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GERMANY WILLING TO,
NEGOTIATE FOR PEACE,
SA YS HIGH OFFICIAL
Teutonic Leader Says Good Offices
President Wilson Would Be Welcomed.
To Demand Freedom of Seas.
ALSO POLAND'S
Belgium Would Be Restored and French Territory Now Held
Returned to France Pontiff Considers Wilson Best
Fitted to Bring About Peace.
Special to The Washington Herald.
New York. Sept. 4. The willing-
. ness of Germany to negotiate for
peace through President Wilson was
announed today by one of the high
est German officials in the United
States.
This is the first direct expression of
the Berlin government looking to
ward cessation of international hostili
ties through a third party. The Herald's
informant is a man of the highest stand
ing both in the United States and Ger
many and his views reflect those of the
German government. He said:
"I have no hesitancy in saying that
overtures by the allied enemies of Ger
many for peace on a basis of 'live and
'et live" would be favorably looked upon.
"Fiom a political standpoint. 01
course, there is no wish for peace In Ger
many The German empire did not
court this war, but she Is willing at any
time to consummate peace upon a basis
of industrial equalization.
"If President Wilson can Importune
the allies to change their program of
German national destruction, a great
step will be taken in the direction or
cessation of hostilities.
The peace terms which would be
set forth by the Berlin government,
include these-
"The establishment of Poland as
an independent kingdom, to be com
prised of all Russian Poland, a part
of Austrian Poland and a small part
of German Poland
"Abi-alute freedom of the seas for
maritime powers.
'Belgium to be restored and her
sovereignty and future neutrality
guaranteed.
"All French territory held by Ger
many to be restored to France.
"German colonies seized by the al
lied powers to be returned to her or
an Indemnity for their loss paid to
the German government.
Merllnc'n Fall Good Man.
"These are the principal peace con
ditions of the German empire In
demnity for Germany's losses dur
ing the war would naturally arise,
the amount, of course, depending upon
the injuries inflicted before peace is
restored It is also the intention of
Germany to demand civil rights or
freedom and worship for the Jews in
the newly established kingdom of Po
land To mv mind the most favorable pace
sign is the recent collapw; of foreign ex
change in pounds sterling on the stock
exchange. England has been financing
this war and this decline points to her
hmncial straits.
"Theie has been much said about the
desire of conquest on the part of Ger
many This is untrue, and should be cor
rected in the American mind. Germany
as a whole wants and intends to be oni
a national state. She does not want to
govern aliens and does not intend to do
so if her right of commercial expansion
is guaranteed.
Donht n tn Itennlt.
"At no time has the result of the war
lieen in doubt. Germans, the flower of
her army corps engaged in Russlaf has
been aLle to hold the western front
against the allied armies
"Military experience snows that it Is
impossible to dislodge strongly en
trenched troops except by employing
live men to one. Germany and her
allies now have from 6.000,000 to
7.000,000 men In the field. Shortly the
Invasion of Russia will cease and she
will Intrench there. Do you think her
allied enemies can bring to bear 33,
000.000 men to dislodge German armies
from their entrenchments?"
"I regard break of diplomatic rela
tions between the United States and
Germany as practically impossible
now There Is always trouble with
neutrals In time of wax. but sentiment
In America has undergone a vast
change in relation to Germany during
the last few weeks."
HTNDENBURG GOES HUNTING.
German General Nat Too Dnir to
Lend ShootlnK Pnrlr.
Berlin (via London). Sept. 4. Al
though he is conducting the greatest
campaign of history. Field Marshal von
Hlndenbcrg found time this week to take
a day off for his favorite sport of deer
stalking.
He arrived Monday evening at Schlp
penbell. In East Prussia, near'the scenes
of his two great battles those of Tan
nenberg and the Mkzurtan Lake. Ac
companied by Prince Dohna-Schlobltten
and Count Doenhoff. the Held marshal
hunted In the forest of the Countess of
Euleaburg and killed two fine stags.
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INDEPENDENCE
! Rome. Sept. 4. A statement issued
,t tj,e Vatican today says:
"Reports from America concerning
the visit of Cardinal Gibbons to Wash
ington might give the impression that
the cardinal was the bearer of a spe
cial message from Pope Benedict to
President Wilson. This is not a fact.
