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PHILADELPHIA, MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 1915.
PltlOlfl ONHJ CflflOT
Corixianr, 10tB, nr ins Pcitio Udou Courinr.
tempt of Germans to
Cut Verdun-Toul Line
jBlocked and Wedge at
St Mihiel Imperiled by
Furious Attack of
I Joffre's Artillery
ustrians Drive Czar Out of
'Trenches South of Tarnow
as Battle Rages for Gali-
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Clan Joase rvuiiuauu x abs
Recovered in Bukowina
.Terrific flro from tho French nrtlllcry
fcu destroyed the German pontoon
Irldires across tho Meuse below St.
Hlilel, and tho Invaders' attempts to
crosS tho river In force and cut tho
Ftencli lines from Verdun to Toul have
Ifaln been blocked. At tho same time,
lea German salient at St. Mihiel has
kn endangered by this attack.
iports from Havre that tho Allies
tA been compelled to evacuate St.
Bsorges, east of Nlcuport, near the
Jiorth Sea coast, arc apparently con
tradicted by today's ofllclal statement of
A Boris War Office, which announces
'gain east of St.. Georges.
Berlin now admits evacuation of
dee. and Opoczno and retirement to
li'itllca. New positions have been
tonily Intrenched and heavy artillery
wTira directed at tho Russian outposts
pra uie river iicikiiib.
Fsrlous Austrian assaults havo won
tasehe3 south of Tarnow from the
Mains, whose oossess'ar of their
fiffrjajlclan base is now contested In
jrisn. army of defenso In Gallcla has
fiywild tho offensive directly wtst of
r&unSjJec River In a patent endeav-
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naln forces are busy In the Thorn
iHre, Warsaw defense and Transyl
jThs Austrian offlc nl report an
nounces capture of Russian trenches In
Ue Carpathians south of tho passes,
Jjl unofficial reports from Vienna as
jkrt that tho Russians havo been
ftiven. back from Klrllbaba pass, the
Buidwlntan gateway to Hungary,
jnicn tney passed a -week ago.
German ofllclal accounts speak of
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zlmow on tho front wort of Warsaw,
and of checking tho resumed Russian
olTenslvo near Opoczno In sou then. Poland.
FRENCH SHELLS WRECK
FOE'S BRIDGES ON MEUSE
Germans' Wedge nt St. Mihiel Undr
PARIS. Jnn. 23.
UCrmntl tinnrnnn Itftrlrrnn nn.nnM 4 1...
Mtuse, nt St. Mlhlcl, which were partly
destroyed Inst week, linvp been blown to
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In Offlclnl lllnnntrllna tn.lnt.
Gcrmnn gunners on tho west bank of
mo mouse niiemptcil unsuccessfully to
silenco tho French nrtlllcrj'. Adilltlonnl
guns were brought Into position by tho
i-iciicii, nneus ion in tno city of St.
Mihiel, Inflicting losses among tho dor
This nccompllshmcnt by tho French ,
troops Is ono of the most Important of
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...,TU .wl o;Tt:iiii iiiuilliiq
been attempting to cross that strcnm ir.
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fense between Verdun nnd Toul.
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troops nnnounccd tills nftcrnoon fncludc !
vit-mijr 111 inu iiik. lor ino trcncnoR
near I3crry-nu-nc nnd destruction of i
German earthworks In Champagne.
ALLIES GAIN GROUND EAST
OF ST. GEORGES; HOLD TOWN
Reported Loss in West Flanders Con
tradicted by Paris Statement.
PARIS. Jnn. 25.
Unofllclnl reports from Havre thnt tho
Allies boil been compelled to ovneuato
tho hnmlct of St. Georges, five miles enst
of Nieuport, In West Flanders, nre con
tradicted In today's official communique,
which reports a slight gain cast of thnt
village. Fierce fighting Is reported In
Sovero fighting Is also reported north of
Zlllnbnke, flvo miles southeast of YprcB,
northeast of Arms and In the region of
La Uolssellc. At tho Inst named point
tho Allies maintain their positions in tho
face of heavy shell lire.
