LAST
CHANCE TO REGI8TER
Next Saturday October 3. Is the
last registration day tor tho November
It is the last chance, to qualify to
vote for I'nlted States Senator, Go
crnor. Congiessnien. members of the
LegWluture and for other important
ollices to bo filled 011 November 3.
Poll tax receipts can be purchased
at the polling place.
Party enrolment 1 9 not necessary
PEACE PARLEY BEGUN;
CARRANZA REAM TO
' FIGHT IF NECESSARY
pirst Chief Sends Word He
Will Retire if Convention
in Capital Accepts Resig
nation, But Not Otherwise.
"PORK BARREL" FIGHT ENDS
$20,000,000 Compromise Measure
Sent to President.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30.-Congress' big
fight oyer rivers and harbors "pork bar
rel" legislation, ended .today when tho
J20,000,000 lump sum compromise measure
of the Senate, as passed later yesterday
by tho House, reached tho White House
for algnityuro of tho President.
The motley will make possible 'Im
mediate rcstimptlpn of work up6n mnny
piojccts suspended since July 1.
MEXICO C)TY, Sppt. M.-The .first
session of the peace parley between rep
renenlntlirs nt Vlmt f'Mof Vonimtiann
Carranra and General Francisco Villa '
Is under, way In. Kacatcca?, according to
a 'telegram from that city. Gcnera'l Car-
rauza's representatives art? General Obre
gon, General 'Cosa, General Trevlno, Bd
uardo Hay and Santos Coy, while tho
delegates representing the leader ot the
Division of tho North are .Eugonlo
Bcnavldcs, Vsabel Itob'lcs and Coronet
It Is tho object of tho first chief's dele
gates to "malntnln the status ouo until
the t-enl peace convention Is held In tills
illy next month.
, WILL. FIGHT IF HH..MUST.
Carranza, according to bin friends, stilt
mulntalns the nttltudo that he should,
remain nt tho hend of the government
until his successor can bo chosen by'thV
people or by the convention, of Governors
nnd Generals that will convene here pos
sibly in October. ' ,
General Curranza's attitude was ex
plained In a message" which was placed
befoio General Villa's generals In Zacar
tccas today. In part It says:
"If tho chiefs accept my .resignation
when It Is tendered to them at the con
vention In the capital, I-. will gladly re
tire to private.. lfp. wjtfi tho conscious
ness of duty well done. But If my resig
nation is not accepted I wjll flgh,t the
present reaction with the same energy
and firmness that 1 fought tho usurpa
tion of Huerta." .
. WAtfTS PEOPLE TO SPEAK.
In speaking of tl(o approaching con
ference General Carranza said:
"Wo want It to be truly representative
of the people, to that It might be said
afterward that, the result of the conven
tion Is truly the voice of the people In
Mexico. If, when the convention is as
sembled. It Is found that all the chiefs
summoned have not come, we will Imme
diately summon proxies, so' that all sec
tions will havo representation."
One thlnkf Is certain: Carranza will
not stand by and see Villa swept Into
power If ho can prevent It. The First
Chief believes that it he should resign
Villa should relinquish thai leadership' of
tho division of the north.
There Is n.o news comlne tp the 'War
Department of operations -north of th'e
capital and It Is believed that -an armis
tice practically exists pendln-; tho result
of the parleys Iti Zacatccas.
Government oftlclnls seized today at
the Dhcna 'Vista Railway, station. 450
bars of silver bullion valued at 2,000,000
pesos. Two mining companies have put
In a claim for the property. It Is assert
ed that It was being shipped out of the
country secretly by memberrof the Cleh
Border Guard Re-established
LABEDO, Tex.. Sept. 30. Tho Ninth
Infantry Regiment today re-established
Its guard at the International bridge,
following out orders from the War De
partment. The object of the guard Is
to prevent any filibustering parties from
dossing Into Mexico. A cavalry patrol
also Is doing duty, covering a distance
of SO miles In each direction along the
rls-cr front from this city.
