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French back- on Clermont, on Aire
and on St Mennehould and now hold
the main highways and the railroad
lines in that vicinity.
Attempts of Belgians to make a
successful sortie from Antwerp have
been frustrated and many prisoners
and an armored car have been taken.
London. Sixteen days of fighting,
fourteen in the battle of the Aisne
and two in a rear guard action, have
failed to bring decisive victory to
either side in France. This was offi
cially admitted at the war office cou
pled with the statement, however,
that all of the advantage remains
with the allies.
While the censorship is more strict
than at any time since the opening
of hostilities, it is explained there are
certain evidences especially on the
extreme left that the Germans are
In this connection a report from
Ostend that Mons was burning cre
ated a sensation today. It is at Mons
that Gen. Von Boehm established his
headquarters when he started south
from Brussels with the main army
that was operating in Belgium.
If it is true that Mons actually is
burning it may mean that the British-French
armies are in strong force
and have raided the German com
munications far north of the point
where up to the present any fighting
has been reported.
The English people are placing
great hopes on this report,, but it is
not confirmed from any source that
carries official weight and Ostend for
the last few days has been a most
unreliable rumor factory.
More significant than anything
else, however, are the circumstantial
reports received here from Belgian
sources that an epidemic of typhoid
and allied diseases has broken ,out
In the ranks of the German army
and that their horses are suffering
from glanders. These reports come
from so many sources that they are
i The worsj Treses are in-'the valley i
of the Dendre river near Termonde,
where It is reported 700 men have
already died of typhoid and othrr in
Military experts say disease can be
expected at this time now that war
has been in. progress eight weeks.
Rivers of Belgium and France have
been utilized by both sides to get rid
of dead men where there was no time
to bury them.
The cold rains which have prevail
ed for more than two weeks have
added to difficulty of gathering the
wounded. Many bodies remain un
buried. putrifying in the water sheds
of the rivers. Naturally this pollutes
the water supply. Consequently there
is real reason why this last news
should be authentic.
Suffering of wounded as result of
weather conditions is fearful. Those
who cannot drag themselves to
places of shelter simply die where
they fall as pneumonia follows in
nearly every instance.
In addition, wounds that ordinarily
would be clean now get filled with
mud, and infections follows as a mat-""
ter of course, In this respect it is
stated that the Germans have suffer
ed far more than the British and
French who have maintained their
field "hospitals at full strength and
have rushed their wounded well into
the south immediately after first aid
WHERE THEY DECLARED WAR
If you want to keep track of it
here's when the various countries de
July 28 Austria on Servia. ,
Aug. 1 Germany on Russia, fl.
Aug. 4 Germany on Belgium.
Aug. 5 England on Germany.
Aug. 6 Austria on Russia.
Aug. 8 Montenegro on Austria.
Aug. 10 France on Austria.
Aug. 12 Montenegro on Ger--many.
Aug. 13 England on Austria.
Aug. 23 Japan on Germany.
Aug. 25 Austria on: Jajten,