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None Perish on Lusitania
When Ship Is Torpedoed
? ? I
Slips Beneath Waters About Twenty
Minutes After Fatal Blow
Is Struck.
Many Vessels Rush to Aid of Stricken Cunarder and
Fatalities are Prevented?Great Vessel
Had Defied German Raiders.
LONDON, May 7,8:15 p.m-The Cunard
Company has definitely ascertained that
the lives of the passengers and the crew of
the Lusitaina have been saved.
NEW YORK, May 7.?No lives were lost when the
giant transatlantic liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk
10 miles south of Kinsale, off the Irish coast, this afternoon.
She had aboard 1,253 of her own passengers and 163 pas
sengers transferred to her from the Anchor line Came
ronia, besides her own crew, bringing the number on
board up to more than 1,900. The fact that there was no
loss of life is due to the prompt responuse of steamers
and other vessels in rushing to the rescue after the huge
Cunarder had flashed through the air her announcement
that she had received her death blow and needed assist
ance. Cunard officials declare the Lusitania was torpe
doed without warning.
The first intimation that the Lusitania was suffering
came from the signal station at Kinsale, where it was seen,
dispatches from Queenstown state, that the liner was in
extreme difficulties at 2:12 p.m. The vessel, which has
defied the dangers accompanying the German submarine
war on shipping, by continuing her voyages across the
ocean, finally slipped beneath the waves at 2:33 in the
afternoon, keeping above the waters twenty-one minutes
after the blow ending her historic career had been struck.
Great anxiety for the Lusitania has been felt ever since she sailed
from New York May i, when passengers were warned by unidenti
fied persons that the vessel was about to start her last voyage, but
the great liner did not admit her danger until 2:15 in the afternoon,
vhen her wireless flashed :
' Want assistance. Listing badly."
Admiral Coke at Queenstown dispatched all available tugs and
steam trawlers to the scene. It would take about two hours for most
of them to reach the point where tne Lusitania went down, but other
advices indicate that about twenty other vessels were in the vicinity
of the disaster and rendered assistance to the hundreds of passengers.
Tugs and patrol boats arriving on the scene immediately took the
liner's lifeboats in tow. according to dispatches, and this prompt as
sistance is declared to have lessened the danger to the occupants of
the boats a hundredfold.
According to a London dispatch put out by the Dow-Jones ticker
ate today the Cunard Steamship Company in London issued an offi
cial statement there tonight, declaring that the Lusitania had been
torpedoed without warning and sank almost immediately.
The text of the statement follows:
"The whole concern of the Cunard Company is for the safety of
the passengers and crew. The material loss does not count, as it is
covered by insurance.
"The Lusitania was torpedoed without any warning and sank
almost immediately. It is known that a large number of the large
boats of the ship are afloat. Every effort is being made to obtain the
fullest information, which will be published immediately on receipt."
There were 188 American passengers in all aboard the Lusitania,
according to a compilation made late today at the Cunard offices
here. The British numbered gs6 and other nationalities made up the
emainder of the 1,253 passengers aboard.
Cork newspapers report, according 10 ?<* Liverpool dispatch re
ceived by the Cunard line late today, that 300 passengers have been
landed at Clonakilty.
Lusitania Twenty-Ninth Ship
Sunk or Damaged in German
War Zone First Week of May
1 The Lusitania is fli-- twenty-ninth
J vessel to l?e sunk or damaged in the
, first week of Ma\ in the (Jerman war
zone about th<- British Isles.
| Most of ihese vessels were torpedoed
i by German submarines, although inj
! some cases it. has not been established j
(Whether the damage w as indicted by j
mines or under-water boats.
During: the last fortnight German j
[submarines have carried on the most
| active campaign of any time since the ?
I war began.
J Sixteen of the twenty-nine vessels
were Brirish trawlers. There were
four British and one French rnerchant
| men in the list. The others were ves
i sels of neutral nations.
One of them was the American steam
er Gulflight. which was torpedoed off
i S?*illy Islands May 1, with the loss of
three lives. There were three Nor
I wegian. two Swedish and one Danish j
i merchant vessels in this number.
Decree Effective February 18.
{Establishment of the German war ,
/.one was decreed February 4 t?> take!
