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Christmas Sees No Abatement of Fierce Fighting in War Zone aster occurred. Sheerness Is In tho inoutW of the ThnrnpH, and about thir ty-five miles from London. OKFICIA L AXXOl'XCK.1IKXT OF ATTKMPTED RAID Following is t li e official announce ment of to-day's* raid: "The War Otlice announcox that a hostile aeroplane whs sighted to-day at 12:35 1'. M. flyinR very high from the eust to the west of Sheernefts. A British aircraft went up in pursuit and engaged the enemy, who, after being hit tiiree or four times, was driven off seaward." The Central News received a dis patch from South-Knd-on-Sea shortly | after the oflici.il announcement was made, stating thru two foreign aero planes were sighted off South ICnd tly- j lug a height of fi.000 feet and at ! great speed. They were fired upon, j the dispatch states, but made off. This unofficial report Is believed to j concern the German raider and his ; British pursuer, as South-End-on-Sea| is Just across tho Thames from Sheer- ; ness. The attempt of the German airman ! to psv London a "Christmas call" is believed to be In fulfilment of a boast made more than a month apo that the j "Germans would be In London on j Christmas." <?AIMS IX WESTK11X THEATHK CLAIMED IIV ALLIES PARIS. December 2B (3:25 P. M.).? The following ofllclal statement was; issued this afternoon: "Prom the Lys to tho Oiso, tm the evening tf December 23. we gained the fork of the roads from Loos to Kutolre nnd from Lois to Vermolles. To the northeast of Albert we took possession of a portion of the vlllaue of La Rois selle, situated to tho southwest of the church, and of an advance trench to the south of (hat village. "To the north from Koye to Llhn, near Lyons, we also have made some progress. Theso various attacks, un dertaken with great spirit, have every where conserved tho ground already gained. "To the south of the Oiso our ar tillery has demolished the defense works of the enemy In the region of Ballly, and on the plateau of Gouvron. "On the Alsne and in Champagne there have been artillery battles, and several German attacks have been re pulsed. To the north of Supigneul, near Berry-au-Rac. notably a slight advance of our troops has been followed by a strong counterattack, which has com pletely failed. In the region of Perthes ami Mesnil le llurlus our progress of previous days has been followed up and strengthened. "To the north of Mesnil we took pos session of a forest strongly prepared by tho enemy, and to the oast of trenches captured by us December 23. To the northwest of Mesnil nnd to the east of Perthes we have driven the enemy from the fragments of trenches which he recaptured, and we are now masters of all his first line of defense. In the Argonne, in the forest of La frurle, at Bagatelle, Fontaine Madame and St. Hubert, we have repulsed Ave attacks and strengthened our front. Be tween the Argonne and the Meuse, in spite of the snow and the fog, we have made progress on tho Bourcullles-Vau ijuois front. "In the region of Olssy and the for est of Forces our heavy artillery, by subduing the batteries and machine guns of the enemy, has enabled our infantry to make a leap in advance. "On the right bank of the Ailley the Germans have bombarded Pie south corner of the forest of Copzenvoyc, whore we are established. In the for est of Allly and Apreinont, our artil lery has forced tho enemy to evacuate seveial trenches. In the lower Vosges we have advanced to within 1,500 metres of Clrcy, on the. Vesouy Itiver. "In Russia on the left bank of tho Vistula the Germans have been hurled OBITUARY Albert (?, Uurmon. State Senator A. C. Harmon received n telegram yesterday afternoon an nouncing tin- death of h's brother. Al bert <? Harmon, at the home of his son, Kenton Harmon. In New York City. Mr. Harmon, who was a railroad contractor, had lived for the last eight years in Ecuador, South America, and , came to Now York two months ago. Besides his wife. Harriett*: l'.elb llar rnon, he Is survived by one son. Kenton Harmon. The body will be shipped to Staunton, his former hmi!*. where the interment will be made. II. W. /KAni'kijloili. H. W. KnacK?te.'R,- formerly an em ploye in the Richmond postal service, died Thursday at his home. 5'?u West Brond Street. In the eighty-eighth vear of his rrc. Mr Knackstedt was born in Germany. He enlisted in the Con federate army In th>- War Between the States and served through the war. The funeral, notice of which will be given later, will be conducted under the aus pices of Schiller Lodge. I. <?. O. F. [Special to The Tlmes-Dlspntch ) ltnltile?