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THE TIMES-DISPATCH
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THE TIMES-DISPATCH
)4th YEAR
NUMBER 19,942.
^lvr ?FAIR
IHERMOMETER EBBS
TO SEVEN DEGREES
Richmond Has Chilliest Decem
I ber Day Experienced in
Many Years.
TREETS ARE ICE-COATED
Through Whole Twenty-four
j Hours, Weather Remains Be
low Freezing Point.
With the thermometer 22 degrees be
pw nonnnl, yesterday was one of the
oldest days experlnnc-d In Richmond
h many years. Through tho whole
wenty-four hours tho mercury was bo
ow freezing point, and when it was
iarmest during the afternoon, it was j
tilt 10 degrees below the notch on j
?rhich the Icing point Is marked. The ;
emperature ebbed at its lowest to 7 |
egrei'H above zero, nnd the highest
eached was 22 degrees. Tho wind was
rom the north, havlhg come from over
ho far Canadian wastes, bearing with
t something of the breath of the
?olar rone and something of that bitter
ouch which keepB man at home by his
? reside and the beasts of prey close
ieneath their snowbound coverlets.
?EOPtE HIKIVER TnilOlT.H
1CE-COATKD STREETS
Here in Richmond men and women
hlvered as they hied themselves to
he scenes of their labors, and drew
loser about them their coats and such
?th^r wraps as thoy were fortunate
nough to have. ftvorywhere they
ound Ice. The surface of the five-inch
all of snow wan glazed, and water
,'roze as it fell. In many instances tho
vater pipes were frozen, and there'
vere not a few instances in which they
>urst, and required the expensive
?lumber's caro. Hut Richmond was not
he coldest city In the country. In
Duluth the mercury fell 2 degrees be
ow zero. In Tampa. Kla.. it was 70
iegrees above, and flannels and tennis
rere still the order of the day. and the
Southern coasts were thronged with j
tathers. In tho Bast all along the At
anlic seaboard and as far west as tho |
llleghanies the weather was generally
dear, and last night the stars shone
iltterly bright. Fortunately, the wind
iwecplng down from the north was of
>nly mild velocity, and there was no
siting tang to the air.
UA.NY MERRY HOLIDAY
MAKERS O.N THE STREETS
In spKe of the cold, however, there
were many holiday makers on the
?treats yesterday afternoon, and the
theatres were crowded. Women came
aut In all the furs they had. and men j
wrapped themselves from head to heela
Only the rich little girl, whom fashion
forces to wear scant protection on her
nether limbs, pinched herself to see
if her knees were really there. And
the poor little girl came oul not at all,
nor did her brother. Only those who
were bound for some merry-making
and those others whom necessity drove
from cover went their wny upon tho
streets. Others remained where the
holly and mistletoe hung in hallway
and door, and there the light of glow
ing fires .and the smiles from happy
faces made them forgetful of those
v'lio, in other homes, were scrambling
for a crumb.
8oda water fountains had but little
trade. Other places of refreshments
were well patronised. Yet it was bo
colu that the cup. ayo and several cups,
only cheored. It takes much more to
inebriato in such weather as cast its
cooling weight upon the city yester
day.
WEAYHEH MAX SAYS
IT WILL. HE WAUMKIl TO-DAY
As always when the weather varies ;
a degree or two from normal, it was
the topic of the day. Many men wish
ed each other a happy new year and I
remarked on the cold, others forgot
the new year, and thought only of th?*
bitter breeze. Street cleaners, 20C of
them, went about their work In si - !
lence, and policemen blew through pur
lips upon their numbing fingers.
'-sbovB were less shrill in their cries,
any'lh? boy with the sled, clad in coht
arT??mlttens. shouted his joy. It was |
such an aftermath of Christmas as h-j
Ranted.
To-day it will be warmer, if the
prophecy of the Weather liurcau comes
true, and much of the snow will melt.
