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VOL. I-NO. 7
Housecleaning Faction Pre
pare Appeal to Leader for
Personal Investigation of
Alleged Betrayal in State.
Preparations arc being made for an np
I peal to Theodore Itooaovclt to come Into
' Pennsylvania and Investigate the alleged
', fcetrayul of the Progressive party here by
' William Fllnn, of Pittsburgh, and 13. A.
' Vn Valkenburg, of Jhls city, arc under
This move on tho part of the faction
t In the Washington party, which Is con
' ducting the State-wide movement to
, throw off the Fllnn-Van Valkenburg con
trol and rehabilitate the party, came
( simultaneously with their rejection of
I Gilford Plnchot as the Progressive can
' dldate for United States Senate.
Richard II. Quay, of Pittsburgh,
joiinded tho note of protest against tho
candidacy of Mr. Plnchot,., Intimating
i that he regarded the former Ghlcf For
I ester for the Government ns a "squat
ter" In Pennsylvania. He further do
I clared thnt ho favored a genlllno I'enn
I sylvanlan as a candidate. Mr. Quay's
' attitude. It Is pointed out. Is particularly
I significant In view of his personal frlond
i ship for Colonel Iloosovelt and his posl
. tlon as a leader In the Progressive move
t went In the western end of tho Stato.
f The stand taken by Mr. Quay was
' promptly seconded this afternoon by WU
illam F. Deakyne, of this city, the formor
treasurer of the Washington Party Coun
ty Committee and a heavy financial sup
Sorter of tho Progressive movement. Mr.
leakyno said, "While ns yet I am not
' fully advised as to tho reasons behind
Jlr. Quay's move, stHl I feel well enough
, acquainted with the situation to take
my stand by his side against Mr. Pln
chot" The plan to have Colonel Roosevelt
come into Pennsylvania and make a pei
feonal Investigation of the nctlvltles of
Mr. Fllnn and Mr. Van Valkenburg ha3
lien under consideration lor several
days, although the sponsors of the "party
clean-out' movement are not willing to
state who will make tho first move.
Mr. Deakyne agreed this afternoon that
Mr. Quay will In all probability be the
man to go to Mr. Roosevelt and lay the
problem of party regeneration before him.
"We in Pennsylvania," Mr. Deakyne ad
ded, "cannot afford to have Mr. Roose
velt sacrilled to tho treachery of the
Fllnn-Van Valkenburg Influences."
While as yet" no one has given any
reason for tho unexpected opposition to
the candidacy of Mr. Plnchot, It Is be
lieved In political circles that the oppo
nents of the Fllnn-Van Valkenburg con
trol feel that Mr. Plnchot s so tied to'
these men that. If successful, he could
never be Independent enough to stand
m a true representative of the' Pro
gressive party.
Mr. Deakyne said this afternoon that
from the number of personal calls he Is
receiving In regard to his stand against
ilr. fllnn and Mr. Vun Vnlkenburg, he
feels that fully SO per cent, of the Roose
velt supporters In 1912 are ready to Join
In the revolt to purge the party.
Germans Keported Continuing' In
cendiary Work in Interior.
ASTWRHP, Sept. 21.
Dispatches from the Interior say that
the Germans continue to destroy villages.
Near Heyst-op-den Berg, the village of
Tremeloo was tired by a detachment of
German cyclists. More than H house?
llrl; r2l nnd the Population tied In
ik at ilotzlaer. which was
Senators and Representatives Also
Will Speak in. His Behalf.
I from STArrconnr.sroNiir.NT.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21. - Colonct
Thomas C. Ponce, assistant to William
F. McCombs, Democratic national chair
man, has gone to Pennsylvania to con
fer with Representative A. Mitchell
Palmer, Democratic nominee for ' the
United States Senate. It Is learned that
arrangements nr'c being perfected for
tho Invasion, of Pennsylvania by mem
bers of President Wilson's Cabinet and
prominent Senators and Representatives,
who will speak In tho Interest of Mr.
Palmer's candidacy.
Washington friends of Oifford Plnchot,
tho Washington party nomlneo for tho
Senate, Insist that they have received
no Intimation of his Intention to with
draw from tho field In favor of Mr. Pal
mer. Those who enjoy tho confidence of
Mr. Plnchot have been led to believe that
ho will remain In the contest until the
end, and somo of the most arden Pro
gressives hero pretend to feel confident
that Plnchot will dofeat both Penrose and
Trustee in Bankruptcy and
Attorney. Will Ask for
Proof That Former Finan
cier Is Mentally Incompe
Head ofthe Pennsylvania Itetilroad
Keeps to His Desk,
Stendy work Is conducive to longevity.