"It is considered important by the
Vatican authorities that the facts be
stated with careful exactness to avoid
misunderstandings, which might hinder
the supreme object of peace.
"Cardinal Gibbons did not need an'
special written message from the Pope,
as he thoroughly knows the Ideas and
alms of the Pontiff, and undoubtedly ex
pounded them to President Wilson in the
conversation that he had with him."
IVIlson Best Fitted.
Pope Benedict is quoted hy a high au
thority as having said he considered
President Wilson to be the man best
fitted to induce the belligerent powers
to discuss their problems. Regarding
the "liberty of the seas" which Great
Britain and Germany claim they are con
tending for, the Pope is said by those
close to him to have expressed tne
opinion that it should be a oart of a
basis for a satisfactory international
peace, law and justice.
TWO CHRISTIAN TOWNS
. WIPED OUT BY TURKS
Armenian Villages Burned Christian
Girls Turn Moslems to Es
cape Violence.
Athens. Sept. 4. Turkish troops have
burned the Armenian villages of Ismidt
and N'icomedie. slaughtering nearly the
entire population of both towns, ac
cording to travelers arriving here to
day. The Presbyterian Board of Foreign
Missions has received word that 1,000
of the Christian population of Uru
mlah. Persia, were killed and 4,000
others died of dise ise during the Turk
ish occupation of five months. All but
a thousand of the 6.500 Christian fam
ilies were robbed of all their posses
sions, a total loss to them of :,500,AOO.
This information came to the board in
a letter received by J. I Caldwell.
American Minister at Teheran, from
Dr. William A. Sliedd. of Urumiah.
Dr. Shedd said his figures were based
on careful Investigation.
The Presbyterian Mission sustained
a loss of $10,000 during a. Turkish at
tack, and during Turkish occupation
more than 100 Christian girls turned
Moslems in the hope of escaping vio
lence. YOUNG TURKS DOWNCAST.
rrar Dcfent of Germany and Are
Distrustful of Bulenrln.
Paris. Sept 4. A dispatch to the Havas
Agency from Bucharest says:
"Constantinople telegrams say that the
Committee of Union and Progress Is be
ginning to have doubts as to the final
victory of Germany, and is considering
the consequences of defeat. It has given
orders that Greeks and Bulgarians be
treated with all consideration. Other for
eigners, including belligerents, are closely
watched, but are not being molested.
"No more German artillery engineer of
ficers are arriving, and attempts are be
ing made to train Turkish officers to re
place them. These attempts are meeting
with but little -success.
"The great fear In Turkish official
cirlccs Is that Bulgaria will refuse the
agreement proposed, and that Germany
will fall in her negotiations with Rou
manla for the transit of munitions. The
opinion In Constantinople generally In
clines to pessimism."
H0N0E FOR ENVER PA5HA.
l'lmt Turk to Receive Kolirr'a.Ponr
le Merlte Order.
London. Sept. 4. The Exchange Tele
graph Amsterdam correspondent reports
that Emperor "William has bestowed the
Order Tour Ie Merlte on Enver Pasha,
the Turkish minister of war, on -the oc
casion of Enver's birthday.
This Is. said to be the first time this
order has been bestowed on a foreigner,
other than Austrian officers.
900 Machinists on Strike.
Torrtngton, Conn., Sept. 4. Between
00 and 900 men. practically the entire
force In the plant of the Hendey Ma
chine Company, 'went on strike this
morning. Tho men demand an eight
hour day, 13 per cent Increase- In wages,
and time and a half lor overtime work. '
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In Newport News
Chesapeake and Ohio Eleva
tor Destroyed Flames
Still Raging.
Newport News, Va., Sept. 4. Fire,
the origin of which Is unknown, about
13 o'clock tonight totally destroyed one
of the Chesapeake and Ohio elevators-,
the general offices, threatened two
piers, and several foreign steamers,
clausing a total damage of approxi
mately $1,000,000.
The elevator was said to be the larg
est in the United States. In It was
housed more than 500,000 bushels of
grain, all billed to be shipped for use
in allied armies of Europe.
Thousands of people came from the
near-by cities and towns to witness
the conflagration. The fire was rasing
at an early hour this morning-, the fire
men being powerless to get it under
control. So far as can be learned there
was no loss of life.
