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German Right Reported Entirely Broken;
Allies Pursue Outflanking Movement;
Belgian Inhabitants Evacuate Alost
ROCKEFELLER
QUITS O. AS
IHELLENTALKS
Brooker, Baker and Elton
Join Resignation from
Road's Board.
U. S. GRAND JURY
QUIZZES EX-CHIEF
?Completion of "Immunity'
Bath Seen in Evidence
of Mellen.
SMILES AND KEEPS
MUM ON TESTIMONY
Maiss of Papers Shown Probers,
?New Haven May Again Re?
duce Directorate.
Following the announcement yester
esj sfternoon thst Char? s S. Mellen,
a-presidem o? the New Haven, had
aMpleled the immunity bath begun
Wiore the Interstate Commerce Com
ait*ion by testifying before the fed?
eral grand jury seeking indictments
?gainst pact and present directors of the
? NJar Haven, it was announced that Will
wa..Rockefeller, Charles F? Brooker,
?i T Tinker and James S. ElUn
tea retired from the board of that cor
faration.
'. There wat- t.o connection between the
I?*?? incident!,, Rockefeller's resignation
basing been before the board since
early in the summer. Ill health is
?ven as the reason for his retirement.
t Ir. Brooker, it is said, has recently
keen reducing his activities, among
?*ther things retiring from the Repub?
lican National Committee. Similar rea?
len* arc _.??itned for the retirement of
Mr. Baker and Mr. Elttin.
Mellen Springs Surprise.
Mellen'? appearance a* a witness be?
fen the grand jury wa* something of
s surprise to everybody, even to his
??aniel, John W. H. Crim, who did not
I knew he had been subpoenaed until
shortly before he appeared in the Post
; ; <*(Bce Building. Mellen whs before the
grand jury nearly two hours. The sub
itance of his Ustimoay, which will be
tettinued to-day, was "Morgan did it.,;
When Mellen' left the grand jury
Mem he -,?_,- geniality personified to
the report?-!-.-, but he would not discuss
Mi tautimony.
"If I even mentioned the thinp to my
?????el," .aid he, "it would be equiva?
lent to murder.''
Mellen':, appearance in the case as a
?ituess r.?... coinciden* with <fhe ap
P??|tince of James W. Osborne a* spe
?i*l Aisiitant United States Attorney
Gu*tal to prosecute the case, thia mak
J*g three lawyers detailed to tha case?
[rank W. tkhwackcr and R. L. Betta,
?f th* Department of Justice, having
Weriotiily been assigned to the case.
It also bignilied that the Department
?f Justice, which under Mr. McReynold*
had opposed the calling of Mellen as a
*J*tn??_i befoie the Interstate Commerce
Otmnission, had come to the conclu?
?an that ins appearance before that
Jody had .erred to ma>e him immune
? fro? prosecution. This is a contention
that Mellen !? counsel, John W. H. Crim,
had maintained ever since Mellen /as
?erted that he "didn't mind being made
i th* gost, l.ut he would be hangec if
h? would be a burnt sacrifice," decided,
*e ose hi? own words, "to beat them
?? it" by offering to tell the Inter
?tet? Commerce Commission all it
wight w ,li to know about the New
H*ven.
Mass of l'aper* Appears.
Mr. trim insisted yesterday that
??ugh there had been no doubt that
??Hen's appearance before the Wash
^tton inquiry had given him full and
?ftnplete immunity any ooasible
JP?nce of his being prosecuted on the
J"*?d Trunk indictments hitherto
'?und against him and in any indict?
ments that may be found by the pres?
et grand jury had been eliminated by
ni? acceptance of a subpoena. Washing?
ton dispatches intimated that the De?
partment of Justice was not quite as
??'tain an Judge (rim on this point,
w foitoffirc Building rumor was more
?tpllcit.