Samuel Ren, president of tho Pennsyl
vania Railroad, who Is 59 years old to
day, believes In this Idea. He was con
gratulated by a number of his official
start today, but went right on with his
Liquors, Amusements and
Fuel' for Motors Bear
Brunt of Levy Close Imi
tation of Spanish War
terror. The Germans continued their In
cendlary- work at Rolzlnr- ,i,i,.u .. "
t'artly destroyed.
Workmen Cannot Move Her, So
Comts Will Decide Issue,
Mill th,. Pennsylvania Railroad Com
Pany place an ugly old post on her prop
rty? TV,- wl noti t JIrgj B peIcoff
anything to say about It. That Is
ny i. lH established in a new post
"Ole. dug by the employes of the com
pany, and she does not .Intend to get out
until they ,mVu Ueparteijt W ,h0
Policemen kindly make the lady got out
the hole, 8Q tnat thB men mnJ. fio
hSleW,U!rWOrkT Cer,a""y not! Tho
right LI, Un '"""I16"-"', and she has a
ht ln.ay .there ,f 8,,e wa to, "nd
Jo .d ttHnt t0. s that's all there Is
This In iho sitmiHnu t..i,i. i I..U,. ..
Mlli, Wtators at Twelfth street and
S '. "-venue, where tho Pennsylvania
thl , ' c,ec,l"S Poles necessary to
ranrnl'le.r,0r' of,u Bt,"etcl' of electrified
own. .1 ,Th0 cof"Ptt"' believes that It
wni tn land upon which the poles aro
th. i '?": and Mrs- Palllcoff believes
nat her husband own a particular piece
designs UPn whk'h tl,e conlPany liaa
,h"rK..PIllc.ofr ls fitting in the hole;
.L! . "?" ntr lunch and says that
she u .. : '"'" "'" "?a.
rina VTki , ' " urwara to enjoying a
nice chicken supper tonight. Of course
fLi ..rathe.r. awkward, In having the
iin't v. , out t0 ,,cr- mit then It
voiim ? a'1 wllen vou consider what
Emni-Bppn ,f 8lle Kt ot.
Mr. PmS Cf t,,e "llroad say that
that Pelllcqff can sit there. If she feels
have ,? i ?b0Ut "' "n"1 the courts
hav tnlf '' wh0 owns the land. They
ate tried every possible means in .n.
udlei, ,L ,?,n(l 8re now resigned to a
, ..-. iiiciuviii or
the affair.
"yKl'V1? S?P- il-Avlator Javey.
tt Plant '1.rr1"a"e bought at the Cur-
t the ES?tby ,he Canatllan troops going
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21.-The Admin
istration's emergency war tax bill was In
troduced n the House today by Repre
sentative Underwood, chairman of tho
Ways and Means Committee.
The bill Is a close Imitation of the Span
ish war tax of 1898 except for the ' tax
on beer, wines and gasoline. The stamp
tax on che"' sf not Included In the pres
ent bill. ,-i'he telephone nnd telegraph
companies aro to keep account of their
taxable messages and remit for them.
The prlnclpnl taxes will be levied on
beer, domestic swcot wines and dry wines;
gasoline nnd naphtha and other products
ulsed In motors. Amusements will be tax
ed In cities of more than GOOO where thea
tres will bu tnxed $100. This Includes
moving picture houses,
The bill has u provision whereby retell
cigar dealers will be taxed J4.S0.
Bonds of tho United States or those of
any state, county or town are - exempt
from taxation. Bonds and stocks of co
operative building and loan associations
with a capltnl stock of not more than
J10.000. and building and loan associations
making loans only to shareholders are
exempt. Tho taxes under the so-called
"stamp tax' section of the bill, borrowed
largely from the Spanish war bill, are:
Bonds, u cents for each $100 or fraction;
stock certificate-; 5 cents per $100; bills of
sale on stock a'nd bond transfers, 2 cents.
Bill of sale of merchandise, 1 centfor
each $100 or fraction. Promissory notes,
2 conts per $100.
Kxpress nnd freight receipts and bills
of lading, 1 cent each.
