Ity over that of the anies."
Berlin (VK The Hague). The
bombardment 06 Rheims was neces
sary because the heaviest French flre
was coming from the direction of the
city, an official statement issued by
the war office "declared today. It is
stated that orders were issued that
the artillery should spare the cathe
dral. Petrograd. Two million men are
grappling today in the third general
engagement in Galibia. Russian
forces, reinforced by fresh troops and
fired with victories in the occupation
of Jaroslaw, Sambor, Grodek and
Dubiecko, are engaging the entire
Austrian front, on the line fronrCra
cow to PrzemysL General Dankl's
army has been forced still further
Przemysl is now being bombarded
with heavy Russian siege guns, but
so far still withstands the attack and
an artillery duel is in progress in
which the casualties are very heavy.
The general Russian advance to
day follows the eight days fighting
culminating in the capture of Lvov
(Lemberg) and the nine days' fight
ing around Rawa Ruska.
Bordeaux. First news of the dis
position of the French naval forces
was made public today. The minister
of marine declared in a formal state
ment that French commerce is unre
stricted on the seas and that the
French navy has rendered import
ant service in co-operation with that
of Great Britain.
The exact location of the French
naval forces was withheld, but it was
apparent from the statement that
there is a large force in the Mediter
ranean, another fleet in the North
Sea and vessels in the Adriatic.
Bordeaux. President Poincare to
day directed a formal protest to all
neutral powers against the destruc
tion of the historic cathedral of
Rheims by the German artillery. The
bombardment is declared to have
been conducted "for the sole pur
pose of destroying."
Cettlnje. The Moitngriii arfny
has occupied the town of Rogbitza,
Bosnia, in force and is now within
ten miles of Sarejevo, the capital of
the Austrian province.
Rome. Guards were today placed
about the Austrian and German em
bassies and every precaution taken
to prevent any demonstration against
the envoys of these two countries.
The cabinet he,ld an-all-night session,
at which It is accepted the position
to be taken- by Italy was discussed.
No statement waB issued at the con
clusion of the conference.
London. Anxiety increasing in
London as the battle of the Aisne
continues without the allied forces
being able to gain any appreciable
advantage over the German forces.
Strength of German position is
now realized. -The admission that
every advantage gained by the Brit
ish troops has been at terrible cost
brings realization that the casualty
list of the British and French is
bound ta be staggering.
Weather continues the worst that
could be possibly imagined for such
a battle. Heavy rains continue to fall
and trenches are filled with water.
British forces have born the brunt
of the fighting in the centre and
charges have been made to carry
German trenches across fields swept
from end to- end by rifle, machine
gun and shrapnel fire.
At the war office the situation is
declared to be favorable. French
gave some ground yesterday in the
face of a terrible attack below Sols
sons, but it was regained. Following
the loss of the hill of Primont, the
French drove off the Germans and
occupied the defenses of La Pomelle.
Most determined German attack is
being made on the allied front be
tween Crapnne and Rheims, furious
assaults being directed in an attempt
to pierce the. allied lines. '
Allies have continued to extrt
greatest pressure upon both wings of
German army which, it is claimed, la
gradually being forced back.
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