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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 11, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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session of Alsace is in progress. The
Germans have driven the French
from Mulhausen city and a battle is
in progress in the outskirts, on the
plains surrounding the city.
That the battle is general is indi
cated by the admission, from the
French war office, that the army of
invasion under General Joffre was
compelled to evacuate Mulhausen un
der an attack from "an overwhelming
force" which had advanced from Nieu
Breisach.
Whether Colmar has also been
evacuated is not known as the cen
sorship on news from the front is
absolute.
The German attacking army com
prises that massed at Strassburg. It
is understood to number nearly half a
million men and it was originally de
signed to lead an invasion of France
from a point near the Swiss border.
Details of the fighting are withheld.
The official bulletin merely states
that Mulhausen was evacuated fol
lowing an overwhelming attack from
Nieu Breisach. It then adds that the
German attack was checked in the'
outskirts of the city.
This is the first news of a Ger
man victory. When Mulhausen was
taken by the French it was claimed
by the Germans that they had retired
because the city was not fortified.
Today the United Press received a
despatch from Rome telling of the
situation in Germany. It announced
that the retirement was in pursuance
of pre-arranged plans of the German
general staff and indicated that an
other forward movement was about
to commence.
The admission in Paris that the
French evacuated Mulhausen indi
cates that this movement was suc
cessful. That this attack was looked for by
the French war office is indicated by
the admission that additional rein
forcements are being rushed to the
French army invading Alsace."
On the outcome of the pending bat-
Jtle will depend whether .the French J
can maintain a foothold in Alsace or
whether they will have to fall back
across the border to the protection
of their home fortifications.
Little news is being received from
the north. There has been fighting in
Belgium where the French troops are
supporting the Belgians and there
has also been continued fighting
along the Luxemburg-French fron
tier. In this fighting the war office
claims the French have been uni
formly successful.
The French aviation corps is re
ported as being of incalculable bene
fit to the army as up to the present
time it has located every German
offensive column in time for the
French army to head it off and drive
it back.
San Juan, Porto Rico. After tak
ing on board 900 tons of coal, suffi
cient to carry her to German port,
German cruiser Karlsruhe sailed to
day. Captain told of running fight
with four cruisers, three English and
one French, off Bahamas last Friday
night.
London. The Daily Mail prints
special dispatch today announcing
the capture by British warships of the
Hamburg-American liner Cap Orte-"
gal, with $1,000,000 in gold and spe
cie aboard. The vessel left Buenos
Ayres on July 26 for Southampton.
Washington. State department
officials expect word momentarily
that embargo against departure of
foreigners from Germany would be
raised today.
London, Aug. 11. Italy's entry in
to the general European war is mo
mentarily expected. Special dis
patches from Durazzo say that Italy
is casting covetous eyes on Albania
and her seizure of that new country
is expected.
The condition in the Albanian cap
ital is desperate. Native troops are
unpaid and there is no money in the
treasury. Practically the only troops
in Durazzo are the international de
tachments from Italy .and France sent
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