sioner of public service, which will
be read at the city council tonight.
Ferry wants the aldermen to lower
the gas rates.
Ferry is strong in his denunciation
of the Illinois Public Utilities Com
mission for their ruling Tn -which they
gave permission to the gas trust to
reduce the heat units from 600 to 565
in every cubic foot of gas. Ferry
contends that the gas trust can make
this cheaper gas at a lower cost and
could be sold for 60 cents or even 50
PORTUGAL BELIEVED ABOUT TO GET INTO THE
WAR BRITISH BOATS GETTING TROOPS
Berlin, Oct 5 (via Wireless Through Sayville, L. I.,
to the United Press). Portugal is believed here to be
about to take part in the war at the demand of Great
Britain on the side of the allies. Advices here show that
a number of British steamers have arrived at Lisbon and
it is believed there that they are to be used to transport
Portuguese troops to the battle line in France.
London. Believed certain here that Germans have
made a breach in the southerly outer chain of Antwerp
defenses. Constantly growing belief that unless siege
can be lifted by allies co-operating with the Belgians
within a short time Antwerp must inevitably surrender.
Berlin, via The Hague. The Ger
mans are gaining decisively in the
fighting in France which involves the
right wing of their army, according
to the official statement issued today.
The flanking operations essayed by
the allies have been checked and at
several points along the line on the
west the Germans have pierced the
French columns and have driven
them from their trenches.
The investment of Antwerp, the
statement says, is proceeding with
vigor and as planned.
Paris. That the battle between
the German right and the French left
north of the Oise river continues to
increase in vigor was admitted in the
3 o'clock official communique issued
It was also stated in decisive terms
that the outcome of this violent bat
tle continues uncertain because of
the fact that both sides are being
In Russia, in a battle which lasted
six days, the German army, which
was operating between the east Prus
sian frontier and the Niemen river,
has been defeated along its full line
and forced to retreat, abandoning
large quantities of supplies.
Paris. The northern flanking
movement continues. The allied
armies, constantly reinforced, are
steadily extending their lines north
beyond Arras. By sheer force of
numbers they are pushing the Ger
man right steadily eastward.
Every attempt of the Germans to
break through in the neighborhood of
Roye and Lassigny and so relieve
the pressure on the extreme northern
line has failed. The outcome, the
military experts here say, will soon be
the long-looked for German retreat
to the new line of defenses in Bel
gium. The pressure is becoming so
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