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' to the war office, and can hold out in
definitely. Despite this confident claim rumors
are in circulation that some at least
of the forts have been taken by the
The main body of the Belgian army
which was at Liege withdrew suc
cessfully. Its position is not announc
ed but it is supposed to have fallen
back on Namur where British and
French reinforcements were reported
to have been waiting.
Gen. Von Emmich, in command of
the German army of the Meuse, was
among the first to enter Liege. He
was escorted by a large detachment
of cavalry and the first act was to
seize the principal officials of the city
The general then issued a procla
mation declaring that any further
participation in the fighting by Bel
gians not affiliated with the army
would be followed by their execution
and the burning of their homes.
Most of the Belgian residents of
Liege had already fled, having realiz
ed almost from the outset of the fight'
ing that the capture of the city was a
That the German advance will
clash with the main defense at
Namur almost immediately is certain.
An enormous German army is con
centrating for this purpose, but its
movements are cloaked by a cavalry
screen that is operating in the ter
ritory between Liege and Namur.
Reports that the chief German at
tack on the Liege forts have been in
terrupted are current here. Report
ed that German reinforcements rush
ing from Cologne are now being di
verted south because of French in
vasion of Lorraine and that the 3
army corps now investing the forts at
Liege will be left to their own re
sources. No confirmation at war of
fice. London. Prince of Wales joined
his regiment today. Commissioned
as lieutenant of Grenadier Guards.
Paris, Aug. 10 French military ,
activities are again 6hut off by the
impenetrabable curtain of complete
censorship. But the experts at the
war office indicate that important
events are impending.
It is believed that the army sent
into Alsace from Belfort, and com
manded by Gen. Joffre, commander-in-chief
of the French forces, is mov
ing in a formation shaped like a huge
fan from the Jura mountains on the
Swiss border through all of Alsace
to a point east of Colmar.
The forces that are engaged in
this invasion form the second mob
ilization center of the French army
with headquarters at Langres.
While the fighting to date m Al
sace has been sharp there has been
no general engagement worthy of
being called a real battle.
Eight Austrian regiments are re
ported from Basle as having violated
the neutrality of Switzerland and to
be now on the Alsace border prepar
ing to attack the French rear in Al
sace. The foreign office has demanded
of the Austrian ambassador a decla
ration regarding Austria's intention.
None has been made, it being the as
sumption that Austria wants to pro
voke France into a declaration of
war hoping thus to bring Italy to her
rescue under the existing treaties.
German cavalry, supported by in
fantry and artillery, have driven
French cavalry patrol from the little
border town of Longuyon, in the de
partment of Murthe at Moselle. Ger
man attack, which was in the nature
of a reconnaissance, was not persist
ed in after the French chasseurs
abandoned the town.
War office advices indicate that big
battle is pending between French and
German troops in Lorraine below
Saarburg. Baccarat reported hear
ing cannonading in direction of Min
tigny. Desperate fighting marked wrest
ing from German troops of French,
invading armyof the passes at Saint"
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