< Day In Years. RALEIGH, X. C., I>ecember 25.? Flood warnings wore sent out to all principal river stations bv the Raleigh Weather Bureau to-day. Rain fell al most torrentlally for the past twenty four hours, but teased to-night: sleet : followed It was the rawest Christmas' day In a score of years. DEATHS WICKERT.? Entered into rest at the j home of her sister, Mrs. George Singer, 31*>l East Marshall Street. Fri day. December 25. 1 '<H. at *? A. M., MRS. EMILY WICKKKT. in the .sev enty-fifth year of her age. Funeral from the above residence SUNDAY, December 27, at 3 o'clock. . Item in peace. INGRAM.? Died. December 25, KATH ERINE REBECCA. infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E T Ingram. Funeral from residence, 3114 East Broud. THIS SATt'RDA Y MORNING at 10:30. Interment in oak wood. MOSS.? I>led, at her home in Chester Held County, In the t><-\enty-slxth year of her age, MRS. VIRGINIA T. MOSS, widow of the late George It. ; Moss. Interment at Bethlehem Church at 8 o'clock SATURDAY, December 2?>. She leaves two sons and two daughters 1 ?R. R Mhos, of Norfolk. David Moss, of Richmond. Mrs. 1,. 1. Martin and Miss Emma Moss Washington and North Carolina pa pers please copy. KKACKKTEDT.?DIM. Dec mber 24. 1914. fit his home, f.an West Broad'1 H. W. KNACK ST KI ?T, In the eighty-1 eighth year of his ay . II. was a mem- j her of the Schiller Lodge of Odd Fel lowi. LIGGAN.?Died, at the residen 'e of Iter husband. W. N. Lingan. 214 Monteiro1 Avenue, Friday, Decemb. r jr. at 12 o'clock noon. MRS EMM a JONES UGGAN. Besides her husband she leaves two daughters. Mrs. E. IV Vest and Miss Helen M Llggan, and two sisters, Mrs. A. I' O'Brien and Mrs George W. SchlleHer to mourn their loss. Funeral from above residence MON DAY at 3 P. M. Interment In (>ak wood. CLEMENTS.?Died. Friday. December 25. at 1:30 V M. WILLIAM 17. CLEMENTS, In the Heventj-font th year Of hla age. Funeral SUNDAY at 1 1' M. from 2402 Stuart Avenue. Friends and ac quaintances are respectfully Invited to attend. Burial private. CLTNELY.?Died, suddenly Friday. De cember 2S, 1014, WILLIAM E.. eldest ?on of Sarah E. and the late Charles Clincly. Funeral notice later. West Point, Ga , Baltimore, Mil. and Stanford. Conn paperti please copy. ' I back from one of the positions which they occupied on the right of ;he lower Puura anil they are being rein forced nt another point. They aro try ing; to debouch from Bolomow. To the east of Skanniewice they were re pulsed with heavy lossos to them. They have launched several fruitless attacks to tho west of the River Rawka and are vigorously resisting the Russian offensive on the north bank of the Plllca. In East l'russla and near Przemysl and on tjie front In th?* Car pathians, no essential changes have been noted. SLIGHT PHOGIIRS8 MAHK IN FRONT OK MKLrOHT PARIS. December 2". (10:35 P. The following ofllclnl communication was Issued by the War Ofllco to-night; "Slight progress has been made In front of Nlcuport. Towards Notre Dame de Lorette, north of Lens, an attack by the enemy has been repulsed. This morning we captured another trench near Pulssalendo, and we have bren able to hold It, notwithstanding several counterattacks. "The enemy mado a vigorous attack last night on La Tade Faux, In the Vosges, but without success." DKMICS THAT AUSTRIA HAS MAIM; PI'jACK OVRRTITRB8 I Special to Tbc Times- Dispatch.] WASHINGTON, December 25.?Dr. ('onstantin Theodor Dumba, ambassa dor from Austria-Hungary, issued a statement to-night, emphatically con tradicting reports that Austria has made overtures to the allies for peace. Dr. Dumha's statement follows: "The Paris press spreads from time to time news of Austria-Hungary, or Hungary alone, being tired of the war and longing for peace. The latest re port in a Washington paper alleges that Austria has made unofliclal peace overtures to the allies through Vienna bankVrs upon the basis of the cession of Gallcla to Russia and Ltosnla to Servla. "The Austro-Hungarlan ambassador wishes to contradict these rumors as absolutely unfounded and misleading public opinion in the United' States. Without speaking of tho article of tho treaty of tho dual alliance of 1879, ac cording to which Germany and Aus tria-Hungary engaRe themselves to support each other with their whole irmies against Russia and to conclude I >nly conjointly