AUSTRIANS DRIVE FOE BACK
FROM CARPATHIAN PASSES
Hecover Kirlibaba Gateway to Hun
gary in Flanking Movement.
VIENNA, Jan. 25.
Defeat of tho Russian forco attempting
to ndvance Into Transylvania from
Bukowina Is nnnounccd In nn ofllclal re
port. Russian nttncks'tipon Austrian positions
In tho south of Dukowln.i ended yesterday
by native troops reconquering Kirlibaba
and the heights surrounding tho town.
Tho Russians retreated with losses.
Hostile uttempts to make further prog
ress over tho Jacobeny and Kirlibaba
passes have thorcforo completed failed,
tho ofllclal report comments.
Correspondents of tho papers telegraph
from the front- that the. Hussion-attempt
to outflank 'tho Austrian right wing in
southern nukowlna hns been frustrated
and the Russians have been thrown back
The Austrlans, according to these dis
patches, havo captured a number of pris
oners und quantities of war material.
(Klrllbaba. situated on tho borders of
Bukowina nnd Hungary, gives Its name
to a famous pass which commands the
principal road Into Transylvania. This
pass was taken by tho Russians Just a
week ago. Jacobeny lies 15 miles south
east of Klrllbaba.)
German reinforcements have been
rushed to the defense of Hungary.
TURK AIR FLEET DESTROYED
Sultan's Six Aeroplanes Lost In Sink
rETROGRAD, Jan. 23. Tho entire aero
plane fleet of the Turks, which was being
sent to Treblzond for use against the Rus
sians in the Caucasus, was destroyed
when tho Russian Black Sea fleet sank
tho steamship Georglus off Slnoub.
The vessel carried six air craft.
Other War News on Fage 4
120 VESSELS HAVE COME
UNDER AMERICAN REGISTRY
Most of the Ships Before Trnnsfer
rnl Were Owned In TJ. S.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25,-Under the
ship transfer act of August 13, 1914, 120
ships havo come under the American
registry. This large number heretofore
largely were American-owned vessels
that carried the flag of other nations be
cause of advantages.
Tho 120 vessels aggregate -H3.E05 tons
and formerly floated these flags;
British M Otrroan 22
Cuban -1 Mtlglan fi
Rumanian 1 Norwegian .,,,,,,, 1
Mexican 1 Uraguay 1
Only two vessels transferred have
caused trouble or dispute. Tho first was
tho Sacramento, purchased from the
Hamburg-American line. After the trans
fer, It was discovered supplying coal to
a British man-of-war off the coast of
San Francisco. Protests were made to
the Secretary ot War by the German Am
bassador, This vessel Is now Interned In
The only other dispute that has arisen
Is the recent one over the transfer of the
Dacla. The situation now Is regarded
satisfactory, as the British Government Is
satisfied the transfer was bona fide.
3 HURT IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Passengers nnd Chauffeur Injured
When Machine Turns Turtle,
Three men were hurt In an automobile
accident at 18th and Green streets, yester
day. They are Roger Byrns, president of
the Union Casualty Company, of 4905 Wal
nut street, and Vernon II. Burke, an at
torney, of Columbus. O. Michael Dandls,
the chauffeur, of 19(1 De Lancey street,
was shaken up.
The car turned turtle when Dandls was
steering It from 18th street Into Green
street Byrns sustained a broken arm and
Burke a fractured hand. The chauffeur
escaped with a few bruises. Dr. John
Wanamaker. Sd, and Dr. Eugene Swain,
who were passing, took the Injured men
into a private hospital nearby, and, after
having their Injuries dressed, they went
to their homes.
Sexagenarian Commits Suicide
Hiram N'lblo CO years old, of VOS Market
street, was found dead, with the gas
luiniU on, in hi ruom at that ad4res
early today by B JIumberger, another
occupant of the house Nlblo bad been
boarding In the house about a year The
police are searching fox a son who called
uon him occasionally The motive for
tfle suicide has nt been determined.
