ONE NATION BLOCKS VATICAN'S PLAN FOR
ARMISTICE DURING CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Rome., Dec. 12. Failure of the
efforts ol Pope Benedict to bring
about a truce between the warring
nations during tie Christmas holi
days was formally announced from
the Vatican today.
It is stated that one of the powers
opposed -the plan.
Berlin, via Wirelesa to London.
An attack on the Dardanettes by the
British and French fleet is reported
here today. The bombardment of the
allied warships was without success,
it is stated.
Buenos Ayres. Three hundred
beds for'the wounded in the Falkland
naval engagement have been request
ed by wireless messages received to
day at Montevideo from the British
According to the wireless, the
wounded will reach Montevideo Mon
day. It is supposed that practically
all of them are Germans, rescued by
the British warships from the Gnei
senau and the Leipzig.
London. England will leave en
tirely to the French government de
cision upon the proposal of Pope
Benedict that the warring powers de
clare a Christmas truce.
London. In addition to the claim
that the movement to relieve Cracow
'has failed, Petrograd official reports
declare the German advance has been
checked at all points from the north,
along the line of the Mlawa drive, and
on the western and southwestern
Paris. Following reports that the
French have gained Armentieres,
there were rumors today that the al
lies have also obtained control of La
Bassee canal, but confirmation of the
gaining of the town of that name is
Berlin, vit The Hague. Kaiser
Wilhelm is convalescing. His Ma
jesty's personal physician says the
royal patient is greatly improved and
will be able to return to the front
within a week or ten days.
Paris. The evacuation of the west
bank of the Yser canal by the Ger
mans, north of the Ferryman's house
about which there has been so much
desperate fighting, and different
points in the battle line is reported
today in the official communique.
Berlin, via Wireless to Sayville, L. I.
Pope's proposal for a Christmas
truce of the warring armies of Europe
has been declined by Russia, a state
ment issued here today asserts.
Petrograd. The attempt of the
Austro-German forces south of Cra
cow to break the Russian line has re
sulted in their complete rout. Thou
sands of dead were left on the field
and the Russians remain complete
masters of the situation.
The Army Messenger, official organ
of the war office, today makes this
laim concerning the operations on
the southern frcpt.
London. The great Gottorp bar
racks at Kiel, the powerful German
naval base have been destroyed by
fire, according to a dispatch reach
ing London today from Copenhagen.
The cause of the fire has been kept'
secret, it is declared.
London. In the absence of fur
ther information as to the condition
of the Kaiser early today, the belief
was expressed hero that the silence
might indicate improvement state
ments were overly optimistic. The
latest unofficial report reaching Lon
don was that his majesty had been
permitted to sit up for a few hours.
London. The British admiralty
today refused to confirm or deny the
German reports from Buenos Aires
concerning the battle fought off the
Reports were circulated today that
the British fleet numbered as many as
twenty vessels, but it is expected that
the admiralty will observe strict sjj
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