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Vessels of Neutral Nations
Sunk by Mines Which
MEMBERS OF CREWS
BLOWN TO PIECES
Chief Officer of Trawler
Saves Two From Forecas
tle Before Boat Sinks.
-r ONDON. qge. Ao.27. One shift
I was blown up" Wat nlghf Jtnd ee
-- early this morning by floating
mines in the north sea. Parts of the
crews - of each were killed. The sur
vivors were landed at Shields. The
mines were lai4 by German ships of war
; ior ine aesimcnvn ot sinuie rat. ine
Norwegian steamer Gotfried was blown
up about 3 oclock uus rnonung, and
an unnamed Danish trawler about 10
oclock Wednesday night. Bisk mem
bers of the Gotfried s crew. lqst their
Many Explosions Darin? Nlcht.
The captain and three others were
picked up from floating wreckage and
brought into Shields by the "fishing boat
Norden. Officers of the latter say they
-were alarmed all through the night by
distant explosions which followed each
other at intervals from S p. m. to 4 p.
m. At about 6 oclock in the morning
the lookout on the Norden sighted and
picked up a man floating on a plank.
He declared that the Gotfried has been
blown up three hours earlier and had
gone down immediately with eight
members of her crew. The dead men
had been literallv blown to nieces. Later
the captain of the Gotfried was found!
floating on a lire belt and two ethers
of her complement were rescued form
The Gotfried was built at Stockholm
in 1899 and had a gross tonnage of 415
and was 140 feet long. She was owned
in Haugesund, Norway.
Four of Cre r Killed.
Thirteen survivors of the Danish
trawler landed at Shields. Four of the
crew lost their lives. .
The vessel was on her way to Iceland
when, at 10 oclock "Wednesday night
those on board felt a terrific explosion.
Flames shot up around the bows of the
vessel and she .began to sink rapidly.
A small boat was launched but the ves
sel foundered before four men In the
foreeastele could fee reached.
Describing bis experiences, the chief
officer, who was on watch, said the con
cussion hurled him against the wheel
house. He was successful In getting
two injured men out of the forecastle,
but four others must have been killed
in their sleep.
DIPLOMATS FEAR TURKEY
MAY BE DRAWN INTO WAR
"Washington. D. C, Aug. 2T. Tension
is so acute in Constantinople that diplo
mats there fear Turkey may at any
moment be drawn Into the general Eu
ropean war on the side of Germany and
A strict censorship has been placed
on the newspapers In Turkey, which
are now controled by the military and
are being used, according to diplomatic
dispatches here, to create a strong pro
The Turkish cabinet is wavering be
tween a declaration of war and the
preservation of neutrality. The diplo
matic representatives of the various
powers are in constant conference with
the government officials.
Great Britain and Russia, are trying
to keep Turkey neutral
KAISER WILHELM DER GROSSE
; T " tT Lr5-4 'jEJ-rZnf Til? , srf -,
Paris France. Aug. 27. In order that
the French ministry might have wider
scope and compose all the best men in
the Republican group, the entire
French ministry resigned Wednesday
night, and another ministry was
formed at once.
The new cabinet comprises
President of council, without port
folio, Rene VlvlanL
Minister of foreign affairs, Theophlle
Minister of war, Alexandre Miller
and. Minister of justice, Aristtde Briand.
Minister of the interior,- Louis J.
"Minister of marine, Victor Auguneur.
Minister of finance. Alexandre Ribot
Minister of public instruction. Albert
Minister of public works. Marcel
Mtnister of commerce. Bastes Thom
son. Minister of colonies. Gaston Dou
raergne. Minister of agriculture, Fernand Da
vhb Minister of labor, Elenvien Martin.
Minister without portfolio, Jules
Under secretary of fine arts, Albert
Whilloch Is Mindins
His.Own Business" Wilson
Washington. D. C, Aug. 27. Presi
dent Wilson declared .today that his
advices from American minister
Brand WJiltlock at Brussels show that
ha is "minding his own business," and
that many published stories of Mr.
Whitlock's activities were "fanciful
. Tokio. Japan. Aug. 27. The news of
the declaration of war by Austria
Hungary on Japan, following the of
ficial announcement of the disarming
of the Austrian cruiser Kaiserin Eliza
beth in the port of Tsing Tau, caused
surprise In Tokio. It had been hoped
here that Austria-Hungary, having bnt
small interests la the far east, would
not force a breach ot relations, especial
ly as Austria-Hungary always has been
regarded as friendly to Japan. Baron
Von Mueller, the Austrian ambassador,
and the members of his staff always
have been popular here.
There Is reason to believe that the
Japanese navy is carefully sweeping
the waters around Kiao Chow for mines
which it is known have been submerged
recently in large numbers.