SCORE SLAIN IN
BORDERBAHLE
U. S. Soldiers and Texas
Rangers Fight Bandits in
Carranza Uniforms.
AMERICANS RETURN FIRE
Organized Invasion by Mexicans
Feared 10.000 Near
Brownsville.
Brownsville. Tex.. Sept. 4. In an all-
day battle that raged nlong the Rio
Grande River between Mexican guer
rillas In Carranza uniform-! and United
States soldiers and Texas rangers, a
score of Mexicans were killed today. One
American, a.Xexas ranger, was killed and
another. John Salvini. a private in the
Third Cavalry, was seriously wounded.
So serious Is the situation considered
that all troops at Fort Brown have been
ordered under arms.
All but one telegraph w-ire on both
sides of the border have been cut. and
full details of today's fighting are impos
sible to obtain.
Large numbers of Mexicans are mask
ing on the river near the scene of to
day's battle, according to reports re
ceived here. An organized invasion of
Texas is feared. There are said to be
10,fl00 Carranza troops in Tamlpaulas and
Nuev-o Leon, close to Brownsville.
The Mexican element In Brownsville
continues quiet, but fear is expressed
that they may organize and assist those
on the other side of the border.
Today's fight started at a point between
Mission and Old Hidalgo, when Mexicans
fired on an American rancher named
Drew.
Troop D, of the Third Cavalry, sta
tioned at Mission, was ordered to th
scene. Texas rangers and armed civil
ians Joined them. A force of about forty
Mexicans was on the opposite side or
the river, and when they commenced
firing, trie Americans returned the' fire.
So fierce did the exchange become thai
re-enforcements were sent for. Capt J.
C. McCoy, with Troops G and H, hurried
to the scene.
The fighting continued along the river
for a distance of two miles until late
this afternoon.
When Capt McCoy returned to Mis
sion tonight he reported that ten dead
Mexicans could be seen on the opposite
side of the river, and he believed that
as many more had been killed In the
brush by bullets fired from the American
side of the border.
For a distance of sixty miles up the
river there was activity during the diy
and hhots were exchanged at a dozen
points. Farther In the interior there
were clashes with Mexican bandits, who
succeeded in crossing the 'river some
days ago. Part of the gang which ter
rorized the country north of here last
Thursday and murdered .two Americans
was cornered during the day and seven
of them killed.
South of San Benito a number of Mex
icans attempted an attack on a ranch
house, but were driven across the river
by cavalry. An attempt to cross th? Rio
nrnnda bv Mexicans five miles from
Brownsville was frustrated by cavalry.
It Is expected that 3.000 United
States troops will be In the valley by
tomorrow night with Instructions to
shoot to kill.
The bandits who have succeeded in
crossing: the Rio Grande are handP
capped in returning because of the
great rise In the river. They have
now scattered and are burning bridges
and attempting to wreck railway trains
robbing ranches, and murdering. The
citizens of Texas are determined to
exterminate them.
GALE SWEEPS OVER BERMUDA.
Steamer with 200 Americana Aboard
Held tn Fort.
Hamilton. Bermuda. Sept t A, severe
gate swept over Bermuda last night up
rooting trees and dolnc a smalt amount
of damage to other property. The elec
tric .light power, and telephone aervicea
were disorsaniced.
ine sicBmsnip -KrmuaiaB, with SO
American tourtoUOB board, to delayed I
'WE WILL BAHLE
till victorious;
PROMISE OF CZAJi
Presides at Meeting Called to
Lay New Plans for
War.
HE MAY ENTER CONFLICT
Will Take Personal Part if
Necessary, Emperor
Pledges.
CALLS FOR SUPREME EFFORT
War Minister Also Sounds Defiant
Note Before Conference of Repre
sentative Men.
SpecUl Cible to The Wnlilnrton Hmld.
.Fetrograd. Sept. 4. "Russia will con
tinue the war until a complete victory has
been achieved."
This was the statement of Emperor
Nicholas today presiding at the first meet
ing of a special conference of 'Russia's
representative men and institutions,
called to discuss, organize and unify
means for continuing the war.
Minister of War Pollvanoff spoke In a
similar vein.