TAKES HIS PLACE
Too 111 to Leave Room on
Account of Ptomaine Pois
oning and Wife Represents
Him at Meetings. t
BRIE, .Pa., Sept. SO. While, Gilford
Pinchot, Washington party candidate for
United States Senator, wns suffering with
a' sharp attack of ptomaine poisoning to
day. Mrs. Pinchot, after being up all
night caring foi; hcrjiusband, carried on
the xampalgn by appearing at nn early
morning shop meeting, and In 20 Erie
and .Crawford County towns during the
Mr. Pinchot was 111 oil doy yesterday,
but concealed the fact during ono of the
most strenuous days of his campaign. He
started yeste.-do.j- morning In Franklin
by shaking hnnds with 300 worklngmen
between 6 and 7 o'clock and then toured
parts of three counties, arriving in Erie
at 7.30 for a night meeting. Although
ho was ill, ho hdrrlcdly went through
with" his dinner and spoke afterward to
1000 people an J shook hands with more
Then he rcurncd to his hotel and faint
ed for the first time In his active life.
Mrs. Pinchot was up most of tho night
with h!nv but she left the hotel at G:30,
accompanied by P. J. Barber, and told
the 500 shopmen at the Erie Iron & Metal
Company that Mr. Pinchot was 111 and
could not leave his room.
VrS E. H. Drozcskl waa called to Mr.
Pinchot's rooms at tho Lawrence Hotel
about midnight. When he called at 7
o'clock thin mdrnlnff he said tho caiMl-
dMe was improving slowly. Mr. Pinchot
spent the day In his room, while Mrs.
Plnchdt, accompanied by County Chairman
Foye, Dr. Frank B. Lockwood, Progres
sive candidate for Congress, and Mr. Bar
ber, went ovjr tho speaking planned for
Mr. Pinchot. Mrs. Pinchot mado no
speeches, but In every town told the peo
ple that her husband regretted not keep
ing his engagements because of Illness.
Mr. Pinchot hopes to leave tonight for
Philadelphia to attend the meeting to
morrow at which Colonel Theodore Roose
velt will open the campaign In behalf of
the Washington party tloket. The meet
ing planned at Meadvllle tonight has been
canceled, but other meetings arranged for
this week will be carried out.
OCTOBER 9 IS DATE FOR
FIRST SERIES GAME HERE
Two Games Will be Alternately Played Here and in Boston.
National Commission Manages All Details Prices
Remain Same as in 1913.
At u meeting of the National Baseball
Commission held nt noon today at the
Bellevue-Stratford Hotel all the details
for the world's series of 19 M were ar
ranged. The chief topic of Interest was
the selection of the city for the first
game between the Athletics nnd Boston.
President Gaffney, of the Boston club,
failed "to call the turn" as Garry Herr
mnn spun tho coin, hence the choice
fell lo Connie Mack, who chose Phila
delphia. The first game will be played
hero at Shlbe Park, Friday, October, 9,
and on the following day the second
game will bo played h'-re.
On Monday and Tuesday, October II
and 13, the games will be staged In Bos
ton. On October II Philadelphia will
again be the scene of the battle and the
next day the teams play in Boston. In
case of a tie the coin will again be spun
to decide which city shall hae the honor
of tho final game.
Prior to the open meeting, which was
attended by most of the local baseball
moguls and the newspaper represent
tlve.M, the National Commission, com
posed of Ban Johnson, Garry Herrmann
mid Governor John K. Tener, went Into
At tho meeting which followed, the
Athletics were represented by President
Ben Shlbe. Secretary John Shlbe and
Manager Connie Mack. President Gaff
ney. of the Boston club, represented the
National League winners.
After the dates for the games had been
decided upon, Garry Herrmann read the
rul"s governing the world's series and
the distribution and sale of tickets.