Assurances have been received here
from Pekin that president Yuan Shi
Kal and his government are amply sat
isfied with Japan's plan concerning the
future safeguarding of Chinese and
British interests and the maintenance
of the commercial status quo and her
promise of assistance to prevent Chi
nese revolutionists from seizing this
occasion to create disorder.
GERMAN AEROrHNES SIGNAL
POSITIONS OK ENGLISH
London, Eng.. Aug. 27. Refugees
from the scene of the fighting around
Mons report that airmen took a promi
nent part in directing the German ar
tillery, says the Times correspondent
Aeroplanes hovered over the British
position and their pilots signaled the
German batteries by means of a disc
swung at the end of a line.
S00 AMERICANS LEAVE
BERLIN TO RETURN HOME
Amsterdam. Holland, Aug. 27. The
Telegraaf today says that a snecial
train left BerHn Wednesday with 800
Americans for Rotterdam, from which
port they will return to the United
ATLANTIG VESSEL IS SUNK
BRITISH SIEIi5lMAP SHOWING THE WAR
Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse,
Floating Palace, Sinks
Under the Seas,
Battle Off the African West
Coast Precedes Demolish
" ing'pf German Ship.;-'
Wilhelm der Grosse has been sunk off T
the west coast of Africa by the British '
cruiser High Filer. .
The Kaiser Welhelm der Grosse was '
one of the palatial steamers of the
North German Lloyd lines. At the
outbreak of the war. she was con
verted into -- armed cruiser and
since has been reported active In
searching for British mercfeantmen.
She has a tonnage of 14.240 and was
built in 1897. She was 620 feet long
with a beam of 6 feet.
Winston Spencer Churchill, first lord
of the admiralty, announced in the
house of commons the sinking of the
Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse today. He
"The admiralty has Just received in
telligence that the German armed mer
chant cruiser. Kaiser Wilhelm der
Zrtim. of 14.060 Inn and a bmmI .1th
10 four inch gups, has been sank by H. I
M. S. High Flier off the west coast of
"This is the vessel which has been In
terfering with traffic between this
country and the Cape and is one of the
very few German armed auxiliary
cruisers which succeeded in getting to
sea. The survivors were landed before
the vessel sank. The High Flier had
one kited and five wounded."
FRENCH CRUISER SINKS
GERMAN SHIP, IS RUMOR
Galveston, Tex- Aug. 27. Rumors
that the French cruiser Conde has
sunk the German ship Alliancla and
that the British cruiser Donegal has
captured the North German Lloyd
steamship Brandenburg have been re
ceived by the British consul here.
CHINDA DENIES JAPAN
WILL WAR IN ADRIATIC
Washington. D. C Aug. 27. Vis
count Chinda, the Japanese ambassa
dor, today Issued this statement:
"Nothing is more absurd than the
purport of a London telegram appear
ing in the papers today intimating
that Japan's answer to the Austrian
declaration of war will be the dis
patch of a squadron to the Adriatic.
"The terms of the Anglo-Japanese
alliance contains nothing which will
obligate Japan to go that far, nor Is
there any interest or inducement for
Japan to embroil herself In this Ku
ropean war in Europe itself."
EL PASOANS LOSE TRUNK
IN ESCAPING FROM WAR.
An El Paso family donated a well
filled trunk to the European1 war. Mr.
and Mrs. Emli Kienle, of El Paso,
have been spending the summer ' in
Germany. When the war was declared
they started for America, but lost
their trunk en route to the nearest
port They did not stop to recover
the trunk, but continued their Journey
homeward. Mr. Kienle is a veteran
employe of the T. & P- and this was
his first visit to the "fatherland"
since he left there as a boy.
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THE above map ghows the significance of the dispatches anounciru; the capture by the irmans of Valenciennes, Lille
and Roubaix. It will be seen that these three cities are oer the French border from Brussels and their capture means
that the Germans have succeeded in pressing back into France the allied armies in Belgium and in capturing towns
in France's first line of fortifications. Namur and Cbarleroi are alo marked on the map ith in lev showing how the Ger
mans are advancing down the valley of the Meuse to form a junction with the German troops now in Valenciennes, Lille
Berlin, Germany, via London. Eng
Ang. 27. The correspondent of theLo
kal Anzeiger and the Tageblatt at
Austrian headquarter, estimates the
strength of the Russian forces beaten
at Krasnik, a town of Russian Poland,
at four or five army corps, or possibly
200,000 men. Russian corps, which
formed the advance guard, were on
August 23 ejected from the heights of
Krasnik and Frampol.
Sanguinary battles occurred on tne
route to Lublin and on the heights and
in the forests along the small river
ChodoL which were only finally decid
ed on August 25. The battle was
fought in a difficult country which
was full of forests.