peaco, every consldera- j :ion of honor and self-interest pre- I rents Austria-Hungary from breaking | rrom her ally and entering into nego- i Jatlons for a separate peace. The ' session of Galtcia and Bosnia could | ?nly be agreed upon after a crushing j lefeat of the dual monarchy, an even- | Luality which happily docs not corre- j spond to the actual situation on the ! >attleflelds. it is not Improbable that ! ivith the authors of these rumors tho j rtish is father to the thought." itl SSIAM SUCCESSSKS OFFICIALLY ItKl'OHTEU P15TROGRAD, December 25.??'Rus sian successes are reported officially from the battle fronts before Warsaw ; Find from around Cracow, but without j materially changing the general sit- j uation. Vicious attacks have been i made by the enemy between Pinczow, j forty miles northeast of Cracow and j N'owemyasto Korczyn, at tho Juncture I of the Nlda and Vistula Rivers. In this place the Austrians tried to force a passage by sheer weight. Timo j nfter time they advanced In solid for- j motion in the face of a heavy artillery ) lire. The net result, after two days' ? fighting December 22 and 23. was the , capture by the Russians of nearly [1,000 prisoners, and the retention by i I he Russians of the left bank of the Nida. The combatants here are old \ enemies. Three months ago the same : Austrian troops opposed the first Rus sian advance on Cracow. To the north the Russians are in flicting severe punishment to the Cer- ( mans. A series of energetic attacks i .it liollmow, south of Sochaczow (thlr-l tv miles from Warsaw), are reported j to have been repulsed on the night I of the 23rd by vigorous Russian conn- j toratlacks, while forty miles further j south, at Anovolonz, a successful Ger man crossing of the I'illcla was turned J into a Gorman reverse by tho Siberian troops, who forced the invaders back ' again. Russo-Turkish operations have been i halted by climatic conditions in Asia j Minor. Here the Russian troops have! spread out, quartering in the villages In an immense triangle, whose sides i converge for seventy miles, with the base on the Russo-Turklsh frontier, j and the apex pointing towards firze rum. Clad In every variety of garment to keep warm the Russians are huddling in every shelter, hut and farmhouse of the Armenians, and packing cow sheds, stables and storehouses. The sound of bnttle is rarely heard by tho main body of troops, who are winter ing on the way to firzerum. Virtu ally the only activity is on the part of the restless Cossacks, who are forever on the move, engaging In the brush with the opposing cavalry. ITKMS <;IVF.N OUT IIY IMIICSS III HICAD ! RKRMN (via wireless to Hayvillo), Jw.'ccmlier -JT).? Items given out to-day I by the olllelal press bureau Include: "Despite stubborn fighting along the i whole eastern front. Major Moraht, i military correspondent of the Tage- j blatt, nays lie believes the Russian re- 1 sistanoa in no new offensive, but la 1 made up of rear post combats designed to cover the retirement of the main j armies for reorganization back of the , middle Vistula. "Partial success by the Russians," I the correspondent says, "are possible here and there, since they don't he.si tnte to sacrifice great numbers of men. Iln doubts whether the Russians have fresh troops back of their line." An Austrian report Intimates that the Carpathians are being cleared gradually of the enernv, who Is stub bornly holding his own in Oallcla. On the lower course of the Nida River (Southern Russian Poland), however, 2,000 Russians have been captured. "No Important change is reported from the west. "Constantinople claims that an Rng- j lish cruiser endeavored to enter the ! Gulf of Akabnh, the eastern horn of j the Red Sea, but was forced to with draw. "Copenhagen reports that Russia lias ceded Sakhalin Island to Japan in ex change for heavy guns. Sakhalin lies off the east coast of AhIii, and is sepa-I rated from tin- mainland by the Oulf of Tartary. The Island was officially Russian until September, 1905. Hy the terms of the treaty of Portsmouth, the southern half was ceded to Japan. Its area Is estimated at 2,400 square miles. "The newspaper statement published at Turin, Italy, reports a great defeat for the French In Morocco. The French lost thirty officers and 1,200 men killed. "The 1'etrograd correspondent of the Morning i'oat reports that Russia lias been forced to give up the attempt to take Cracow, and must retire to the Interior line of defense on the Cracow 