These were identical with the regula
tions In effect In 1313. The seats at
Shlbe Park will be sold at the following
latesr Box seats, : grandstand scats,
$3; pavilion teats 13, and bleacher eats,
(1 The same prices will prevail at
Fenway Park In Boston, except that a
section of the bleachers In deep centre
Held will be filled with M-cent scats,
while the general admission will be II.
Every purchaser, whether In Boston qr
Philadelphia, will have to buy tickets
for thiee games. In case these tickets
are Invalidated b the failure of tho
contending clubs to pla a third game
In either of the title the money will
b refunded by the club selling tho
tickets. This rule applied ast tar, and
thousands of dollars wire returned tp
Philadelphia purchasers for tit tickets
(o. (tie third game here, which was not
lu.t when the tickets can be had will
'-, . !
be announced by tho Atlil.-tics manage
ment In the near future. Another matter
brought up regarding the tickets was
whether they should bo dnted. Tho
chances are that the tickets will be dated,
but In case of a postponement, the oecond
ticket will bo good for the second game
regardless of the date. This also brought
up the matter of tie games, in case of
either n postponement or a tlo game, the
teams will oontlnue to play In the city
where the start was made until two full
games are completed.
President Ban Johnson, of the American
League, HUggested that the bleacher
tickets In Philadelphia be lowered to B0
cents and that a ferce bo placed In front
of the wall extending from the rlghtfleld
foul line nt Shlbe Park to the scoreboard.
This plan was later rejected, as the ma
jority believed that the ground rules
which would he mado necessary hy this
change would hurt tho game.
The official eligible list, read by Harry
Herrmann ut the meeting was:
Athletics Connie Maclc. manager;
naker, Barry. Bender, Bressler, Bush,
Collins, Coombs. Davles. Davis, Kopf,
Lapp, McAvoy, Mcliinl. Murphy. Old
ring. Pennock. Plank, Schang, Strunk,
Thomas, Thompson. Walsh, Wjckoff,
Boston Gi-orge Stalling, manager;
vainer, i ocrenam. Connolly, Cottrell,
Crutcher Davis, Deal. Devore, Dupley.
Evcrs, Gilbert, Gowdv. Hess, James.
Marnnville. Mann, Martin. Mitchell.
Morin Rudolph, Schmidt. Smith, Tiler.
Whaling. Whltted, Stroud.
The umpires selected from the American
League will be Dlneen and Hlldebrand;
from the National League Kleni and
AJI the games will be called promptly
by the mnpliw at 3 o'clock p m. The
umpires wil be distributed over tho field
as usual, one man behind the bat. ono
on the bases, one on the right and one
on the left field foul lines The positions
of theee officials will change from day
A change was made In the system of
selecting the oinclal scorers The Na
tional Commission will be represented on
the scoring board by J. T. O Spink,
editor of The Sporting News, St. Louis
The other to representatives will I
chosen from newspaper men of Boston
and Philadelphia. The selection of tho
local scorer will take place at a meeting
of the Philadelphia chapter of tho Base
ball Writers' Assoclatlgn of Amerka to
morrow afternoon at I o'clock, at the
ft, of McCready. In the Keith
Building Mr Mct'ieady will hate chargo
of the press arrangements for this city,
while this work will be done In Boston
b R E. McMillan, Boston Journal.
Tre National Commission's business rep
resentative will be Robert McHoy,
ST. MIHIEL RETAKEN,
ON VERDUN FORTS
Victory on Meuse River,
Leaves Allies Free to
Harass Von Kluk's Flank.
PARIS, Sept. 30.
French forces hac recaptllicd St,
Mlhlcl, effectively halting the German
efforts to pierce tho Vcrdun-Toul forts.
The Germans crossed the Mouse last
Saturdayin tho face of terrific artillery
fire, placing the Allies' right wing In
Desperate efforts ot' tho French lo
push the Invndors baok to the cast side
of the Mctlso failed until today, when
tho War Office officially announced that
St. Mlhlel hud been recaptured and that
French troops wcro making progress
cast of the town.
