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THE SUN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1916.
t, opening gun hi it buter ampslgn The public nn much tm evident today does mm ehnrs the official view that ill wlthdiai l Ihr ..ugs nil i irmv ''for imother MM ef eitieriflon' wall a detllierntely i denned anil aur folly esecund move The general fart Ing la I' n the who's I mrilanallaa actio hi ended In disaster. Simultaneously with the former At-tntnry-'lenerara alt ick In lha Unties of Common csme offielsl reports from I'-rl.n and Constantinople to-day an per'lng, In substance, that lha Allies were literally driven Into the aaa. The following official statement was Issue. I fey tha Turk lull War .office this aftar noon : on tha Dirdsnelles front on Hetur d.iv and Sunday, after a violent aitll lry bombardment, wo attavked tha enemy pnaitiona noar Ana fart a and Arl Burnu. The enemy attacked In order to prevent our operations. He was forced to the conclusion that the no ph of our northward attack could not ie prevented and embarked part of hla troops In haate on the night of December It. Thick fog did not Interfere with our purault. Anafarta and Art Burnu have been cleared of the enomy. We penetrated to the ooaat and captured a large quantity of munitions and material. Wo brought down an enemy hydro plane at aea and mads tha pilot and observer prtaonere. An enemy attack near Hedd-el-Bahr too.; an ordinary course. Three men wounded are officially Stated ho be the total casualties of the British I in the withdrawal f-om Buvla Bay and Ansae, The atatetrent adds that sis sruna were left behind at the Huvla posi tion, and these were destroyed before the troops withdrew. Berlin despatches to-day described what the British official statements salt a withdrawal" as anvuntlng to noth ing short of a rout, s brilliant Turkish victory, resulting from s general offen sive for which "the Tuiklfh soldiers had waited for months." "TRIUMPH FOR TURKS." Reich. tas la Told Ualltpoll With drawal Waa Hi Defeat. Serial Cable Petpatch to TBS 80S. Rkrlin, via Amsterdam, Dee. II. Dr. Xaempff. president of the Reichstag, announced In the Reichstag to-day that Oalllpoll had been cleared of the British. This la not alone a material and moral defeat for England." he aaW, "but a triumph for Turkish arms." The Oerman newspapers publish tri umphant comments on "the great Turk ish victory." The Feeatocae WeHMM de scribes It as "rightful punishment for the Incredible llghtheartedness with which the campaign waa started with out careful preparation." SPUR TO RECRUITING. Oalllpoll Withdrawal Will la ereaar Knllatnaente. la Owe View. Special Cable Pet patch to Tas So. London, Dec. 22. The Sydney corre spondent of the Dally Mall says; "The withdrawal from Oalllpoll Is no surprise to the public, as the stories of returned soldiers have shewn that the enterprise was hopeless, snd after the Huvla Bay blunder withdrawal waa In evitable. It will give an enormous Im pulse to recruiting. The Sydney Sua, commenting on the official list of Australian casualties at Galllpoll. containing 35.H1 names, . adopts the words of Abraham Lincoln, that ths dead 'shall not have died In vain.' and adds : " 'We must with the remainder of our manhood and our money face the tremendous tsak of retrieving all the enemy o far has won from us.' " GERMAN STEAMER SUNK. British Sabnaorlae Destroys Shlpe la Sea of Marmora. Kptrial Cablt Df patch to Tas Sea. Atiikn-s, via London, Dec. 21. A Brit. Mi submarine has sunk the steamer Lsroa and other vessels In the Sea of Marmora. The Kteamer Leros was owned by the Deutache Levante Line of Hamburg. She was :'.6"9 tons and 291 feet long. When last reported sho was at Constantinople. KRUPP PLANT BLOWN UP? Airmen Dretror Worke car Coa ataatlaople, la Report. Special Cablt Despatch to Tas Sen. CornNHAOEN, via London, Dec 22. The .VutloniillMfcnde aacrlbea lo a truat wortliy Dane coming from Conatantl luiple the Htatemenl that Krupp'a big new ammunition factory near Conitanti nople has been destroyed by British air men. tie adds that all the Turkish coastal Ktrnmers have been sunk and that Scu tari, in Asia Minor, In overcrowded with wounded who are dying from lack of proper treatment. STILL FIGHTS CONSCRIPTION. Irish Party