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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 07, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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GERMANS FAIL IN ASSAULT
BESIEGING LIEGE
Brussels, Aug. 7. Having failed to
take Liege by assault, the Germans
are now besieging the city. Heavy
guns have been placed in position and
a continual shelling at long range is
' in progress.
Meanwhile the German attacking
infantry forces have been withdrawn
from their position directly in -front
of the city and are concentrated on
the left of the Meuse river. It is be
' lieved here that they are waiting for
reinforcements and for the siege guns
to reduce the forts, so that a passage
can be forced without the terrible loss
of life that has marked the conflict
to date.
The German shell fire has been
deadly and accurate. -A good part of
the city, including some historic
structures, has been destroyed.
The police have impressed into
service every able-bodied man to aid
the firemen in extinguishing fires and
clear the streets of debris. The tem
per of the people is excellent.
Many non-combatants were killed
and wounded when a German airman
flew across the city today. Three
bombs which he dropped exploded in
the midst of a crowd in the public
square. Belgian aviators made a fu
tile attempt to capture or kill him,
but he managed to regain the Ger
man lines.
Three times during last night the
German attacking column was hurled
against the Liege fortifications. With
magnificent courage the' Germans
charged, but they could not gain the
slightest advantage.
The ground had been mined, but it
was not until last night that the
mines were exploded. The carnage
was appalling.
The Germans massed in close order
formation were blown to pieces, the
dead and wounded running far into
the hundreds. At one- point alone an
entire brigade of Germans was deci
mated and left seven hundred wound
ed when it retreated ;
The Gazette has received the fol
lowing dispatch from Liege:
"The tenth army corps, with cav
alry reinforcements, while crossing
a zone that had been mined, in a
night charge on the forts, was re
pulsed. The mine was detonated
when the troops were directly over it
and a whole batallion of Germans
was killed, while 1,200 wounded were
picked up."
Several German howitzers have
been plated in position at Huy and a
large German force is massing on the
other side of the frontier. An attack
on the village of Cornesse was re
pulsed. Hundreds of German wounded are
being cared for in Liege. Private
homes have been turned into hos
pitals and several of the churches
have been taken over for the same
purpose.
The suffering of the wounded is
very great. No attempt has been,
made to care for either the dead or
wounded who remain on the plains
before the forts.
The shell fire from both side is so
severe that it would be suicide to at
tempt to go to the relief of the suf
fering. It is reported that the 19-year-old
son of Count Von Arnim, the Ger
man general, is among those who
liave died from their wounds.
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DENEEN GETS ROASTED
Candidates endorsed by the "regu
lar" Republican party are up in the
air over what they term a scheme to
put Deneen over for governor once
more. The unusual procedure of as
sessing candidates for the primary
nominations 15 per cent of the first
year's salary of the office for which
he was slated caused a broad ripple
on the waters of what Deneen had
planned as a harmony scheme. Can
didates charge that the money is be
ing used to repair breaches in the
party made at the last presidential
election.
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