? effect February In. The (Jerman gov - !
ernn&ent's decree defined the war zone i
I as including "all the waters surround- J
ing Great Britain and Ireland, includ- |
ing the entire English channel." al-j
though stating specifically that ship- i
( P'r?g north of the Shetland Islands, in f
I the eastern area of the North sea. and !
| in a strip thirtv miles wide along th?i
! Netherlands roast would not be im
periled. The Lusitania. therefore, was j
i in the war zone when sunk.
In the war zone decree the German !
1 government announced its intention j
"to endeavor to destroy every enem\ j
.merchant ship found in This area of'
' war," stating that this action had been j
j made necessary by the conduct of
Great Britain in carrying on a "mer
cantile warfare against Germany in a
| way that defied all The principles of
international la w."
i The (Jerman admiralty is reported to
?have sent newly constructed subrna
; rines of large size and high speed for
the present campaign. Few details art
available as to the specifications of
these vessels. It is said they are able
! to carry supplies for three months, en- ;
! abling them to remain out for that |
ilength of time without putting into a ;
,port or having recourse To a parent I
j ship. !
1,310 Passengers on Ship
When She Left New York
When th" Lusitania sailed she had
j aboard 1,310 passengers. Some nervous- ?
j ness had been caused because of the ;
publication in the morning papers of j
Saturday of an advertisement warning!
intending travelers that a state of!
j war existed between Germany and i
Great Britain arid her allies; that the'
f zone of war includes the waters ad- 1
i jacent. to the British Isles; tha.t in ae !
?ordanoe with notice given by the j
[German government vessels flying the :
i flag of Great Britain are liable to de
! 4truction in those waters and that ?
I travelers sailing in the war zone on j
| -hips of Great Britain or her allies do!
! so at their own risk.
! This warning apparent'*.- <li<i j,,,4
I cause many cancellations, for the ship:
i sailed with a fill! pass'-nucr* list. Just '
j before the steamer s departure a nnin- t
' b# r of the passrs reeei-.cj |
j grams at the pier, signed by names '
unknown to them and pros uni ? 1 to i
I be fictitious. advisi.ig then not to sailj
j as the liner was ' o be torpedoed by .
| ibmarines. Alfred Gw.\ :jfie Vand?-r- J
; hilt whs one of the passengers who '
; received such a messa:; ?. p.- rj?-- I
j strove.] the message without ? <>mmcnt.
j Charles I' Sumner, general agent of j
I the f'unard line, was at the pier, and !
j iu a statement made then said that the '
{voyage of the Lusitania would not be j
I attended by any risk whatever, as the!
liner had a speed of twenty-five and
I a half knots and was provided with
j unusually tight bulkheads.
In commenting on the report of the
torpedoing of the Lusitania ' oda y
? marine men pointed out that in their
i opinion the Lusitania could not be
1 sunk by a single torpedo.
The Lusitania was delayed for more
J'han two and a half hours in sailing
i for Liverpool last Saturday on account
of having to take over the 1(J3 passen
! gets from the Anchor liner Cameronia,
, which was chartered at the last min
i ute by th?* British admiralty.
| '' T Bro<lerick, Boston; W. Broderick
c oete. San Antonio. Tex.; J. |j Brooks.
! Yew York; Mrs. F. C. Brown, New York;
j SYilliam H. Brown. Buffalo. N. Y.; Mrs
Burnside and maid. New York; Mr. and
j Mrs. A. II Bruno, Montclair, N J.
! A J. Byington, London; Michael G.
j Byrne. New York; I> L. Chabot, London;
| .Mrs W. Chapman, Toronto,
i I H Charles, Toronto; Miss I >oris
j Charles. Toronto: Be v. Cowley Clark,
' London, A. Clark, Toronto; M Cohen,'
[ N?*w \ ork ; 11. G. Colebrook, Toronto;
;Miss Dorothy Conner, New York; Mr!
land Mrs. George B. Copping, To
I ronto Mrs. W illiam Crichton. New
York. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Crompton,
I Stephen, John and Alberta Compton,
I infant and nurse, all of Philadelphia;
j liobert W. ('rooks, Toronto; A. b!
