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THE WEATHER. FORECAST.
Fair to-day, preceded by snow on the coast; fair to-morrow. Detailed weather, mail and marine reports will be found on page II. tm. VOL. LXXXII. NO. 117. NEW YORK, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1914. Copyright, 1914, by the Sun Printing anil Publishing Atnclatlon. PRICE TWO CENTS. REAL SINNERS SEE "SINNERS" ONPRISONSTAGE New Williimi A. Jiratl.v Plu.v Has lis Premiere :il Sinji' Sin -. HAT PIT rX NEW UfiHT .AS BADGE OF FREEDOM Tou'vo never thought for a minute, have jou male readers are being nelilrcsscj for the moment tint your hat. your plain eld IS to black derby hut, could l)C n object of sertotm. really very eerlou. Interest tn nn)bdy'.' If you're normal ult the thought you've ever given to .1 drhy hat Is that It's siipirlluousiy ugly. riti' there me hundreds of men, ro It tus learncel )c.terday, to whom u derby bat if much more Intoi o-tlnr than the human It rows. Whrn William A. llrmly jeslerd.iy aftenonn produced for the first time ti any s:nge Owen Davis's play "Sinners" In the Catholic chapel at Sins Sing for the l.fpOO prisotu r there It was r.oted hy the rcinrti-r leaning against the wall on tlu side linos that the prisoners nearest him wcro while waiting for the show to hesln gazing steadfastly at the drby hat he can Int. The reporter looked to see what was wiopr with the hat, and could'tltnl nothing oat of the way. Thin suddenly It Hashed upon him why the hat was of Interest. lint n limine of Freedom. The hat meant that the person carrying It was going out again as s on as the final curtain dropped that after all the festivities were over he was not going '. ... ,.',,.,,. , ,,.,,' . 1, , . .. bick to a cell, but up the little Incline Chester A. Arthur, son of the late Prc nd down the hill to the station and l0nt Arthur. Mist l.adenburg'it mother loard a train that would carry him to Is pasIng the holidays with her. white lights and freedom. t "Land, man !" laughed a big negrc mme known but not to be print d here is he was offered a cigarette before the rlay began, "l.awd. man! Ah do love to fee gemmuns cmno along with hats. Ah loves to see '"in. but it makes me more bluor. Ah don' know how come It, but It seems like Ah' in always locked up on ChrlssmuH day. When Ah gets cut Ah'm goln' to tty some otheh State." In the big Catholic chapel where the negro spoke there hid been a ('hric'nn.s rnnrz fc" hu e.tr!!" ;' .if t. prisoners had iecebcl communion. Thc.i uhlle they were meditating back In tuelr cells Into O.sslning rolled an early rnorn Irg train with extra cars attached con taining not only Mr. Urady and his entire "Sinners" company but several hundred ftet of scenery. Scenery Put I'm, The scenery car vvub backed Into a ld ln whero It could be unloadid a few feet Jioni the prison wall. And then lnc the chapel bigger than nnwt Broadway thea tin where lingered the i-cent of the In cnte burned at the benediction that had followed the mass came Mr. llrady ai.ii hli actors nnd actresses and .Simeon J. Corner, prisoner, who I. president of the Gotten Rule lirothe.hood of Sing Sing. In front of the altar where mass hvl Jmt been sahl they put up the tlrst act "sst," the New Yoik apartment of a pretty f;rl who has 1 luxutlous apartment be eiuf a fur coale.l person Is paying foi this and other luxuries she eiijojH. There Mete blank stretches of wall 011 either ' k.de of the tage, wherefore President Cor lr (the reporters asked him whither he wanted his name used and he said, "If 'on want to I'm not ashamed of It") nnd ' trusty .tK-lstants dragged out some pr son draperies and stretched them nit ' illy from the platform over to the Oath idle ionfes.'lonaU at the side walls. At the far end of the loom from thu tUf Is a small railed balcony Just at tl,o ot of the ctntie aisle. An President 'iipM and his gray coitnl asslslaiits Hn iihrd setting up lite scene Intu the llttlo bih ony came Warden Osborne and mm Knrdloiiil nf ('Imircf f en. Richard Harding D.uls, w ho bad started etrly fiom his IMverslde Drive apartment 1 motor to Sing Sing he a prison fan knd h.ifc been foe years with Sirs. llesle M.-Ciy Davis's Christinas gift to the I.SOv p' lanneih, a Knrdloiil of cigarettes, wuh fi'frg expectantly In the box. So were Ovv.n Davis, author of "Sin r.'rs," and Honieyn Taylor, editor of the .iiiup; Donald Imw rle. author of "My late 111 Prison," and other frlem!n of 1 -It n toborne. Tin re wire handshakings and "Merry CliristmanH" In the big dark chapil, then ' lull in the conversation. And Just as girl among the "guests" began to say mi thing she checked herself In the mul 1 ot .1 m mence as a far off pound of '"'tin tiomn, trump was heard. Up i!n (. .ps and into the ehitpLl c.uiv re i.udii n'T. One knew that the gtny b. K Stllllell COtlVict SUltS .He Wliril 1" inure, but 0110 did txiiect to see reul- I ... ru r . . .1.. 