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"w &&t "M- mt Jfe t: jPppB- Jj i Jj w t ivlHlH IiBDOBttPHtLAPlSLPglA, WEDNESDAY, DEOEMBES lOlOlf BRITISH FLEET CLOSES IN ON FLEMISH COAST BOMB ARDING GERMANS AT WESTENDE GERMANS CONTEST RUSSIANS' ADVANCE .- IN BITTER BATTLE Reinforcements Dash Against Foe's Poland , Centre Czar Resumes Offensive in East Prussia. rBTflOOnAD, Dee. 18. The TtUMlan offensive from the War- &w on Is bitterly contested by the Oeftnnna, who liavo been reinforced and are driving desperately ngnlnat the Itus- , Hon centre. AH German forces have been driven from the Mlavva region, the War Olllce announced today, and the Hussion of fensive against the Thorn-Soldau front has been icsumcd. The Germnus have been thrown back across the Hast Prus sian border, and It la believed that they are disorganized and cannot oiler any . resistance. Fierce fighting has developed In tho region between Lowlc and the . south bank of the Bsura (a tributary of the Vis tula).. In this circumscribed ucctlon lightly southwest of AVarsaw tho Ger man army of Invasion has made deter mined assaults against the Czar's centre. The renewal of. German activity began Monday and has developed Into a bitter - battle to gain ground. According to official dispatches from tho front, which were made public tonight at general headquarters,, the Germans aro forming In heavy force on tho south bank of the Vistula River. This movement Is reported In the .Vicinity of How, 40 miles west of Warsaw, where several new bodies of German troops have been tlla-a ""! Uf JtUOBIUJl BCUUIS. This movement Indicates that the Ger mans after suffering a repulse north of Warsaw, where they were driven back to Boldau, across the East Prussian frontier, ro concentrating troopB for nnother de termined dash against the Russian centre. The Husslan campaign In Poland has toeen changed since Saturday, when the Carman concentrated attack between ajfawa and Plock failed. Thd Jtuaslan staff believes that last week's effort of Von Hlndenburg wao the hlgh-watef'mark of tho German Invasion of north Poland,. It was repulsed by tho accumulated Russian reserve. The Germans arc now falling back, and there'have tMsen heavy rear-guard engagements all day between tho retiring Germans and the Russian cavalry from Mlawa, across the East Prussian frontier. , BRITISH WARSHIPS SHELL WBSTBNDB Continued from rre One north, but claims decisive success in the Masurian Lake country. The Car's fdrccs, which were well toward Cracow, have been pushed back over their line of advance in Galicia, and Vienna official reports in dicate a, heavy battle on the River San within a day.or so. Vienna has admitted the evacuation of Belgrade, but states the withdrawal was volun tary and without fighting. Servian soil has been cleared of In vading Austriatrs, says an official Nish statement. King Peter led his vie toridus troops into the old capital of Belgrade, retaken by the Serbs. Turks have begun a massacre of Christian Greeks at Aivali, Asia Minor. Riots and pillage mark the at tacks. Turkey has apologized to Italy for the seizure of British Cousut Rich ardson at Hodcidah, BRITISH WARSHIPS BOMBARD GERMAN LINES AT WESTENDE FRENCH HAVE LOST GROUND IN ALSACE f?n:jr rxctitH zinc linc orrxcNCti MtMOM n wcnsT O MET2 x & . Js f?onHNar$t MIKADO OFFERS TROOPS TO FIGHT FOR CZAR .iFormer Enemies to Stand by Side Against Germany. PETROGUAD, Dec. 16. Emperor Toshlhlto, of Jnpan, has of fered to send Japanese troops to tight sldo by side with the Russians against tho Germans, according to reliable re ports here, and It Is understood that the proffer has been accepted. v Russian journals have been forbidden to . publish this news, but a Mfljutncnt Russian official practically confirmed' It today, saying: "I hear that tho Mikado has addressed a. letter to the Emperor couched In tho warmest terms asking that he be granted the honor of placing his troops sldo by Side with the glorious Russian armies galnst the common foe of civilization, Germany. "Tho Emperor's reply was couched In corresponding terms and waa In the af firmative, I am Informed. Tentative plans havo been made f6r tho participa tion of a. not Inconsiderable number of Japanese soldiers In tho active opera tions against Germany. "Indeed, It la said that these forces Mo prepared to leave for Russia at once." TURKS APOLOGIZE TO ITALY Promise to Make Amends for Seizing British .Consul, , HOME. Dec. 16, The negotiations between Italy and Turkey over tho removal of G, A, Rich ardson, the British Consul, from the , Italian Consulate at Hodelda, Arabia, are approaching a satisfactory solution, . Tho Turks havo returned Mr. Richard, eon to the Consulate and presented ex cuses for his removal. They also prom ised to punish those guilty of the broach diplomatic relations. 