Indemnity bonds, GO cents; certificates
of profit, 2 cents per' $100; certificates or
damage, 25 cents; other certificates. 10
cents; contracts of all kinds, 10 cents;
deeds nnd conveyances, 50 cents for first
$100 to $-'00; each additional $500 an addi
tional o0 cents; entry of goods at Customs
House, 23 cents to $1; entry for with
drawal, SO cents.
Life Insurance, 8 cents on each $1000.
Life Insurance policies on weekly pay
ment basis, 40 per cent, of amount of first
weekly premium.
Marino, inland nnd fire insurance, -one-half
of 1 per cent, on each dollar or frac
tional part; mutual nnd purely co-operative
fire insurance companies exempt.
Fidelity, casualty nnd guaranty Insur
ance one half of one cent on each dollar,.
Mortgages on real and personal prop
erty of all kind 25 cents If above $1000
ami not nbove $1600, and 25 cents on each
$500 above $1500.
Passage tickets on vessels leaving
United States ports, $1 If costing not
more than $30; $3 If costing between $30
and $60, and $i " more than $60.
Power of attorney and proxies, 10 cents;
power of attorney to sell real cstnte,
bonds, etc., 25 cents; protested paper, 25
cents; all seats In parlor nnd Pullman
cars, 2 cents.
A fight by creditors against the com
mitment of Adolph Segal to the State
Hospital for the Insane at Norrlstown
Is Indicated tod-ay In statements by the
trustee in bankruptcy and his attorney.
Segnl'fl attorneys, according to these men,
will be called upon to furnish proof of
the one tlmo financier's Insanity at a
meeting 'of creditors to be held next
Thursday afternoon In the Drexcl
Walter T. Douglass, the trustee In
bankruptcy, declared today that he be
lieves Mr. Segal has some money. Henry
M. Wcssels, attorney for the trustee,
said that he has his own opinion, nut
will say nothing Until the Investigation,
now under way goes farther. He de
clares his belief thnt If there aro any
unscheduled assets they will be hard to
Segal swore In bankruptcy court ' last
July that his assets were 75 cents, al
though his llablltlles were close to $3,
000,000. Since thnt time the trustee has
been investigating to determine If any
thing has been forgotten or concealed.
Segnl ls still In St. Joseph's Hospital.
Just when he will be taken to tho State
Hospital for the Insane at Norrlstown
has not been divulged. At St. Joseph's it
Is believed that tho trip will be mado to
morrow. The delay ls believed to be duo
to the Jewelsh feast days, .as Jacob Lift
man, who has been acting for Berl Sogal,
Is not in his office today.
"The fact that a magistrate has com
mitted Mr. Segal does not take him
out of the Jurisdiction of the Federal
Court." said Mr, Wessels today. "It
will be necessary 'for Segal's attorneys
to show at the creditors' meeting
Thursday why he was sent to Norrls
town, If he has beon sent by that time,
and to furnish proof of his 'insanity."
Two physicians certified to the In
sanity of Mr. Segal ns the preliminary
step to his Incarceration at Norrlstown.
and they probably will be called to the
creditors' meeting In the ofllce of
Joseph Mellors, the referee in bank
When Mr. Wessels was asked today
If he believed Segal has any assets out
side of the 75 cents scheduled, he said:
"I have my own opinion as to that, but
I cannot say until the investigation goes
farther. If thero are any assets they
probably will be hard to find."
A similar statement was made by Mr.
Douglass. He said:
"Though we feel that Mr. Segal has"
some, money, ' the creditors are tired of
putting up funds on such a slight chnnce
of recovery. I think it will be up to
Segal's attorneys to prove that he Is
insane at the meeting Thursdny."
work tho same as any other day In the
From the position of chalnman Mr.
Rea rose to his present post. He was
born In Hollldnysburg, Pa., September
21, ISS5, nnd entered the employ of the
railroad when he was 18 years old. Fol
lowing the resignation of .tames McCrcn,
Mr. Rea was elected to the presidency.
2,000,000 WAGE
The War Today
Russians, Reinforced and
Victorious at Jaroslaw,
Press Austrian Forces Back
Toward Cracow.
News Said to Have Been Suppressed
to Prevent Revolution.
LONDON, Sept. 21.