Yesterday none of it melted, except
In a few isolated places where the sun
was not Interrupted by bleak walls
and the shadows of dark piles of
brick- and mortar. Everywhere else
were snow and ice, with a alow, bitter
wind creeping around the corners and
whistling shrilly through crack and
crevice. The day will long be remem
bered by those who came out and la
bored through the slippery streets. It
will be remembered, too, by those
who gazed through frosted window
panes and throught how beautiful
looked the snow. It will not be for
gotten by others who made their way
to the Associated Charities and came
away with a basket of provender and
a bundle of wood. It was a cold day,
the coldest in years for the Decem
ber date, but this morning, and to
morrow, too, It will be warmer, and
?oon the summer will come again.
At midnight, on a window ledge of
The Tlmes-DlHpatch Building, the mer
cury sank down to Just 7 degrees above
zero. The highest notch recorded dur
ing the day was 22 degrees, and the
mean temperature for the day was 17
degrees or 22 degrees below normal.
SHADOW OF WAR OVER BERLIN
In Nearly Evcjry Home ClirlMmn* Tree
la IIiiok With Mourning.
?" ?CfOPENHAOEX, December 20.?Ow
ing to the shadows of war over Merlin
this Christmas, the shops and stores
olosed earlier than usual. The whole
city seemed deserted last night. Xo
sound was heard but of the church
bells. In nearly every home the Christ
mas tree was hung with mourning.
The Vosslsche-Zeltung's war corres
pondent says that Christmas trees sent
from the soldiers' homes or cut from
the forests were put up in the trenches.
Candles and other decorations were
distributed by the transport service.
WILSON STAYS AT HOME
| Continues Merrymaking liy Itomplng
With (?randnlecr.
[Special to The Times-Dispatch.1
WASHINGTON, December 26.?Pres
ident Wilson continued his Christmas
j merrymaking to-day by staying away
J from the executive offlcos. Ho did muoh
* important work in his study, however.
. The morning hours were devoted to
} romps with hla little grandnlece, Jose
j>hii)e Anne Cothran, after which the
. President took a motor ride. The even
ing was spent quietly In the library,
MARSHALL FIELD III. TO WED
(irt I.lcennr to Marry Mian Evelyn '
Marshall, of .%>n York.
[Special to Tin* Tlmes-DIspatch.]
NEW YORK, December 26.?Marahall |
Field, III., grandson and heir of the i
late Marshall Field, multl-mllllonalre
and merchant prince of Chicago, to-day
secured a license to marry Miss Eve
lyn Marshall, a member of one of the
most aristocratic families of New York
and daughter of the late Charles Henry
Marshall. At tho ofTlce of City Clerk
Scully, Mr. Field gave his age as twen
ty-one, while Miss Marshall said she
was twenty-five. He gave his residence
as Cadland, Southampton, England;
MIbs Marshall said she lives at No. 0
East Seventy-seventh Streot, New York.
Miss Marshall said she was born in
Ixjndon. Both stated that this will be
their first marriage.
PROMINENT WOMEN SHOT
Sfmrk by Simy Itnllrtn Dnrtnfc IMntot
Duel nrtiTrm Wjtroen.
JONESVIIjLE. S. C.. December 26.?
Marie Fowler and Myrtle Coleman,
membors of prominent local families,
were struck by stray bullets when Will
Haney and Cranforil Thompson,
negroes, engaged in a pistol duel at the
railway station here late to-day. .\il?s
Coleman Is said to bo dangerously
wounded, one bullet having parsed en
tirely through her body, ills* Fowler'*
hurts are reported to be painful, but
not dangerous. The negroes, who are
In Jail, probably will be taken to I'nlon
for safekeeping, as Indignation here
Is general, and county otliclals fear an
attempt at lynching. Haney is said to
have been dangerously wounded. The
other negro was Injured slightly.
JOHN KERN JR., WINS FIGHT
Lad Sneceaufnlly Operated on for In
fantile Paralynln.
[Special to The Tlmes-DIspatch.]
WASHINGTON December 26.?The
plucky fight of John Kern, Jr., son of
8enator and Mrs. Kern, for health, has
been rewarded. The boy, who lost the
use of his limbs after an attack of
infantile paralysis, was operated on at
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore,
last month, and muscles from his arms
were grafted on his legB.
The operation has been very success
ful, and It Is expected ho will walk
without the aid of crutches In a month.
The lad, who Is only four years old.
Is one of the best read lads of hla age
In Washington.