j Cross. fR. F. Dearbergh, New York ;
(Mrs. A. I/e Page, New York; (J. a.
j Dingwall, Chicago: Mrs. C. Dougall,
[Quebec; Mr. Audley Drake, Detroit;
i James Dunsinuir, Toronto; W. A. Es
| mond. Quebec; John Fenwiek, Swit
jzerland: I >r. Howard Fisher. New York;
iJustiu M Forman, New York; Mr. and
: Mrs. Charles K. Fowles, New York;
i.i. Friedenstein. London. Edwin \Y.
| Friend, Farmington, Conn.; Charles j
i Frohman and valet, New York,
I Fred J. Gauntlett, New York; Edward I
I' Jorer. New York; Mr. and Mrs. Mon-I
tagu ty Grant, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs.
SAII.INC. rilO>l \K\V 1 OltK MAI I.
Kred Hammond. Toronto: Mr ami Mrs. (
<>. H. liininiomJ, New York: C. C. ,
Ham wick. New York: r. II ill, Lon- j
don. , .
Mr and Mrs. William Hodg#s and ;
children, W. S., jr., arid Dean W ..
Philadelphia: Master Bobs Moll..
Montreal: Thomas Home. Toronto;}
A. I*. Hopkins. New York: Mr. and Mrs.
Klbert Hubbard. Mast Aurora. N ^
Miss P. Hutchinson. Orange. N. .! <\ T.
.Jeffrey, Chicago: Miss Jones. New |
York: Mr and Mrs. \Y. Keeble. Toronto. '
Francis C. Kellett, New York: Mr. j
Kempson, Toronto: Mrs <Hicksoni
Kennedy. New York; Miss Catheryn i
Kennedy. New York: .John W. McCon- j
nell, Memphis. Tetm.: Miss Francis j
McDonald. Montreal: William M? Lean, j
New York; L. M?-Murray. 'loronto; Fred j
A. McMurtry, New York; F. K Ma<
J,??iinan. New York: Mrs. Henry D. Mar- j
cona. Nfw York; Lady Macworth. Car-]
Uiff. Wales. {
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart S. Mason. Bos
ton; A. T. Mathews. Montreal; Rev. ?
Basil VV. Maturin. Oxford. Kngland;
'leortre Maurice, Toronto: M. B. Med
bury. New York; H. H Me-ery. New ;
York; <\ B. Mills. New York; James B }
Mitchell, Philadelphia; R. T Moodie, ,
New York: Mrs. M S. Morell. i
Toronto; O. Mosley. New j
York; Mrs. Munro. Liverpool. Kngland;*
List of First Cabin Passengers.
The following is a list of the first
cabin passengers aboard the Lusitania.
Mr. arid Mrs. Henry Adams. Boston,
Mass; A H. Adams. New York: \\
M?M. Adams, New York: Lad\ Allan !
and maid. Miss Anna Allan and Miss
(Iwen Allan and maid. Montreal: M. I
N. A lies. New York: Julien De Ayala j
t'uban consul general at Liverpool. ;
James Baker. Kngland: Miss M. A.
Baker, New York: Mr. and Mrs. <W.|
B. Bart let t. London; J. J. Battersby.j
Stockport. Kngland; Albert <Bilicke#
and wife, Los Angeles, <"??!.: Leonidas
Bistio. Atlanta; J. J. Black, New York:
Thomas Bloomfteld. New York. James
Bohan, Toronto, Canada; K. B. Boweii,
Boston; Mr. Boulton. jr.. Chicago; Miss
Braithwalte. Morristown, N. J.: Miss
Josephine Brandell, New York: AllanJ
Bredge and wife. New York: <*. T. Brod-;
rick, Boston.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Ke\ser. Philade1- j
phia: Mrs. M. W Ketchum, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. H. <\ Kimball. New York
T. B. King. New York. Charles Klein..
New York: <*. If. Knight ami Miss K j
H. Knight, Baltimore; S. M Knox. Phil
adelphia: Sir Hugh Lane. Kngland.]