The report that Emperor Francis Joseph
of Austria Is dead, was revived today In
a dispatch to the Chronicle from Geneva,
The dispatch quotes a high otllclal re
turning to Lausanne from Vienna as stat
ing that the Emperor died a week ago.
but the news waa suppressed to avoid a
ROME, Sopt. 21. A dispatch from
Vienna says that the Emperor Francis
Joseph visited tho hospital in the Au
guraten Palace yesterday and spoke to
a hundred wounded officers there,
PETROGRAD, Sept. 21.
Two million men arc grappling today
In tho third genornl engagement In
Gallcla. Russian forces, reinforced by
fresh troops nnd fired with victories In
tho occupation of Jaroslaw, Sambor,
Grodcck and Dublocko, are engaging the
entire Austrian front on the line from
Cracow to Przemysl. General Dankl's
army has been forced still further back
ward. Przemysl, invested on three sides, now
Is being bombarded with heavy Russian
guns, but so far still withstands the at
tack, and an artillery duel Is In progress
In which the casualties are very heavy.
The general Russian advance today fol
lows tho eight days' fighting culminating
in tho capture of Lemberg, and the nine
days' fighting around Rawa Ruska. Siege
guns used In the assault on those posi
tions have been put Into emplacements
around Przemysl. Meanwhile the cavalry
and Infantry, supported by quick-firers
and the smaller artillery pieces, are with
the forefront of the Russian advance.
A BUpreme attempt Is to be made to
annihilate the Austrian armies of- Dankl
and Von Auffcnberg, tho first move In
which Is the endeavor to ' cut General
Daniel's forces off, . .
The Austrian' losses have been stagger
ing. The weather continues cold, with
rain and sleet. The Bpood of the Rus
sian advance has forced the enemy to re
treat without many of their guns, which
are mired In the swamps nnd roads,
many of which are Inches deep In mud.
No Statement in Reply to Austria's
Denial of Hostile Attitude.
ROME, Sept. 21.
An all-night session of the Italian Cabi
net was held following receipt of an
official denial from Vienna that Austria
Is nviklng war preparations upon tho
Italian frontier.
At the conclusion of the meeting this
morning no, statement was Issued, but It
generally is believed that Italy's future
attitude had been under discussion.
Despite the denial of the Austrian Gov
ernmnt the tension Is getting higher, nd
the government has placed guards at the
disposal of both the German and Austrian
tninlt'111'1 ttntl vicinity-Fair
SS mf Tu'da; ot much
tilZnl PemtUre entle Vari'
lOKdttaiU, see hit page. .
Italians Protest Against Organiza
tion Leaders' Move.
Republican organization leaders aro re
ported to have hired a number of thugs
to break up a meeting tonight at the
Italian Political League, 721 Carpenter
street. The olucers of the League have
asked tho protection of the police. Tho
meeting ls to bo held to protest against
political servitude in the Italian colony
in Philadelphia. Certain candidates will
also be indorsed to be Voted for at the
elections in Nevcmber.
The speakers tonight will be M. Charle3
Mariello, who will speak on "The Political
Evils Existing In the Colony Today";
Joseph Pumolio, on "The Necessity of
Organization"; Thomas S. Russo, on "The
Results, Consequences and Benefits De
rived from Such an Organization," and
Henry Di U;rardlno will revise the
Bppeches In Italian. The meeting is
scheduled for 8 o'clock.
Air Scout Sees Withdrawal in Region
of Soissons.
LONDON. Sept. 21.
A ParU dispatch to the Express re
ports that an officer, who has, just re
turned to that city from Soissons, states
that an aerial scout saw a large portion
or me uermau urtuy rcunag.
Prince August Wilhelm Shot in Arm,
London Hears.
LONDON, Sept. 21.
A dispatch from Berlin to a news agency
here, by way of The Hague, says that
Prince August Wilholm, the fourth son
of Emperor Wilhelm, was shot in the
left arm during tho battle of Marne. It
also stntes that the Kaiser has conferred
the Iron Cross of tho first class on him
for bravery in that action.
PETROGRAD. Sept. 21.
The Russian troops have begun most
important operations in the fortified re
gion of Przemsyl und Jaroslav. Of the
two, Przemysl is considered much the
stronger defensive position, more Im
pregnable even than Cracow.
The Russians already are attacking tho
garrison of Przemsyl, which ls reported
Invested on three sides, and the Aus
trians have retired from the fortifications
of Jaroslav.
The Austrian rear guard has again been
badly beaten and has suffered heavy
losses In attempting to withstand the
Russian ndvance. The Russians are now
in pursuit near Baranow and Ranlshoff,
villages in west Gallcla near the Vistula.