The success In driving the Germuns
back beyond St. Mlhlcl. where the
Kaiser's troops for a time tlucatened to
crots the Meuse In foico nnd Invest Ver
dun from all side, undoubtedly was duo
to tho large bodies of icserves sent to
tho front. Tho German movement
against the Toul-Vcrdun lino of forts was
considered to be nn nttempt to icllevo
the pressure on the German right wing.
With the damage to their right wing re
moved, the Allies are freo to hang to
the fiank of General von Kluk's army.
WIRELESS COMMAND OF
"HEAVE TO" HALTS SHIP
British Vessel's Fears Quieted When
Own "Warship Appears.
A prcmptiiry command to "heave to"
In wireless waves, and not the common
"shot aciosi the bow," brought tho British
steamship Start Point to a stop In the
Atlantic Ocean' on September 16, until
officers of a British cruiser had satisfied
themselves as to the legitimacy of vessel
and cargo, according to the story told
today when the steamship docked at Pier
27, North Wharves.
The Start Point left London on Septem
ber 14 with a largo general cargo. The
officers and .crew felt assured that war
ships flying the British flag had cleared
the north Atlantic steamship lanes of all
hostilo warship. They possessed no fear
of possible capture until two days later
when there loomed upon tho horizon a
steamship unmistakably a ship ot war. It
was Impossible to distinguish her nation
ality. She altered her course to head for
tho Start Point. While the officers were
debating whether they would make a tun
for It or not. the wireless operator re
ceived messages In several codes to
''henve to." He sent them to Captain J.
Plnkham. At first the warship did not
disclose her idcnlty, nnd It wat with
trepidation that the sailors watched the
vessel approach. Captain Plnkham wise
ly decided to stop.
When the British (lag was discerned
floating from the taff rail of the approach
lng cruiser, tho tension wns broken and
nervous ftars gave way to hearty British
Officers of the cruiser boarded the Start
Point and Captain Plnkhnni soon con
vinced them that his vessel, crew- and
cargo were intensely British, and he was.
prmlttcd tn proofed. The loyalty of the
British sailors prohibited them from giv
ing the name of the cruiser, as they
said the Admiralty were desirous of keep
ing recrct the whereabouts of their vari
ous chips of wur.
GIRL HE RESCUED FROM SURF
BECAME HIS BRIDE TODAY
Komance Follows Dramatic Episode
at Atlantic City Several Years Ago.
A romance, which began at Atlantic
City three years ago, culminated today
in tho marriage of Kntherlne A. Muiphy,
100 Falrmount avenue, and John F. Mullln,
MIO Oakford street.
The wedding ceremony was performed
at the Church of the Immaculate Con
ception by the llev. Father John J. Mini
yon. A reception followed nt the home
of the bride's, parents, after which the
couple left on a wedding trip through the
Mtil'ln's meeting with MKs Murphy was
dramatic. Ho wns walking along the
beach at Atlantic City one Augiiat after
noon when ho heaid a ciy for help. Some
distance from the shore he kiw a Sill
struggling to keep nlloat Being u good
swimmer, Mullln plunged in ami as soan
by the struggling glrl'rt s-Ulc nnd took lur
spfel) tn shore Of coui-j..-, she was graft
fill n.-d tho couple became good frleiida
MAN WANTED FOR MURDER
MYSTERIOUSLY SLIPS AWAY
i City Hall Detectives Wonder What
Has Become of an Alleged Suspect,
A man wanted for murder and said to
have been taptured b ditettlvrs of tht
Philadelphia am Heading Ballwuy Com.
pinwh.iH mM rlousl disappeared while
en route from Twelfth and Market streets
to Clt Hall. and. u-iordlng to Informa
tion rereivei at the rallmad detectle's
otllce, the only prison who can tell of
his whereabouts In the president of the
Philadelphia and Heading Hallway
Some time late last night or early this
morning the ottU-Ul In ch.rge of De
tective llead(uaitrrs In City Hall got a
ohonc call Said a olce:
"I am a detective of the Philadelphia
and Heading Hallway, and 1 luue a, man
wanted for munlei who was arrested
at the Heading Terminal a few- moments
ago while in the act of boarding a train.
