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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 23, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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HARDFIGHTING IN EAST AND WEST EUROPEAN
WAR ZONE AS CHRISTMAS DRAWS NEAR
London. 'Three of the great Ger
man 42-centimetre siege guns have
been sent from Belgium to Thorn, to
be hurried across Poland for the bom
bardment of Warsaw, according to
Amsterdam dispatches reaching here
today.
Amsterdam. The kaiser .reached
Cologne yesterday on his way to the
western battlefront, reports here to
day state.
Paris. Germany and Austria are
to be cut off entirely from all French
trade. Commercial relations between
France and her enemies are to be
completely severed by a bill intro
duced in the chamber of deputies to
day, which will make trading with
German or Austrian subjects an of
fense punishable by imprisonment or
heavy fine.
Petrograd. A Russian torpedo
boat bombarded the region of Kho
paobr directing its fire upon villages
occupied by Turkish troops, a state
ment issued here today announced.
In the direction of Van the Russians
continue to press forward against the
Turks who are in considerable force.
Vienna, via Berlin and London.
The official statement issued here to
day declares: "In the Carpathians,
to the south, in the vicinity of the La
toroza and Nagyaz rivers,. the Rus
sians renewed their attacks yester
day, but without success:
Paris. General'progress along the
fighting pront, marked by the re-taking
of the village of Givenchy, east of
Bethune, and the advance of the Brit
ish, and French, in the region of Bix
schoote, is reported in the official
communique today.
Petrograd. 2,000 Germans, part of
a column of the advance on Warsaw,
were annihilated in a single engage
ment along the Bzura river.
Details of the fighting reaching
here today showed that the-Russians
.west' of Warsaw masked their artil- J
lery and did not open fire on the
closely-massed ranks of the enemy
until they were ha midstream. The
destruction of life was frightful. Hun
dreds of wounded were swept off
their feet by the current and, weight
ed down by their heavy equipment,
were drowned.
The advance was completely check
ed. The Germans withdrew and took
cover to escape the Russian fire.
At other points mines were ex
ploded along the banks where the
Germans endeavored to force a cross
ing. Such explosions invariably re
sulted in heavy losses to the enemy
and threw their ranks into greatest
confusion.
The steady advance of the Russian
forces north of the Vistula is now
threatening the German flank. The
Germans, retiring on a thirty-mile
front on a line from Naidenburg to
Lautenburg are endeavoring to pro
4ct the system of East Prussian
railroads upon which the enemy de
pends for the transportation of
troops. The Russians are swinging
southward toward Thorn and the
Germans have been forced to hurry
troops in that direction. The forces
of the enemy, which withdrew to
ward Neidanburg, are contesting the
advanceof the Russians along that
line, who are aiming toward giving
support to the forces 'engaged in the
Mazurian. lake region.
Southwest of Warsaw, along the
Filica, extensive engagements are in
prpgress, but the Germans are de
clared to be held in check.
In Galicia the fighting now extends
on a line from Cracow, through the
Donajec valley and to the Carpa
thian region, where the Austrians
are Vainly endeavoring to relieve
Przsmysl.
Constantinople, via Berlin and Lon
don. The Egyptian frontier "has
been passed by Turkish troops in
force, an official statement issued,'
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