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This huge rifle, lashed to the deck of the Transylania, of the Cunard Line, aroused much speculation
among passengers who sailed last Saturday. No information was given out concerning it, but it is
believed to have been made by the Schwab works and is on its way to Belfast to be mounted on one
of the new English dreadnoughts.
TO STOP SALE OF
Embassy Protests Against
Shipment of Hydroaero
planes to Allies as Viola
tion of Neutrality Laws.
A breach of neutrality In tho sale of
hydroaeroplanes to England by tho
Curtiss works at Haminondsport. N. Y.,
Is charged In a noto today addrcsed to
tho State Department by Count von
Hernstorff, Gcrrrtnn Ambassador.
Tho German Embassy issued this state
ment: "The German Government, through
Cpunt von Bernstorff, has addressed a
noto to the State Department concerning
"The Cmtlss works, at Hwnmondsport,
N. Y., havo sold nnd sent to England tho
well-known hydroacroplano America and
five hydroaeroplanes of tho same typo.
Thirty-six hydroaeroplanes of a different
typo have been ordered by England nnd
are under construction by tho same firm.
Also, Russia has ordered a number of
these vessels of Curtiss for use In its
"Thero Is no doubt, nnd It does not need
any explanation, thnt from tho stand
point of International law hydroaeroplanes
have to be considered as war vessels and
thnt, therefore, by artlclo 8 of tho agree
ment concluded at The Hague on October
18, 1907, neutral countries nro prohibited to
Supply belligerent countries with such
vossels. Tho selling of hydroaeroplanes
by the Curtiss works, therefore, consti
tutes a breach of neutrality.
"Hydroaeroplanes are not especially
mentioned In The Hague ngreement for
tho slmplo reason that this kind of war
vessel did not yet exist at that time."
THAW SPRINGS SURPRISE,
SEEKS TEST OF SANITY
Jerome Opposes Motion and Is Ac
cused of Breaking Faith.
NEW YOrtK, Jan. 25. Harry IC Thaw
sprang his promised surprise on William
Trovers Jerome nnd other attorneys rep
resenting New York State today when,
upon arraignment before Justice Davis In
the criminal branch of the Supreme Court
on the charge of conspiracy, his attorney,
John B, Stanchfleld, demanded that the
prisoner be sent to Bellovue Hospital for
examination as to his sanity.
Jeromo sprang to his feet and opposed
tho motion, and In the legal battle that
followed, Thaw's counsel freely Intimated
that Jeromo had broken the word he gave
to the United States Supreme Court.
Tho argument ended when Justice Davis
Bent Thaw back to the Tombs and an
nounced that he would take the question
under advisement for two or three days.
RECEIVER EOB, JACOB KEISLER
Claims Against Missing Real Estate
Dealer Total 848,800.
Creditors with claims totaling $13,600 at
., i,AnHnir tnrinv before Judffe Dick
inson, In United States District Court, at
which Benjamin nnoerg -wna iiumeu re
ceiver for Jacob Kelsler, missing real es
tate dealer, of 112 South Ith street, Ber
.. T-, finnHMr. counsel for the Sixth
until . ..v-... - , .,
Street Building and Loan Association,
9ald criminal prosecution woutd be started
against certain persons whom he refused
to name In connection wnn ineir ueuunaa
Attorney Adolph Elchholz. representing
creditors whose claims total about I30.COO,
made the application for a receiver,
WOMAN TRIES TO END LIPB
A Blight Are Jn her store and the lllnesi
of her husband Impelled Mrs. Sarah
Zaret of 610 Germantown avenue, to
attempt suicide today, the police say, by
inhaling Illuminating gas. She Is at the
Oermantown Hospital In a prltlcal condi
tion Her on' Samuel garet, H years
old ' discovered hU mother uooonsclous
in her room. The husband and father
has been ill at the Jewish Hospital for
two montlfs. Lest nlt, while Mrs. Zaret
was visiting hie. flr caused tW dam
age ta A delicatessen tore
SULZBERGER CALLS PORTER
INEFFICIENT FROM BENCH
Common Patrolmnn's Brain Better
Than Director's, Judge Says.