1 Vistula front," ? Z/2<& " A deck scene on the German battle cruiser "Moltke," one of the vessels which shelled Ktmlisli towns, with her complement of men and officers. The ?'Moltke" is of 22,(100 tons displacement, with an indicated horsepower of 80,?00. Her keel was laid in HMO, and she was completed in lf)ll. She is equipped with ten 11-inch guns, fourteen 5.!Mneh nuns, twelve tt.4?inch nuns and four torpedo tuhes. Her average speed is twenty-eijfht knots an hour. She carries a complement of l,Ol:t men and officers. INJURED OFFICER WHITES j STIRRING LETTER TO WIFE i I At Lagarde, on August II, His j Squadron Lost 84 Out of Its 142 Men. GREAT DAY FOR 1IIS REGIMENT In Tim? This Day Will Re Recorded In History as Are Gravelotte and Mars-la-Tour?Death Ride Against Automatic Guns and Infantry. IIV FIUT7, .1A I/O II SON. IILRLIX, December 10 <Uy mail to | New York).? I have just come Into possession of a stirring letter, written by a wouniled cavalry officer, now con- I valeseent at Ulenzei Lothr, to his wife. ! At Lagardo, In August, his squadron i lost eighty-four out of 142 men, ami ; l>e was the only officer not put bors tie combat. Here is the letter: "I was thrown under my horse as he fell, and thus bruised my left side, j and contracted a hemorrhace in jnv J thigh. After the exertions of the last few days, I feel very comfortable here,! and am well taken care of by the sis ters. Probably I will have to rest up here from ten to fourteen days, for, al though such bruises are not datiperons or painful, they heal slowly, and for a while, at least, 1 will not he able to fo to the front. I trust you received my various messages, particularly the card 1 wrote on the night of the at tack of Lapardi', from which, thank Heaven! 1 returned safely. 1 sincerely hope that you are all well. "In the first place, 1 want to Rive you news of Clemens. He was hero for a short time, and, to the best of my knowledge, has now been transported to Saarbruoeken. Thank God! I can give you good news of him. He was shot right through the lung; however, no complications arose, and he is as well as can be expected under the cir cumstances. and is out of danger. "Indeed, dear heart, August 11 was a great day for our regiment, and in tluo time will be recorded in history, as was Gravelotte and Mars-la-Tour. It was a death ride in the fullest Tnennincr of that word; against auto matic witns and Infantry, in which the first, third and fourth squadrons of my : regiment and (he second squadron of another regiment took part. The fifth squadron are very disappointed, for they were commanded to occupy a bridge nnd the opposite bank. One thousand prisoners, including twelve or eighteen commanders, cannons and automatic guns, were captured. IIIM lilt A VK iiiu<;ai>k SIKFKItS HITTKIU/V "Our bravo brigade suffered bitterly; of the 1-12 men in my squadron, only llfty-cight replied when the roll was called; and I was the only oilicer' All the rest dead or wounded! The com mander of the brigade was shot through his breast and hand, His con dition, however, is said to be satisfac tory. Aide-dc-Oamp , of the brigade of my regiment, Is dead; Cap tain as well as Captain shot. The captain of my regiment Is seriously wounded fa shot In the lower Jaw, two in tho arm and one In the foot). Ensign slightly wounded. All that In three squadrons. "My squadron suffered most, for they took part In the worst attack. Our regiment ought to be spared a little I now, at all events, we have the hanl | est day of the whole campaign behind ! us. The success, particularly from tho | moral point of view. Is splendid. We i have shown what we can do. and i proved that the lanc.rs and uhlans, j of whom the French have always stood I in fear, have lost none of their elan. I Everybody behaved splendidly, and j August 11 will for all time be a day of honor for our regiment, and this attack of Lagarde will stand forth as one of the bravest achievements of the whole campaign. The commander of the Bavarian cav alry, Exccllence von . at onco expressed his hearty appreciation in the regiment, and telegraphod an ac count to. the King. All tho officers, several noncommissioned ofllcers and soldiers who participated in tho attack wero proposed for marks of distinc tion. "Never before was I as conscious of tho proximity of my guardian angel as on that day. I cannot quite ex plain it, but ail the while I was not a. bit oxclfed, and had a leollng of I absolute safety. Now. when I look