Turnout KfTort Needed.
"The questions we are confronted with
are of the gravest Importance," de
clared the Emperor. "Our troops wait
onlv for arms and munitions to achieve
success. The great problem Involved re
quires the utmost effort on our part. It
Is necessary to put it into action at once,
and the way In which they are to bo
done will be decided on In our confer
ence. "This conference has brought together
the government. Parliament and dele
gates from public institutions and our
industries. In a word, the representa
tives of all business in Russia have in
trusted you, with complete confidence,
with powers of exceptional extent
May Take FersonnI Part.
"I shall always fpllow with the most
profound attention your labors, and will,
take a personal part in them "if neces
sary. "We have a great task before us; we
shall concentrate In it nil the human
effort of the country. Let us leave aside
for the moment every other preoccupa
tion, however grave, and even If It should
concern the state, so long as It does not
essentially affect the present time, noth
ing must distract our thoughts, our will
and our strength from what is now our
single goal, which Is to drive the enemy
from our borders.
"With this end in view we must make
certain of the complete military equip
ment of our active army and other troops
called to the colors. This task is now
intrusted to you gentlemen. I know that
you will devote all your strength and all
your love for the fatherland to Its ac
complishment "Set to work with the help of God."
CHOLERA IN DOZEN LANDS.
Official Ere on ImiiilKrnntu from
Greece, Italy nml Holland.
In a review of the world distribution
of cholera, yellow fever, plague and ty
phus fever. Just Issued by the United
States Public Health Service, it is point
ed out that during the fiscal year ended
June 30, 1313, cholera was present In
Austria-Hungary, Ceylon, China. Egypt.
Dutch East Indies, India, the Philippine
Islands, Russia, the Straits Settlements.
the Balkan territory. Germany and Indo
china.
The new infection in the Balkan terri
tory may have originated from the con
stant Infection of Austria-Hungary "or
from Turkey, where cholera was report
ed prevalent during 1314 and 1315. From
the Balkan territory cholera has been
carried into Italy. United States quar
antine officers have been warned to
watch travel from the Greek. Italian and
Holland ports. With the cessation ol
hostilities in Europe there Is every in
dication that the work and responsibili
ties of the quarantine system of the
United States Public Health Service will
be Increased greatly, according to the
authorities.
IRON CROSS MELTED IN AIR.
American Officlala Tell of Seeing
German Aviator Fall.
Tarls, Sept . A German aviator
brought down at Senlls recently was
identified as Lieut, von Bailer, son of
uen. von uaiier, or tne Wuertenberg
forces. Officials of the American clearing-house,
who chanced to pass In their
automobile the spot where the machine
fell, report that they clearly saw an
Iron cross melting on the aviator's
blazing breast
They also saw a bullet hole through
the body in the region of the heart.
Russian Losses 5,500,000, Report.
Berlin (by wlrelesa). Sept 4. The Over
seas News Agency today gave .put the
following: "The Basle National' Zeitung
says the Russian losses since the begin
ning of the war amount to 23,172 officers,
of whom 43.124 were killed. 1S1.4C w'oundj
ed. and 1&60S. missing. The total losses
to the troops areeo,oeoL,
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"Mrs. Mohr Innocent;" Negro
Sijspects Deny Confession
Statements Telling of Widow Hiring Men to Murder Hus
band Forced by Police, Dead Doctor's Chauffeur Declares.
Prominent People Threatened Physician.
Providence, It. I.. Spt 4 Another
amazing whapter In the mysterious ot
sasslnatlon or Dr. C Franklin Jlohrwas
written this afternoon when tha three
negroes upon whose testimony Mrs. Eliz
abeth Tiffany Blair ilohr. the wealthy
phjeiclan's widow, was arrested" for
murder, tepudiated In every detail their
alleged confessions.
"Tell the people that we are absolutely
Innocent." said Georce W. Healls, Mohr's
chauffeur, who. with Spellman and Vic
tor Brown, was held as Mrs. Mohr's ac
complices. "We believe that Mrs. Mohr.
too. Is Innocent and knew nothing what
ever about this crime. We never signed
a confession "
"The police dragged me up and down
the room." said Brown, "and shouted at
me, you Know you Kinea ut. jionr. i
said, 'well, just to have jou quit. I'll
say I did.' I never signed anything.