Director of Public Safety I'ortcr came
In for short but bitter 'criticism today nt
tho hands of Judge Mayer Sulzberger nt
tho hearing of two women charged with
being frequenters of a disorderly house.
"The brain of a common, ordinary po
llcoman who appears in court would bo
better at the head of tho pollco depart
ment than tho present head,", said Judge
Sulzberger. "The Dliector ot Publlo
Safety has shown himself to bo incompe
tent to fill his Important position. Ho is
inefficient Ho has tried to dictate to
tho Judiciary, but all persons who coma
Into this court will bo treated ,exjictly
alike," ffcTTbr poor. No person, no mat
tor what his influence or office, will bo
given any protection here."
STRIKE HARD BLOW
TO TRADE BY RATES
Cost of Freight Increased
From 100 to 1000 Per
Cent., Two Cabinet Mem
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.-"0cean freight
rates have been arbitrarily Increased to
an unparelleled height without regard to
the Interests of American trade.
"Some business plants havo been shut
down as a result of the exorbitant rates.
"If common carriers on land wore to
practice such discrimination against ship
pers and such arbitrary methods they
would bo subject to criminal prosecution."
These counts are contained In a bitter
Indictment against the foreign steamship
owners, filed with the Senate today by
Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo and
Secretary of Commerce Redfleld.
The Indictment makes a strong plea for
the ship-purchase bill, asserting the facts
as thoy have found thorn are an unan
swerable, argument In favor of an Ameri
can Government merchant marine. The
Secretaries declare the Increase In the
cotton rate of 1100 per cent, on shipments
to Bremen nnd of 800 per cent, on grain
show, In part, the extortionate method of
the steamship owners in dealing with
American exporters since the beginning
of the European war.
An Increase In the cotton rate of 1100
per cent, on shipments to Bremen and of
SCO per cent, on grain Is held up as evi
dence of the manner In which these
steamship owners have taken the Euro
pean war to mulct the American exporter.
CANNOT REOULATE RATES,
And the end Is not yet In sight, accord
ing to the report, which says:
"Ocean freight rates are still rising
and are limited only by the greed of the
Concluded on Pace Tiro
TJio tongue, like the thumb, be
trays. Have you ever tried to train
your ear to the differences in Amer
ican speech, not only differences be
tween various seofious ot the coun
try, out between parts of the same
section or even the same cituf It
is a fascinating pastime and is de
lightfully described by the well
"Walter Prichard Eaton
In Sgrnard Shaw's play, "Pyg
malion," Professor Illgglns tells
various characters whom he meets
what section of London they come
from, reaching his conclusions
solely from their accents and in
flections. Well, London isn't the
only place where that can be done.
Bo read ilr. Eaton's skit on the edi
torial page of tomorrow's
FLOUR MILL ON
HIS "REST DAY"
Workmen Urge Evangelist
to Preach, But Instead He
Invites Them to Attend
There will be no services at the
Yesterday morning 18100
Yesterday afternoon 20.000
Yesterday evening 20.000
Approximate grand total.... 100,000
Yesterday morning 313
Yesterday afternoon G07
Yesterday evening 52.5
Total fo date V.OSO
Preached to date 42
To be preached before close
of campaign 75
Yesterday morning J7I2.C2
Yesterday afternoon 82 iM
Yesterday evening 089.60
Grand total 33,003.09
Several hundred employes of the Jlll
bourno Roller Mills, Md and Market
streets, covered with white dust, shook
hands with "Billy" Sunday and Mrs.
Sunday when the evangelist and his wlfo
visited tho plant today In company with,
Georgo C. Shane, executive secretary of
the local committee.