Gen. von Herringen. former minister
of war, has received the decoratiop of
the Iron Cross of the first class for
ANTWERP IS Q.UIKT. RUT
ISOLATED. U. S. HEARS
Washington, D. C, Aug. 27. Official
reports from Antwerp to the state de
partment today say the city is quiet,
but that communication has been cut
off from all points except Ghent and
Bruges and certain points on the coast
BRITISH WARSHIPS SENT
INTO GULF OF MEXICO
Galveston. Tex.. Ana:. 27. An official
statement from the British consulate
here today said three British warships
have been sent at foH speed to protect
cotton and oil traffic In the Gulf of
Astor Lacks Cash
ows 7 Francs
London. Eng., Aug. 27. William
Waldorf Astor, the expatriated
multl-minionalre. arrived at Inter
laken, Switzerland, after an exciting
trip from Vichy, France. Owing to
lack of funds he was compelled to
help his valet with his voluminous
baggage at the various points of his
Journey. He was seen several times
struggling with his arms full of
On his arrival at the Hotel Vic
toria he was approached by Rev. J.
Veiey Mahon. chairman of the
British Subjects committee, asking
for a contribution toward the relief
of Englishmen stranded in Switzer
land. After a day's wait the chairman
received a polite note written In re
ply by the owner of vast sections of
New York real estate In which he
said that be had just been successful
in bororwing the sun of seven
francs from the concierge of the
hotel and under the circumstances
could not make a contribution to
Tne War At a Gl
THE Germans have occupied the
French cities of Lille. Valen
ciennes and Roubaix in France,
according to a dispatch from Ostend.
Belgium, which passed through' the
hands of the censor a London. Lille
is strongly fortified. Valenciennes is
a military station of less importance,
while Roubaix Is a manufacturing cen
ter. Earlier dispatches from Ostend quoted
a Belgian officer as authority for the
statement that the allies had decided
not to defend Lille.
A wireless dispatch direct from Ber
lin early today brought the official
announcement that all the forts at
Namur had fallen. The Germans also
captured Longwy. The army of the
crown prince, it was- added, bad re
pulsed a French attack and upper
Alsace was free of the enemy, except
at points westward of Kolmar.
Operation In Delginm.
The Belgian operations were assert
ed by the French war office to nave
been completely successful, in an offi
cial statement from Antwerp after
midnight Four Belgian divisions from
Namur wer esald Ao have stopped the
southward movement of the German
fourth division, after whic-i the Bel
gians retired on the French line. The
forts at Namur were still holding oat
it was declared. This claim regarding
the Namur fortifications was repeated
later by an English correspondent at
Ostend. who said that the Germans
have destroyed two forts and were still
assaulting the others.
Russian Still Advance.
It Is Officially" announce nt St
Petersburg that the Russian advance
in Prussia is proceeding with Irresist
ible force. It has before been stated
that the objective point of the main
Russian array for the present is Posen.
The Germans are represented as hav
ing retired to Osterode In east Prussia
Japan Blockades Port.
Diplomatic relations between Austria
and Japan apparently have been for
mally severed. A dispatch direct from
Tokio states that the Austrian ambas
sador had been recalled. A blockade
of the leased territory of Kiao Chow
has been declared by the Japanese,
whose warships shelled a small unde
fended island off the coast This in
formation comes from Tsing Tau.
The Japanese minister of justice an
nounces that hostilities in the China
and Japan seas Will end with the cap
ture of Kiao Chow, when Japan win
become a spectator instead of a par
ticipant in the war.
He adds, however, that if the Germans
should prove a menace to the peace
through their standing in the south
seas, Japan might cooperate In driving
the enemy of the allies out of the
Ixmdon reports the destruction of the
palatial North German Lloyd steamer
Welhelm der Grosse by a British
cruiser off the North African coast.
A dispatch from Kraguyevatz. Servla.
says that the Austrian army has evac
uated the Sanjak (province) of Novi
uzar The Norwegian steamer Gottfried
struck a mine In the North sea and
was destroyed. Eight of her crew were
Washington. D. C, Aug. 27. The
small German cruiser Madgeburg, en
tering the Finnish bay, ran aground
after a fight with superior forces and
was blown up by ktf cantain. Most
ot the crew were sa"ed, according to
a statement received by wireless to
day by the Gorman embassy from the
German foreign office at Berlin.
The sinking of the Madgeburg was
not described, but it is supposed at
the embassy that the battle was with
The dispatch continues:
"Assistant secretary of the treas
ury Breckinridge has expressed his
thanks to the German foreign office
for its assistance in aiding In the de
parture of Americans from Germany.
"A large number of British living
In Vienna, ir is learned here, have ex
pressed their sympathy for Austria.
The Russian defeat at Krasnik wai
caused by an irresistible Austrian in
"Vienna reports that Liman Pasha
has been appointed commanderlnehief
of the Turkish European troops. Li
man Pasha is the German military of
ficer who was in charge of the re
organization of the Turkish army,
having been loam-d by Germany to
Turkey for that purpose.