Reaarsna DerUlon to Reelet to the 1 tnuit. Special Cable Petpatch lo Tas Son. London, Dec. 21. The Irish party at a meeting tu-nlght reaffirmed Its deci sion lo realat compulsory military ser vice to the utmost. Mr. Kedmoml, leader of the party, presided. The resolution, referrtnii to the. mm., I ugalnst conscription taken by i he party last June, eaya: "All ih.u Mb occurred since more than jnhtiti.n the attitude then taken by the lrlh ii.irty. and the magnificent response of the British people to Ixird Derby's i crultlng campaign has proved tha.t the I patriotism of the coufitry can be relied upon to supply by voluntary effort all the men htOSOSSry to carry the war to a victorious conclusion. We repeat our resolve to resist by every means In our power any attempt to bring Into force a system of compulsory military service." James O'Grady, member of Parlia ment for Kast Leeds and a member of the Joint recruiting committee, aaya, In an arttde in the Daily Sketch, than Lord Dgfby'g nine weeks' recruiting campaign resulted in the attestation of some 2. r.OO.OOD men The first week, he ssaerla, brought only 127 recruits, but ss s re sult of a "wpanklng rally" the figures Jumped from 74,000 In one day to ass. nun lii another. During the last week of the, campaign 1,630,000 men attested. The Dnily rtci estimates tfhat 2, 020 OiiO new men were won by Lord Derby for the British army. Of these, the paper says, 270,000 enlisted directly. SPAIN TO BUT TEUTON SHIPS. Reported as About to Take Over Interned Vessels. Special Cablt Petpatek to Tas Sin ryiNKON, Dec. 21. A nows agency deapah h from Madrid says: "Spain Is about to acquire German and Austrian ships now In Spanish har borSi aggregating a total of 60,000 tons." NEW POST FOR GEN. MERCER. Canadian uairer In ommand Headquarters I'ntt. serial Cable Deopatch to Tai ag, London, Dec. 21 - Brig -Gen M. of H terror or the Canadian forcea la offi cially gttietted to-day as commander attached to the tieadquaitters urrlt. II.- receivM the temporary rank of Sgajor-i Isneral. The withdrawal of the main British army nl the lHrilanple and the announcement by Pre mier AsquMh that l.ieut.-Gen. Sir Archibald Murray, relieved of his post a chief of the Imperial General Staff, la to receive an "Important command" follow close upon persistent reports that Germany is planning an Invasion of J-MVl- The conquest of Serbia opened the way by rail from Berlin to Constantinople and the failure of the Allies to break through the Dardanelles has left full connec tion open between European and Asiatic Turkey. According to the plan for the YOUNG TURK LEADER SAYS U.S. IS MISLED Armenian Atrocity Tales Arc Spread by Foes, Insists Xazim Bey. RESENTS FEELING HERE Berlin, via London, Dec. SI. "Tnrkev has an abundance of foods and other I material of all kinds which she can supply to Germsny If Germany needs them." ssld Dr. Nailm Bey. secretary of the Young Turks Committee and one of Turkey's moat prominent men. In a etaiement made lo correspondents on his arrival In Berlin to-lay. "It Is only a question of transportation, which seems to be In s fair way to solution. There Is no lack of anything In Tur key. For example, we have 30.000.000 kilogrammes of cotton which Germany can have the moment she solves the transportation problem, not to speak of 10,000.000 kilogrammes of reserve sup ply In the shape of mattressea and other articles In Turkish homes. The same is true of copper. Of this we liavo at least 40.000.000 kilogrammes which Ger many can have at uny time." This abundance of necessaries and ths progress of mllltsry affairs up to this time led Dr. Naslm Bey to prediot eventual victory for the Central Towers. He says he Is certain Germany will find a way to effect transportation communi cations with Turkey In a short time. "Such a success will mean indepen dence for Turkey for the first time," he continued. "There is Immeasurably less of peace propaganda In Turkey to-day than anywhere else." Dr. Naxtm Bey showed feeling when the subject of the world's Impression of Turkish-Armenian relations was brought up. America In particular, he decl&ied, had gained a false impression In two ways. First. Investigators of cndltlona had not been unbiassed. Second, these investigators went for their Information