Further ndvanco of Russian forces waa
announced by the War Ofllce today. A
daring night attack, the culmination of
a day's bombardment, overwhelmed the
Austrian defenders of Dublecko, on the
San, and the Russian forces captured
thousands of prisoners and a score or
more of guns, together with large quan
tities of supplies left behind by the Aus
trlnns' retreat.
"Przemysl Is now under attack from
three separate directions," the War Of
fice statement declared. "The bombard
ment Is continuing, with our forces stead
ily ndvnnclng on the outer intrenchments,
Grodek, on the east of Przemysl has
been occupied; Sambor, to the south, has
fallen before our armies and we have es
tablished a line of further communica
tion on the west through the capture of
"The retreating Austrian forces burned
Jaroslaw before their evacuation."
Pennsylvania Railroad Employe Run
Down by Express.
Bewildered by the approach of two ex
press trains on the eastbound tracks of
the Pennsylvania Railroad, between Bryn
Mawr and Rosemout, this morning,
Michael Barber, a workman employed
on the electrification project. vas unable
to gut out of the way and was killed.
The trains, one from Parkesburg and
the ""Other a Pittsbuprgh train, came
around a curve. Barber was attaching
binding wire3 on the rails as they ap
proached. Fellow woikmen shouted to
him. He started to run across the
tracks, then darted back. Tho Pitts
burgh train, on the No. 1 track, struck
Barber was about 45 years old and
lived at Utt Marvlne street. He was mar
ried and had two sons.
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 21 -A dispatch
from Brussels says that General Von Der
Goltz is conducting a personal Inquiry
Into the fighting recently between soldiers
of the Bavarian and Prussian forces In
I the German army.
War Office Concentrates Forces for
Defense of Przemysl,
VIENNA, by way of Rome tcensored),
Sept. 21. '
Evacuation of Jaroslaw by Austrian
forces was accomplished because of a
desire to concentrate forces for defense
of Przemysl, according to War Office
statements today. The statement says:
Our battle line In Gallcla has never
been stronger. The new battle Una
from Przemysl to Cracow Is engaged.
For strategic reasons our forces have
retreated slightly along this line in
order to occupy stronger positions.
The evacuation of Jaroslaw wis de
liberate, the city having lost Its
strategic importance. The city was
fired on our leaving It.
Gloom was caused here bv the offlclnl
udmlsslon that the army of General
Dankl has been compiled to take the de
feuslve against the Russians in Gallcla.
This was the first ofliclal admission that
the Austrian arms have suffered any re
verses in the fighting against Russia.
At the same timo Field Marshal I von
Hoetzendorf. chief of the Austrian Gen
eral Staff, made public a report from
General Dankl, pratsing the bravery of
his troops, but explaining that the Rus.
slam had been encountered in over
whelming numbers.
Admiralty Abandons Hope of Locat
ing Australian Submarine.
.. . , MELBOURNE. Sept 21.
The Admiralty announced today that it
had abandoned all hope of locating the
submarine AE-X because of the depth of
i me water in wnicn It tank.
I, Fifteen mea were 'ost
Dayone't charges by the Germans In
another determined effort to pierce
tho Allies' centre nt Craonne have
been repulsed. The Invading Teutons
had renewed the assault along the
entire 120-mlloo front of the Alsno
battle line. The French and British
continue their attempt to outflank
Genernl von Kluk's forces on tho ex
treme German right wing.
Belgium forces, harassing the German
right llanh, have interfered so with
operations against tho Allies that
heavy artillery hns been rushed to
ward Antwerp to crush the army led
by King Albert. Tho Germans aro
fortifying their line of retreat
through Belgium.
Two million men are engaged In the
third Important Gallclan hattlo 6f
the war. The Russians, reinforced
by -fresh troops and encouraged ,by
the evacuation of Jaroslaw, the In
vestment of Przemysl on three sides,
the capture of Dublecko and other
smaller fortified position, aro engag
ing General Dankl's army and have
continued successful In various en
gagements with his rearguard. In
dications point to Russian numeri
cal superiority on the field, as the
Southern Poland nnd Gallclan armies
aro co-operating as a unit, and the
Austrian.1) have again been placed on
the defensive In order to protect tho
line of communication to Cracow.