Never Saw Confesulon.
"I never shot Miss Burger as the po
lice say I confessed," said Spellman. "I
was In Providence between 3:30 and 10
o'clock when the doctor and tho girl
were shot on the road near Nyatt"
The repudiations were made voluntar
ily and without the knowledge of coun
sel. Following these recantations. Chief of
Police Thomas F. Bobbins, of Barring
ton, in whose district the- murder oc
curred, admitted that so far as he knew,
none of the three men had ever signed
DANIELS WILL STUDY
DANGERS OF F-B0ATS
Orders Investigation of Charges that
This Type of Submarine Is
Defective.
TJie F type of submarine of which
there are three remaining may be
eliminated from the United States navy
as the result of the loss of the F-4 at
Honolulu.
Secretary of the Navy Daniels yes
terday stated he Is going to order an
investigation at once fnto the charge.
as stated in The Washington Herald
yesterday, that the vessels of this type
are In constant danger of meeting the
fate of the F-4, because of the fact
that water leaks Into the batteries on
these craft This leakage causes the
submarine to fill with chlorine - gas,
and this Is believed to have resulted
in the FSVs disaster.
The three remaining submarines of
this type, the F-l, F-2, andF-3, are
all on-duty In the harbor at Honolulu.
It Is claimed by navy experts that they
are constantly exposed to this chlorine
gas danger, and that at any time their
crews may perish as did the one of
the F-t.
It Is believed that following Secre
tary Daniels' probe the F type of sub
marine wlll be ordered out of service
Lilian Bell Is Bankrupt.
Chicago. "Sept 4.-IJIlan Bell Bogue.
pen name Lilian Bell, filed a voluntary
petition in bankruptcy in the United
States District Court today, giving her
liabilities as fX,3 and her assets as
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Will Inspect Carriers' Uniforms.
Superintendents, and clerks in charge
ofipostal carrier" stations here 'are busy
arranging for ,the" Inspection by Septem
ber 14 of the uniforms to be worn by
carriers during the fall and' winter.
JIany of the carriers, will purchase new
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was mentioned. .
Confronted by these developments, the
Providence police tonight admit that fjr
three days they have sought industrious
ly lor evidence to corroborate the Jl-
lege confession of r.iree negioes, butf
without avail.
Chler O'Xell. head of the Trovldence
Bureau of Detectives, however, de
nounces the confessions and declares
they will yet be proved to have bee 1
made.
Miss Emily Ormsby, Dr. Mohr's secre
tary who accused Mrs. Mohr of warning
her not to ride with the physician, 'a
fused to alter her original statement
Doctor YVn Threatened.
Healls, Brown and Spellman decla-cd
that they could prove adequate alibis.
"This is the first time we have
been allowed to talk." said Brown.
We were Instructed by our attorney
to keep quiet, but we can't do It
any longer and permit the public to
believe that we are hired gunmen."
"Dr. Mohr, to my knowledge, has
been threatened by several prominent
Rhode Island people." said Healls.
Insinuations were plentiful tonight
that powerful Influences had gone to
the aid of Mrs. Mohr, and that the re
cantations of the three negroes were
the result of these influences. Among
the patients of Dr. Mohr were many
women prominent In New York- and
Newport society.
EIGHT TAKEN IN POKER
RAID AT GUARD ARMORY
Police Surprise Young Men at Militia
Headquarters Two Arrested.
Others Witnesses.
Eight young white men were taken in a
raid on an alleged poker game In the Na
tional Guard Armory, Fifth and t, streets
northwest, shortly after 10 o'clock last
night John Kane. 25, and William Hop
kins, 31, sergeant In the quartermaster's
department of the machine gun- com
pany, were locked up at the Second pre
cinct charged with permitting gambling
on the premises. Hopkins was the only
guard taken In the raid.
The other six were released after belne
notified to appear as witnesses In Police
Court. Collateral for the two men
against whqm the charge was preferred
was set, at J30 each. The raid was led by
Sergt Pearson. ,
Lieut Col. 'Anton Stephan, of the
Third Regiment, expressed surprise when
lnformed-"br the raid. Col. Stephan
pointed out that gambling Is prohibited
In the arpaory. a copy of the order to
thla effect being posted on each company
bulletin board.