Tho workmen were anxious for "Billy"
to make nn address, but ho told them he
wanted them all to come down to the
tabernacle to hear him, and, after as
suring them of his pleasure In being priv
ileged to see them nt work, he called
"good-hyo" to them and waa whirled out
through Fair-mount Park and through
Germantown to the homo of Joseph 51.
Steele, chairman of tho Executive Com
mittee, where ho and "Ma" wcro guests
"Billy" Sunday now has a long-distance
convert About 2 o'clock this morning his
secretary, Bentley D, Ackley, was aroused
by a telephone call from Chicago. Ackley
was surprised to learn that the man on
the other end of the wire wanted to give
his heart to God and had called to "hit
the trail" by telling Mr. Sunday of his
desire to lead a Christian life.
"I was in Philadelphia a few days ago
and heard Mr. Sunday preach," he told
Mr. Ackley, "and he Impressed me so
much that I have since been led to the
conviction that I was going the wrong
way and must start a new life and live
for Christ. I thought over It all day to
day, and Anally decided that I'd phone to
"Billy" and have It over with.
He Insisted on giving the message to the
evangelist, but Anally agreed to permit
Mr. Ackley to deliver It.
"Billy" Sunday had his biggest day In
Philadelphia yesterday. He took advan
tage of tho monster crowds to hammer
homo some more hard blows against the
liquor business and the liquor-controlled
politicians In Pennsylvania. There were
about 53,030 persons In attendance at the
three services, and 1413 men and women
"hit the sawdust trail" and pledged
themselves to try to lead Christian lives.
In the afternoon and evening "Billy"
did some plain talking to "men-only"
audiences that filled the tabernacle when
he preached his sermon, "The Devil's
Boomerang" or "Hot Cakes Off the Grid
dle." In the morning he preached to an
audience of men, women and children on
"Thy Kingdom Come," and 313 went for
ward after he had finished, preaching and
expressed their desires to lead new lives.
At the afternoon meeting 807 "hit the
the troll" and there were SSI converts In
the evening Notwithstanding tho storm
the big building was overcrowded at both
Attacking the rum business while
Concluded eu I'sio Stjta
WHEAT SETS NEW RECORD
Prlco In Chicago Market Soars to
?1.454 Per Bushel.
CHICAGO, Jnn. 25. A marked rush to
buy, with offerings light and reports
thnt henvy rains may shorten tho Argen
tine whent crop, today caused May wheat
to Jump to Jl.43 per bushel.
This Is n new record for tho crop nnd
tho highest price reached on the local
Bonrd of Trade In mnny years.
$3000 LOSS IN FIRE
Blaze Destroys Office of Brick and
Fire destroyed tho two-story frame of
flco of tho R. C. Remmey & Sons Com
pany, nt Hedley street and tho Delnwaro
River, Port Richmond, this morning. Tho
loss is about 13000.
A defective fluo started the fire. An em
ploye of the firm, which manufactures
bricks and pottery, sent in an alarm from
a box several blocks away. Firemen
found the mud so deep In Hedley street
that before tho engine could be drawn
through It four horses had to be attached.
Somo ot the furnlturo from the ofllce was
IN GALE OFF NEW JERSEY
V. S. Cutter Ready to Aid Italian
I Vessel When Sea Abates.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2!. Tho Italian
steamship Angelo Parodl Is battling a
southerly gnlo about M0 miles oft tho Jer
sey const, due east of Atlantic City, ac
cording to advices to revenue cutter head
quarters today from tho cutter Itasca.
The cutter reported sho had been stand
ing by tho Parodl for two days, thnt the
coal bunkers of tho Parodl wcro empty
nnd that the heavy seas were battering
the Btenmshlp badly. Tho Itasca Is at
tempting to give her enough coal to make
port, but owing to tho heavy sea Bhe
fears to approach close enough to trans
Tho cutter will stand by until tho sea
abates enough to permit the transfer of
coal, or In the event of failure to ac
complish this relief, It Is said, tho cut
ter may try to get a lino aboard tho
Parodl and tow her to port.