Mrs. H. B. Lassetter. Loudon: F. Las
setter, London; Charles 10. Lauriat, jr.. I
Boston; Mr. and Mrs. C. A Learoyd J
and maid, Sydney, Australia; James
Leary, New York; Khan A Leigh. Liv- j
Cfpool. Kngland: ?'.erald A r.etts. New
York: Mrs. Popiiam Lobb, New |
York: K. JL Lockhart, Toronto; Mr. j
and Mrs. A_ D. Loney, Miss l,one\
and maid. New ^ ork; Mrs. A ' . |
Luck and two children, Worcester. !
Mass.; Herman A. Myers. New York; I
Herman A. Myers, New York: F. ?I.
Naumann. New York; Gustav Adolph,
Nyblom, I'auada; Dr. J. O. Orr. Toron
to; F. Orr Lewis and valet. Montreal;
Mrs. A. I>. Osborne. Hamilton, Ontario.
Mrs. I*. Padiey. Liverpool, Kngland.
Frederieo G Padilla. consul general
for Mexico in Great Britain; I II. Page.
New York; Mr. and Mrs. M. N. Pap
padopoulo. Cr?-?-ce; Frank Partridge.
New York. Charles K. Pay liter. Miss
Irene Pa\nt?-r, Liverpool, Kngland;
F. A. Peardon. Toronto; Dr. and Mrs
F. S. Pearson. New York; Maj. and
Mrs. F. Warren Pearl, infant and maid.
New York: Misses Arnv W. W. and
Susan W. Pearl and maid. New York: \
Master Stuart Duncan D. Pearl. New*
York; Kdwin Perking, New York;
Frederick J. Perrv. Buffalo. N. Y Al
bert N. Perr\, Buffalo: Wallace B.
Phillips, Nevv York: Robinson ^'irie.
Hamilton, Ontario; William J. Pier
pont, Liverpool. Kngland: Mr. and
Mrs. Charles A. Plainondon. Chicago;
Henrv Polland, New York: Miss Theo
date Pope and maid, Farmington. Conn.
George A. Powell, New York; N. V.
Radcliffe, New York; Robert Rankin,
New York; Dr. Owen R Kenan, New
York; A. L. Rhys-Kva ns. Cardiff, Wales:
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Rogers, Toronto; T.
W. Rumble, Toronto; Miss Laura Ryer
son, Toronto; Mrs. <1. Sterling Rversoii.
Toronto; Leo M. Schwabacher, Balti
more; August W Schwarte, New York;
Max M. Schwarcz, New York; Percy
Seconibe, Boston; Miss Klizabeth Se
coinbe, Boston; Mr. and Mrs. Victor K.
Shields, Cincinnati; Mrs. R. D. Sliymer,
New York; M. T. Slidell. New York:
Miss Jessie Taft Smith. Braceville.
Ohio; H. B. Sonneborn, Baltimore; Com
mander J. Foster Stackhouse. London:
G. W. Stephens, infant, nurse and maid.
Montreal: Duncan Stewart. Montreal:
Herbert S. Stone. New York; Martin
Van Straaten, London, Kngland: C. F.
Sturdy. Montreal.
R. L. Taylor, Montreal; D. A. Thomas,
Cardiff. Wales; Mr. and Mrs. K. Blish
Thompson, Indiana: George Tiberghien,
New York: R. J. Timis, New York; F.
K. O. Total, London; Krnest Townley,
.Toronto: G. H. Turton, Melbourne, Aus
tralia; Miss Mabel Twenlo, New York;
Alfred G. Yanderbilt and valet, New
York; Mrs. A. F. Witherby, New York;
_.\. t. Wakefield, New York; Mr. D.
Walker, New York; Mrs. Wallace Wat
son, Montreal; Mrs. Catherine K. VVH
lev. Lake Forest. III.: T. H. Williams.
New York: C. F Williamson. New
York. Mrs. A. F. Witherbv. New York;
Master A. L. Witherby. New York; La
throp Withington, Boston; Arthur
Wood. New York, Mr and Mrs J M
I young. Hamilton, Out. ; Philip young,
N?*ws of the torpedoing of the Lusi
tania struck ?? ff i<* i?1 Washington lik*'
a bomb. While disposed to await full
details l??*fore expressing opinions, all}
adrninistrat ion officials realized that J
the incident was probably the most |
serious that Wash i ngt on has faced;
since tlie beginning: of the war.
