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INCLUDfNQ Star's Sunday Magazine And Colored Comic Section No. 558.?No. 20,164. WASHINGTON, D. C., SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 12, 1915' SEE BinER FIGHT FOR "DRY" DISTRICT Anti-Saloon Forces Will Cen ter on Prohibition for Washington. SEEK TO EMBARRASS THEIR "WET" OPPONENTS Believe They Will Be Able to Over come Liquor People's Plans for Delay. There Mill l?e a ??wet" ami "dry'' fight In Congress at this session which will undoubtedly outdo all previous efforts; and the aiming point of the anti-saloon forces is the District of Columbia. Al though a nation-wide "dry" campaign j is on, and the plans have been laid for reporting a modernized Hobsori amend ment in the House, the hopes of the i dry forces arc hest epitomized in the j expression of an official of the Anti- I Saloon League: "If we get the District of Columbia j dry at this session, we will not care so much about the constitutional amendment. That will surely come in time." "Dry" District Immediate Goal. In other words. the dryy are working heart and soul in and pround the Cap itol to drive King Alcohol from the j National Capital, and if that day conies they will be able to hold up Washing- j ton as an example to the rest of the ! nation. All of this means, also, that the mem- ? hersof ( ongress will he called on twice 1 in this i.ongress, perhaps in this tirst : session, to cast a word vote on that ! embarrassing wet and drv issue How- 1 ever, this prediction should be read with ??L?P?r .Value *iven to the "perhaps." rhe best men in Congress have no hesi- j tancy in saying that the issue will be ! twice voted on before next inauguration I ^Ut ! e are man>" congressmen ; from dry states who will aid their breth ren from mixed states by endeavoring to *,'*7? oft f vote until after the next election a vote on prohibition either i i.Z. ^ ? ruin many a man politically i just before election when everything tends to have weight in the political r^nYo^ouem0"-"- 3 prohib,ti?" vote | To Push Sheppard Bill. The Sheppard bill. Introduced on the opening day of Congress, will be the measure for the District of Columbia, which will be pushed by the anti-sa loon men. The Hobson amendment, practically in the same form as last Congress, is expected to be Introduced and pushed by some member who h?s not been named as yet. as far as the House is concerned. There is consid erable secrecy about the House plans thus far. because one or two of the "dryest" men In the entire Congress have hesitated about assuming the burden of not only trying to make the District of Columbia dry, but all the rest of the T-Sited States as well. The dry people report that there is no hesitancy in the Senate on that score, and that there are several senators' who appear willing to take the dry I right for the city and nation on their hands. It |_s also reported that a part of the dry fight will be to take all partisan character out of the matter by having a republican and a democrat in both bodies introduce practically the same measure. Furthermore, it is reported that one of the republican senators will Introduce a "dry" bill for the District, whirh makes an exception of the em bassies and legations, the wet spots in the National Capital thus being found only under the flags of foreign nations. Mr. Webb to Lead Fight. There is plenty of indication for sav ing that Representative Webb of North Carolina, chairman of the judiciary I committee, will be the leader of the nation-wide prohibition movement in that end of the Capitol, although Mr. W ebb has made no such announcement. He has not introduced any bill or reso lution. either; but It would be no sur prise if he should do so. At an>' rate, the proposal to amend the Constitution in favor of a ?'dry" na tion will go to his committee, and it ? wfiTt \ within 'hree months It will be out again with a favorable recommendation from a majority of the members. Then It will be on the House calendar. In the Senat? a sim liar course will have been rin with th? nation-wide dry amendment there. Fight to Delay a Vote. Assuming these predictions to be ac as to tlm?> th? Knat fight will then be to keep a vote on the measure from being taken until after election Many a congressman will writhe In a?ony until he is assured that election day will have passed before the em i;a,r?r*r; *ro11 cm,,: amj n h*? ?>??? " there are some powerful "dry?" In the House who will not be hurt by 1 ? vote for the amendment, but who I will help their less fortunate brethren ! to stave off the evil day. Also, when the feheppard bill Is taken up on both floors there will be a flood of amend ments to be chewed over, and that' will take up many hours of time However, there may be quicker ? ction on the Sheppard bill in the D,s tr.ct committees That i8 wh?e the r?.1, 1.k'r,n'*" wl" Place, and he wetH are worried, while the "drvs ' a n o Iher?'they* i!fv'o7'w fATSS cit> Of Washington-and, of course It ai*the*last moment" "ppr?prla"?? bill Two-Thirds Vote Necessary. It will take a two-thirds vote to pass a prohibition amendment to th? Con stitution through Senate and House It takes but a majority vote to make the District dry. |? the last Congress the Hobson amendn*nt was voted on. I'ji 1 or and list against; present, 1. That was sixty-one shy of the necessary two-thirds The changed make-up of the House makes it impossible to pre dict ngures for this Congress, and the ",aCeH ,he rankYVa h&o^^t^thi: their side of the question being placed S5 *?, r?P?bllcan end of the House District committee. There Is already an out-and-out "wet" representative there now, Kepresentati ve Cary of Mil waukee. who seeks publicity as an up JioJ of th? "wet" end of the argu in.