? declared that Mellen had removed
*?y doubt there might have been by
* hard and fast stipulation with the
?ttoniey? for the government that as'
u'??r?r<' *'or *1** t**'fvice* n* was not
*be forced to combat any indictments
"?T existing or that may be brought
???ides accepting the resignation of
J*? four directors above named th?
? Haven director* voted to rccom
**_*_? ??> the stockholder?, when thev
****?oti October '-'8 at New Haven that
* -f*1"?- A9 reduced from twenty to
'"?Meen members, a reduction of ten
r_* '?*''? To till one of the existing
J*????. the board elected J. Horaee
etc r?'. **e *8 * ?ember of the firm
j?-T ^Barney * Co.. members of the
, tiJ0"- Sl?>?k Exchange, and. it is
?wtood, goes upon the board aa a
vL*!?Utive of ???? Henry Clay Frick
? ?*tI/?_?*-'h Ur,ri ef the -"?noal re?
uige ?? T0*a *** submitted to the
?^tars, ?nd, with a few amendments
?Dur?-, i -"-aa ?aaiii a icw amen ainrn .-.
?a t?!*4! ?"???'?d printed and mailed
?J?? ?teekfc
1* ???ting.
?C "**? ??uerea p
JA* ?teekholders prior u. tin
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* reputation for ?uaOlty. - Adv t.
WORST GALE KNOWN
SWEEPING NORTH SEA
?By Ca?ble to The Tribune.)
Copenhagen, Sept. 29.?The hear!
?at (ale ever known la aweeping
over Denmark and the North Sea.
All along the German coast there
has been considerable damage. The
German air man?uvres in the neigh?
borhood of Kiel are reported to
haie been abandoned.
Telephone mesaagea from the
west coast of Jutland any that sev?
eral bodies of German sailors were
washed ashore this afternoon.
North of Esbjerg telegraphic com
j munlcation is interrupted.
ZEPPELINS INVADE
LANDS OF 2 FOES
Visit Belgian and Russian
Towns ? English Air?
man's Experiences.
London, Sept. 29.?A Central News
dispatch from Amsterdam says that fur?
ther forays have been made by Zeppelin
airships. Four bombs were dropped on
Deynie, nine miles southwest of Ghent,
and two thrown on Thielt. fifteen miles
southeast of Bruge?. i
At the former place the Convent of
St. Vincent waa badly damaged.
Another Zeppelin created consterna-.
tion yesterday at BialyBtok, to tha !
southwest of Grodno, Eome sixty miles !
inside the Russian frontier. Apparently <
it aas more fortunate in getting away I
than its? sister airship, which was shot :
down in the neighborhood of Warsaw)
Saturday.
A letter from an officer of th? Royal
Flying Corps, under date of September !
4, describing a view from ?in aeroplane
of the battle ?saatward of Paria, snu/si
"Yesterday 1 wta up for racomiois
sanee over this huge battle. I bet It
will be remembered as the biggest in
history. U ex t ?ids from Compi?gne
right away to Belfort
"We flew at i o'clock in the evening.
At that time the British guns all
opened fire together. From a height of
5,000 feet I saw a sight which I hope it
will never be ray lot to see again. The
woods and hills were literally cut to
ribbons all along the south of Laon. It
was marvellous watching hundreds of
shells bursting below one to the right
and to the left for miles, and then to
see the German guns replying.
"I fear there will be a lot more awful
fighting before this show ends, but we
are certain it will end with us on top,
although we all had our doubts about
three weeks ago during that awful re?
treat." ?
Writing -?gait) on September 19 the
officer says:
"The huge battle *:till is going on.
Our machinen, after being out all day,
still bring in the same news. The
Germans ha\e got into one of the
htronfreist positions possible, fortu?
nately reinforcements are arriving and
arc coming up on the German right at
Soissons."
The officer mentioned that the aero?
planes are shot at and shelled by
friend and foe every time they ascend.
They hardly evei descend without bullet
holes all over the planes, but fortu?
nately, the writer says, the flying corps
lost only one pilot and a passenger up
to September 4.