1 . 1 1 i runts i'f men with close 1 ruiiiied hair and 1 .illdug Jaws iuli as one sees '1 in. ot igu ami In the magazine story il.ust ations U tens .mil dozens and hundreds they rurc ..I into the enapel and tiny miglit h.i.- men any regiment of woiliingnien r ri'i ne their noon hour at a movie show. Siini of them wine the gray uniform wll'i. has lepla'ced the hateful stripe cm .t garb. Smiling, white teithed tie pr w, re plentifully sprinkled In tiie rarl.K .Mote than half the ciowd were ' rt sleeves. There were no cropped I'lrsl Mmh In lllulit Wars, 'Yim know," said a middle aged eon- iting beside the reporter, rubbing 8 1 1 ule iieivuusly as he spoke, "I ul k is bugs on hhoHi. and thls'II tia i.rs tuun i't keen In almost eight mis - '1. .1- one could e there w'ere tit xt t li'' guilds In the room. Hero ami there " " a sin seat one saw a prisoner 1 n 11 trusty, f!ttln up with an " ' ' Mithoi'ty. Hut even tlm truMV - ivere few 1 1 driw cut lain 1 umled .and Pies,. niiir of the tlolilen Mule llrothcr- "" . H" ltd and htepped down to tli'i i i-i want to re inatk," said the prls- ' i.. priNontie. "that ou mustn't l Li U..nJ about iiiil,iiiillug during t-' ,t,,.,,-H of ill s p.ui - alwnn ap I'l 'ii'l ng in the right place, of c.iuise " ' as jou do your applauding with Pr i.aiids " '! w - i I'll oner it. rt.ng Hie pris- I II v I MiMi'ii lecognlzeil . 'f tin 11 tie- wTri i, iiToT-n If, were m, W'linli n Oslmi ue In the t' i i f U uiiobti usively In 1 o' a" the rear wall, i' ir ei' withdrew and th" cur pulled to show men and women Coiitiiticii un Fourth Pagt, Three in Taxi Hit by Magistrate's Auto Mr. nnd Mrs. Haviliind and Kauji'litor Hrnisod IJcyn old.s Is Unhurt. An automobile driven by Magistrate touls II. Heynolds of Hroolilyn struck ami knocked over a taxlrab nt Dean street anil New Vork avenue, Hrcnklyn, last night. The top of thu tuxlcab was almost completely torn off. Hiding In the taxlrab were Mr. and Mrs. IMgar F ilavllnnd and their daugh ter, Constance, returning to their homu nt 137: Dean street, only a block away. They were thrown In a heap, but weri able to crawl out of the wrecked machine. They escaped with a. few bad bruises, as Ulil the drlxer. John Daldl of IS College place, llrookl)n. A polltem in sent In a call for two nmbulaiiiei when he saw the accident, but when the surgeons arrived they foutid 'hat the llavltund.s had pone to their home. Magistrate Heynolds and his car were not Injured. The Magistrate waited until thu ambulances arrived and then went on I Ills way. Mr, Hnvll.ind Is a manufac turer of shade rollers. MISS LADENBUHG KILLS A DEER. .- Vork H'noinii In Middle I, nods I hi c L. at milt Vurds In Ceiloriidn. Cot.onino SrniNiiK, Col.. Doc. 25. Miss U - UKenlo l-idenhiitg of New Vork city, anugnier or Adolf Ladetihurg, who has been making her home here for three months, rrturned to-day from an outing on the Trlncherra estate's, extensive hold ing? In southern Colorado. She brought with hr for mounting the untlered head of .1 fine buck deor which she killed by a single shot from a .30-30 calibre rifle. She was on her mount nnd the deer was 200 yards distant. The estate Is owtud SAVES MANY LIVES AND NEARLY LOSES HIS OWN Policeman Ifi.skcd licttlh for AVomaii Already Out. of Itiiniinir House. Policeman Samuel It. WelnMeln was overcome by nmoke and rescued by two olunteers last night lifter hn had saved the lives of t-evcrnl other persons at a flro In the four story building at 1H Knsn Klfty-nliith street. Charles Sohultz has a Jewelrj' store 111 the front of the base ment there nnd whn he and his wife found n blaze gutting briskly under way In their kitchen they made a fight to sae their property, the woman tlrst lunnlng to the street for aid. Ueallzlng that the tire meant the los of his Jewelry stock, valued at $30,0'jn, Schultz made two attempts to get Into hH ftore after police Hues had lieen formed. In one of bis trips Into the burning building he was so badly burned that he was taken to Mower Hospital. WoltiPlein, after turning In an ntarm, pulled Schultz and his wife out of the kitchen Mid foned them to the street. Next he got out all the tenants cm the three upper t'oors. Meanwhile the lire nnd cutcn its way Into the adjoining building, and Welnsteln was told that Henry Adnieyer. nn Invulld, "2 years old, nnd bis wife were on the top floor. He went up there atal carried the old man down, while Mrs. Adnieyer followed. While ho was clearing bis lungs some one told Welnsteln that Mrs. li. J, Mur phy, who