BANKERS MAY CONTEST
Creditors of TTnlontown Man Await
Decision in Guffey Case.
UNIONTOAVN, Pa., Jan. 25.-Upon the
decision or the Supremo Court In the
receivership contest of Colonel J. M. Guf
fey will rest tho Question of whether the
Pittsburgh bankers who are attempting
to "squeeze" Joslnlr-Vi- Thompson,presi-'
den of tho First National Bank, which
closed Its doors last Monday, will contrrr.
tho receiverships of Mr. Thompson, I.
W. Scamans nnd other associates. Tht
Guffey cnBe Is to be argued In the Su
preme Court tho first week lrr February
and It Is declared that Thompson's en
emies will watch this decision, the local
recclvershlpi being parallels.
Attorney E. C. Hlgbec. of the law firm
of Sterling Hlgbee & Matthews, said to
day he had been called on tho telephone
by a Pittsburgh law firm and asked If
his firm would represent the contestants
of tho receiverships.
A report was received hero from New
York today that Thompson had sold u
EO.OOO-acre trnct of Grccno County coal
to H. C. Frlck for 08,000.000. Mr. Thomp
son denied this report. He declared that
persons wanting coal must come to him.
nnd that he Is not going to sacrifice any
of his holdings.
Judge J. Q. Van Swcarlngen this morn
ing named Senator William E. Crow and
T. B. Palmer as receivers for the Palmer
Semans Lumber Company. I. W. Semans,
for whom receivers were named last
Wednesday. Is the principal owner of this
concern. The assets are given as (320.000
and the liabilities at (180,000.
Third Indiana Bank Closes Doors
NOBLESVILLE, Ind., Jan. 23. The
Citizens' Bank, at Carmel, Ind., was
closed today by order of tho Stato
Auditor's office. This Is the third finan
cial Institution closed this county in less
than a week.
WANT SUNDAY IN NEW YORK
Delegation of Ministers Coming to
Invite Evangelist There.
A delegation comprised of pastors of
many of the most fashionable churches In
New York city will come to this city In
a special train over tho Philadelphia and
Reading Railway on Thursday to ask
"Billy" Sunday to arrange to conduct a
campaign In the metropolis in thiThear fu
ture. The evangelist Is engaged. It Is
said, until 1917, but the ministers Intend
to do everything In their power to have
the revivalist alter his plans and talk to
the New Yorkers after finishing his re
The ministers, many ot whom are In
charge of the churches attended by many
of New York's multl-mllllonalres, also
Intend to ask Sunday to take another
chance on making an address at Madison
Among the ministers are the Revs. WV
I, Davenport, of the Duryea Presby
terian Church; AV, De Forrest Johnson,
of Christ Episcopal Church; W. B. Mc
Bready, of St. Peter's Episcopal Church;
Dr. David I, Burrell, of Marble Colle
giate Church; Charles A. Eaton, of Had
dlngton Avenue Baptist Church; Herbert
Shlpman, of the Church of the Heavenly
Rest; Lewis T, Heed, of the Flatbush
Congregational Church; Carl Relland, of
St. George's Episcopal Church; S. Ed
ward Young, of the Clerical Conference
of New York and chairman of the visit
ing delegation, and Alfred A, Roraback
of the Church of the Evangel.
BUN OVEB BY HIS 0?N WAGON
Hugh Gallen, of 1927 South Front street,
was run over by his own wagon at 8th
and Spring Garden streets today and
sustained Injuries that may cause his
death. Physicians at tne Roosevelt Hos
pital found he had concussion of the
brain and a fractured leg. Gallon's horse
bolted at Spring Oarden street and in
trying to halt the frightened animal he
was thrown over the dashboard under
WIXSON NAMES POSTMASTEBS
WASHINGTON, Jan. K. The President
today sent to the Senate the following
nominations for postmastershlpa In New
Richard J Fox. Grant wood: Louis 3.
