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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 28, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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French fighting. The news from
France shows the French troops are
unable to hold the Germans.
Paris. Many of the bridges cross
ing the Meuse river are reported to
have been destroyed and a strong
French force, armed with large quan
tities of artilelry is entrenched be
tween Verdun and Sedan. The Ger
man armies of the Saar and Lower
Moselle are reported to have affected
a junction and to be moving past
Longwy in enormous force.
Vienna, via London. Austria to
day declared war on Belgium. The
Belgian ambassador was handed his
passports at the foreign office, all
diplomatic relations were broken off,
and the way cleared for Austrian
troops joining the Germans in the
operations on Belgian soil if neces
sary. Until today Belgium was the only
one of the allied powers at war only
with Germany.
Washington. That the French ar
my has been divided and part of it
is now practically surrounded by the
Germans was the announcement
made by the German embassy today.
Wireless dispatches from Berlin
state that the French army of the
north, in which is now included the
British army, has been practically
surrounded and the positions along
the Sambre and Meuse rivers isolated.
They also state that the east and
northern armies have been widely
separated, while German cavalry
have advanced to Ostend, now report
ed held by British marines.
"As a result of the recent encoun
ter," one of the wireless messages
dated at Berlin today said, "tlje
French and English north armies on
the Sambre and Meuse rivers have
been surrounded by German troops
on all sides. The French east army
was partly driven to the south. This
prevented communication between
the French east and north "armies,
while all the German armies are in
contact from Cambrai to upper Al
pace. - ,
"The German cavalry haadvancea
to Ostend."
Naples. On the arrival of the
steamer Caserta from New York here
today her captain reported that Brit
ish seamen boarded her at Gibraltar
and took off 40 German reservists
who were en route from the United
States to the scene of war.
Berlin. Emperor William has tele
graphed to the cabinet from the front
directing that immediate steps be
taken for the relief of the Prussian
refugees who have been driven from
their homes by the Russian invasion.
The kaiser directs that they be
cared for inside of the German lines
of defense "until the Russian invasion
is checked and it is possible for them
to return to their homes."
It is stated that energetic steps are
being taken to meet the Russian in
vasion. Additional reinforcements
from the reserve divisions are being
rushed to the front.
Berlin, via Amstedam, Aug. 28.
The war office announces that the
British army which was holding Mau
beuge has been defeated an dalso that
the French-Belgian armies that have
been operating south of Namur have
been routed.
The official statement gives no de
tails of the fighting, but states that
the losses were heavy. It also fails to
state when the battle took place.
Paris, Aug. 28. The authorities
continue to withhold definite word of
the casualties. They insist that three
Germans have been killed to every
Frenchman. But every field hospital
is already jammed with wounded and
only a few doctors are left in Paris,
the others having been rushed to the
concentration camps where the field
hospitals are located. In order that
the wounded shall not tell anything
that might aid the Germans in their
operations, representatives of the
newspapers are forbidden to visit the
camps.
With the Germans within ninety
miles of here every precaution is be
ing taken for a siege. Should the

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