lived on the third Moor, had not como from the building. Welnsteln went back again, but this time ho did not re '.urn. When they saw that and under stood what It meant, Cecil Cralge of 310 K.ist Fifty-eighth street and It. 11. Maetn of 215 Hast Seventieth street dived Imo tile smoke that was now pouring thleK from both buildings. They camo acioss Welnsteln on the tlrst ttoor. completely exhausted. They carried him to tlm street and worked his arms and legs until he began to breathe like a leal live police man again. Then It was discovered that Mrv Murphy was among the Interested spectators. The lire brought a big crowd. Tralhe was stopped through Mfty-nlnth street. , .k.ll.l..... It. Iltn nellimi.'ixllc Itn.Tllffll. nt ... l.'IOu.nlnlli vlr....l i.n! :1 rtllo ... 1. ......... .... n... toon ai loe me itin.-"-r- ,, o.....,.v.. by and the merrymakers at the Arlon flub and Plaza assembly ,ooms helped to niake work for the police resenen Schultz and bis wife, who were burned about tlm hands and face, were attended by Dr. tliorge H. M-urer of l.'.l Kast Sixty-fourth strict, whi hapiiened to he in Hie ciowd, and by Dr. Kraec of I'lowvr Husidtal. PEACE IN 1015. POPE BELIEVES. I'o 0 1 iff Sees Hope III A trrreiiien I lle KordliiK I'rlsniiers. Slite'al rattle ntnimtch to Tur Srv Homk, Dec. 25. Peislsteut rain marred the oien air Christmas festivities In Home ciirlFtmis was not cflebtated at the Ouliinal owing to the Queen's condition. Pope Heneillct XV celebrated the llrst I of tlm tluee masses Ituumbeut uion all pilests of the Catholic t hurch at mid night InKt night In the Paulino Chapel In thu piei-eiice of members of Hie court. Cardinals who were ptcent this morn ing at the audience at the Vatican say that the Pope Is coillldent that the agtee inent for exchange of prisoner" f war has practically bet 11 settled and that It mint piubably soon will be extended to Include all prisoni-is, Including those who are not wounded, lie also believes Hint his ef forts for peace will be facilitated by tills agreement. The pope prisonally is convinced, the Canllunls saj, Hint tlm war will not last a year. U 1 mints 111011 the efforts' of neutral countries to hasten peace and Is iletetmlned not to cease In Ills own i f- fiitf. II" I" encouraged instead or ills- 'loiirageii ny the partial failures ul pre vIoiih llttenipls. Tho pupei urged the Canllnals to pray for peace, on tlm ground that Hod's In lercn'slnn Is Indispensable for peaco, which will amount to a miracle If con cluded when tho outlook Is apparently hupclest. EIGHT STARVING TOTS, COLD TOO, MISSED BY KRIS Mother (ids Dispossess No tin1, but No Aid From Children's Society. HOLIDAY FFAST NOUGHT WITH IJoc. POLICE HAVE The Society for the Pieventlon of Cruelty to Children nt 105 Schermerhom street, llrooklyn, was r.otllled by the Hi ow iimlUe s)Uce yesterday that .Mrs.! Carlotta Adams and her eight children, wdiose ages rantre from 9 years to S 1 months, weie without footl and fuel In, their riMinis on the llrpt Moor of 2101 ! I Dian street, HaM New Vork. Mrs. Adams's huband left to find work re.eiul, the rcnrtlng olllcer said, and Mrs. Adaim had been serMil with a dispossess notlco because she wa.s 2t In aneam for two months rent. i Uate last night the society's headquar tefM told Tub Su.v by telephone that the report of the case of Mr Adams and her children was on the record as It camej from the police. 1 "None of our men was here to-day," the ocIolys tepreieutative said, "but we left I word with hc police to tell Mrs. Adams i to come here In the morning. We will help the woman to put her children away , and will assist her too If necessary, j The polite .told us they had given tome , money to the woman." I rk ltnty In riu. ; Mrs. Adams walked Into the warm:!i of 1 the police station early In the afternoon with a sick baby, elght-mouths-old Jo sciih. ie. In her nrms She -aid she had I absolutely no fid I" the bouse and her children were almost famished. As she didn't have a cent to buy fuel, let alone fond, they were also very cold, she said. Mrs. Adams wept as only a mother In her pitiful dlh ma can weep nnd the police gave her some money. They also told her that everything would Mirely be all right after her case- bad b.en reporfd to tho children's soeie.j. "With the 31. cents the police kindly gave me." Mid Mrs. Adams later a newspaper man. "I bought m Ik and spaghet'i for my children and they had a splendid Christmas dinner. My. bow they did eat! Hven my sick baby was able to take her share." Mrs Adams explained that her hus band. Malik Adams, who had been out of work a long time, left home two weeks ago saying be was going to Last Orange, where e exoected to get a Job selling coal. The