j ! back and call to mind the situation ! of my poor squadron of the fifty-eight | surviving, quite a few were on parole, i anil did not take part in the attack, j : On the cvuning of that day 1 proceeded ; j with twciity-sovi'ii men and throe non- , j commissioned ofllcers. In view of that j | fact, one must really feel that God 1 j took me in special guard Be at ease 1 i and contented, my darling. When I re- ? turn to the front my lucky star will again guard me from danger. Now '"or" than ever I have a feeling of i absolute confldence! "On the 11 th, bright and early, as always, in good humor we started out, i I realizing less than ever before all that ' . the day might bring. At 2:33 the ! j tightlng between artillery and infantry ! : broke out. In which we took a hand | at 12 o'clock. 1 TIIOItOlGHI.V I.MDIPPKItBXT AS ADVANCE I1I0GINS ; "As we advanced 1 felt thoroughly indifferent; the only thought that pos | scssed m<; was to whack away. With j | remarkable rapidity otic accustoms one i self to the sight of the dead and 1 wounded. One becomes so hardened that the most awful sight seems ah- ; solutely natural. Wherever we rode ! there were the French In their red 1 trousers. Many batteries wore de- , ! stroyed, and the shells burst and the ! shots sang constantly about one. In I a mad temp, with the horses shying : | more or less, we always went further i and further; certainly not in as good order as In the renowned 'parade at- ! tack on the drilling grounds.' "A French infantry officer. who I called 'pardon,' I hit on the head. W hat became of him I do not know. ' ? As we were about to enter I,egarde my horse was shot in the chest and fell i under me. I did not see it again; my bag, sad die-bag, my silver cantccn, inv thermos bottle, toll?t articles, all' the , wash I had with me, all gono to the ! devil. All that I have left is my re- I volver and my unsheathed sword. "With two of the brave riders of ' my division I took shelter In a ditch over which countless shots were whiz- j zing, till at last it quieted down. In ' the distance I discerned my regiment \ gathering together; then, to my delight, i close by I found my own Infantry! j With my riders, who now number eight! 1 I put myself under the command of ? that captain, and with this company, with revolver and carbine, I went | through the rest of the battle, j "Tl"" ,,rst surrendering Frenchmen drew up in herds. One had to be very cautious, for the fellows still shot out j of the ambush, even when they were i lying wounded. A soldier passed ino I his canteen, and as I was about to j grasp k a sliot went right through I liis hand. | "We made the prisoners discard I everything except their red trousers j and shirt. Our company had captured ! 150. They had to march by with raised arms. I felt sorry for the poor! fellows, several of whom were badly; wounded; chaps not older than six'-! teen or seventeen years were among1 them. I gave them of what I had left! I of chocolate and bandaging, and had I I water brought for them. Such kissing of hands and boots I've never seen I before. They cried continuously: 'Nous] ne voulons pas la guerra! Vive t'Allemagne!' When the Hag of our! battalion came in sight, they shouted pellrnell: 'Oh. le drapeau Allemand!' "Sixty steps away the rest of the French were thrown back across the sluice bridge at the Rhein-Marne ('anal. We shot right into that heap; it was horrible! At the other side was the fountain at which, after our vic torious battle, we refreshed ourselves.! To reach it we had to step over heaps; of dead and wounded. On the -other j bank, about 100 steps away, thero was! a destroyed battery of the enemy. The shots in the powder cart exploded J every few moments. Through It all I we were cool and collected. I "I am surprised at myself; with my 'disposition ] should never have con sidered that possible. The damage ? was still great, and the possibility ex i isted that we might be shot at by our I own troops, for they could not know! that the numberless French, who are easily recognized by their red trousers, were prisoners. With the aid of a! i first, I very Ingeniously tied a curtain I at the end of a pole, and its near-white ! col6r waved about us as protection, j "With several captured horses, among ! which was a French artillery home, I i searched for, and eventually found, my I regiment, and there I first learned posi j tlve facts concerning our great losses j and our glorious victory. On this re : turn