WEATHER MODERATING
Gradually Rtnlng 1>rapfrotnrt* Pre
dicted for To-Day.
WASHINGTON. December 26.?The
cold wave that gripped the country to
day, causing record-breaking temper
atures at many places from the Mis
sissippi River to the Atlantic Coast,
was moderating to-night, and grad
ually rising temperatures were pre
dicted for to-morrow. Fair weather
was predicted, with the exception of
snow flurries In the Great Lake States
ami rain In Florida.
The lowest temperature reported
within the United States to-day was
32 degrees below zero, at Northfleld,
Vt.
FEDERAL CONVICTS ESCAPE
Men Confined In Atlanta Penitentiary
Scale Prison Walla.
ATLANTA, GA., December 26.?Fed
eral prison guards and Die local police
to-day were looking for two convicts
who escaped from tho United States
Penitentiary here Inst night. The con
victs are Hiram Lepper, sent from Bal
timore last May under fifteen years
sentence for counterfeiting, and Tom
j Daley, sentenced to five years from
I tills city for post-ofllce robbery.
i Tlia men bad been confined In the
tuberculosis camp of the prison and
escaped by scaling the walls by means
| of an Improvised ladder.
YOUMANS DISQUALIFIED
I _____
Judxe KUIott Will Hold January Terra
of Court at Fort Smith.
' FORT SMITH. ARK.. December 26 ?
| Because he had received numerous
anonymous threatening letters. Judge
| Youmana was disqualified to hold the
| January term of court here, and Judi<e
I James P. Klliott, of South Dakota, will
| sit on the bench, it was announced to
; day. At that term of court, coal miners
j under indictment charged with con
i spiracy against tho government will
l be tried. It was stated that the ap
1 polntment was made by Walter II. San
j born, senior Judge of the United States
I Court of Appeals at St. Paul.
LOSS IN LIVE STOCK VALUE
Foot-and-Moatti DlitetiNr illnmed for
910,000,000 Ofcrrnnr.
CHICAGO, December 20.?Foot-and
mouth disease Is blamed for a decrease
from last year of $19,000,000 in the
value of live stock received during
1914 at the Union Stockyards, accord
ing to a report to-day by the Union
Stockyards and Tranlsit Company,
which handled the animals. Shipments
totaled 14,695,900 head, worth nearly
$390,000,000.
Up to the time of the quarantine
of the yards, tho value of live stock
received exceeded that of a year ago.
! HUNDREDS KILLED IN WRECK
; Troop* and llONpltal Traiu.t Collide at
Kallar., Poland.
j LONDON. December 26 (13:10 P. M.).
I ?A Renter dispatch from Warsaw says
! that -100 men were killed and T.OO
) wounded in a collision between troop
! and hospital trains at Kallsz, Poland.
' The troops were coming from Prussia,
! and the hospital train was proceeding
to Germany with wounded officers.
The trains were running at full speed
when they collided. More than twenty
j cars were wrecked.
An Investigation disclosed that a
railway switch had been changed at
the Inst moment. The station master,
switchmen and others are under arrest.
, FORCE MAN TO WRITE CHECK
I llnndltn Tlien Compel Wife to Have It
faulted and Delivered to Tliem.
CLEVELAND, O., December 26.?
Christian Jouget, a carpenter, was left
bound and gagged In his home to-night
after two men had compelled him to
make out n check for $400 payable to
his wife. Mrs. Jouget then was com
pelled to accompany one of the men to
a bank, where sho procured the casli.i
She turned the money over to tho ban
dit, who had kept her secretly covered
with a revolver.
The police arrested the men and re
covered the money. Peter Modonlor.
aged twenty-two, was one. The other
man refused to give his name.
GUTIERREZ ASKED 1
TO GRANT AMNESTY
United States Seeks Pardon for
All Political Offenders Both in
and Out of Mexico.
RECOGNITION NOT INVOLVED,
i
Washington Officials Keenly In
terested in Safety of Former
Governor Iturbide.
WASHINGTON, Pccmber 26.?Secre-, j
tary TJrym salil to-day that the United
States government was continuing Its
efforts with thr- Gutierrez government
to obtain a general amnesty for politi
cal offenders, both In and out of Mex
ico. He declared the. question of recog
nition of the Gutierrez administration
I
had not been considered, and made It
plain that the amnesty had not been
asked for as a prerequisite to recog
nition.