llitle money In the houe give out while he was away, but " '''' managed t.. earn something at odd Jobs The neighbors wi re good to her. she ild. but thev too were very poor and cou.dn t help much. On Sunday last her husband returned home, she said, and gave, her 51. all he hid made, and then be went away to try agilll to keep the wolf from the door. She hasn't sen htm "luce. Children Crj lr 1'noil. Hecause she was unable to get proper nourishment the baby she was nurlng fell 111 and the last isiraw came with t'te serving of the illsp, ss,ss notice. She de cided she couldn't stand It any longer. Hut she did stand It until yesterday, when the children erltd for fund and she had nothing to give ;n.m 1.1a mi i" then did Mt. Adams decide to see If the . .11 ...... 1.1,.', l,.,li, lire, unit the belli that liotn 1- .iti'.ii ' - . she was most mix. huh to get, she s Hit. was their llltlilelire ill piiivenmiK mi furniture from belnis put out 111 the street. , A newspaper rcporicr wno inn m m" Adams house found 'lie children shivering with cold and crying from hunger. Nellie, ...... .1.1, .,,' t.-hn tonic c.-ire of the me nine itene - , ., children while Mrs. Adams went loklng for work, was doing nir nest 10 conn m them. Hanging from chair were elgiil small stocking in.u oau u.-eu ,, position the nlglit before in the hope tint Santa t laus wouiil see uinn. empty. It Is very likely that me names Of till- elgm small nilillimrj. lire, . ihn old Saint's list or he never c mid have overlooked them Nelll. couldn't under- stand it at all. for ner taiiu in nun nan been verv great, ami 1111s i.iun n" ni communicated to the other children. Those sl,tn I'.irKot. 1.... vni.. s.i.it,, ln.iiH foreot the l.esiwiv. .r,,i. , following children, who last night were In t .. o,. I,. 1 rime linlielleVi 1 S : ToriV and' Nlchul'.ts. si ven- ear-old twins : Jatne.s, 0 ; Kdw.ird, I, nrianuo, a. .Marjnne, i t i.i,i. n m.iTiitis old. The babv linn u'i - didn't taki part In the many councils about Sill .'l l lailS Ill-Cause eue was inn jniins. His'd.s she was too 111 to care anyhow. , .,1 ... e..ii,sl .it the oovcrtv- stricken h inie late In the ev. nlng and found Mrs. Adams hoerlng over liei eight children, all of whom were sleeping SOU.llIlt OII a Hll.ltti'inun, "i le.rr.n 1.... ..I...tru Mrj. A 11.1 MIR eXIllallied ill.icrn i,i im.iir - - that the didn't go to bed hungry btcausi her newspipir man c.iuer ni me nn-iu i had tlitust ? I 111 lei' band In fore he elt. She had b nmht s'line eoal and bread, she said, bill she didn't know what ehe w.us going t" do In the morning, as she felt sine sh" was going to be put out In the trevt ... .... When members or tun james m. rower Democratic Club heard nbout the empty duckings last night they nent t't to Mrs. Ad, HUH. FIREMEN SAVE W0DXD-RE HERO. Clerk Hushes Into Hiillilliiir Whence All I'liiiillles Mini fled. The police had milled all of the families out of a buinliis' Hat house at Ci3S Madison i venue, near I Oath street, yesterday after iiiinn when Max Itoseii, a clerk of 23 llast Ui7th slice!, tan Into the building to sec If lie could do anything for anybody. Two llienn'ii who were carrying hose up to the roof found Hnseu lying In the top Hour hallway, where he had been overcome iy smoke. It took Dr Sehtt il-ckrr of Harli'in llns I'tal more than an hour to revive him Mth the aid of a pulmotor. The two lire lien wlin can-led the young man to the oof and down an adjoining building weie lenUd by a siiigeoii for burns on their 'aces and hand. Dies ul lie Ntniiriinl 'I'nlele, l'our men were leaving the rtstuurant it 215 Park How last night when one eif bom remarked that a mini at one of tho 'iibU'fl seemed unusually quiet for Christ nns night. Tho silent one was dead. Th body wan taken to the morgue, unidentified. RUSSIANS DRIVE AUSTRIANS AND GERMANS BACK Kaiser's Troops Suffer Heavy Losses, Says Petro grad Report. IN FULL ROUT AFTER CROSSING THE RZURA I'llTitnejRAti, Dec. 25. The Russian Cicne-rnl StalT in tin: lleltl telegrapheel to the Ministry of Wiir te-nlglit n tdtni ttiary of conditions In Poland and Oallck Which Ls entirely faveinible to the Itusxiati arms. The Clcrnr.uiK In front of Vnr.aw have been repulsed w.th heavy losie-s and the Austro-Cier-tnan force extending; from Che Hlver I'illtxi In Poland to the O.irpithlana In Ceillcla hi.s 1k-ii routed. The ollichil sl.'iteliiint lasiii'd to-night was :is fol lows: The (Jermatis crossed the Itlver Hzura on the night of December 23. below Si'Ol.'ai'zow. but wene com pletely routed. Onn regiment was a'l.'nixit nnnihllnted, lolng, in addi tion to killed and wounded, 520 prisoners and live machine guns. Other attacks In the HollnmlT dis trict were repulses!. ' There