to Greeks, Jews and AmmnJuna, who are Turkish subjects and have grudges to air. "Every time a Turk does something praiseworthy In this WOttd he is hailed as an Armenian," he continued, "but every time he commits a crime or acta baeis he Is a Turk or something elK " Kxpresslng admiration for America and mom things American and det-lar-hjg Turkey needed tho trade of the United Stutes even more than that of Germany. Dr. Naslm Hey neverthelesn averted the !ilment of ammunition l Americans to the Allies hau tended to estrantte the two peoples' He thought u would be long lifter the war before thii feeling would die down sufficiently to make Turkey a Held for American busi ness. He said the breach had been wid ened by the "Injustice "f the American press toward. Turkey." WIPING OUT ARMENIANS. Tarke Reported to Be Manarhtrr Ina at Adrlanople. Special Cable Petpatch to Thb See. London, Dec. 21. The Bucharest cor respondent of the Times reports the at tempted wiping out of the Armenian col ony of Adrlanople. About 1,600 have been arrested and sent to Asia Minor. Two ships carrying Armenians foun dered and most of those on board were drowned. Some were sold at ridiculous prices, mostly to Jews. RUSSIANS REPULSE TURKS. Break t'p Offensive Betweea Ham ad n aad Tekeraa. Special Cable Petpatch to The Sum. Pstsouhad, via London, Dec. 21. The Russian War Office lasued the following statement last night with reference to the fighting In Persia: Strong enemy detachments were re pulsed yesterday between Hamadan and Teheran. The enemy did not re sume ths offensive. Urrmaar t 1'eaee Dutch Frontier. AMSTratiAM, via London, Dec. 21. Ths Oerman (jovrrnment Intends to close the whole Ocrinan-I Hitch frontier with barbed wire because of the In creasing number of prisoners, who are escaping over that frontier, say I the newHpner Miittbodc, whlhih receive! ts inf. .1 uiatiun from OMensaal. Holland. Kagdad railway, work on which i he Turks and Germane have been rushing, the Anatolian railway from the Bosporus to Konla has been extended until It la prob able that connection has been made at Aleppo with the road running south to Damascus. It is at Aleppo that Gen. von der Goltt ii reported to be concen trating his army. From Damascus a railway rum through Jerusalem to Jaffa and a branch line con nects this road with Haifa, where a French cruiser recently bom barded and destroyed a German munitions factory. The narrow gauge Hejas rail way from Damascus south toward Mecca, built as a pious undertak SERB RELIEF SUPPLIES MISMANAGED, IS CHARGE 500 Families Starving in Monastir Incompetence and Dishonesty Render American Aid Useless Con tributions Sold in Private Shops. Chicago, Dec. 21. The Chicago I Trlstme prints the following from Its . correspondent at Monastir: An American doctor here makes the p:edict!on that tills winter will see mar- i vutlon in Serbia on a larger scale than i , t . ' eirr uriiiv ucni en. There are now 500 families In Mon am.tr who ar? .-.dually atArving. Later In tho winter this number will be In ereaaed and ever) town and village will still be tl.l.-d with hungry people. All kinds of supplies of tod and medicine and clothing will he required, and generous people could not do betto: than to help to their utmost to relieve this condition. The first requisite, however, In the matter of giving relief to Srrbin is to see that n-liable and responsible agencies a b elected for the proier dlatributlon of these supplies. One hears the most appalling stories of dishonesty and In oompetetkcy regarding the funds and sup plies that have been sent from America in Uie past. An Atneilcan doctor told me that there were warehouses In Nish full of medlcul and food supplies sent from America that had never been distributed, owing to lack of organisation In the Serbian capital. Mom of these supplies have now fallen Into the hands of the Bul sars. Anot'her doctor, an American, to me that cigarettes and cigars sent for the soldiers had heen divided amoiig the officers and that large quantities of iriiei aocrfih were on saie in pr'vate shops In Nish. There was evidence of shameful dishonesty and graft on the part of the officials, bit iierliaisi a more charitable view would bo mat une iaun i rruiury. ine 1OSSIIS I article con was due mainly to