CLEMENCEAUT00
FIERY FOR CENSOR
Toulouse, France, Sept. 29.?Ex-Pre?
mier Georges Clemcnreau's newspaper, |
"L'Homonc Libre," which was trans?
ferred to this cHjT from Paris, has
been suspended for eiijht days by Gen- '
eral Baifloud.
The Governor of Toulouse asked M. !
Clemenceau to take out several
passages of an article in to-day's issue
which he considered too violently
worded. M. Clemenceau flatly refused,
and the gciier-il confiscated the whole
issue and ordered the suspension of
the newspaper.
SERVIANS AGAIN
CAPTURE SEMLIN
Paris, Sept. 30. -After a sanguinary
combat, says a Havas Agency dispatch
from Belgrade, the ?Servian troops have
retaken Semlin, in Slavonia. This as?
sures them the advantage of being able
to take the offeusiie.
After Semlin was tirst taken by the
Servians it was officially reported as
having been evacuated by them for
strategic purposes.
WAR ROBS"2,000,000
IN GERMANY OF WORK
(By Cavil? (o The Tribu?
Geneva, Sept. 29.?A Munich report
which was suppressed by the police,
states that in Germany since the war
began 1,600,000 men and 600,000 women
hu\c been thrown out of work in manu?
facturing town? and districts by the
lack of primary material?.
"J?IAroTBERL?N!0
SAYS RENNENKAMPF
Rome, ?Sept. 2?.- "Cheer up; we'll
spend Christmas in Berlin," is the en?
couragement which General Rennen?
kampf has offered to his men, according
to a report received here from Russian
headquarters.
The general proffered this word of
cheer to help his officers and soldiers j
to stand fast during the present dis?
comfort* and ?uffarCogi ?? vu. __ '
RUSSIA GOES
STEADILY ON
IN GALICIA
Fierce Fighting Now in
Progress?Four Army
Corps Engaged.
VICTORY PROBABLE
FOR THE ALLIES
Battle Along Whole Fron?
tier Will Follow As
sault on Cracow.
PROVINCE NEARLY
CLEARED OF FOES
Przemysl Invested and Rest of
Austrians Fleeing Across
Hungary's Plains.
London, Sept. 30.?A dispatch from
Rome to the Exchange Telegraph, dated
Tuesday, savs:
"A Petrograd message states that a
fierce battle between the army of Gen?
eral Rennenkampf and that of the Ger?
man General von Hindenburg has been
raging since Sunday morning along a
front extending from Gr>dno to Drus-1
kernnt, on tnc Niemen River. ?Van?]
army corpa have been engaged on both :
sides, and the Russians are being con- ?
stantly reinforced from Vilna. The |
Russians have already repulsed the i
Germans at beveral points."
London, Sept. 29.? An official com?
munication issued at Budapest, accord- I
ing to a Rome dispatch, admits that
the Russian? have succeeded in cross?
ing the Hungarian frontier at several
points in the TJng district, despifs the
fact that reinforcements have been
sent against them.
Having invested Przemysl, the Rus?
sians arc reported to be making their
way not only through the Carpathian.i,
to sweep across the plains in North
Hungary, but, in strength, toward Cra?
cow, which they should reach before
the week is out, unies? the Austrian
field army should succeed in checking
the advance.
Arrival of the Russian.? a' i racow
would be the ?ig na I for ? battle alona*
the Russian-German frontier. The
Germans arc in forte at Cracow whets
the Auhtriana would ferrr their ex?
treme right, and they hu.? tvnn?*r
ably reinforced their front, extending
north of that fortress through Kalisz,
Rusaitan Poland, to Thorn. In Hie Prov?
ince of West Prussia. Further north i
?he Germans have crossed from Eaht i
Prussia and have got as far as th
River Niemen, when? they are reported
to have suffered a reverse. The two
armies, however, are in close touch
right across the country, so that a bat?
tie along this extended front cannot no
long delayed.