3POBB BLESSES THE BELGIANS ROME, Dec 18. The I'ope has written letter to Cardinal Mercler, of Belgium. , In which he deeply deplores the fate of tat country, which ho declares la the reult qf the greatest outrage Jn history. Tho Tope aya he shares the sorrows and hopes of the unfortunate Belgians, to -whom ha sends his blessings. Ho also exempts them from the payment of feter'a pence. Fleets Co-opernto With Land Forces In Drivo on Ostend. 1'ARIB. Dec. IS. British warships have renewed their ncilvltleo against tho Germans on the Belgian coast and havo bombarded West' endc, which Is now held by the ICalsor's troops. This was tho chief featuro of an olllclal statement issued here this ntter noon, although It nteo stated that the French had gained some ground and that German attacks had been repulsed by both Belgians and French. Westendo lies on the road betwoon Nleuport and Ostend, seven miles west of tho latter city. The announcement of the renewnl of tho British warships' activity off tho coast thero Indicates that the Allies an directing somo of their chief attacks toward Ostend. The Allies' drive at Klein Ztllcbeko, south of Tpres, has won a llttlo ground, but the chief advantage gained is the driving of tho formidable wedge farther Into the enemy's lines and so seriously threatening his position that a German retreat at this point is confidently pre dicted, North of the Alsne and In the Argonne the artillery battle continues with un abated fury, and thqro have been scat tered Infantry charges by both sides, without developing Important results. According to the reports from tho front the advance of the Allies now develop ing is rar heavier than any offcnslvo movement assumed by the French, Brit ish and Belgian forces since von Kluk's nrmy was "turned" on the Alsne. It Is tho result of a coinpleto change of plan by Generals Jnffre and French, nnd .means that the campaign which was to havo been begun In the spring Is now under way. If this new movement Is successful tho Germans will bo thrown back on their second line In Belgium, the one reaching fr3m Bruges to Courtrat, within three weeks. A Rotterdam dispatch Bays that the newspaper La Belglque declares that tho retreat of the Germans toward prepared positions east of the Yser Is confirmed. Masses of troops havo been concentrated along a line embracing Bruges, Thlelt and Courtrat, with .general headquarters ftt ThlelL I ( ,''.',, x t if i- if A ., f J - . J 'TsZ&. .J0 ' tfLfc OCNSDORF """? f . O NANfV stRaAuRG Off J s. l "M i & M i It" x " n i I 1 J ( H ivSlA -J MUUHAU3EN . ) Nu i The pressure of the French rizht wing against the German lines be tween the Meuse and the Moselle is generally in the direction of Metz, but that German stronghold is so well protected by encircling forts that its Investment would mean a matter of weeks, if not months. The present importance of this, drive, therefore, is that it threatens the line of communication of the German force that has been in pos session of St. Mihicl for the last two months. The French have also advanced eastward from a point north of St. Mihiel and have reached Deuxnoux in an effort to effect a junction with the force pushing north. If this junction is made, St. Mihiel will be entirely cut off. CZAR DRIVEN TO SAN .SERVIAN SOIL CLEARED OF AUSTRIANS' TREAD King; nnd Crown Prince Make Tri umphal Entry Into Belgrade, BELGRADE, Dec. IS. The Austrian Invaders havo been com pletely expelled from Servian soil, today's official report from Nish declares. King Peter and Clown Prince George rode Into Belgrade at the head of their victorious Servian troops, and received a tumultuous welcome from the Inhabi tants who had stayed here during the Austrian occupation. Solemn High Mass was celebrnted In tho Cathedral. The King and Crown Prince, accompanied by members of their staff, attended. ROME, Dec. 16. Tho Glornalo d'ltalla prints an article declaring that tho Aus trian army has been ordered by the