ride I felt the pain In my foot 1 and side for the first time, which one does not heed In the heat and excite I incut of the battle." i BUTTLE OF THE Hi WON BY AUTOMOBILES With 400 Taxicabs and Other Light Cars, Force of 70,000 French Thrown Against Germans. MOVE MADE WITHIN SIX HOI KS Von Kluck, Not Reckoning on Such a Sortie, Forced to Stop and Give Battle, and Result Is Retreat of Kaiser's Men. IIY FHAMtl.I.X P. >1 Kit HICK. [Special Cable to The Times-Dispatch.] PARIS, December 25.?It 1h not Ren crally known that the battle of the Marne wan won by automobiles, Gen-j eral Gallleril had 400 taxicabs and oilier lisht motor cars at his disposal It will be remembered that Vor\ Kluck with the right of the German army not as far as Champiloy. General Gnl lleni as military Rovernor of Paris, had a large force, probably 500,000 men, at his disposal, and he was responsible for the defense of Paris. Gallieni figured that he bad more; men that he really needed, and that 70,000 of his men could be spared for work at the front. Actinic entirely upon his own respon sibility. he ordered his men to crowd into the automobiles. He made eacl) taxlcnb carry nine soldiers. It was a curious sight. There were two in each seat, two on the hood, one with the driver and one on each running board. Within six hours he threw the whole 70.000 ngalnst the flank of the Germans at Meaux, about thirty-five miles from I'aris. Von Kluck evidently had not reckoned with such a sortie. lie was forced to stop and give battle. The French, retiring on his front, reformed and gave battle. The result was the retreat of the Germans from the Marne to the Aisne after tin- sanguinary battle named from the first river. OMiY ONE OP Git 10AT KX PI.OITS OF KKRXCII This is only onu of tiie great exploits of the French army automobile trans port service. No other nation in this war lias used the motor car with the effectiveness of the French. The auto mobile transport service is organized as a separate branch. Working with amazing rapidity Just after the begin ning of the war, the French army offi cers drafted into this corps men who had been employed In automobile manufacture?foremen, skilled work men, testers and drivers. The officers were drawn from the manufacturers, agents and other heads of automo bile organizations. The heaviest trucks are used for ammunition carriers and lighter commercial vehicles for tho food supply General Mo tig in com mands the whole corps. Some noted French race drivers are now In the army service. Hoillot al ternates with the Marquis D'Albufera in driving General Joffre's car. Several machines are kept ready day and night for General Joffre, and it is no unusual thing for him to enter one of them and drfve the whole length of the battle front In the course of the night. There are now 15,000 automobiles and 12,000 trucks in the service of the French army. One of the automobile service corps' biggest feats was the transfer of tho British army from Bralsno, between Solsne and Khelms, to St. Omar, a dis tance of 170 miles. The 200,000 men were transported to their new positions within three days. WAItXlXG IN' VII0AV OF I'OSKIIII.K OKHMAX ATTACK HARWICH (via London, 10:15 P. M.), December 25.?A possible-German at tack on Harwich is indicated by the following notice issued to-day by the Mayor: "Although an attack by the enemy on Harwich fortress is not ex pected at the present time, and thero is no special reason for anxiety among nonconibatants, it is considered do slrablo to notify the civilian popula tion that In the unexpected event of bolllgorent operations the members of the local ?)mergoncy committee and special constables will direct every one as to the course to bo pursued. All members of the civil population are hereby required to act strictly In ac cordance with such directions. All visitors arriving at Harwich will be 1 roqulred to register." DIET REJECTS MEASURE FOR INCREASE IN ARMY! Kmprror Kxrrrlnrn Mix Hoynl l'rernica ll\?* mid OlKNolvm Imprrlnl Ilodj-. I'rrinlrr SrortH Oppoxltlon. TOKYO. December 25.?'The Emperor J to-day dissolved the* Impurlul Diet. be- ? can ho it rejected the measure for an j increase in the army. This upheld the j ministry s program for military 1 strength an,j brought cheers from the | government side In the Mouse. 