9 Turks Announce Successes.
Constantinople (via Berlin and Amster
dam), Sept . The war office today an
nounced successes won by the Turkish
artillery onGaIHpoll peninsula- The
statement follows: "On the right wing
our artillery dispersed an enemy bat
talion which waa drilling Thursdays, On
the left wing. In the" region of Kerevcs
dere, we silenced two hostile guns."
Orphan Home Burns; Five lots Die.
San Francisco. Sept 4. Five children'
were burned to death today when fire de
stroyed the St Frand Girls' Protectory,
a home for orphan children! Fifty-one
other children were rescued. The dead;
Elizabeth OBrlen, age 5; Katie O'Briea,
age . aaa una usiwia ptlM.
EVACUATION OF RIGA
CONSIDERED IMMINENT;
RUSS RESIST STOUTLY
Von Hindenburg Tightens Grip on Port City
and Forces Occupy Greater Part of
West Bank of Dvina.
RUSSIANS TO
Austro-Germans Have Crossed
position and Heavy Fighting Continues for
Possession of Strypa Position.
London. Sept. 4. The evacuation of Riga by the Russians is considered
imminent.
Field Marshal von Hindenburg's army today tightened its grip on tho
port city by capturing another bridgehead on the Dvina River at Friedrichstadt,
forty-two miles southeast of Riga.
The Germans now occupy the whole of the west bank of the Dvina
between Friedrichstadt and Lennewada,
yesterday. .
The object of the German offensive
is to establish a base of supply by sea
long cherished plan of a drive on Petrograd.
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URGES U. S. TO FORCE
WAR PREPAREDNESS
Former Navy Secretary Meyer Asks
People to Demand Action
by Congress.
New York. Sept 4. George von L.
Meyer, former Secretary of the Navy,
today issued a statement urging patri
otic citizens to Impress upon their
Congressmen the great need of a navy
adequate to Insure the safety of this
country- In case of a blockade of
American ports by a foreign naval
power, he pointed out the blow would
be felt in the inland States as well
as those on the seaboard. Mr. Meyer
said:
Public sentiment should crystalize
to such an extent that it will make
itself felt and force upon Congress .the
facts as to the necesslty."f prepared
ness by demanding the highest mili
tary efficiency. This can only be ac
complished by an up-to-date organiza-
tion of administration and expendi
ture. "It devolves upon Congress to decide
the amount that shall be expended for
the army and navy, but the details of
expenditure should be left to a mili
tary board of experts, subject to the
supervision of the Secretary. In this
way the full military value of money
expended can be obtained.
"Unless the members of Congress
feel the pressure of public sentiment
the necessary reforms, in order to
bring about efficiency and prepared
ness, will not be Inaugurated."
ATE SISTER'S HEART BY
SAVAGE CULT'S ORDER
Nicaraguan to Die for Punishment
Meted Out for Infraction of
Marriage Law.
New Orleans, Sept 4. For killing his
sister, cutting out her heart and eating
It, Jose Agulndo will be hanged.
The story was told In the 'Weekly
American, published In Blueflelds. Nica
ragua, which reached here by steamer to
day. It follows:
"Jose Agulndo cut his lS-year-old sis
ter's throat, removed her heart baked It
and ate'part of it
"The girl had violated an edict of a
strange cult regarding her marriage to a
cousin, and Agulndo. being her eldest
brother, inflicted the penalty.
"He confessed and will be hanged at
Managua."
HAIlf PB0TESTS IT. S. ACTION.
Minister Criticises Selsnre of Cus
toms Houses by Marines.
Haiti's minister to the United States.
Solon Menlos. yesterday protested to
Secretary of State Lansing against oc
cupation of Haitian customs houses by
Arrierlcan marines. After delivering a
message from his government to Sec
retary Lansing, he was told by the
latter of Admiral Caperton's martial
law 'proclamation. He was Informed
by Secretary Lansing, it Is understood.
that Admiral Caperton has been in
structed to use what measures he
deemed best to restore permanent or
der on the island.