President Wilson was informed of the;
sinking: of the Lusitania, and White
House officials showed keen anxiety to I
b arn whether an\ American lives were j
lost. No comment was made. .
Officials did not believe there would
be complications, unless American lives
were lost. There was :? supreme con- :
fiderice iiinonu many high officials that
;i'! the Americans had been saved. In
fart, it was disclosed that the 1'nited
States uovernment had information of
an unofficial character several days ago |
to indicate that Germany intended to!
destroy the Lusita ni;< at the first op-j
poriuniiv, as ;? means of terrorizing:
British shipping ami preventing ocean j
commerce with the allies.
It was taken for granted by officials j
here that tf there enisled a plan b\ .
the CSernian admiralty to torpedo the
vessel every precaut ton had been sug
gested to t ii?? submarine commander to ?
insure ! h?* safety of the passengers, i
i he fJerman embassy bete from time
in time has declared that the purpose j
of the Coriuan submarine campaign
wai not to eause a loss of life but to
strike a blow at British ships and
While the T'nited States in its note
to 'Jermany has insisted that before)
With Sister-in-Law. Miss Dorothy j
Conner. Was to Organize
Hospital Unit.
? tit. HOW Alii) KISHKH,
A Washington man on board the I?usi- j
tania was Dr. Howard Fisher, brother of
the former Secretary ol the Interior, Wal
ter J,. Fisher, and a practicing physician
in Washington fourteen years. He had
offices iti the .Mendota, and sailed for
Kurope to help organize a hospital unit
for the British Red Cross Society.
I?r. Fisher was to co-operate with his j
brother-in-law, Harold .1 Rickitt, a j
prominent Knglishman, in organizing this j
hospital unit :is a gift to the British gov- I
eminent. It was expected to be assigned ?
to Belgium.
l)r. Fisher was born in Wheeling, W |
Va. His father was president of Han- j
over i Ind. > College, from which insti- j
tution I >r. Fisher was graduated, and j
also from Jefferson Medical College. He I
is a member of the American Medical '?
Association. j
For several jrais Dr. Fisher saw serv- '
ice in India.
Accompanied by Sister-iii-Law.
Dr. Fisher was accompanied from i
Washington by hi* aisier-in-law, Aliss'
any vessels with neutrals and non
combatanis aboard were sunk, pas
sengers must be removed to ;? place of
safety, no case liad arisen until the
wrecking of the Gulflight last Satur
day, the investigation of which has not
yet been completed.
Should any Americans lose their
lives the c;ise would be covered, offi
cials thought, by the warning to Ger
many that she would be held in that
event by the 1'nited States "to a strict
accountabilit \ .'*
There was only one person booked
through the Washington office of the
| Cunard line for the. Lusitania. it. v\a?
| said today Henry Pollard of London,
who had been here on business and
was returning t<? England.
If Washingtonians were among the
I.'mmi passengers on board the vessel
they were booked through New York.
Dr. Howard Fisher of Washington, ir
was said, must have been booked
through some other agency than that at
The Washington agency this after^
noon had not received confirmation of
the report that the Lusitania had been
Direct vires to brokers* offices in
Washington from the New York Stock
Exchange showed that a panic ensued
on the floor of tiie New York exchange
immediately following the announce
ment that i he Lusitania had been tor
pedoed and sunk.
At 2:30 o'clock this afternoon the dis
patches recei"*ed here showed th$t ev
erything had broken "wide open" on
tlie exchange and that securities all
along the line had dropped from five to
fifteen points.
l)orothv Conner, formerly a resident of
Washington, whose home is now in
Medford. < ?re. She was to assist Dr.
Fisher as nurse.
The hospital unit was to have bee>.
composed entirely of Americans.
Mrs. Fisher is remaining in the Men
dota during her husband's absence, and
uas been planning as soon as her son
returns from school in Amiover. Mass.,
to visit her mother in Oregon.
Famous Statement of Embassy Was
Published Just Before the
Lusitania Sailed.