What frhall I do with him?"
"Bring him up here." was the reply.
Later the City Hall men looked at
Ihclr watches. "Strange that fellow
Joesn't show up." the) said "Wonder
what Is keeping him?" Still later a dis
appointed, P.eceptlun Committee decided
the allcgid nu rderer must In. tul at
Inquiries at the lallroad company's of
fices as to what had be -ome of the nun
said lo have be n i-apturtci who an
wered with the reply
"The president of the Philadelphia and
Bvadlntj Hallway is the only person who
can tell bn) thing"
IN FIERCE ASSAULT
TO SAVE VON KLUK
Allies Beat Back Desperate Invaders at
Forest of Laigle and Ress on to Sur
round Weakening Right Wing, Paris
Reports Say Rear of Teuton Army Is in
Peril, But Berlin War Office States
Battle Along Aisne and Oise Still Is
The War Today
French War Office officially an
nounces that German assaults to re
lieve the pressure against Von Kluk
have been repulsed. A violent engage
ment took pluce at Tracy-le-Mont,
where the Germans wcro repulsed
with heavy loss. No confirmation of
the reports that tho armies of. Von
Kluk and Von Boehn have retreated
la had, but official statement is made
that the French have recaptured St.
Mlhlcl, on the McubC.
In Belgium the German activity
against Antwerp has Increused with
the arrival of heavy siege guns. The
Germans are rushing reinforcements
for the complete Investment of the
temporary Belgian capital, which
they plan to use as the base of an
over-channel attack on Kngland.
King Albert, In an address to his
generals, directed that Antwerp be
held at any cost, Bombardment con
tinues In the vicinity of Termonde
and fighting is reporUd at Alost,
which has been abandoned by its
Russians and Germans are battling
desperately along the East Russian
Polish frontier. A six-day battle has
resulted in checking the German ad
vance along the River Niemen, in
their attempt to retake Grodno and
resume tho onward movement against
Wursuw. Russdn. Is sending fresh
troops from Vllna to blrck the Ger
man penetration Into Poland. Gen
eral Rennenknmpf, again on the as
gresslvc, after his strategic retire
ment of a few days ago, has promised
his soldiers Christmas merrymaking
Servian War Office reports ro'jccupa
tlon of .Semlin, across tho Save River
from Belgtade. The Austii.ins wero
completely Mirprlsed. This success
means cessation of the renewed Aus
trian bombardment of Belgrade
Progress against Sarajevo Is reported
In the Bosnian cumpaign.
Activity In the Gallciun Held has been
continuous. Tho Czar's forces havo
prc&MHl torward, the southern column
capturing Uukla, t-outli of rrzemysl,
which is still heavily bombarded, and
tho northern engaging tho Austrlans
near iTnrnow. Tho Htit-sinns havo
penetrated into Hungary and arc re
ported within ViO nillos of Budapest,
with an utiforUfltxl country before
A German warship Is reported wreel.oa
In the torrltlu hurricane that Is
sweeping tho Js'orth Sea. Bodies of
eeanien, It is said, strew tho coast
of Denmark. Tho storm attained a
velocity of U0 miles an hour.
Japanese tjoops, aided by the British,
have crushed severul of the forts
guarding Tslng.Tno. Oermun lease
hold In China. Tho fall ot the gar
rUon is said t lip Imminent, as the
Japanese have succeeded In placing
heavy siege guns.