commanders completely to evacuato Servla. Extra Sale Entire stock of our Atlantic City siore, vii uuaruvaiK, to db sacri ficed for quick selling at under-cost prices. tl.SO comfort Shirts with ilernl. BR. lutnm uu S7.S0 Blanket Bath Robes $5,00 S.M Cane $1.65 13.00 rajamas ,.,.,,,,.., $1,50 All suitable for Xraaa giving! COULTER Shirt Maker 710 Chestnut St. THE FIRST WAR BOOKS BY EYE WITNESSES TO BE PUBLISHED 1 IN THIS COUNTRY Austrian Offensive in Galicia Con tinues Unabated. LONDON. Dec. 16. Tho Austrlans have succeeded In again crossing the Carpathians, and, according to their accounts, aro driving tho Russian left back toward tho River San. Thla Austrian army, assisted by German re inforcements, has undertaken tho diffi cult task of forcing the Russians to with draw from In front of Cracow and also of relieving rrzomysl. Tho Austrlans ap parently havo mot with at least partial success In tho fornjer project. EX-PREMIER'S SON DEAD PARIS, Dec. 10. Max Barthou, a son of cx-Prcmlor Burthou, of Franco, died yesterday from wounds received lighting at Thann. He was only 18 years old and had served since tho first days of tho war, being assigned at his own request to a placo nt the front rather than on tho General Staff. HAVE A REAL SANTA CLAUS In your homo. Give tho kid dies n real treat. Snnta Claim Costumes, Wigs and Beards to Iiiro reasonable. RELIANCE CO., 1122 Walnut St. JACOB REED'S S(M$$ Mens Gl olid ay j-3 Sa-ji in W-"' The kind the price oves ror yiits you -want you want at to pay. Bountiful as sortments of tne most desirable Gloves in tne world. Priced $1.50, $2, $2.50, $3, $3.50. l Jacob Reed's Sons Richard Harding Davis gives first-hand accounts oft The Germans in Brussels Ths Burning of Louvaln His Cspture ss a Spy Cathedral I Th Bombardment of Rheims Paris in War Time The Battle of Sofssons mi mW other important mmtaM of the preHi great Wn m bm new book, WITH THB XLLIES J Hi Meander Powell describes as an eye-witness; The Zeppelin Attacks on Antwerp The Destruction of Louvaln, , . Afrschot and Tcrmonde The'Building of the Armored Trains The Bombardment of Ant werp, and every phase of the great drama culminating in Qje fall of Antwerp, in FIGHTING IN FLANDERS Mtef mt4. f 1-93 eet; jniaz extra CHARLES SCRWNIR'S $ QNS RUSSIAN LOSSES 150,000 IN POLAND, BERLIN ASSERTS I I I I ..-II !. Official Review Also Stresses Taking 80,000 Prisoners Progress of Warsaw Campaign, Satis factory, It Declares. BERMN. D13C. 16. .Ilusslan nrmfes In Polntid haVo loat 160,000 men, Inotudins 80,000 prlsrtiors, who havo been brought to .Germany, drills clllclnl Oermnn eatlmato was made, pub lic heVo today In a rovlow of tia military operations issued nt tho War Oniee. Iteferrlnp to tho Russian losses, tho statement said: 'Uo aro nblo to catlm'nto safely tho total Itussltm losses In 'Poland. They amount to tho total of 160,000 men, In cluding 80,000 prisoners, who meanwhile havo boon transported to dormany by rail." ' Tho official rovlow nlso staled that tho total number of unwounded Husslan prls oiirrs taken by tho dcrmans and Aus tilanf Is 473,000. It asserts that the Germans aro making satisfactory progress In Poland and con tinues: "Latest reports from tho German and .Austrinn commanders mention Lowlcz as tho centro of tho oporntlon. Those Indl cato a frontal advance against tho Itus slann behind tho Bsura Klver. "Important nowa comos from western Galicia, where the Austrlans aro contin uing their offensive. The success of thla movement Is apparent In that they have t-ompelled tho Russians to retreat irom the Carpathians and forced (hem north ward. "Tho Russians refttlzo that further suc cesses of tho Austrlans are likely lo en danger tKelr whole whig, which seems io bo crowded tosether." The review confirms Servian claims of victories over tho Austrlahs, hut says the troops of the dual monarchy aro be ing reformed for a new oltcnslvo. It declares tho situation In the west ern thoatro tif war Is favorablo to them, they having repulsed attacks by tho French-Belgian troops. "Tho Belgian army la virtually a 'neg ligible quantity,' " It continues. "They are suffering from typhoid and cholera as welt. The Belgians iiave lost, slnco the beginning of tho war, 25,000 killed, 52, 000 wounded, . 86,000 who have been brought to Germany as prlsonora and 82,000 Interned In Holland." 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