It was recalled today that the Ger
man embassy issued a warning to tii?
public, in the form of an advertise
ment in i he newspapers, published Ma>
I, against making the Atlantic voy-l
When tlie news of the disaster to the i
Lusitania arrived in ?/ashington this j
afternoon the notice was recalled. It |
was dated April 22. although published
May 1. The notice was as follows;
TBAYELKUS intending to em
bark on the Atlantic voyage are
reminded-., that a state of war
exists between Germany and her
allies and Great Britain and her
allies: that the zone of war in
cludes the waters adjacent to the
British Isles, that, in accordance
with formal notice given by the
imperial German government,
vessels Hying the flag of Great
Britain, or any of her allies, arc
liable to destruction in those
waters and that travelers sailing
in the war zone on ships of Great
Britain or her allies do so at
tUeir own risk.
Washington, 1>. C.. April 22. 1915.
WORTH $12,000,000
The Cunard Liner Lusitania
was built in 1907. at Glasgow,
by .1. Brown & Co. Her dimen
sions are.
Gross tonnage 32.000
Horsepower .72.000
Length 790 feet
Breadth SS feet
Speed 26 knots
Value $12,000,000
The Cunard Line was estab
lished in 1*40.
Ultimatum Handed Peking I
Government Without Advisers
and Munition Clauses.
i i
: Chinese Cabinet Will Bow to Force.
i Being Unable to Defend
the Nation.
TOKIO. May 7. 4:40 p.m.?In |?rc
"fntine itN ultimatum to I hina, .la
pan omitted from the present neiso
| tiation* all item* in gr? :ip \ of the
1 amended liat of demand* with the
| exception of the portion* dealing
j with the eonee.H(*l??iin in Fnkien, on
which an agreement already ha*
j been reached.
The demand* in srouM \ are re
served for future diNetiMnion.
PEKING, May 7. 6 p.m.?
j There is good reason to believe
that China is prepared to concede
everything demanded by Japan.
: realizing that the situation it
A dispatch sent to the Tokio
Nichi Nichi. from its correspond
' cnt here, says China has in
! formed Japanese Minister Hioki
that it desired to arrange a settle
ment of the demands in such a
! way as to avoid a rupture.
Eki Hioki, the Japanese minis
' ter. went to the Chinese foreign
office between 3 and 4 o'clock th's
afternoon and presented the Japa
nese ultimatum, which insists that
! China accede to the demands pre
sented by the Tokio government.
Japan Makes Concessions.
i Prior to this action on the part of i
; the minister the secretary of the lega- |
tion visited the foreign other and in- j
j formed Vice Minister Tsao Yulin thai.
the ultimatum of the Japanese govern
' ment contained certain modifications
| of the twenty-four demands present**!
j by Tokio, notably the ?tue8tions relal
I ins 10 munitions and advisers which
interested the United States.
The impression prevails that ihe in
fluence of the elder statesmen resulted
in 'he further concessions being made
to China in the belief that the lastinp
interests of the Japanese empire could
be served by convincing: the powers
that Japan is guided by a spirit of
J justice and a desire for the preserva
j tion of peace in the orient.
I Japan's policy, says the Peking <?a- ?
j zette. is to extort the entire body of j
j her demands while avoiding: odium of J
j Europe and America for exactions !
! from China through an ultimatum. j
Prepare to Leave.
The possible peaceful outcome to tlie j
present tense situation is not general- ?
ly comprehended in Peking:: conse- i
quently, a number of foreign residents. |
as well as Chinese themselves, are to- j
day packing their personal belongings I
and otherwise preparing for eventu-|
alit ies
Ir was ascertained here today that
thr Japanese government yesterday
presented to the Chinese minister at
Tokio a note warning him that China
must accept the demands of Japan.
The Japanese government is said to !
believe that neither t'.reat iiritain nor J
the L'nited States will interfere with j
! the course of events in China.
Scope of Negotiations.
I The pi esetitaiion of the Japanese!
I ultimatum to China is the culmination |
! of the negotiations which have been j
[going on since January, and which!
have represented Japan's endeavor to i
compel China to accede to a series of
demands numbering originally twenty
one and subsequently raised to twenty
four, which, if accepted by China, would
have very materially increased the in- !
fiuence of Japan, politically, financially,
and industrially, in the affairs of the
Chinese republic.
It is understood that this ultimatum
expires at 6 p.m. of Sunda>. May 9.