Officials here are taking much in
terest In the safety of former Gover
nor Iturbide, who has left Mexico City
for the United States through the In
fluence of the American government.
General Palafox. a Zapata adherent and
member of the Gutlrrez Cabinet, is
quoted aa saying that Iturbide would i
be arrested If caught before he reaches
the border. Should that occur, It Is
probable urgent representations In his
b'half would be renewed.
UNITED STATES OFFICIALS
ORATEFl'I, TO ITI'IIIIIDE
The United States government Is
grateful to Iturbide because, although
an official under preceding govern
ments, he remained In Mexico City to
protect foreigners and maintain order
after the Carranza troops evacuated,
rather than make good his own safety
by flight.
American Consul SUllman, at Mex
ico City, reported to-day lhat Gen
eral Palafox had issued a statement i
charging thrit he (SlUiman). Special
Agent Iveon Canova and others had ac- |
eepted a bribe of 509.000 pesos to effect
the release of Iturbide.
Mr. Sllllman, in his report, dismissed (
the story of the bribe as absurd.
Consul Canada's dispatches to the
State Department from Vera Cruz to
day made no reference to fighting
there yesterday between Carranza and
Villa troops, and the other sources of
information of Mexican affairs . here
were without advices.
A delayed official dispatch from Tam
pico reached the State Department to
day, giving additional Information of
the fighting on December. 23 between
i the Carranza and Villa forcea at Eb.ino
Station, near there. The message said
the Carranza forces under General Ve
lasco were gradually falling back in
the direction of Tamplco. Official re
ports given out at Carranza headquar
ters last night said . Villa's troops had
been defeated at Ebano station.
ORDERED TO CEASE
.SUMMARY EXECUTIONS
MEXICO CITY, December 26.?Pro
visional President Gutlerrea to-night
issued a circular to all convention gen
erals ordering them In explicit terms to
cease summary executions for what
soever offense. Copies were sent to
Generals Villa and Zapata.
The Provisional President's secretary
gave out an Interview authorised by
the chief executive In which he said
that General Villa objected to the cir
cular as unnecessary because Villa
wished to run down "the assassins" j
and punish them.
"Unless some central authority is to I
he recognized, the most serious crisis
In the history of Mexico soon will be
reached," said the Interview. "Presi
dent Gutierrez is tired of receiving- the
brunt of all the complaints of the for
eign diplomats. Only yesterday an or
der of the President concerning the
safe conduct of Eduardo Iturblde was .
Ignored by a commanding general who!
Insisted on the rearrest of Iturblde, and
who severely criticized I.<eon Conova, a
representative of the American State
: Department, who was accompanying
Iturblde to the American border."
The decree* of the. Provisional Presi
! dent created a sensation here.
! fARRANZA OFFICIAL
OX WAV TO WASHINGTON
! N'EW ORLEANS, December 26.?Ysl
i dro Fnbela, General Carranza's Foreign
Minister, is In New Orleans, en route
l to Washington on a mission which,
j cannot be ascertained here. It is un
j derstood he leaves for Washington on
; Sunday night. Fabela arrived from
Havana yesterday In company with
i four Carranza adherents sent here as
I consuls, three to be stationed at Texas
J points, and one In Mobile, Ala.
Villa representatives to-night here i
i asserted Fabela has a large amount of ]
? Mexican specie with him.
: ,
I FAMINE AND SIFFERINO
EXIST IN MEXICO i
! WASHINGTON. December 26.?Con-?!
j ditions of famine and suffering In Mex- j
? lco, said by some observers to exceed
! the distress in the European zones of
j war, were described In reports issued
: to-day by the American Red Cross.
j Consul-General Hanna sent the fol
i lowing message from Monterey:
"There Is an alarming shortage of
( staple food supplies. Several outlying
: towns are appealing to me for help.