a pitiful incompe- i taina many modifications of the original tencr' scheme, undertaken hh the result of Honest Distribution deeded. ust not he construed This comment in as all effort to discourage help for the Serbians. Tho help should come and In great quantities very soon, and every one who hatos to see a woman and child suffer from actual hunger should help to his greatest capabilities. Tie one point of prime Importance Is that I people should give and the next point. Of almost equal importance, la that the Stuff that is given should be properly and honestly distributed. There la no gangs In sending supplies which are either diverted from their real purpowi Of allowed to lie In warcSiousea because! of poor organisation. There are many men fighting In the ' Serb army who have lived In America. On the train coming from Kalonica there Was a little detachment of ten or twelve Mil sg and Montenegrins. Several of them had lived In America and spoke English omasingly win. It has been rather a common expe rience to start a conversation in falter ing French with a Serb soldier and then to hove him come back at you with "I guess." or "Sure." My first experience waa at tho station In Salonlca. I rather expected to find Oreeks speaking pure American, for there are a lot of them In the Oreek army who have lived in the States. But I was not prepared to And any Ameri- can hi iseriw,. i ma man wan u u uiiei- llgent man who hail the look of a lawyer or a professor He was in the uniform of a prlvale soldier, carried his rifle and had a hand grenade in his pocket. in anotner pooaei ne naa nis pocxet book with a picture of his wife, who died about a year ago. There was a epray of dried and withered flowers clinging to It, and he aald he had come over to fight soon after her death He had been In fterbia ever since, but until recently had seen no action because for the greater part of the last year there has been no lighting in Serbia. He now belongs to the "comltadjla." a sort of guerrilla organisation, which Is not directly under the supervision of the l.overnmeni, uui which la aioeo ...,- mMk ,,,, lirrunK Rt, allied paerS. A daily by the Government. i Mter Wll mnl to ireident Wilson on These com tadjls are an extremely (he ame subJe),t ,ea,dM notices pub picturearjue elemesi In Balkan warfare. , n , , (erlriariy referring to the milk The Bulgarians Iinve their comltadjla HhrlaM organised In Perb territory and the Herbs """ta"- have their comltadjla organised in Bui- i .,- norvrrflT TA MJTTaTW gar territory. A reward la offered for DUTCH PROTEST TO BRITAIN. each comttadjl of the enemy who la killed, and In consequence there la a lot Demand Immediate It r tarn of of killing going on. One hundred and . , .. nwka , ,. fifty dlnara about 120 la the reward 1 r Taken Kroaa a Liners. ald, and In conaaqurnce of this munifi cent amount there la a keen activity In killing as well aa frequent mistake. Tlie ciimltadjis operate in bands of thirty land forty and make their head quarters in the muuntaln tuwns. Be tween the Bulgar ami Herb comltadjla i hero Is a constant mid deadly warfare, and the less frequented roads and trails ing to facilitate nllr-lmageo to la about 69 miles wast ot the Rgyptian frontier at El-Mean. The disastrous attempt by Um Turks last winter to aoiao the Hues canal was mad at CI Kan tare. Some f00 miles to tha east of Damascus is Ragdad, against whieh the British expedition un der Gen.Townehend was snt.only to be turned back by the Turks at Ctoaiphon. The British forces are naw intrenched at Kut-el-Amara. The Russian invaders of Persia have reached and occupied Ham adan, 280 miles northwest of Kut-el-Amara. and are reported to be pushing their way south. are dangerous fur travellers who ars not we I protected. le l'v.;rnment encourages and aids the comltniljis in their work but refuses to accept reipoiwlblllty for their actions If u crime Is committed bv a comltadtl ,n"e is '"tie chance of Justice reaching mm MRS. FARWELL SAFE. a I Mounailr, Malonl Ura- ' patch . Saixinica. Dec. 21. Dr. Henry Forbes of Boston, Mrs. Walter Farwell, a Chi cago newspaper correspondent, and Miss Mitchell are safe an I well at Monastir. Salon lea despatchea received yesterday aald thiit Dr Forbes and Mrs. Farwell were being hoi I in Monastir by the Bul garian, who had turn down the Ameri can rl.ig fioin the Red Cross Hospital, of which Dr. Turtles Is in charge, and aelied lour which the IteJ CrOM was dlstrlbut ,ng to civilians. BRITISH ALTER FINANCE PLAN. Mobilisation of I . 