ARMY FROM SANJAK
London. Eng., Aug. 27. Advices from
Servla by way of Paris state that the
Austrian forces have been withdrawn
from the Sanjak province) of Novl
pasar, leaving a free hand to the Ser
vians. The Sanjak ot Novinarar is a striD
of territory lying between Montenegro
and Servla. up to the time of the
Balkan war In 113 it belonged to
By the Berlin treaty of 1878, Austria
Hungary was empowered to garrison
certain strategic points within the
Sanjak. but these troops, following the
annexation by Austria of the provinces
of Bosnia and Herzegovina, were with
drawn. Daring the Balkan wars. Austria
Hungary again seized the occasion to
occupy the Sanjak and this occupation
in large measure served to neutralize
the Servian victories in-those wars.
ADVANCE IN PRUSSIA
St Petersburg. Russia. Aug. XT. It is
officially announced that the Russian
advance into Prussia continued today
with Irresistible force.
GERMAN AMBtSSUR AND
CONSII.S" PREIMRK TO SAIL
Seoul. Korea, Aug. 27. Dr. Krueger.
the German consul here, and his staff
left for Yokohama today and sails Au
gust I with count Von Rez. the Ger
man ambassador to Japan, and other
Allies Are Swept Aside and
Kaiser's Annies Seize
Steps Will Be Taken to Pre
pare, CapiteiJ!flr JEJgfthaig
ed Siege or Attack.
LONDON, Ens, Aug. XT. Paris is
ps-efartns; for a German siege.
This was -ffkitally announced :o
3ay fraaa the capital of France.
The matter was discussed by the
new minister of war, Alexandre Mil
lerand, with the subordinates of his
--partment and steps were taken to
determine the exact measures neces
sary to place the city in a state to
withstand an attack 'and invasion.
M. Millerand will meet with the
other officials of tho war office every
morning tor the consideration of de
vrlopmenu and every possible phase
In connection witt an entrenched
camp, such as the capital will he
ccme. The decision to prepare Paris for a
siege by Germany's invading army fol
ic wed on conflnsiatlon of the reports
that Germany bad brushed aside or
broken throng the lines of antes,
completed the crossing of Belgium
and entered France.
Germans Four Into France
A .dispatch from Ostend says the
Germans have occupied LUle. Rou
baix and Valenciennes, all in Franca.
A wireless from Berlin asserts that
all (he forts at Namur have fallen and
Longwy. near the Luxemburg border,
bad been captured after a resolute de
fence. The French forces which at
tacked the German crown prince's
army, nave been repulsed, the message
asserts, and upper Alsace is now free of
the enemy except at points to the west
ward of Kolmar.
The towns of Roubaix. Lille and Val
enciennes are close to the "Belgian
frontier. Lille and Vaiencienne: being
10 miles from the line, and Roubaix.
Roubaix Is five miles northeast of
Lille and Valenciennes is 3 miles
southeast of the same city.
Lille la Fortified.
Lille is the most important from a
military point of view.
It has a fortress of the first class,
and the circle of its forts Is 30 miles.
Recent dispatches from Paris said Lille
was held by French reservists. Boubaix
would appear not to be fortified. It is
a manufacturing center.
Valenciennes also is a manufacturing
center and also is an important mili
tary point It has an arsenal and ex
Signalize German Invasion of France,
The capture of these cities by the
German troops signalizes the first en
try of the invading army into France
and the capture of the first line of
French fortifications. The cities are
all in the north of France anl their
capture Indicates that the Germans
have fought their way through Belgium
against the opposition of the allied
British, Belgian and French troops, and
have penetrated French territory.
The Germans penetrated this section
of France by marching northwest from
the Belgian capital of Brussels, which
fell a week ago. The capture of the
forts as well as the city of Namur In
dicates that the German army corns
marching down the valley of the river
Meuse are pushing their way straight
towards France also. Namur is con
siderably nearer to France than Liege,
where file Germans experienced their
German Army Divides.
But the Germans have advanced even
further than Namur They captured
that city several days ago, but the
forts held out until Wednesday. Al
ready the main German army, traveling
down the Meuse. has repulsed the
French at Cbarleroi. a comparatively
short distance from the French fron
tier. At Liege, the German army evidently
divided, part of it marching inland to
Brussels and thence across Belgium to
the French frontier, which they have
crossed at Roubaix. Lille and Valen
ciennes, and the other section continu
ing down the Meuse. The latter should
enter France just east of Vilnrl.n...
where a junction with the other part
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Driven Buck: From Maee.
The defeat of the French in Alsace,
which they hurriedlv entered at the
outbreak of hostilities is partly ex
plained by the statement that In their
haste to capture German territorr. the
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