, If the winter keeps cold there will be
i great suffering. 1 need 2,000 cheap
: blankets. After four years of war, this
; whole country Is short of food."
j The consul at Matamoras said:
j "Tln> conditions In Europe which
I shock the civilized world have ex
j Isted her against our borders for
: four years, unconsidered. Mexico Is
i peopled with widows nnd orphans, and
; famine is in the land. One sees It
daily in emaciated forms and shrunken
| cheeks. Many have died on American
soil during the past year, ostensibly
from obscure diseases, but actually
from starvation, and there are hun
dreds of children who never had had
sufficient food in fheir lives. The sound
of laAighter nnd playing children is
:?tillcd in Mexico.
"They have-endured muchi but now
has been reached the end of even their
! stoicism, and from the enst and tho
west and the south comes a cry for
bread. ,
"There Is need for food and clothing
and medicines. The need is pressing.
Arrangements have been made whereby
supplies can bo distributed from the
American consulate at this place to any
locality in Mexico."
Tho Red Cross a short time ago, on
, (Continued on Fourth Page.)
ATTACKING ARMIES CRASH
INTO IMPENETRABLE LINES
5iJberin.ji JnJdUiLr\ in Wcvrj&YV
' First photo from Warsaw showing
the Siberian troops, who arrived in
Warsaw just.in time to save the city
from the Germans, when the Kaiser's
forces first began to attack the city.
GERMANS MAKE AERIAL
RAIDS ON TWO TOWNS
Attacks Successfully Currle<l Out In
Widely Separated Sections of
War Zone.
TEX KILLED AND MANY INJURED
Bombs Dropped on Nancy, in Eastern
France, and Sochaczew, in Russian
Poland ? Germans Very Active
During Past Few Days.
[Special Cabin to The Times-Dispatch. 1
LONDON', December 2G.?Two f5er
man aerial raids, causing the death of
ten civilians and the wounding of
threescore more were carried out to
day In widely separated sections of the
war area.
A Zeppelin flew over Nancy, In Kast
ern France, early in the morning, drop
ping fourteen bombs, according to a
Paris dispatch. Two persons were
killed and a number injured, while sev
eral buildings were damaged.
In Russian Poland the German air
fleet dropped bombs 'Upon the already
ruined town of Sochaczew and killed
eight persons. More than fifty were
wounded. MoBt of the casualties oc
curred among a crowd which flocked
into the main street of the town to
watch the passing of the fliers. Sev
eral buildings were flred.
Sochaczew was in the path of the
German advance and more recent re
treat across the Bzura, and Utile of
value was left In the town In the way
of buildings, while most of the popu
lation alrendy had fled.
GERMAN VERSION
OF ATTACK OX NANCY
The German version of the attack on
Nancy differs from that received from |
Paris. The Berlin ofllcial statement I
to-day says:
"On the evening of December 20 a |
French airman threw nine bombs on a j
certain small village. No troops were
stationed at the place. There was only
a hospital, which was plainly marked.
No damage of consequence was done.
"In reply to this aerial attack, and
also the throwing of the bombs on Frle
| burg, which Is not defended and Is out
| side the zone of operations, German
airmen threw medium-sized bombs into j
! the outskirits of Nancy." j
The activity of the German airmen !
has been very pronounced during the
last few days. On Friday a German
aeroplane attempted a raid on London,
and had reached within twenty miles
of the British capital when It was
driven back. On the preceding day
another German flyer made a similar
attempt.
The German who attempted the Lon- I
don raid on Christmas Day Is believed
to have perished. The lighthouse
keeper at Kentish Knock, northeast of
the mouth of the Thames, reported to
day he had seen an aeroplane fall Into
the waters of the North Sea about a
mile from his light during Friday
afternoon. The circumstance of the
report from the British gunners that
they were confident they had hit the
Gorman machine, taken in connection
with the time of the aeroplane's re
ported fall into the sea, leads to the
helief that the venturesome flyer paid
I for his audacity with his life.
j HOMOS THROWN FROM
FIVE AKROI'I.ANUS
PBTROC1RAD, December 26.?Eight
persons were killed and over 100 were
, wounded In the town of Sochaczew,
I Russian Poland, to-day by bombs
; thrown down from live German aero
! planes.
One bomb dropped in the middle of
! a crowd which was watching tho avla
I tors, and in exploding it killed or
: wounded virtually the entire gather
ing.