In East Prussia three German army
corps (120,000 men), under General
Hlndenburg, have started an ag
gressive movement against Russian
Poland. Grodno, on the main line
between Warsaw and Potrograd, ls
the immediate objective. The de
feated Russian armies of Grodno and
Vllna have Joined to resist tho ad
vance. Montenegrin troops seized the town
of Rogbltza, 30 miles from Sarajevo, I
the capital of Bosnia, and continued
their march to within ten miles of
the stronchold. The capture of
Sarajevo Is confidently expected.
Berlin War Office reports successful
attacks at several points along the
line and announces arrival of heavy
reinforcements. The French have
been repulsed -with heavy losses
wherever they assumed the offen
sive, it was added. Further proof
of superiority of German artillery
Is said to have been given in the
engagement along the Alsno.
London War Office reports the arrival
of 100,000 men to save the wavering
army of von Kluk, with the Allies
continuing their flanking movement.
It Is admitted that the casualties of
the allied forces are heavy, largely
because of the difficulty in locating
masked German batteries.
Vienna admits the evacuation of Jar
oslaw, which was burned before the
army left. The Russians have won
several engagements with the rear
guard of General Dankl's reinforced
army, which Has again been put on
the defensive. The evacuation of
Jaroslaw is ascribed to stategic rea
sons, involving aid to Przemysl and
protection of the line of communica
tion to Cracow. Reverses to Dankl's
army have caused gloom in Vienna,
where hope ran high tlint Its junc
tion with that of Von Auffenberg
would result in stopping the Russian
advance In Gallcla.
Petrograd War Ofjico reports continued
success In the Gallclan campaign.
Grodek, Sambor and Dubiecko al
ready are taken, the capture of the
last named clearing the way to an
advance westward. Przemysl, cap
ture of which Is prerequisite to mov
ing west on Cracow and carrying tho
aggressive Into Silesia against Ilres
lau and Poson, has been Invested.
Some of the Russian troops aro pro
ceeding westward. Investment of
Przemysl and evacuation of Jaroslaw
have left the Russians free to move
nearer Cracow, where the fiercest
Aiistrian resistance is expected.
British Admiralty reports both sue-.
cesses and reverses. The Carmnnta
sank an armed German merchantman
off South America. The KoonlBsherg
disabled the English cruiser Pegasus
near Zanzibar, and the German crui
ser Kmden captured six English ves.
sels in Bay of Bengal, the Ailinir
alty admits. The German Baltic fleet,
flying the flag of Prlnco Henry of
Prussia, is reported to have, seriously
damaged the Russian fleet near the
Gulf of Finland. The Allies claim
control of the Atlantic, Mediterranean
and North Sea.
Rumania's entrance Jnto the war on
the sido of the Allies is expected, it
being admitted by German authori
ties that efforts of the Kaiser to gain
aid of the Balkan State have been
futile. Further Balkan complications
are expected if Rumania, take up
Strong Forces Rushed Foward to Check
New Advance Continue Flanking
Movement Near Soissons, Endangering
Von Kluk's Army.
French Move Heaviest Artillery East of
River Oise Teutons Renew Bombard
ment of Rheims and Soissons With
Unabated Fury.
PARIS, Sept. 21.
German forces, in a series of desper
ate assaults In the region of Craonne,
today resorted to the bayonet, but were
repulsed by the Allies with consider
able loss.
Tho invaders' assaults were espe
cially violent east of the Oise and north
of the Alsne.
At 3 o'clock this afternoon the War
Office issued this official statement:
On our left wing, on the right
hank of tho Olse, wc have advanced
to the heights of Lassigny (west of
Xoyon). East of tho Olse and to
the north of the Alsne the Germans
have shown an Increase In activity.
Violent attacks turning into bay
onet charges have been delivered
in tho region of Craonne. The
enemy has been repulsed at all
points with considerable losses.
Around Rheims the enemy has
made no infantry attack, but has
confined his efforts to bombarding
our front with his heavy pieces.
At the centre In Champagne and
on tho west side of the Argonno,
beyond Souoln, we have taken
Nesnllleshurtus and Masslges.
In the Woevre region the enemy
holds the region of Thiancourt and
has bombarded Hnrron-Chateul.
On the right wing (Lorraine and
the Vosges) there Is no change.
The Germans are fortifying them
selves on Dclmtet Hill, south of
The British troops had taken up
positions In the Craonne region,
and It is supposed that the forces
of Sir John Frencli are bearing
the brunt of tho attacks made by
the German Infantry.