Berlin War Ollleo reports an inde
cisive buttle on tho Herman right
wing, when the Allies continued their
attacks without buecoEs. For tho
first time during the battle of the
AUne oilli'iai admission is made that
tho Germans lott ground, the state
ment adding that the territory Un
piedlately was regained. A later
statement said the French liave "ro'
newed their advances about Ver
dun," lending weight to tho Paris
report tlmt St. Mililel has heon rg.
Rrltlsh Press Bureau anno&hce U is
"unable" to confirm the repuru of
disaster to tho Uermau right lns,
but refused to explain whether this
v. due to the uidtr that mi teport
on flghtins should be Umed until thr
das after the battle London htai.
hoveer. tho army of Von lJochn u
veil as that of 'on Kluk, has beut
PARIS, Sept. 30.
Failure of desperate assaults by th
Germans to free their right wing from
increasing pressure by tho Allies la
announced hy ttffc War Ofilcc.
The statement indicates that the In
vaders, made desperate by thi contin
ued success of the foe's enveloping
movement along the Oise and Aisne
Rivers, havo made violent but futilo
assaults on the opposing lines.
The attack was especially vigorous
at the northeast of tho forest ot Laigle,
where the Germans were repulsed with
This foiest ife in tho promentory
formed by the Rivers Aisne and Olso
and extends almost to I'oyon, on tho
west bank of the Ulse. This prom
entory was considered the keystono
of General von Kluk's defense.
AVhilo no olllclal announcement Is
made that the armies of Von Kluk and
Von lioehn aro In full retreat, tho
statement that the Germans' efforts to
drive back the Allies Is received hero
as a confirmation of part of earlier
The recapture of St. Mlhlcl relieves
the pressure against tho French right
wing, and reinforcements probably wll
bo rushed to completo the enveloping
movement against Von Kluk.
The report that Von Boehn's army,
as well as Von Kluk's, is retreating
indicates the Allies have fought their
way far to the north and now aro
threatening the German rear.
The full War Ofrlce statement. Issued
this af rnoon, follows:
On our left wing, at the north of
Somme, tho conflict continues to
develop more toward th3 north be
tween the Olso and the Aisne. The
enemy has mude a vigmous attack
on Tracy-le-Mont, at the nor' cast
of Lniglo forest. He has been re
pulsed with heavy loss.
.' t tho centre them ii a lull In
the storm along the entire front,
which extends from Rheims to the
Meuse. Between the Argonno for
est and the .Meu.se wo have made
n slight advance. In tho Moevre
region violent fighting has taken
place. Our troops have advanced
at many points, notably to the east
of St. Mlhlcl.
On our right wins (Lorraine and
the Vosgeb) there Is no change.
During tho night important dis
patches were brought ftum the tiont
and lights blazed until dawn in the
olllces of the War Department. It
plainly was evident that something .,
had occurred, nnd Paris Immediately
Interpreted It as confirmation of tho
reports of a victory.
Another development In this connec
tion which was accepted as favorable
was the domand from tho French gen
orals tn the north far all the automo
biles and motortrucks, in Paris and
The French army npemtlng on the
HoyeAlbortfombles lino is malting a
desperate drive against Ueneral von
Kluk's lino of communication!!. Th
nermann havo thrown up Intrench
meats at strategic' points along tho
line and have planted a -iustderable
quantity of artillery. Maiked pint nous
of (ulck'ilring guns command utretchva
of meadow tend.
There L nu doubt that a break In
the line U expected. Fur thu last three
days relnforcemflnU have been poured
to thu north. And the latest line of bat.
tie obtainable, nade pub yesterday,
shows that there liVin little die ,-s
la th positions slues last Friday.
Attaches of General Uulllenl's Muff
hope that Franc will b free of Her
mans before the end of l lul.ir. In
di-' usbing the situa'Kir, one of them
Thero is no doijt t that Iti" a" ed
arm) i irf.s3inf noine iW v,.Uiry, 1Y.0
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