A Rcuter dispatch from Petrograd
shjs an army messenger has announced
that the Russians have almost com?
pletely cleared Galicia of the enemy,
who lias taken refuge in the passes if
the Carpathian Mountain-;. The same
source confirms the reports of the pro?
gressive ?Jestruition of the Austrian
army.
Another dispatch states that the
Ruraian moratorium has been ex
tended for a month.
|R> Cahl? to The Tribun??.)
Petrograd, Sept. 29.? It has been as?
certained that the enemy is putting
large forces into the lield on the Sile
Man front and beginning to show ac?
tivity in this region. The object, natu?
rally, ia to save Cracow and the whole
right flank of Germany's proposed ad?
vance into Poland.
Like the previous aid of Germany to
Austria, this appears also destined to
come too late to be effective. The
routed armies fleeing toward Craeow
have lost all semblance of a militar*
force. The Russians are hot in pur?
suit, adding to the disorder in which
not only divisions and brigade's, but
even individual regiment-?, are all
mixed up. In fact, the last forces of
Austria are now reduced to a mere
mob, each man seeking safety tor him? ?
self and abandoning everything. Cap?
tures of prisoners, guns anal military <
stores of every kind are increasing.
The garrison of Przemysl, which is
known to be in a state bordering on
mutin/, contented itself with an atti- ?
tude of passive resistance for three?
days, but finally ventured to attempt > '
?ortie, which, however, was beaten back
with considerable loss.
The Austro-Germ?n beaten armies |
arc now routed and fleeing in disorder
on the River Dunjeca, within forty
miles of Cracow, leaving everything
they possessed abandoned to the 'pur?
suing foe. Among other things aban-,
doned is the ?entran -j to the easiest,
and best pass over the Carpathians at I
I>uk!a. Admirable high roads lead |
through this paaa Into Hungary, and :
the tota! distance to Budapest is under,
two hundred miles. The.?ussian ad?
vance guard is probgbly more than half
way there.
London, Sept. 30. The Petrcigrad
correspondent of "The ll>ily Tele?
graph says:
"From the latctt event? in (?nlicia
teaUaued aa pace A, AMttto A _
KAISER'S NEPHEW
WAKES VAIN DASH
FOR LIBERTY
L'Orient, France (via Paris), Sept.
29.?Count Von Schwerin, the Ger?
man Emperor's nephew, who was
made a prisoner at the battle of the
Marne, attempted to escape from
Relie Isle, where he waa held, and
as a consequence he haa been trans?
ferred to the citadel at Port Louis
(fortified town three miles from
L'Orient), where he ia being kept
under guard.
ATTACKBEGINSWT
FORTS OF ANTWERP
Lierre Bombarded AH Day
ind Many Buildings
Already Destroyed.
fBy Oabto ta The Tribune.)
Antwerp, Sept. 29.- Development ol
the German attack continued to-day
with a heavy rire on the forts at Wael
ham, St. Catherine and St. Wavre. The
siege artillery being used in the bom?
bardment had one lamentable result at
Duffel, ten miles southeast of Antwerp,
where a great crowd of refugees had
assembled at the railway station to
await a train to take them out of the
bombardment area.
Twenty 3hells from the big guns fell
in the station and the refugees, men,
wom?n and children, were almost an?
nihilated. An armored train, with en?
gineers snd soldiers, which advanced
along the line near Duffel did great
execution among the German outposts.
Their r-osttio* tm-?ny **h*nrm cLiai-Jy the
Grman* contemplan a heavy artillery
attack upon Ant?afe*Vp, probably aa a
means of attempting to extcrt from
the Belgian government an armistice
which would release from its duties the
German army now covering the for?
tress.
It is doubtful If the German force is
sufficient for a regular attack with in?
fantry designed to take the town, but
the German plan will be to use siege
artillery at a distance. In the field the
Belgian forces still hold the superiority
in this area.