has been llerce fighting in the l'llitr-a region and around I.od. nnd How. The Hermans who crossed the Pllttza were driven Intel. after obstinate combats. Along the Hlver Nltla on Decem ber 22 nnel 23. we took 3.1157 prU one's. The ojKratlems south of the Vistula continue to bi successful for our forces. We took 1.5U0 prisoners. In the Caucasus, the Turks have been defeated In the .S irakatnlscli region and have retreated nfter suffering heavy losses In the Vnn reghm. GERM AX LOSSES HEAVY. Itusntnii f 'eirrespeitielellls Teall elf S-'rarfn! !r.shtcr nr. Hsxsra. SptcMl f'n'je lniitrh to Tin- Si I.oNtio.v, Dec. 2i. CorresKindeutH with the Russian army In Pdand send from varloui heaibiuarters, hy way of P-tro-grad, coutlrmntion of the terrible slaughter of the Hermans In the battles along tho river sides, particularly on the lizura. The correspondent of the leilj Chronicle tele gniphlng frem Syradow. In the Hzura Valley, says : "It Is probable, ns at Iwlz. tha the Hermans heard from spl-s Hie persistent rumor which as yet lacks iMtitlrmallon that a retreat was nbout to bo iluder tak"n by the Ilusslans to positions nearer Warsaw, for during the last four days they have made the most desperate at tempts to establish A footing on the List en side of the river." "On the night of December l'i there were live such attacks nt -nort Intervals. All round the Htifslati trenches shrapntl raliiid olid down the river bnnl: can gieat Oct man mases, wavering, halting starting ngain. The beams nt search I'gbts were tluovwi um them and til concentrated lire of the tiencln-s blei lams in their ranks. "On the tolled Into the !cj. bullet whltiped watir iii to their armpits and tiled to wade across Thej trlid In vain, and except In one attack the Hermans never sticcenled In leaching the eastern bank in a fonsi sulllrleiit to make the In tended dash Into the tienches which U common to such a minieuv-e-. This at tack was defeated complete!;., with losses to the Hermans which weie beyond Im agination. Whole battalions wen blotted out of exlstenee In a quaiter eif an hour "Hut on the night of December 20. after two futile attempts, .,ne of which was by land, they dragged with them through the water several mlttallleuses with which they succee-ded in entllail'ii'; the ttetichis held by the Klrst Siberans. They actually entered and took a tteticli. "Two hours late r the Siberians, who had bes'ii tieiiforced. took tile clearing with the bayonet and drove the Oirmans back Into the river. "It was a horrible rout. Thu Hernun and Itusslans fought baud to hand In the water, each reci-hlng l.enfeiri'enie nts al the time-. In the end the right bank was once more fri'i of the (term ins and t tlver. Ilfty yards broad, was .ictuallv dammed with corpses. Wounded nn I drowning men struggled nnd weie e' tangled amid the dead. In the Icy water theie was a slaughter such as jurhapi hud never hi en seen before." The correspondent of the bill, .Wirs offeis the following epitome of tile situ atlon In the eastern theatre': "Tiie mcciss of the Russians In pene. trntlng the Herman Hue hetwe-en ipnepn. chziio and Toin.'ishow and between Tonn slii w and the Hlver Pint i, In the iea of a gteat part of the Herman force, has the utmost Importance. "Marshal von II n.li nburg's operations hnve heen further paralvzcil by the com ph te (allure of his soulhern supMrt.s. The Hungarian troop who weie sunt to Po land are treklng hack In widely spread columns across Hallcia and through the Carpathians nt Hungary for national ilelejice. "The Itusslans have occupied a section of tiie Held railway connecMiig with the Insidi line of the Prjemysl defence works. "The (lovernuiint lepoitH are that up to December 20 the Itusslans have cap luted 1,110 Htrman olllcers and 131,73: men and 3, IS'', Austrian ollheis and 221,1)7 men" PRINCE I0UIS TO GET $10,000. lletlreel I'lrst Sen Lord Specially llolioreil for Services. Slifiml futile PtAiuttch to Tnr S s. I.ONPON, Dee. 25 -Prnn'e Louis of Hal tenlieig, former Hist Sen leird of the Admlr ilty, will iccclve speclnl piy of I f 2,000 (Jio.iiiio) a year during the war. In- stead of the regulation retired pay op I.ZiW lti,lHII) The latter Is ilescrllied as Inappropriate In view of Prince Isnils's exceptional ser vices. Tell Into Sen fter Hover Itnld. Speclill Cottle Heniiatrh to TUB Srv Lonpon, Dec. 25. II s slated Hi it the Clei man neiroplanc which dreuiped two bombs on Dover on December 20 fell Into tho sea. Air Battle Near London Is Seen by Thousands German Aeroplane Invades England Attacked by Three British Biplanes and Land Guns Aloni' Thames. Raider Makes Gallant Fiprlit. COMBAT ENDS IN GERMAN'S SKILFUL ESCAPE fipftftit fable nmpotrf, to Tin: Srs, LoNhoN, Dec. 25. The War OfTlce Is sued the followlnrr statement to-night! "A hostile leroplane was flighted at 12:35 P M to-day (lying vcty h'gh from east to west over Sheer ness. A Urltl.li aircraft went In ptir Ktilt and enjiaged the enemy who, after being hit three or four times, was driven seaward." Thei Itnilu Mall's Southend correspon dent says : "An a ir battle hau taken place over the Thames, Two Herman airmen In n biplane this afternoon carried out a dar ing raid, trusting, tin doubt, to catch the. Hngllsh napping Tnanks to the vigilant watch on the Thames, however, tlib. was defertted, and the biplane had to take to Might. That It escaped the shrapnel and aircraft guns is due solelv to the mist which prevailed. The naval nir service acted most creditably, and as far as uin be gathered to-n'ght. She vln'tor did no damage of any description. "It Is safe to assume that the biplane left Ostend at 10 A. M., following the coast to CalaU, found the mouth of the Thnmis b way of Dover and then Hew across (ountr to Sheernea. It se-ems to have Mown at a er gieat height above the clouds. It was discovered hovering our Sne.rties.s toward 1:30 P. M l'n happil: v 'r he enemy, the sky sndder.'.y cletueii ,d our atitl-altcraft gunn lost no time In ir'tlug the distance. Til" Oerm.m blplitie w is very easily distinguished from the llritlsii type hy Its hirdllke winus nnd tapering tall. "Ther. was li t.-r.of e.xi Itement among the inhabitant" when th guns op-ned on the enemy at an altitude of I cOd feet nnd well within range. Six shells were tired. Kj e witnesses are convinced that the raider nns wlnsed by the second. At all events. tiie machine canted, went round and headed for the sa. Three Hritlsh naval biplanes went in chase. In fairness to the fen-. It must be recorded that lie fought a gallant Japanese Diet Dissolved When Army Increase Fails Dramatic Session Ends With Exercise of Royal Prerogative When Peace Party Afti'r Long Debate Kills Government "War Measure. CLKM KNCKAU URGES JAPANESE AID IN EUROPE Tokio, Dec. .25. I'.niperor Yosblhllo dissolved the Imperial Died to-night. The announcement wa.s made shortly before 10 o'clock, after the House had carried Its debate on the army increases contained In the lie lei budget through the day of yi'sterday and Into the night without being able to eomposo Its differ ences. The step taken by the Ktnperor wax tie' list desperate remedy to save the Ministry. AH to-day and the greater pait of the night the Parliamentary battle' raged over the budget of t!il.", which provided for an expenditure of riMi.ini0.uuo yen (27,noo,ono), while showing a de-cri-iise In revenue ef $ 10.500.000. The only victory won by the Gov ernment was the passage of the naval programme by u majority of seven. The army bill, providing for a greatly Increased territorial force, was defeated a majority of 05. Hear of Sea Fight Near Valparaiso Coniinandor liclidvcs.' l.riliMi and ficrimin Crui.- eiN in liattle. VALl'.vr.Atso. Dec. 25. A wireless re oort received bete from the commander of a-Chilean warship says heavy cannon tiding lus been heard some distance at sea. The commander believed It came from the Hritlsh light ci nisei Newcastle tiring at the Herman warships Dresden and Prlnz Mitel rr.cdrlrh. It Is known Unit a Hritlsh tWt ami Japanese warships are cruising r.ot far from the lent "f Valparaiso, Trim I it SiiiiU by Mine In XeiMh Sent lllulil Drou ned Hiiimshv Kngl.uid, via Iandon. Dis id, Tim trawler Dentin was sunk by a ni'ne to-duv Light nun were ilrowned, only the ccoiul enchieer b"llg savtel. SEE WAR IN TIBER FLOODS. siiperslllloos lleiioiins Coniieel In iniiliitloii Willi Coioloir Conttlcl. ;ifc(n Cnli'e f)e.n.ifcA In Tun Si s Homk, Dec. 25. The Tiber, which bus been swollen by pernl!-tsiit rains, threatens tei overllmv ItR banllK. The lower portions of this city are already Hooded and water i has covered the briiK'e upans. The Hoods have caused loss of life In otm of the suburbs. The superstitious Unmans connect the Inundation with war. They recall the tloods of H70 and fear a repetition. At Valmontone, twenty-e leht miles from this city, eight hout-cs, collapsed owing to a subsidence of tho soil. Korty persons wero burled In the ruins. Four dead bod ies have been taken out. Twelve injured and eight uninjured persona hve been rescued. tear guard action, showing splendid nir jniatishlp against odds of three to one. I "All the pursuers weie Infinitely faster 'thnti the Herman. They nvettnok him and h buttle was fought while the tnarhlm-.s !were traveling at seventy mites an hnm ! 