I At the same time there is good reason
to believe China, realizing her Situation
to be hopeless, \% 111 be compelled to
accede to Japan.
PARIS. May 7.?Announcement has!
been made to the budget committee of j
the chamber of deputies by Premier
Viviani and Minister of Commerce!
Thomson, that the government intend-j
ed to requisition all existing stocks of |
wheat, which will be resold throughout |
France at a fixed price. The ministers!
explained that the wheat supply was i
more tlian adequate to meet the re- j
qulreinents of trie civil population, but ;
that requisition was deemed expedient r
to pre\eiit speculation and the arli- ;
filial inflation of bread prices.
The measure proposed by the govern
ment is expected to have the effect of'
maintaining the existing low price and!
making it uniform throughout the I
countrj. k '
Slavs Reported as Being
Steadily Broken Down. But
They Deny This. ,
OzF.r's Forces Report Victory in Batr
tie Near Stry. in the Car
LONDON. May J".?The cx:te(
status oi affair? in the great hat?
tie of western Galieia remains ill
doubt, (ierrnan and Austrian re?
ports of a spectacular victory are
increasingly optimi-tic. I hey
stale that the resistance of the
Russians is being broken down
steadih and that tlie whole t ar?
pathian army mi the Russians h^s
been placed in a precarious -itua
Petrograd advices, however,
while conceding a measure ???
success t<> the Teutonic allies, say
j these claims are greatly e.^ag
The Ru-sian war office an
nounces a victory in a battle near
Strv. in the Carpathians, farther
, east than the scene ol the present
main battle.
The (icrnian- continue to claim
extraordinary successes in push
ing their uticn-ive against 1 ? 1 c
Russians. More than 40.000 pris
oners have been taken by t''e
<iermaus in the war area to the
east of Tarnow and to the north
of that place as far a- the \ istula
river and 011 the right bank of the
IJunajec. where fighting contin
ues with great fury, it is said in
Berlin. Repulse oi Russian at
tacks arc reported at many other
sections of tlie eastern front.
Grodno Is Bombarded.
Accord inn one ollh-ial stateine- f
the Russian fortress of Grodno ha^
been subjected to terrific bombard
ment. Not only lias the Russian de
fense been broken at many points, but
Berlin declares: "\Ye not only forced
crossing of the Wisloka at seveta.
points, but firmly put our hands on t ^
Dukla pass, the road and the pla<e
The Russians arc said u> he retreating
eastward of the Lupkow pass.
Russian Foreign Minister Wires Con
tradiction to Embassy Here.
The Russ an embassy has received ih i
following dispatch from 'he Russian min
ister of foreign affairs.
"Petrograd, -May ??,
"The re|?orts from Berlin and V lenna.
of a victory gained by tiie Germans m? i
Austrians in western Galicia are abso
lutely unfounded. The battles tiiat. a :>?
proceeding now in that region give ir?
foundation whatever to talk even of -t
partial success of our enemies. You aio
asked to contradict most emphatically ti?o
reports spread by the Germans.
GENEVA, via London. May 7 V
dispatch to the Tribune from Vienn t
says that an army corps under Yr? h
duke Kugene has arrived at Mora\itz.
ten miles from the Serbian frontiei.
advancing against Serbia
AMSTERDAM, via l.omlon. May 7 -
The Nieuw UotterdamKche Couratu s:\. *
it learns from Betlin tiiat when tSn -
peror William arrived in Berlin from
headquarters lie was enthusiastically
cheered by the populace.
"From the station to the palate.' Ihe,
newspaper adds, -the emperor s motor
car could onl> proceed slow 1> throuuii
the dense crowds. The emperor was
looking fresh and well. The empress
was visibl\ affected by the (treat ova
tion accorded the emperor."
Hero of Ealaklava Dies.
l.oNlJON. Mai T. ti:14 a.m. - J.ieut. Gen.
William llenrv Beaumont ,ie Horsey, who
.ommanded the famous I.islit Brigade in
is chaise at Ba'aklava. died :a.st mgn
at'liie ate of etshtv-n'ne >ears He en
tereJ^he ainn u, IM1. I?ame a major
general in ?">?< reined m ISM. ?
was decorated for gallantry in the Cu
mean war.

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