of civilized warfare. He declared Belgium had not been
guilty of any violation, but that on the other hand Bel
gium would ask for an international investigation of al
leged cruelty bythe German troops,
Washington. Through the German wireless sta
tion at Sayville, Long Island, today the German embassy
received a message reporting a victory by the German
crown prince over five French army corps near Metz.
Manila. German liner Prinze? Alice took refuge
in Island of Minandao after being fired at by British
Rome. Cabinet in continual conference wtih king.
Pressure strong to force Italy into war against Austria,
in spite of treaties.
Tokio. Japan is directing three squadrons against
the German province of Kiao-Chau and the German war
ships in eastern waters. The first and second squadron
will operate against Kiao-Chau, while the third will be
used to patrol the Chinese coast and to watch for any
German cruisers that may elude the blockading fleet.
London. Despatches from Rome, Paris, and sev
eral other points today reported that Emperor Francis
Joseph of Austria was seriously ill, but there was no offi
cial confirmation anywhere. Communication with Aus
tria is practically shut off.
Paris. French are holding their own in Upper Al
sace and German assault at Mulhausen has been de
feated. Tokio. Copies of a proclamation issued by Mayer
Weldeck, the governor of Kiao-Chau, telegraphed here,
report him as saying:
"If the enemy wishes the concession he will have to
come and take it. He will find us at our posts. We look
confidently into the future and are well prepared to re
ceive the enemy."
London, Aug. 24. So serious is
the situation along the lines held by
the allied armies that the war office
refuses to permit any information
about the fighting to be made pub
lic. Only a Brief statement was
forthcoming today. It declared tha,.
the British j-egularg were in action.
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