2,000 feet above the earth. To Ilrlllsh j aeroplane1) Mew tibovc the Herman, press ing liltn down on the hall of lead poured j up by th biplane beneath, a strikingly 'big and powerful miehlne." i "Knr five minutes Sheerness saw a won derful ple turo as the four aircraft went be at tenltlc speed, blazing at one another In mortal combat. Tho Herman fought gallantly, returning iliot for shot, but the pace was loo hot. "The guns lielow could not tire for fear i of hitting the Kngllsh machines. The 1 Herman clearly counted on this, for. hemmed In on three sides, he suddenly de elded to make a dash for It He circled , higher In the cloud and It seemed as If there must le a teirlble collision at any i moment, but our mm akllfulty avoided 'this. The enemy nnneiled In his I innmeuvro Hnd disappeared. Our ma chines returned at 4 o'cloek, safe and sound, but without securing their ejuatry" i The correspondent of the Dully Mull at I Hravesend sas the attractions of turkey ' and filum pudding could nut compete with i the drama of the air. Piople rushed Into the streets and watched the move ments of the Herman machines. One Hritlsh machine was chasing the Herman monoplane Immediately behind, another to the IcTt and another to the r.t-l.l nil .Irlelni- 1. inii',,-.! ,ln.., the river. Suddenly one of the pursuers sweioped over the Herman machine and as It passed Immediately above fired one ' shrapnel shell wb'.-h burst Immediately beneath the Ileelng aeroplane. ' The Herman air machine rocked vlo ; lently, tlPIng one wing, and It was ' thought that the enemy's monoplane must 1 .loienna It tl.imntd.l nn l,r.i......u m ,.,,l eventually went out of sight down tho river, Juet lis two other ne roplanes ap- r i ,u,l frnin llim m,.,,ll, tt .l... Tl. i ... ... I The tiernian machine fired about a dozen rifle shots and several shells exploded near It. At the ojiemng of the session H.iron Kiuto, the l'tro..v-n .Minister, had ap pcilesl to the Diet, urging that political stp.fe be laid aside in view of the Inte-r-nallonal .situation, and saying that it wis the Kmperor's wish that the h.vSoii should not Is- marked hy jurtlsan wrangling. The opposition,' Inspiti- of Huron Kato's addresK and use. of the name of the Kmp ror, porsUted In lit ter attacks on the army increases. The Opposition argued that the ndJlnrr of two divisions to the army In Coreti would be at the expense of other depart ments of the Heei-irnm nt. (minting to tho curtailed estimate for oilier depart, ithiitjs In tint budget as proof of t'hln. think japan Tor war. It has been felt fir ..m time that tho dissolution of the Japanese Diet wa.s in- Cntttliitteef nn TMrel Pnijr. j" Corker as Prince, but as Chauffeur-" - lh' liopsn't. ICxisl." Sn.vs l'l'ciit'li Driver. Bumped liv Heir of Kin' (itMiii'o;(. Vicm' Cabl Hetintrl, to Tor. Sis. Pahih, Dei. 25. Aci ordliig to the Crl tie Purls the Prince of Wnlch while elrlv Ing In his automobile recently met with mi accident. Ills automobile made an awkward skid it ml tan Into a French lorn. While the automobile wa.s elam aged to n much greater extent than tlm lorry, the conductor and mechanic of the French m.lltury truck, who were unaware of the Identity of the Prince, treated hlin to a choice selection of Parisian slang for his clumsiness. The Pr.ine laughed, but his orderly, who was shocked, reve-aled the Identity o! the Hugllhh heir to the throiin. The Prince give the chauffeur ", but that dltl not quite soothe the feelings nf the Frenchman, he -aitse In telling the story lu saf. "iik a prince lie .s a inrker, but as It ell llllfellr he does not ixlst " $5,000 GIFT TO BELGIANS. I'll rlsl mas Diiiinlleen Is Millie hy Mr, nnel Mrs. Liiiireoce (', I'lilpps. Dr.NViti:. Dec. 25 -A Christmas gift of f 5,1100 to the Helglans has bun gv u by Mr and Mrs. Lawience C Philips The check was lecelved by Helgian Con sul .1 Mlgnolei .veHleiday and will be us d to puriliai-o Hour. The letter of Mr. Philips reads in parti "It Is a gi'at pleasure to me to bo In n position to hand ou herewith a check for $5,000 as a donation from Mrs. Phlpp.s mat myself for the purposes of the Hel gian relief fund. "In this connection it Is only prim r to htato that at least a portion of this money would otherwise have hi en used for Christmas remembrances for our friends, but with their approval we hivi decided that the needs of your people wcro ot much Greater Importance," ITALY SEIZES AVLONA; WAR IS LOOKED FOR Rlnojackcts Land and Oc cupy Albanian City, Hoisting Flag. ROME IS EXPKCTING AUSTRIAN PROTEST Rebellion Against Essad Pasha Is Pretext for Intervention. INSURGENTS AIDED BY DUAL MONARCHY Got Anns and Ammunition From Agents of Vienna Government. Sitteml Cabin titumtch to Tna St;s. Homh, Dec. 25. Italy took a step In Albania to-day which can hardly fall to Infuriate Austria and lead to