Amsterdam, Sept. 29.?The Germans
have begun their attack on the first
line of dejfence of Antwerp, according
to dispatches received by the Amster?
dam newspapers. Moll, which is an im?
portant railway junction near the Dutch
border, twenty-eight miles southeast
of Louvain, was occupied by the Ger?
mans on Sunday, and to-day the Ger?
mans, who again occupy Malinos, began
a bombardment of Lierre, directly in
front of Antwerp. They also continued
their bombardment of Forts Waehel
and St Catherine. It is believed that
heavy Austrian artillery is being used.
Bombarding Lilerre.
Lierre, according to a message to
the "Handelsblsd," haa been under shell
fire since early morning. The people
at first hid in the cellars, but subse?
quently fled to Antwerp, being joined
by fugitives from the surrounding vil
lsges. It is reported that many houses
have been destroyed and some of the
inhabitants killed and wounded. One
-hell fell on a hospital, killing nine
pernean?.
The moment for the actual siege of
Antwerp, according to the best in?
formed circles here, will depend upon
the outcome of the battle in Northern
France Should Germany win in thi*
battle the attack upon Antwerp will be
puahed at once, while in case of a Ger?
man defeat the troop* now holding the
line of the Scheldt will be used to re
?da! any Belgian attempt to cut the
route of the retreating German army.
It is impossible to get correct figures
regarding the strength of the German
troops, but according to the best in?
formation to be had from Brussels
tnough German troop trains have
passed through that city since Monday
to bring the number up to 160,000 men.
The fortifications of Antwerp are
reckoned among the strongest in the
world. The city has been fortified since
the" middle of the sixteenth century
In I860, twenty-eight years after the
taking of the city by English and
French troop?, Brialmont, the noted
Belgian fort builder, supervised the
rt fortification of the city, and since
1$>77 it has had a line of forts well out
from the inner defences.
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HYDROAEROPLANES
MAKE BOW IN WAR
IBv Table to The Tribune.)
London, Sept. t% A unique inci?
dent in warfare wen reported to-day at
Grimsby by the captain of the Dutch
trawler Martha, who said hs saw seven
German hydroaeroplanes stop the Swed?
ish steamer Bodel and make the Swed?
ish captain alter his course to Heligo?
land. _. , . i
The Duteh captain ?ays the hydro?
aeroplanes first flew away after satis?
fying themselves as to his nationality ,
and then six of them earn? back and
escorted the Swedish ve**el to Ucllfo-j
laud, apparently m a prlaontr. -*
NEWS OF VICTORY
j HEAVILY CENSQREl
Paris Dispatch Indicates "Historic Interest" and Sa;
"The Worst Is Over and Best May Be Hoped For"
?Details of Battle Deleted.
[By Cable to The Tribune.)
Paris, Tuesday.?At last! The pale gleam of to-day'? su
shine is nothing to the smile that irradiates the faces of those wl
know. It has been a bitterly long wait for good news, and tl
relief in extraordinary (passage deleted by censor).
The public must still wait a little for details, but our dutif
censors will hardly deny one the satisfaction of stating that tr
worst is over and that the best may be hoped for.
Meanwhile, even though it should prove that official news
small, out of date, ?there is historic interest in the description of tl
battle from (passage deleted) in this afternoon's communique.
At the time this dispatch is written it is evident that (the Ge
mans') attempts to break through the west were being strong!
resisted by ?the Allies on north and south for (passage deleted).
Cuaulnes is midway between Albert and Combles, and Ro>
which (passage deleted) the other German position, Lassigny,
midway ?between Roye and RibecourL
t-?
BELGIANS QUIT CITY
TO ESCAPE CRUELT}
Alost Abandoned by Military Order as Answer to Coi
duct of Germans Elsewhere?Termonde Wiped
Otl-r^ttDefenceless Not Spared.
[By Cable to The Tribun?.]
Ghent, Sept. 29.?What is in *ome of its aspects the most remarkab
incident in the whole course of the Belgian campaign up to 'lie prcsci
took place yesterday, by order of the Belgian military authorities. Alo=
a toivn ot 33,200 inhabitants, has been evacuated by the entire civilia
population. Not a Belgian remained in the place by 3 p. m. to-day.