9. jDrearllles Is tlnipMBcri. Special Cable Petpatch to Tut Sun. LONDON, Dee, It, The London Uasttte publishes detail about the manner in which Individuals can sell or loan Ameri can and Canadian securities to the criticism by stock brokers. These, ac- ?!" to the preas, make the scheme mUOh more easily workable and increase the chances of success. The machinery of the Stock Kxchange is to lie uaed by holders of eecurltlea Ih-Iow 125,000. BARS LOANS TO THE ALLIES. Bay Slate Bank ( ommlaslonrr .No tlflra Trast ( ompanlea. Boston. Dec. 21. Not urea have bean sent by Hank Commlsaloner Thorndike to the trust companies wh.ch Invested in the bonds of the Entente Allies In forming them that he has decided that the Anglo-French insun Is not legal for the Massachusetts trust companies. In accordance with thlb notice the companlea will fllspOM ot th.-.r holdings Mr. Th rndike's view Is that the laws of this Slute do not permit trust corn pan, es to Invest in the securities of any fotelgn Oovemment, no matter how 1 well secured such issues may be. The idea behind these laws, he believes. Is that neither the State nor Federal Gov ernment has any con'.rol over the Is suance of itmh securities and would be seriously handicapped ,n Investigating i the security for the issues i . . , . . i APPEAL FOR WAR ZONE BABIES, v. Will Send Milk to f'eatral Umpires If Alllra Allow It. Wakhiniiton, I ioc. 21. At the request of the t'ltlsens Committee for Food Hhlp mentH, a charitable organisation with headquarters In New York, founded to aave the lives of some of the millions of babies In Oermany and Austria-Hungary threatened with starvation by the short Hire of milk In thoee countries, the Amer ican National Ited (.'rose transmitted to- lay to Secretin y linslng a petition ask- ng lnal , Bllfl! induct for a shipment of Special (able Petpatch to Ths Bus. Thk KaOVB, Via Iorulon, Dec. 21. The Dutch fluverninent has protested to (ireat Britain against the selsUre of uuicn man nags aisiara the nuers Nourflam SIM Rotterdam, demanding inoir iinmsuisM return aim expressing toe nop,- wiui me ensures win not DS rupeauMi. BIG GREEK ARMY ON WATCH AT KAYALA Hellenic Foir Far Rnlff-r Flank On Eastern Fronltar. ALLIES GET MORE MEN Special Cable Despatch to Tea Si H London, Dec. 'II. In a despatch sent by mail to Messina, whence It was tele graphed here, the Athens correspondent of the Daily AT all cites among the causes for the change In the situation In Oreece the Allies' blockade of Greece and King Constantlne'a lessening fesr of Germany. The correspondent adds that the newa from Constantinople is unfavorable to the Hermans and that Greek privateer ing la proceeding along the coast of Asia Minor. He conttnuea : "The blockade deprived Oreece of wheat and severed her communications with other countries. She Is seen unsble 1 lJLTnmi.n' V". dl",y by cabl6 wlth I iL - "teles. German threats of submarine activity In Ionian waters hsva not materialised In anything like the a agree promised. King's Opinion Revised. "The Oerman declaration that four fresh army corps would be at the Oreek frontlsr about November 20 also Is un fulfilled. These two failures gave King Constantlne ths first Insight Into the great shsrt. "Ths halt of ths German and Bulga rian forces on ths threshold of Oreece to-day Is sufficient proof that enough Oerman troops are at present lacking, while ths Allies' reenforretnents are ar riving regularly. "Oreece Is influenced also by reports received In Athens from the Oreek Mln Ister In Berlin telling of the bsd Inter nal situation and violent riots In front of the Reichstag building. "Oerman troops have not yet arrived In Constantinople. Ths Turks are an gered by the despatch of flour to Ber lin, for they have not much to spars. Exportation of cattle to Germany has been resisted. Coal snd patrol are scarce and the entl -Oerman party In Turkey Is growing. It la led by Ahmed Kiss, former president of the Chamber of Deputies, who opposes the Oerman demands to control the police and the Ministries of