Italy' Intervention In the war. Kor the protection of ltullan Interests blue jackets' were landed nt Avlona. di rectly actnsM the Adriatic from Otranto, and took possession of the city. There wai no lighting. For the present, and possibly for all time, Avlonn Is us much an Italian city m Naples. The 7'riliiiiia decliireH that the lundlliR of Italian troops Is "not slmplo demoiislrattuii." The preterit for the step wuh tho activity of Moslem rebels who, ns'.l gated by Austria, were tuassacrelng 'ha ndherents of Italy's friend, Ussad Pasha, nnd were looting just outside the walls of Avlona. An olllolal despatch sent from the Italian warship Mmiuul at Durazzo say.s that the Albanian rebels .it Tirana ate threatening to move against the government of Ksaad Pasha, Kssml, who wan elected ns pro visional President by the Albanian Sen ate, left to-day fur Kroja, where he will organize a campaign against the rebels. A rebel force l.s concern ratl..B at Dlbra, forty miles further into tlm Interior from Kroja. Kssad plans to mtir-h against the rebels with a strong forcn of trained troops nnd to crush them at mow. l!evott Is Sprilielltm. Thete- is no longer doubt that the revolutionary movement in Albania ' spreMdlng rapitl.y and that Austria's Jealousy of Itnly Is buck of the revolt. It Is known here that Austria has been arming the rebels and supplying them with funds In the hope that ltaiy would be' prevented from gaining actual con trol of Albania while Austria is engaged in war. it is now very evident that exactly the contrary has Happened and that Austria's blundering diplomacy ami i-haractenstln double dealing has given tie Italy a tea: excuse for seizins Avlona anil gaining n foothold In Albania It Is understood here that the landing of troops in Albania will mean active participation by Italy in the general war. Italian statesmen -ay privately that Aus tria will never tolerate the step. Without ipiestloti tin- C.overnment of Austrln-llun-gar.v will, within a fn.v da'. s. lUiuanil from Italy nn explanation of ih reasons why e-allors were setit ashore at Avlona anil will very likely Inns' that the force b withdrawn and the Italian Hag lowered. It 1.- impossible for Hah to loniply wit'.i such inpieMs The temper of the people Is such that thete would be an ex plosion If the i eovcriiinent made a weak leply. Morenvei, icaon of the most prac tical nntari' demand that Italy hol.t Av lona until the- ili-nriler and turmoil m Al bania abate Denied full r atisfai tion. Austria, it is believed here, will either de clare' war or formulate such phrases as will be insulting to II ill. in pride and will ieiUln Italy tei take tho Initiative Just i'e f i.'tnr standee between Italy and war. C at Is tiermany's fervent wish to keep I Italy out of the strife. It is po.-slli!n that ' Herman)' will bring tromendinis liitliicnco tei bear on Austria, either 'o prevent ng- gresslve demands or to accept Italy's I peaceful and "temporar)" occupation of 1 Avlona. j Hilly is Pointer Mnutirlne, I That possibility must be weighed, how. ;ever, in the wiles ef Italian national feel i ing The people of Hals .lie e'agcr for 'war nnd ate lletiely anxious to tight I agalt'ct AusMia. So tar the deti rniina ! tion of Pteniler Salamlra and a ver.v cap able Ministry has swayed the people to an unilei standing of the neci ssiti for non 'ntirvintlon it' the present tune Hut Italy is a powder magarinc. which may 1m exploded any da) by a cha paia. It Is not at all unlikely thu the o, cupa'ton of Avlona may be that spark. Pour wee Kts ago It ilv found It mcvssary for the protect mi of hi r nat'.onu's to oeeiip) tiie island n! Sasenn. ti barren rock about three ni bs lung wbnh cotn tn.iiuls the 1,,11'boi o: Avion I At the s.iniei line she landed a small force m Avlnna, 'nit did not attempt to omip.v tho city, oiiteutlng herself with rn's in.- the Italian (lag over the Italian hospital. Marines we'e withdrawn from the cltv hut Italian wnrshlps remained lu the haibi' From tlu Misurata, me of these w irs'np, a force of ovciipatlnn wan landed e sierday The "nece.s.'j for protct'iig lij'lan Interests" may be ihn pretext that Italy seems frankly to desire for u, lemming m the side of the Allies. The' opportunity seems to have come for Ifilv o nullify the veto Austria placed on Italian aspira tions on the eastern coast of the Ad dat c. Austria, It Ik thormiulily unde'rstood, w II never endure ihn presence of ltah on both sides of the Straits of Otranto. I' would be as easy for Knghuul to tohia e t Hermans at CalaU an for Auelrla to sub mlt io the Italian nccuMllon n' Avlona Ruch expansion would block the naval and commercial expansion of Austria. Tha value ot Avlona to Italy la readily i X