This is Belgium'.-? answer to the crime of Termonde. It is an answl
horrible in its implications and scathing in its results. Termonde, seve
miles to the north, was wiped out with a completeness never known t
history, and in the process hundreds of defenceless persons perished. T
save Alost, three times the size, from a similar fate, the government ha
taken the wise though temarkable step of ordering the complete abandoi:
ment of the town down to the last man, woman and child. If the Hun
destroy.it now they will be doubly cursed. Not a soul remains to chai
lengc their power.
There were forty thou?and persons, civilians, all quietly purstiin
their Vacations on Sunday under the shadow of the coming terror in M?>*
and surrounding villages. When the place wai entered by the Germai
force this afternoon it was as quiet as a sepulchre. The last man ou
was met by the correspondent two miles from the edge of the town. H
was an elderly Englishman, riding around on a bicycle to find what dam
age had been done by *?hel! a few hours earlier to the great Gothic churcl
of St. Martin. He vas accosted by a Belgian officer.
"If you don't want your throat slit come out of thi?." said the soldiet
hustling him into an armored car.
DOORS ALL LEFT OPEN.
What happened there la?t night can only be guessed, but it.is knowi
that when the German advance guard came in it found all the doors o? al
the houses opeti; all the furniture, with few exceptions waiting; all th'
food in all the larders ready to be eaten; all the wine to be drunk, all tin
beds to be slept in, all that any army could desire to satisfy its love o
comfort and pride ot conquest.
One may picture the soldiery drinking the wine of Alost last nighl
as they drank the wine of Termonde, piling bottles high around th
statue of the Flemish poet, Prudens van Diiyse, and where two days age
the flying populace might have been seen along the road to Ghent, weep?
ing or grim-lipped, penniless, exhausted, mute. It is not possible yet tc
obtain fully coherent accounts of what led up to the great evacuation,
but on Sunday afternoon Germany sent fifty .-pics disguised as refugees
from villages further afield. They came and melted away. Then more
peasants appeared, bringing their household g??ods with .hem on little
carts drawn by dog-;.
Belgian lancers and cyclists were in strong tone in the centre of
the town and the streets were full of people, many of them preparing oi
their own free will for the trek which afterward became compulsory and
universal. Suddenly the peasants swung around their little carts, flung
away the coverings from the contents and pcurcd a hail of lead into sol?
diers and civilians alike
SEVERAL WOMEN KILLED.
On the Ghent road yesterday afternoon a woman was seen, con?
spicuous by her sobs among tens of thousands in this most lamentable
of processions. She had lost her two childirn. "Shot here and here,"
she said, touching her neck and forehead. Sexeral women also were
killed. On Sunday ntght orders were given ior every person in Alost
and the villages to depart in the morning for Ghent From daybreak on?
ward they streamed out by the high road. Vet even so pitiable a crowd
hardly escaped bombardment. At 10 o'clock the shells began to drop
into the town. The cliurrfi is said to have been struck, but ?not badly
damaged.
At or.e point c?n the road to Ghent less than two miles from the
town the Correspondent watched the flood of misery roll by. As far as
the eye could reach the broad highway teemed with painfully moving
people, bowed beneath the weight of their most neccisary or treasured
possession.-. Some children were offered chocolates, but they refused
them, imagining thtm to be poisoned by Germans. Most of these little
ones were packed so closely into carts or trucks that they could hardly
move a limb. The si^ht of a foreigner on the road would make them
?rail and turn away their taces.
The scream and roar of armored cars tearing by, the ,-ight of the
artillery posted along tin: rising ground, the hum of aeoplaues overhead,
the rattle of distant mitrailleuses?these were nothing to them, for the',
were the children pi a threat war. They had no interest left for steel
fo\?, but the sight uf a strange face or the sound of an unaccustomed ;
tongue made theni weep. j
GERMANS IN ROUT ON
RIGHT, PARIS REPORTS;
REST OF LINE HOLDS
Allies Said to Have Requisitioned All
Autos in Northern France for Pur
suit of Fleeing Enemy.