War. Finance and Fabllc Works." Ths correspondent regards the crisis between Oreece snd the Allies as paat, but adds that Oreece Is face to face with a greater crisis in the presence of the Bulgara at the frontier. The Oreek Government," continues the despatch, "says the Bulgars will not be allowed to pass the border, but It has no plans for dealing with a mixed Bulgarian and Oerman force. All sug gestions regarding neutral sonas or with reference to the Bulgartana not enter ing Oreece are to be disregarded. "The Oermans desperately want to rapture Salonlca as a submarine base and annul the Allies' prestige In the Balkans. The t J reeks feel that the Bul gars are out for revenge and expect them to cross the frontier. Woald Load His Araay. "It seems probable that If they cross King Constantlne will put himself at ths head of the army. Generals com manding army corps throughout Oreece have Informed the Government that there la excitement among the soldiers and thai many officers hitherto under the Influence of the Germanised General Staff have said that no Bulgarian ahall enter Oreece. Frontier collisions between small par ties of Greeks and Bulgars have taken place. Fifteen shlpa have transported Oreek troops from the Ouevghell sone to Kavala, where now a large Oreek army Is facing the Bulgarian flank. 'This may possibly have some Influ ence on the present Cennano-Bulgarian halt. Nevertheless they are morally bound to push on, and if our troops can support the onset for the first ten daya it is perhaps not too much to say that things will go well and that the Balkan and Turkish situation will be materially improved " The Froyrtrr Zeitung reports a clash between Greek and French forces In Fort Karaliuma, which dominates Salonlca. The repurt Is that Oreek gun ners In the fort opened fire on a Frenoh detachment because it failed to halt at the sentry's call and that the French were put to flight. While moat of the Greek troops have been withdrawn from Selonlea, Con- siantlne's forces still occupy Karaburna fort. Advices to German newspapers say the French have failed In repeated requests that the Greeks abandon this fort to them. The number of Aiixtro-German troopa arriving from the north at the Greek frontier Increasea steadily. One detach men of 10. 000 passed through Brusnik. near Krlvolak. yesterday The Bulgari ans are lntreiu hlng themselves along the border. King Peter Ol Serbia arrived to-day Mt Caserta. 1 till . ..bout twenty miles north of Naples Me was aciompanled by Premier PeohltOh snd several officers. The KImk aa received by Princess Natal of Montenegro. lie looked 111 and leaned heavily on his walking stick. As he proceeded to the royal palace he was remectfully greeted by the people. GERMAN LOSSES, 2,524,460, Hons of Commons Hears Figures Ituaala I. oat U.ilMT.OK.'l. Special Cablt Petpatch to Tas Scn. London, Deo, 21 Harold J. Tennant. Parliamentary I'nder Secretary for the Foreign office, announced in the Houae of Commons to-day the official casualty figures up to November 30 for the German kingdoms of Prussia. Haxony, Bavaria and Wuerttemberg. He stated the total at 2.S24,40, of whom 4D4,:ift were killed, 354. 19S wounded, 27.474 died of disease, while 281. 141 are missing. The naval casual ties are nut Included In these figures, the I'nder Secretary explained. The total Prussian losses In the wat amount to 2.27,013. according to the .Viruuir Jfoffrrilunurac Couratnf, which says that the latest list of casualties contains 42.S25 names. This paper says: "There are besides 234 Haxonlan, 315 Wuerttemuerglan and 240 Bavarian lists, f,0 from the navy and some lists of Oer man officers and nom-commlssioned of ficers In the Turkish army.'' The paper adds that the lists, pub lished In the form of small newspapers, comprise 10.G10 small printed pages, which In hook form would make 100 vol umes of 450 pages earth. SHIP SEARCH TO 00 ON. British Will Halt All Vessels for Scandinavian Parts, Peter Fletcher, linen Importer of this city, who arrived yesterday by the An chor liner California, from (llaagow, said that he had learned In Kngland that the Britlali Government would con tinue Its policy of holding up all liners bound for Bcandlnavlan porta and taking them Into Kirkwall, because It had been found mat