The market place in Sochaczew and
a number of wooden houses were set
afire and destroyed.
Sochaczew is on the Bzuro, thirty
? miles west of Warsaw.
'GERMAN AIRMAN DROPS
HOMRS ON NANCY
PARIS, December 26 (9:55 1*. M.>.?
A dispatch received here from Nancy,
says that a Zeppelin airship flew over
that city early this morning and i
dropped a total of fourteen bombs.
Two persons were killed and two J
others wounded.
Several houses in Nancy were slight -
j ly damaged, but none of the public j
buildings wero Injured.
PASSENGER CAR OVERTURNS
Fniln Doivd StVep Embankment?None
Fntnlly Injured.
HARTFORD, MICH., December 26.?
Although the rear coach, carrying
more than thirty persons on a Kala
mazoo, Lake Shoro and Chicago pas
senger train, was hurled from the j
track hero to-night and turned over
twice In a descent down a sleep em
bankment, only sijf passengers were In
jured, and none fatally.
A freight train knocked the car from
tho track.
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CJerman Ivandsturm patrol on the East Prussian Russian frontier riding
Into their camp with the Russian Cossack horses they captured from the
rough-riding Russians. On the right may be seen the outlnes of the
?arracks of the IiamLsturm.
II. S. CRUISES THREATENS
TO USE GUNS UN TRIPOLI
Mob Is Attacking French Nationals
When Frightened Away by
Aggressive Attitude.
PROTECTION FOR FOREIGNERS
Action Follows Request of Turkish
Authorities to Allow British and
French Residents to Leave?Secre
tary Duniels Asks for Report.
WASHINGTON, December 2S.?Sec
rotary Daniels to-day called on Cap
tain Oman, commnnder of the armored
j cruiser North /Carolina, to report
i whether threats of violence had been
made by Turks at Tripoli against
American sailors.
Athena dispatches published to-day
said an American warship had thrcat
! ened a bombardment as a result.
The North Carolina and the Tennca
i see both are at Beirut to-day, the
j Tennessee having: gone to that port
I from Jaffa after depositing gold.
Beirut is forty miles south of Tripoli,
I where the disorders were said to have
? occurred.
I One report was that Turkish au
! thorities sought to prevent the de
l parture of American, British and
French consuls, and that the attack on
| the American crew of a commercial
ship and the threatened bombardment
I of Tripoli by the American man-of-war
followed.
THHEAT TO KIRK
DRIVES MOII A WAV
LONDON, December 27 (12:47 A. M.).
?A Router dispatch from Athens says
it was the United States cruiser North
Carolina which threatened to use its
puns at Tripoli, Syria. The North Caro
lina, convoying the American steamer
S Virginia, had proceeded to Tripoli, and
| the commander requested the Turkish
i authorities to permit the British and
; French consuls to depart with their
| nationals resident In Tripoli. This re
1 quest was refuesd.
Several French residents boarded the
Virginia, but were attacked by a mob,
who wounded the captain and first of
ficer. When the North Carolina threat
ened to fire the mob fled.
The Virginia, escorted by the North
Carolina, left for Dedeagach. and the
Ncrth Carolina later proceeded for
Smyrna.
Many French refugees, the dispatch
adds, have already arrived at Piraeus.
The United States cruiser North
Carolina, according to a Washington
dispatch of December 1(5, proceeded
from the Island of Sclos. on the coast
of Asia .Minor, for Alexandria, to take
gold to Jaffa for the relief of Jews In
Jerusalem. Jaffa Is about ISO miles
south of Tripoli.
, JOHN D. GIVES MONEY
All Married Men In IIIn lOmpIo)- Get $10
Kncli HN < lirlntuinM Present.
{Special to The Times-Dispatch. 1
TARUVrDWX, N. V., December 20.
I When the employes on John D. Rock
! efeller's estate were paid off to-night,
j all the married men were presented with
i $10 gold pieces as holiday gifts The
! total amounted to several thousand
: dollars.
j Skating was good on the Rockefeller
pond to-day, and Mr. Rockefeller per
| mltted the school children to enjoy It,
I keeping inew on guard to prevent acci
dents.
