tion, however, of reports that the
fleet has again been engaged.
With the announcement that a
New Zealand expedition has occu
pied German Samoa, the report is
persistent that an Australian expedi
tion has been sent to occupy German
Washington. That civilian snip
ers, armed with guns of twenty-five
barrels, conducted the fight against
German troops in Louvain, was the
information a dispatch from Berlin
received at the German embassy to
day by wireless.
It said that a "Rotterdam newspa
per correspondent was an eye wit
ness of the perfidious attack by the
population of Louvain on the German
"Franc-tireurs (snipers organized
by the authorities)' have shot with
mitrailleuses," the dispatch said.
It added that on officer of the gen
eral staff was killed and found later
with his throat cut.
"In Longwy machines for the fabri
cation of dum dum cartridges were
detected," the message concluded.
Berlin, via The Hague. General
Von Moltke, chief of the German gen
eral staff, has sold all of his English,
Russian and Japanese decbrations
and the money has been donated to
the German Red Cross. All German
generals have been ordered to take
Washington. The Red Cross So
ciety today announced that the Hamburg-American
liner Hamburg has
been chartered as the European relief
ship of the American Red Cross and
will sail Saturday evening for North
ern European points.
Cettinje, Aug. 31. The combined
British and French fleets have again
saved the Montenegrin positions on
Mount Loween, from which they
have been reducing the defenses of
On Sunday a force of 10,000 Aus
trians, heavily supported by cannon,
began an assault on the Montenegrin
positions. They had put two of the
Montenegrin batteries out of com
sion when the English and French
fleets arrived and immediately at
tacked the Austrians.
Prince Peter of Montenegro
headed a counter-attack of Monte
negrins and they brilliantly charged
the Austrians, smashing through
their lines, killing many of them and
taking several hundred prisoenrs.
Berlin, via The Hague. The Aus
trian embassy has issued an official
statement claiming a sweeping vic
tory for the Austrians operating in
Northern Galicia. The statement
says the Austrians have routed the
Russian army in that section and are
now invading Russian Poland.
The Russians, who were in force at
Krasnik, the report says, have been
badly defeated and are now retreat
ing in disorder toward Lublin. The "
Russians are being hard pressed and
reinforcements are being sent from
Lublin to try to stem the rout.
St. Petersburg, via Rome. Rus
sian troops have smashed through
the Austrian left army near Samosce,
in Northern Galicia, and have routed
it with enormous losses. Thousands
of prisoners have been taken, to
gether with many cannon, machine
guns and munitions, according to an
official statement issued by the war
The Russian Cossack division is
now declared to be in full pursuit of
the retreating army and to have suc
ceeded in decimating the rear guard.
Sofia. Reports from Constantino
ple that efforts are being made by the
German diplomatic representatives
there to get Turkey to take an active
part in the European war as an ally
of Germany and Austria have creat
ed a sensation here.
It is stated officially that the Bul
garian government is now pledged to
join with Greece, Roumania, Servia
and Montenegro as allies of Russia
and against Turkey should the latter
decide to fight.
Victoria, B. C. The British au-
1 thorities at the Esquimalt naval basa
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