Today's announcement is the first
since tho battle of the Alsno began
statins that either side had resorted to
tho bayonet. This indicates that on
this, the ninth duy of the battle, tho
artillery duel which has been raging
for many days, resulted in a drawn
battle and that tho other forces have
now been brought Into action.
Tho Allies have thrown forward
heavy bodies of men to engage the
attacking forces.
Activity of the French and British
around Soissons shows that the Alllei
are continuing their flanking move
ment against the troops of General
von Kink, who appears in Imminent
danger of being surrounded. Heavy
reinforcements have been rushed to
von Kluk's aid.
The French have been able to move
their heaviest artillery to the firing
line east of tho Olse. near Its junction
with the Aisne. and n continuous night
and day bombardment against the
German positions ts In progress. Ac
cording to the official announcement.
Only a few walls of tho famous ca
thedral, erected in the Mlddlo Ages, re
main standing.
Both Soissons and Rheims are re
ported to bo in flames. Soissons hofl
been under Are since fighting In tho
present battle began. Rheims has
been bombarded for 84 hours.
Farther to the east, near the Ar
gonno district, In the Mouse Valley
and the Vosges, fighting ts less severe,
but is still going on.
The destruction along tho vulley of
the Alsne is appalling. Wounded sol
diers, returned officers and prisoners
from the front describe tho loss of life
as colossal. The stretch of lowland
between the hills flanking the Alsno
is described as a valley of death and
Day and night the bombardment
goes on until one wonders in amazo
ment how the Germans are able to
bring from their distant base of sup
plies sufficient ammunition necessary
to keep their batteries in action all tho
It is confidently believed by the
French military authorities In Paris
thatthe German positions can be a
thoroughly weakened by the cannonade"
that tho French and British will be
able to sweep the Germans from their
entrenchments at the Dolnt of the
bayonet, despite the reinforcements.
Already, it is said, the French have
been ablo to silence several of the Ger
man batteries at that point, compelling
them to take up new positions.
Tho effect of the German artillery
fire upon the French and British troops
has been terrible, it is admitted. Some
of the heaviest German guns have been
shelling the allied positions from a dis
tance of seven miles. All are cleverly
masked. It is admitted that one of tho
largest guns, which has done great
damage, is so successfully concealed
thnt the Allies have been unable to
locate It.
So far the fighting has been a fierce
artillery duel, partaking of the duali
ties of a siege. Now, however, with
both sides beginning to use more and
more Infantry, the fighting should be
near its end. Tho present week should
see the tide of victory and defeat flow
ing in clearly marked channels.
Whether it will result in the Germans
taking the offensive movement In an
effort to ptereo the French and British
lines, or whether the Allies will be able
to roll back tho German legions to thu
frontier, remains to be seen.
No matter how tho present battle
the hardest lighting Is in progress near I ROes' a" ot northeastern France, from
Soissons, on the extreme western end
of tho battle line, and near Rheims,
in tho centre.
The bombardmont of Rheims con
tlnued today with unabated fury. The
heavy German guns, mounted on tho
heights three miles from the city, are
knocking down tho walls of the prin
cipal buildings of the town and many
noncombatants have been killed. The
Hotel do Vllle, the museum, the sub
prefecture and nil neighboring build-
Paris to tho Belgian and German fron
tiers, will have been ravaged, dpvas
tated and scourged It is as though
the hands of God. sweeping In divine
wrath, had withered and wasted the
land for the sins of Us people.
The French and English have been
successful in taking big bodies of pris
oners, but It seems that the gaps in
the German ranks aro filled as soon
as they are made. More than lo.ooo
prisoners of war now are interned in
lugs have been destroyed almost com- this city, all having been brought in
pletely, It was announced today. within the last week.
l (by way of Am-
BJ3KM.V. Sept.
The following offleial statement cov
ering the general situation in France
was issued today:
"Success is meeting our offensive
against the allied British and French
forces. We are making progress at
several points. Heavy rains for a few
days compelled the German troops to
withhold their attack, but we are now
moving forward with the enemy mak
ing an energetic defense.
"The reinforcements Pent to the
front have given a good acvount of
themselves and have strengthened our
lined by replacing tho soldiers, who
were almost exhausted by the terrific
strain under which they have been
fighting for many days.
''Our artillery again has demon
strated its superiority.
"We have repulsed attacks made by
French troops on Donon. near Kaales,
in the central Vosges.
"The height of Primont, near
Rhtlins, was taken by assault, the al-

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