tnny almost invariably car ried contraband cargo finally destined jQ ijermany The California brought 2.7,-fl bags of Christmas mall from Scotland and 1 1, 100,00(1 in gold consigned to bank jars In this tlljr. YOSGES TRENCHES TAKEN BY FRENCH HertmannswHIerkopf Posi tion A rr stormed and Germans Captarrd. CONVOYS ARE DISPERSED Special CaMs Despatch e Tas Sea. Pakis, Dec 21. Hartmannsweller. kopf. the Alsatlsn height which has been So stubbornly contested a battleground, sgaln ngures Importantly In the day's news. The French captured to-dav an Important aect.on of the Oernvan trenches on the elopes of the hill. The attack was preceded by heavy artillery fire and resultea In the capture of some prisoners as well as the oc cupation of what is described In the official communique Issued to-n.ght as "a noticeable part" of the Oermaa trenches. Urn A ..h.r Interfered With OOSraV Hons last night and to-doiy, SSM for the most part there was a i "'"" of the artillery activity, elHiw! In Belgium and In the district between 8ois- parsed some Oermin provisioning patllei by a flra Greeted agalnat the eonvnunl sons and Rheims 'he rrencn aura ne- paiiiee rating works, and also d!re"d a heavy firs aa-atnjt ihe Oerman posit.. c u.' at 'he Uint-rtu.Mnii in ohamDagni . at the Rloust height, north of Pont-a-Meua- son. In the regions south of Moullnar Todvent In ths regions of AboncJUrt and Hlamunt. In Lorra'na The crater caused by ths 'aploelon of a ilsnn.w mine northwest of Hill :40. in Allots, was occupied by tie Frsno'u The e ninau. nf ih, -nliiA niiaed no dvnsffO. The official communique Issued by the War Office to-night follows: The bad weather hindered the opera tions on the greater part of the front. In Belgium and between Boleeone snd Rheims our artillery bombarded the communication trenches and dis persed some enemy provisioning con voys. In Champagne there was a bom bardment of the Oerman works at the Butte-du-Mesnll. , A destructive lire on an enemy sa lient at the Haut-de-Rloupt, north of Pont-a-Mousson, gave good reeuRs. In the Vosges. at Hartmannsweller kopf. a serious sttsck wss launched by our troops after srtlllery prepara tions. We were enabled to occupy a notable part of the enemy trenchee and tu make some prisoners. The afternoon communique says : The csnnonadlng diminished appre ciably last night. In Artols, to the northwest of Hill 140, the Oermans exploded In front of our trenches a. mine which caused no damage. We occupied the edge of the crater thus made. Between the Bomme and the Alans there were a number of engagements among patrols. In the region of Llhons an enemy patrol was caught by our Are snd compelled to flee, leaving several wounded In our hands. On the plateau of Salnte Leocade. south of Moulln-sur-Todvent, our trench auns demolished a German position. In Ixirralne our artillery carried on a well directed Are toward Aboncourt and Blamont, where movements of troops were observed. FIGHT FOR CRATERS. Ueraaana Lose Heavily In Kngane menta With British. Speciat Cable Petpatch to Tim ItiS London, rec. II. The Mlowing Brit ish headquarters report was made public to-night : During the night bombing engage ments took place around the quarries northward of Loos. There was con siderable enemy rifle fire opposite Ar mentleres, whero mine craters were fought for There a-as considerable shelling by th.- enemy north of loos and Vpres. We replied. T-dey tho enemy's artillery bom barded the same places. We replied effeettvelv. The enemy twice tried to 009009 craters at Armentleree. accom panying his att.icks by an artillery barrage After ntubbom bombing con tents rhe enemy attacks were repulsed. The enemy exposed his men freely and lost heavily. OFFENSIVE DOUBTED. British Not Ksperl (ienernl At tnrk hr Oermans. Special Cable Petpatch to Tas St. London. Dec. 21 Correspondent s at British headquarter" 1n France say that Putch and Swiss report regarding the corning Oerman offensive In the west are: received with indifference. They state that It Is true that there lias been much moving o and fro In the German armies lately, but It Is not believed that this ' can lie interpreted ua foreshadowing a j general attack. A staff officer Is quoted as Implying that the Germans are trying by constant i novetnents to give the