Minister Mnelos refused to discuss
his conference with Secretary Lansing,
but he talked at some length .on the
American occupation of the customs
houses, criticising severely the action
of the military authorities. He expects
to see Secretary Lansing again next
Tuesday.
Belated Punishment by Mars.
Berlin, Sept 4. Lieut Baron von
Forstner, who figured In the(Zabern riot
ing two years ago. has been UHed la
battle, according to a report received
here. It was Lieut FprstBer who waa
accused of sabering a crippled shoemaker,
when Frenchmen at Zabern.!AUace, made
a demonstration-agalnst the Germans.
Httir Oittas. Lsrsj. Vs. .. Mfc.
Bojclal Lv. WasWturton S:10: Alexandria
:a aja. Boutaera jcauwmy, ar. return.
GIVE UP VILNA
Sereth in Face of Fierce Op
where they captured the bridgehead
on this section of the northern wina
at Riga which shall serve to aid their
It Is possible, however, that before this,
project can be carried to Its conclusion
the Russian defense will have so stiffened
that the comparative freedom of move- , v
ment which the Austro-German forces
have enjoyed since the Russian with
drawal from the Warsaw line began, will
have been curtailed considerably. j
Russians Stoutly Resist.
While the Germans, in the greatest bat
tle that has yet developed on the north
ern wing of the eastern front, are striv- -Ing
with all the force of their increased
weight of guns and men to force a
crossing of the Dvina. the Russians, far
ther to the south, between the Dniester
and the Prlpet marshes, are offering
heavy resistance. The Teutonic effort to
break the Russian line at this point is
costing the Austro-Germans heavy toll.
Russian counter-attacks along the Vllna
River, while Inflicting heavy losses on the
Teutonic allies, are more )n the character
wji irsr-suara actions,-ana it is consld- i
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me civilians already have left, will be
evacuated shortly by the Russian" gar-
irlson.
Anstro-Germans Cross Sereth.
Still another series of battles art
being fought In the south of Prlpet
marshes. Along the Sereth and Stry
pa rivers the Russians are stubborn
ly contesting the progress of th
Austro-Germans. who. however, have
crossed the Sereth near the point
where it empties Into the Dnelster.
Their frontal ittacks against Dub
no and Rovno falling, the Austrian
are pressing a turning movement
against these positions from the
south, and the troops under Gen. von
Boehm-ErmollI, according to Vienna,
today succeeded in breaking through
the Russian lines at various points
north of Zalosce and east of Brody.
Austrian reports detail the capture
of large numbers of prisoners both
along the Sereth and on the front
attacked by Boehm-ErmollI.
PEDRO ATE DIAMOND,
BUT DOCTOR GOT IT
"Sparkler" of Wealthy Woman Dw-
appeared Because It Looked
Like Rock Candy.
Philadelphia. Pa.. Sept 4. Pedro, the
fancy little Chihuahua dog of Mrs. R. C.
Nuckolls, who Is stopping here at the
Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, has been oper
ated upon for diamonds. This Is not a
new disease, but 'merely a medical way
of stating that Pedro has been cut open
to remove a two-and-a-half carat dia
mond that he swallowed recently.
Upon her arrival here several days age
from New TFork Mrs. Nuckolls discovered
that Pedro was very sick. Dr. Mercur, a
New York veterinarian, was summoned.
About the same time Mrs. Nuckolls dis
covered that a big diamond was missing
from her pendant. A close examination
of the pendant revealed the marks ol
dog teeth. It was all very plain.
Pedro was placed under an anesthetic.
A delicate Incision was made and the
costly gem that the dog had swallowed
for rock candy was removed. Both dog
and diamond are doing welt
PARTNER HELD AFTER MURDER
Woman In Case of Coral KiniBg.
Xew Jersey Police Say.
Camden. N. J.. Sept 4.TOlaf Peterson,
partner Of Samuel S. Cord, who was mur
dered In the swamps at Laurel Spring!
last Monday night Is locked up today tn
"murderers row" In the Camden county
jail. His every words are being recorded
on, dictagraphs and every movement being-watched.
He Is being held as a "ma
terial jsitness."
Prosecutor William J. Kraft says he
has found discrepancies In many stai
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visited - person .enlisted by the prosit J L'
cirtor.v Detectives are working on", th'
theory "that there Ja a woman in the
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