11?? Premier. Count Okuma. scored the opposition for "Impeding the na tional jvelfnre." Falling to find a flaw j in the policy of Foreign Minister Kato regarding China, lie huM. they centred thr-lr attack upon the army. He denied I the proposals meant the expansion of I the army and militarism. The army measure was rejected by ' a majority of sixty-five, but the House J approved the naval Increase by a ma- 1 Jority of seven. A rescript suspends the House of \ Peers, pending the election, which 1 probably will be held In March. I he House of Representatives re jected the army expansion measures proposed by the government. This l?d J to the dissolution of the House. Considerable opposition developed In the House of Representatives to the I budget for 1316, which showed nn estl- ! mated expenditure of J278.000.ft00, and ! a decrease of the revenues of $40,500,- ? 000. Recent dltjpatches from Tokyo ! have stated that there was good rea- ' son to believe that unless the House ' adopted the budget It would be dis solved bv the Emperor. FA II. IX KFFOltTS TO ItKAt'H COMI'ltOMISK The Merchants' Association and Baron Shibusawa. president of the American-Japanese Association. and ' , I'uel N'alcano. president of the Tokyo ! Chamber of Commerce, took steps a ! few days ago to urge the Diet and Cabinet to reach ? a compromise, in the! hope of preventing dissolution of the j House or the collapse of the ministry. | They urged that a crisis in time of war I would create an unfavorable imprest- i | sion abroad. The opposition leaders ' , declared that proposals for Increases I in the army would bo rejected. i The closing session of the House was i extremely dramatic. Debate occupied | j the entire day and went on into the night. There was no sign of a com promise when, shortly before 10 o'clock, it was announced that Emperor Poshl j hito had exercised his royal preroga tive dissolving the Diet. The Diet was convened on December I 5. Baron Kato, the Foreign Minister, fin an address appealed to members to i lay aside political strife, In view of l the international situation. It was the ! Emperor's wish, he said, that there j should be no wrangling. There were j Indications, however, that the oppo [ sitlon could not be placated If the gov j eminent Insisted upon its program, and j 1? was evident the struggle would centre around the question of Increas ! ing the army. The proposal to In crease the army In Korea caused the ! collapse of the last Halonji ministry. THINGS GKMOItAM.Y UI'IIST IN FL.AXDI2HS AMSTERDAM, December 25 (via London, 7:30 I\ M.).?An official com munication Issued by the German army headquarters under date of December , 25, says: "In Flanders yesterday things were generally quiet. To the [ east of St. Hubert a further portion j of the British intrenchments were I taken. i "Near to Chivy, near the northeast I of Vallly, our troop* surprised a hoB | tile company which had taken up a position In front of ours and cap tured 172 Frenchmen. In attempting to recapture these positions, the enemy suffered severe losses. "Fronch attacks near Souain and Perthes as well, as minor attacks to the northwest of Verdun and west of Apremont, were repulsed. "In the eastern theatre of the war the situation was unchanged." ! ANOTIIBIl AEKOI'lANE IX VICINITY OF I.OXDOX I Special Oahlo to The Times-Dispatch.] LONDON, December 25.?The Lon don Star, after printing the official an nouncement of the hostllo aeroplane Keen over SheernePi*, states that a Ger man aeroplane also llew over Grave send, practically it. the suburbs of London, making it.s way down the Thames, flying from the direction of London. British aviators pursued it, and several shots were fired without success. No bombs wero dropped. 1*1 leu Cured in Hlx to Fourteen PavA. DruRRlMts refund money If PA5SO OINT MRNT fnlln to euro Itching. Blind, THeedlnir relief"1 We? Jdv"0"' Kir#t ttpp"cal,?? *,vo? RESISTANCE OF EMS STUBBORN, BUT FUTILE British liOHR-Ilange Naval Guns Tear Into Every Line of Works* Tliey Erect." ALLIES MAKE STEADY GAINS Upon Tlieir Ability to Maintain Com manding Positions Along Stretch of Coast Depends Success of Turn ins Against Right Flank. [Special Cable to The Times-Dispatch.] PARIS, December 25.?The Franco Belgian advance along tho sand dunes of the Bolglum littoral Is developing remarkable strength. Though the ofTlclal communique la- H sued from the War OfTlce to-night con- | lines Itself to the bare statement that 1 "some progress has been made before Nleuport," It Is permissible to add that ' this movement Is \he most significant of the operations on the left wing of , the allies. Upon the ability of the allies