CAPTAIN JOHNSTON NAMED
llcromcN Supervisor o f the lOtghth
\nvnl District.
WASHINGTON, December 20.?Secre
tary Daniels to-day designated Captain
O. B. J.ohnston. commandant of the
New Orleans Navy-Yard, as supervisor
of the Klglith Naval District, previously
under supervision of the naval com
mandant at Roy West. The latter will
continue as supervlaoi of the Seventh
.Naval District,
BRITISH SHIPS ATTEMPT
RAID ON GERMAN COAST
Reply to Recent Bombardment .of
English Ports of. Scarborough,
Whitby and Hartlepool.
CUXHAVEN CENTRE OF ATTACK
Bombs Dropped on Anchored Vessels
and Gas Works Without Doing Any
Damage?Fog Prevents Continua
tion of Fighting.
[Special Cable to The Tlmes-Dlspatch.]
BERLIN, December 26 (wireless via
Sayvllle).?Tho following announce
ment Is made by the official press
bureau:
"The admiralty reports to-day that
on the 25th there was a fight with Brit
ish ships, which niado a dash Into a
German bay. Hydro-aeroplanes con
voyed by them advanced against tho
mouths of German rivers and dropped
. bomlis on anchored ships and on gas
works near Guxhaven, without hitting
anything or doing any damage. The
hydro-aeroplanes, when fired at, with
drew in an easterly direction.
"German airships and aeroplanes
reconnoitred against the British
forces, and lilt l>y bombs two British
destroyers and- one convoy. A fire
broke out on the latter.
"Fog prevented a continuation of the
fighting."
i The German admiralty announcement
| of an attempt by British warships
j against the German coast Is the first
! Intimation of what appears to be a
j reply to the recent German raid against
j the English ports of Scarborough,
I Whitby and Hartlepool. The British
; authorities havo made no mention of
! this operation.
1 From the reference to Cuxhaven in
! tho Gorman announcement, It would
j seem that the German rivers Indicated
i aro the Elbe and Weser. Cuxhaven Is
jr. fortified ? German seaport, fifty-eight
j miles west-northwest of Hamburg. It
; if> at the mouth of the estuary of the
j F.lbo. Tho approximate, distance across
I tho North Sea from the English coast
j to Cuxhaven is 360 miles.
. CONSIDER An L. 12 OBSCURITY
ABOUT SOME OF FEATURES
[Special to The Times-Dispatch.]
! NEW YORK, December 26.?The only
| Information received from any source
j regarding the British naval raid on tho
German coast In tho vicinity of Cux
haven comes from Berlin In a wire
less message received at. Sayvllle, Ij. I.,
to-night. The British admiralty evi
dently has made no announcement on
tho subject, and If the news of tho
raid Is known In English newspaper
offices, the censor has prevented Irs
i transmission to this country.
I There is considerable obscurity about
some of the features of tho raid, owing
partly to apparent errors In tho trans
mission of the wireless-message. The
exact text of the Ilrst sentence, as It
. was received at Sayvllle, Is:
"Admiralty reports 26-12, on 25-12,
| fight British ships made dash Into
] German bay."
j The operator at Sayvllle insists that
this Is the sentence exactly as ho re
; reived it. "Filled out" In the usual
j way of lllllng out "skeleton" cable mes
! sages, ti?e sentence would read:
j "The admiralty reports on the 26th
i (to-dayl that on the 25th there was a
I light British ships whrteh made a dash
I into a German bay." ' ,
j On the other hand, if tho letter "f"
| In "light" were changed to "e." the
| word would become "eight," and the
I sentence would then read:
I "The admiralty roports that eight
l British ships made a dash Into a Ger
j man bay."
That the admiralty considered it a
I fight, however. Is indicated by tho last
I sentence of the message, which reads:
"Fog prevented continuation fight
ing."
This Christinas Day raid on tho Ger
man coast was in progress while the
Germans were making a sensational
(Continued on Second 1'age.)
FIERCE FIGHTING
GOES ON WITHOUT
DECISIVE RESULT
Battle on JBoth Fronts Con
tinues With Unabated
Intensity.
GERMANS CEASE ATTACKS
ON THE BZURA RIVER
Now Trying to Find Way to
Warsaw Along the
Pilica.
