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FRENCH FALL BEFORE GERMAN POUNDING
GERMAN DESTROYER SUNK BY MINE
' The Hague. It is announced that a German de
stroyer has been sunk either by a mine or a torpedo in the
I $ North Sea at a point the location of which is withheld.
All the crew were saved by a German cruiser.
Rome. Advices from Berlin received here today
place 'the number of German casualties to date at
Paris. The Germans continue
their enveloping movement in North
western Prance, according to the offi
cial 3' o'clock communique. It states
that the battle continues with great
violence on the French left and has
now extended to the vicinity of Lens
and La Bassee.
The battle here is declared to be
prolonged by enormous masses of
cavalry, who are said to be centered
at Armentieres, near Lille.
In the Woevre district it is stated
that the Germans are trying vainly to
check the French steady advance.
Tokio. Reports reaching here say
that the German unprotected cruis
er Connoran and two German gun
boats have been so badly damaged
by the Japanese shell fire at Kiao
Chau that they had to be beached
to prevent their sinking.
The Japanese and British warships
continue their bombardment of the
Kiao Chau positions and have caus
ed great damage to the forts at the
Berlin (Via Wireless Through Say
ville, 1 I., to the United Press).
That the capture of Antwerp is cer
tain within a few days at the most
was the announcement made by the
general staff today.
It was stated that two additional
forts, those of Kessel and Brochem,
have surrendered to the Germans.
Bombardment with the big siege
guns proved too much for the gar
rison and after the walls of the forts
had been battered almost to powder
the garrisons surrendered.
It is stated that the bombardment
of the inner ring of forts is being
pushed at very point and that already
noticeable impressions have been
So far as the situation in France is
concerned the general staff states
'that the Germans are enjoying unin
terrupted success on the right and
are gradually driving the French
Paris. The German attempt to
outflank the allies on the left con
tinues unchecked. Try as they will
the French and British columns have
been unable to check the German
offensive in the northwest
They have been compelled to give
way further in the neighborhood of
Douai and have fallen back to the
neighborhood of Lens. .The fighting
now continues with the greatest vio
lence, according to the latest official
reports, all along the north and south
front, extending from the vicinity of
Compeigne nearly to the Belgian
At no point, the military officials
here insist, have the Germans broken
through the line. They have succeed
ed in forcing back the French to new
positions, it is very frankly admitted,
but these positions hold fast,