impression of a tremendous accession of strength. The correspondent of the Daily .If ail says : "Oerman preparations for a defensive are much more conspicuous than those for an offensive." The correspondent points to the arec lion of a new kind of field fortress of considerable slie. ITALIANS RETAKE GROUND. Surprise llack Rewalna Lost Poat on the Isouso. Specttil Cable Petpatch to Tnt 3ck. ROMMi Dec. t, The Italian forces In the I'lexio Iraaln, at the headwaters of the lsonxo. have recaptures! by surprtse an advanced position which they had lost to the Auatiians This position had been mined by the Auwtrians, but the Italian attack was carried out so quickly that the Austriiins did not have a chance to explode the mines. The tnciden4 I told In the official sii t .unent lasued by the War Office to day The statement says: In the I'lesso basin the enemy, under cover of a fog, oosuplOs one of our advanced jwsltlons toward the Korltnlca torrent and fortified It with mines. On the night of December 19 H contingent of our Infantry recap tured the position by surprise before tho enomy could explode the mines. The situation Is unchanged on the rest of the front. "THREE WEEKS" OUTLAWED. London t'ourt Denies Kllnor film's Copyright I'len. Special Cable Pespatch in Tas Scn. Ixinpon, Dec. 21. Justice Younger, In dismissing to-day tfllnor Qlyn'a suit against the Weston Film Company for alleged Infringement of the copyright nn her novel "Three Weeks." denounced the novel as "grossly Immoral ami mis chievous." Because of Ita character, ihe Justice declared. It was his duty to see to it that tho court did not give It any protection. "The film." continued Justice Younger, "although not Infringing the copyright. Is almost Inconceivably vulgar and the action of the plaintiff would In ordinary circumstances lie diamlssed with the costs, bul tills court owes II to Its own tielf-reapect not to assist either party. - 1 Thsrefon saoh parly will pay lis uwn joust. Here's how simply the Dictaphone works (IMS RUSSIANS HAMMERING RETREATING GERMANS Big Battle on Near I xkull Hindenburff Offensive Re ported Hard Hit. Srecjl Cable Despatch to Tss 8r. London, Dec. 21. The Geneva cor respondent of the Daily Exprcii trans mits a telegram from Innsbruck to the effect that the Oerman offensive on the Riga and Dwlnak fronts has completely failed. "Field Marshal von Hindenburg." ths telegram aays, "has neon forced to re tire, burying hla cann-n and abandoning much war material. Five Oerman dlvl aiono have retreated to Tukam, which the Russians are now approaching. A particularly bloody battle is In progress near Cskull." 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Call Worth 3043. 83 ChambtM Strt DIiTMPWiNE nowka, northwest of Csaftofrak, enemy reconnoitring divisions were re pulsed. TWO BRITISH SHITS SUNK. Oae Was Formerly a German Hos pital Veesel. London, Dec. It. Two more British steamers have been sunk, It was an nounced to-day. They are the Huntly. 1,151 tons, formerly the German hospital ship Ophells, which waa condemned hy a prise court, and the Belford t Glas gow, sl ip of lS ton. The crews of both vessels were saved A Berlin dsspatch from the Overseas News Agency, stated that 714 ships of tha Allies had been destroyed up to No vember 10. Of these 561 were sunk by submarines and ill by mines. Of the ships destroyed. (24 were British. AMERICAN HELD IN LONDON. Arrested Oatslde I . 8. Embassy as I ha rare nf Aato Theft. Special Cable Petpatch to Tsi Sr London, Dec. 21. There was ex Its ment outside the American Ignbaaiy this afierroon when Henry aWhaffl of Chelsea. Mass, who had Just applied for an extension of hla passport, lfl the embassy and was seized by t detectives who had been Malting : arrival for weeks. Baham la charted with the theft of an automobile, which, according to the charge, he sold the ialM day. The owner of the oar was OUtSidt " embassy with the detectives whei ham fame out and Identified him detective were afraid that Belian armed, so they "frisked" him Ol Jump In true American sly'.e The police describe Beharn life as "lurid." H'. Tl e at 11 1 1 II 1 1 1 1 1 II 1 1 1 lit 1 1 1 ' "li li 1 1 1 u . matters tUHimauiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'i! anSSJI f I v I t' 1?" Ik in if IN Seam ii as I 1