to main tain the commanding position along '! this stretch of the coast depends the success of the turning movement against tho right flank of the "Wurt- ! tembergers," under Grand Duke Al brecht, when the allies' numerical strength shall warrant their assump- j tlon of the violent offensive designed, j to clear Belgium of the invaders. While the British ships are main- | tainlng a vigorous cannonndlng of the ' coast at positions of the GermanB, upon ' the French and Belgian Infantry de- J volves the task of burrowing among ? the dunes and keeping the Germans stirred up by close contact to such an extent that they will find It dif ficult to establish themselves llrrnly In adequate defensive positions. This they are doing with remarkable suc cess. The German resistance has been stub born, but Ineffective, mainly because of the flanking lire of the British long range naval guns, which tear every line of works they erect, and scatter their forces, while keeping the Ger man gunB on the move. To-night's official statement adds that during the day the Germans at tacked In the direction of Notre Dame de I^orette, to the north of Dens. In Northeastern France, but the attack was repelled, while further to the south, near Pulssalelne, the French troops carried a new German trench, which they had, despite related counterattacks of the Germans. Di the Vosges region, the statement adds, the Invaders made a vigorous but unsuccessful attack on Tele de Faux. Reports from the whole battle front Indicate that Christmas Day was con sidered as good a fighting day as any other, and throughout the day heavy artillery engagements were fought, with here and there an attack or coun terattack by Infantry In efforts to take or retake the trenches which have been fought for again and again In what seems to the men In the trendies J to be an endless battle. MOST IMPORTANT OAINS FOR ALLIES CHRONICLED ! Delayed reports from the corps com- j manders were passed by General Jof- a fre's adjutant-general to-day and Is- ? sued In a statement In the afternoon, i These chronicle most Important gains by the allies to the enst of the Ar gonnes, while every point at which the armies came in contact the allies either made gains or Inflicted upon the Ger mans telling losses where the InvaderB attempted the offensive. East of Perthes and northwest of Mesnil the j Germans were driven from the small sections of trenches which they still held, and the French are now masters of the German first line of defense. | On the right hank of the Mouse the j Germans attempted to drive the French from the positions In which they were j established In the south corner of the ? forest of Consenvoye. They directed a ! terrific bombardment 011 the French po- i sltlons, but without result. Di the 1 forest of Allly and near Apremont the j French guns, on the other hand were i ablo to force the Germnns to evacuate 1 a number of trenches. On the extreme right. In the Vosges, the French pressed forward until they were within 150 yards of Clrery, on the Vcsouse River. A number of German attacks were made In the Argonne forest and in the forest of Dagrurle, but they were repulsed as also were attempts against Fontaine Madame. Near Oulsy and In the forest of Forges, the French guns silenced a number of German bat teries and put several machine guns out of action, which permitted the French Infantry to make the first ad vance of several days. Their gain here was considerable. In the north, where the fighting Is no less desperato than in the wooded districts along the eastern stretch of the line, like gains have been recorded. Near Vermelles, between Lens and Betliune, the allies on the/evening of December 23 captured the position of tho fort In the road from Loos, where it branches toward Rutoire and Ver melles. This is most Important stra tegically, as It commands the military highway which parallels the canal. French and British troops, attacking tho town of Labolselle, to the north east of Albert, captured the south western portion of the village, as woll as a trench to tho south of it, at which the Germans maintained an ndvancod post. Near Lilions, from Roye to Lihu, tho French offensive resulted In alight gains. CELEST1NS VICHY (fkknch republic property) Natural Alkaline Water for the relief of:? RHEUMATISM INDIGESTION URIC ACID COUT * ' Bottle* directly at the fa tnoae Sprint at VICHY, Prance, from which It takca (te name. CELESTINS "Sold In Quart*, Plata and Split*."