HARD FIGHTING OFFICIALLY ADMITTED
British War Office, Though Parsing Report ol
Victory, Says "No Change"?French
Advance Near Argonne.
London, Sept. 30, 12:15 A. M.?A Paris dispatch to the
Exchange Telegraph Company, the publication of which m per?
mitted by the Official Pre?? Bureau without either denial ?or at?
thorization, says:
'it is stated here to-night (Tuesday) that the German right I
has been entirely broken and is now being pursued by the Allies.
All the automobiles in Northern France have been raequ-sHioned
tor the purpose of pursuit. Armored motor cars with mitrad?
leuses sure also being used to pursue the retreating enemy.
"The official communication issued at 3 o'clock demonstrata?
! unmistakably that the Germans have been aurrounded he tho
Somme department, the French front extending further east
'it is officially stated that Perorare hag been recaptured."
The statement issued by the Official Press Bureau at midnight
confines itself to the following:
"There is practically no change in the situation. The allied
left have had some heavy fighting, but they are well holding their
own."
FRENCH WAR OFFICE RETICENT.
The French official communique received here late at night
also laconically remarks that the military situation presen?? mm
new features.
Yesterday afternoon's statement telegraphed from the Fnartidb
War Office indicated that the heavy offensive operations of tho
lest few days had not changed to any marked extent the posMgM
of the opposing armies in northern France; that, though hatrd Moot
had basen struck by each side, the armies remained practbg0*f
where they were when the Germans stopped their retirement Mai
commenced to intrench themselves.
The lines of the Allies were roughly sketched in the anno tea
ment. The French right still rests on Pont-a-Mousson, and .?Witt
there turns southward to cross the Meus? near St Mihiel, whorii
the Germans have pushed a contingent forward.
LINE MAY HAVE SHIFTED.
Thence the front proceeds northward to encircle the Verdun
fortress, from which it strikes directly westward to Rheima anal
thence northwestward across the River Aisne at Berry-an-Bae. H
follows the Aisne to Soissons and runs from there northwestward
In this district the disposition of the opposing forcea hat
changed considerably from that given in the official itntiinn^QJ
the unofficial announcement of the retreat of the German rfgfafr ??
true. According to the communique, the line from So-bEMw
crossed the River Oise at Ribecourt to .Roye, Albert and Gadki*
(the two latter places are north of the Somme).
In the west the wings were in very close touch, the GermuM
holding Lassigny, which lies between Ribecourt ?and Roye, betfc
in the possession of the French, end also Chaulnes, in an ahoeot
direct line between Roye and Albert.
It is probable that the Allies were attempting a wide taming
movement, to prevent which the Germans apparently had seat ?oft
etrong opposing forces. The French announcement said the Gar*
mans had continued their day and night atU?cks, only to W ftt*
pulsed, but it was evident that they were showing plenty of ??&
and making a supreme effort to prevent the Allies from working
around their right
FRENCH CLAIM PROGRESS.
The French claim slight progress m the district between tM
Argonne and the Meuse, an indication that they are making h?oy? J
attacks to compel the Germans to withdraw from St Mihiel, where
they might bend if they did not break the French front
The French ?also report that they captured a number ol pris*
oners yesterday, but do not say where this capture was effsctad.
Both sides profess to be well satisfied with the position, which
must however prove very wearing on the troops. Fresh troop? ?**?
heieg brought up ?continually, but it is ?dangerous for either side to
withdraw many men from the fighting hoe, even to give tho? a
short respite.
The Germans already have strengthened their right aft tho
expense of the rest of their line, but many more men will have to ho
sent to assist them, end mutt come from Germany or Belgium. To
take men from Belgium, with the active .Belgian sjrmy ready to tato

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