HEAVY LOSSES SUSTAINED
Fog Interferes With Straggle In
Flanders?Allies' Prog
ress Is Slow.
British Warships Make
Raid on German Coast
From Berlin conti an official re
port. on authority ot the German
ndmlrnlty, of a raid by British war
ships on the German coant. Cui
haven, a fortified port, and adjoin
ing territory nppear to hnve been
the object ot the British attack. In
which eight ships and n number of
lij droplanen took pnrt.
No details are given beyond the
statement that German airships uud
aeroplanea threw bomhn on tivo
Urtttnh dentroycri and one other tci
sel of the convoy, the latter being;
act on Arc.
Both French and German report*
of the battle* In Belgium and North
ern France Indicate sharp fighting.
In battlen against British Indian '
troops near St. Hubert, the Germans
report they captured nineteen oUl
cer* and 81S men, fourteen raavhlae
com and. other vrar equipment, and
that the British left more than 3,000
dead on the field. The EnglUli
asked for n cessation of hostilities ,
to bury the dead, which was granted.
Germany haa replied to the French
aeroplane attack on n village and
the dropping of bombs on Freiburg,
with an air attack on the outskirts
of Nancy. Regarding this opera
tion, a Parts dispatch says a Zep
pelin flevr over Nancy and dropped
fourteen bombs, killing two per
sons, wounding Several nnd slightly
damaging houses. This Is the first
report of activity by a Zeppelin
against a French city.
In North Poland, according to the
official German Btatemcnt, east ot
the Vistula the situation remains
unchanged, but it Is announced in
the same bulletin that the Germans
have ceased their attacks on the
llsura Itlver, which means that tem
porarily, at least, the advance on
Warsaw from this direction haa
been checked. On the right bank
of the Plllca Itlver, however, Ger
man attacks have been successful.
Petrogrnd reports continued fight
ing on December 25 between the
lower courses of the Vistula and the
Pilica, aud violent engagements In
the region bordering on the Plllca.
Likewise there has been severe
fighting with the Anstrtans along
the lower courses of the Nlda,
where the nusslans claim to have
taken more than 4,000 prisoners.
Avlonn, Albania, hns betn com
pletely occupied by Italian forces,
according to a Rome dispatch. Gov
ernment bnildings were taken over
by the Italians without untoward In
cidents.
LONDON. December 26 (10 P. M.).?
Neither the Austro-Gorman offensive
operations against tho Russians nor
the allies' attacks on tho German lines
In tho west have made any appreciable
progress, although there was fighting
along the greater part of the two
fronts with unabated Intensity. Tn
both eases the attacking armies ap
pear to have :an full tilt against al
most Impenetrable linos.
The Germans, In their official roport.
announce that they have ceased their
attacks on the Kzura lilver, which,
with the Russian masses behind it,
stands across their direct path to War
saw. They are now trying to find a
way to the Polish capital along the
I'llica Ttlver, a considerable distance
south of Warsaw.
Fog has Interfered with battles in
Flanders, but along tho French front
'the Germans liavo been delivering fierce
counterattacks. in these, as in the
allies' attacks, the losses on both sides
have been considerable, but heavier on
the side which has been attacking.
The slowness of the allies' progress
Is explained In I*ondon as due to the
general staff's refusal to sacrifice a
great number of soldiers. They are
satisfied with small succcsses through
j artillery practice, which. In time, it is
pointed out. should preparo the way
for a general forward movement.
According to information from Con
stantinople, tho Turks, under advice of
tho Germans, are fortifying their
shores in the Gulf of Snros and on
the Sea of Marmora, Indicating that
they expect visits from tho Allied
fleets.
(iKItHAN SrC'OKSNKN
C1.AIMK1) IX STATRMKVT
HKRL1N' (by wireless to London, 4.11
i l\ M.), December 26.?Tho official an
nouncement on tho progress of the war
I given out In Berlin, this afternoon re
lates German successes In the western
arena. Kngllsh and French attacks near
Nleuport have been repulsed. The
statement refers to engagements else
where In France, but eltiter makes no
mention of the outcome or says the
situation remains uiichungcd. In Rus

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