Langham, Hamaionton, Charles C
Stewart, Mays Lauding, Ieaao Klein,
IN FAST FIGHT
ON NORTH SEA
British Patrol Squadron
Sinks Bluecher, 15,500
Tons, in Speediest
Naval Conflict of War.
Teutons Say Enemy
Also Lost a Warship in
Engagement Lasted Four
Hours and Covered
Course of 100 Miles.
English Squadron Pursues
Attacking Fleet to 70
Miles of Base Fear of
Submarines Halts Chase.
Tho North Sea battle between the.
Germans and British yesterday was n
running fight at a speed never before
known In naval warfnre.
German's fleet wns met by tho Drll
lsh approximately 200 mllea from1 the
German base at Heligoland. Battle
wns given. Tho fighting ended 70 nauti
cal miles (about 82 miles) from Heligo
land. Ono German battlo cruiser, tho
Bluecher, 1G.500 tons, was sunk and
probably 700 of her crew were lost.
Tho Germans report a British cruiser
also sunk In tho engagement, but thlfl
Is denied by tho British Admiralty.
Tho Bluecher was of slow speed and
became detached from the fleeing Ger
Tho British gunboat t and destroyer
'patrol guaraVngTieilgbland Bight ap
parently sighted thd German fleet
early In tho sortie1 and Immediately
fell back toward tho Brfttsh -coast In
Its flight tho patrol signalled to tho
larger warships which wero being held
nearer British shores. Theso put out
to sea stripped for battle.
This probably accounts for the fact
that the German fleet was nblo to
proceed approximately 200 miles before
encountering the foe.
The fight continued about four hours,
or over a stretch of 100 nautical miles.
It was ended when the fleets had come
within 70 miles of tho German base,
tho British fearing submarines and
mines. It does not appear that thev
wero halted by a fiercer resistance
from tho Germans. The Germans, It
seems, abandoned Intention to fight
when they realized tho superior force
of tho British.
BERLIN, Jan. 25.
The German Admiralty admitted In an
ofllclal statement Issued here today that
the armored cruiser Bluecher had been
sunk In a naval battle between the Brit
ish and German fleets in the North Sea
yesterday, but also announced that a
British cruiser was reported to have
been sunk In the combat. The battle was
ended 70 nautical miles west of Heligo
land. According to the official statement, the
German fleet was outnumbered by the
British squadron, but the latter dlscon.
tlnued the battle after three hours of
fighting. All the German ships except
the Bluecher returned to harbor.
The statement Issued by the Admiralty
"On the occasion of an advance of tht
armored cruisers Seydlltx, DerfTllnger,
Moltke and Bluecher, accompanied by
four small cruisers and two torpedobtfat
flotillas. Into the North Sea, they came
Into a battle Sunday morning with Enjf.
Hah ftghtlng forces, numbering five battle
cruisers, several small cruisers, and 28 tor
"After thre hours' fighting our pppa.
nent discontinued the battle 70 nautical
miles west-northwest of Heligoland.
"According to present reports, one bat
tle cruiser has been sunk on the English
elde. Of our ships, the armored cruise;
Bluecher was sunk. AH the other Ger
man forces returned to harbor,"
The official statement from the Britlsi
Admiralty contains no mention of th.
reported sinking of a British cruiser la.
the North Sea engagement. The Ger
man statement, however, was transmitted
by wireless to London and "passed" by
cable to New York.
The Admiralty statement admitted that
the British squadron abandoned the light
off Heligoland, but declared further pur
suit was rendered extremely dangerous
because ot the presence of the German
mine and submarine fields. The state
ment specifically declared there were no
British losses In the ships or men.
BBITAIN BELIEVES DEBMANS
LOST HEAVILY IN BATTLE.
LONDON, Jan. 25. Germany's naval
forces have been struck the most crush
ing blow of the war. Reports that A
four-funneled German cruiser, badly dam
aged, was sighted off the Holland coast
early today strengthened the growing con-
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