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via, Germany, Russia and France,
where it states "a state of war un
Paris. French mobilization is now
complete. This was indicated imme
diately following the departure of
General Jeffre, commander-in-chief,
for the front. The active army, it is
stated, is already in the positions as
signed. Berlin. Dispatches from Posen
tell of the ambushing of a scouting
party of cossacks by German infan
try at a point between Borzykowo
and the Warta river.
The cossacks had crossed the bor
der and were advancing inland when
they were sighted by German fron
tier patrols. The latter withdrew and
notified the commander of an infan
try regiment with headquarters in
The German forces were concealed
in a forest near the main highway
and when the cossacks approached
they were fired on. Five Russians
fell at the first volley and a score
Although taken by surprise the
cossacks quickly reformed and
charged only to be met with another
series of volleys. The advance guard
of the cossacks column surrendered,
but the main body retreated.
London. It is officially announced
at the foreign office that Germany
has declared war on Belgium.
Washington. The French embas
sy notified the state department to
day that a "state of war. exists in
France and has existed since Aug. 1."
Washington. The German em
bassy notified the state department
that during the period of mobilization
in Germany, until completed, no for
eigners, not even American tourists,
would be permitted to leave the coun
try. Washington. A proclamation of
neutrality by the United States may
be issued sometime today.
Berlin. Kaiser Wilhelm today told
the Reichstag how he had fought
against war until Germany's honor!
demanded that she strike against
An extraordinary departure was
the fact that the members met in the
white room of the palace instead of
in the Reichstag building.
The kaiser made a speech standing
in front of the throne. The members
had before them the "white hook"
containing every message exchanged
between Russia and(Germany before
the declaration of war.
Of more than passing interest was
one personal telegram sent by the
kaiser to the czar.
"I direct your attention," it read,
"to my promise to my dying grand
father always to foster the friend
ship of Germany for Russia and urge
you to recollect how I kept that prom
ise during the Asiatic war."
The correspondence also shed con
siderable light on the wonderful speed
with which Germany acted once the
kaiser was convinced of Russia's du
plicity. On the day of the receipt of
word from spies that Russia was fully
.mobilizing, thekanser transmitted a
message from the war minister sol
emnly assuring the Russian govern
ment that no reservist had been call
ed to the colors and that not even
an extra horse had been requisition
ed for Germany's army. It was hardly
twenty-four hours later that Ger
many's fighting forces began march
ing to their posts.
Brussels. The war minister an
nounced in the chamber today that
Germany had invaded Belgium.
Paris. Continuous skirmishing is
in progress at Belfort between the
German army of invasion and the
French defenders. The French com
manding general is utilizing his aero
plane corps both for scouting pur
poses and for the purpose of harass
ing the enemy with bombs.
London. French embassy an
nounces that a German cruiser is
bombarding the fortified French
naval station at Bona, Algeria,
Paris. Another failure on the part
of the Austrian army to' cross the
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