-. He fought th* "drys" last year aii'i will fight them again. But no matter which way the cat Jumps, there iH surely going to a Rattling good fight. FINOS Of WON IIKETOROTEST J Wot Pleased by Refusal of As signment on Foreign Re lations Committee. j STANDING ASSIGNMENTS TO BE MADE THIS WEEK. I | Leader Mann Preparing Republican List for Announcement?Congress Then to Get to Work. | ( oinmitfops 0f Congress will be form I '' 11 > organized this week, preparatory to the beginning of the real work of ; c ongress, which, it is expected, "will j keep the legislators here until far into j the summer. : W hen the Senate assembles tomorrow I assignments to the standing commit tees of that body will be submitted for approval. The House does not meet until Tuesday. Minority Leader Mann expects to have the republican assign ments to committees ready at that time. The democratic assignments have already been announced. Protest in Kenyon's Behalf. The republicans of the Senate will hold a conference Monday morning, to approve assignments to committees j made by the committee ori committees. Progressive republicans, it is said, will make a protest at that time because of the defeat of Senator Kenyon of Iowa for a place on the foreign rela tions committee. The committee on committees, it is learned, has assigned to the foreign re lations committee Senators Oliver of Pennsylvania and Brandegee of Con necticut to fill the vacancies caused by the retirement from the Senate of Senators Hoot and Burton. Senator Kenyon was an aspirant for one of these places. There was a spirited con test waged over the assignment Opposition to Senator Kenyon, It is declared, was based upon his advo- > cacy of an embargo on munitions of war to European belligerents. His name was proposed for each vacancy. Each time he was defeated in the committee on committees by a vote of six to three. Senators Cummins, Gronna and Jones supported Kenyon. Senators Lodge, Smoot, du Pont. Oliver, Page and Cur tis voted against him. Senator Kenyon was appointed, how ever, to one of the vacancies on the ' commerce comittee, where he will suc ceed Senator Burton as the opponent i 1 of extravagance in river and harbor ' appropriations. The Iowa Senator supported Burton in the long filibuster 1 against the river and harbor bill at the last session. ! Other Important Assigmments. j Much interest centered also on as- < Blgncifints to the naval afftftis com- * mittee. Democrats have named Sena- , tors Pittman of Nevada and Phelan of California to vacancies on this com mittee. Other important committee assign ments go to Senator l.'nderwood of Ala bama, who takes a place on the appro- J priations committee and chairmanship of the committee on Cuban relations s and to Senator Works of California, ;i who succeeds Senator Root on the ju diciary committee. Democratic friends of Senator Un- ' derwood had urged a place for him on ! the finance committee, in view of his experience as former chairman of the House ways and means committee. Sen- ' ator Underwood urged them not to 1 press the matter. BOY-ED AND VON PAPEN i TO GET SAFECONDUCTS j State Department Makes Eequest of British and French Embassies. The State Department announced late yesterday than It had requested the British and French embassies to grant safe conduct for Capt. Boy-Ed and Capt. von Pa pen. the recalled German naval and military attaches. Both embassies forwarded the State Deprtment's request to their foreign offices. ""Secretary Lansing did not ask for safe conducts for the attaches' successors, because none have yet been named. He is of the opinion, however, that there will be no difficulty about securing them when the time arrives. The safe conducts were asked by Sec retary Lansing In compliance with a persondal request by Emperor William, made when notification of the recalls was transmitted to the State Depart ment. Safe conducts for the successors likewise were requested by the em peror. There was no indication as to how soon the attaches would leave the United States, but they will be allowed a rea sonable time. Meantime, the State De partment does not expect them to per form any official business of the em bassy or to continue In any way the improper activities in military and naval matters" which led the United States to ask that they be withdrawn. DR. LIEBKNECHT AGAIN STIRS GERMAN ACTION PARIS, December 11.?Tha German military authorities have begun fresh proceedings against Dr. Karl Lleb knecht. socialist member of tha relchs tag. aborting to the Humnnlte'a cor respondent on the Swiss frontier. His prosecution, however, requires the sanction of the relchstag. News dispatches last March reported that Dr. I.lebknecht, because of certain political utterances, had been ordered to place himself at the disposal of the German military authorltlei and that thereafter he must consider himself under military law. He was not to write articles nor was he to be per mitted to attend public political meet ings excepting the relchstag and the landtag. Mrs. Hollii Obtains Separation. CONCORD, N. H., December 11.?a decree of separation from her hus band, United States Senator Henry F. Hoi 11* of New Hampshire, has been granted by the superior court to Mrs. Grace Fisher Hollls, who was awarded custody of their daughter, Anne Hollls. Mrs. Hollls alleged that hftr husband abandoned her. President Wilson and Flock of G. 0. P. Rivals Attend i Dinner. BURLESQUE IS RELIEVED BY PATRIOTIC UNDERTONE Support of "Preparedness" a Feature of Entertainment Provided for Evening. Preparedness, patriotism and politics were the alliterative themes running through the entertainment furnished the guests at the Gridiron Club's dinner at t'ie New Willard last night, fanciful de signs upon a background of seriousness, but so deftly woven as to unravel as fast as spun, leaving no tracery marring the memory of an evening of good intent anil fellowship. Yet it was far from being all froth and frivolity, for at one stage, when a patriotic keynote was struck, a wave of sentiment swept the company Into a demonstration which lifted the proceed ings to a higher plane. When the fig ures typifying "The Spirit of *76" march ed through the hall with fife and drum and the national colors were unfurled to the air of "The Star Spangled Banner," played by the Marine Band, every man in the hall was on his feet to swell the anthem. Distinquished Company Present. It was a distinguished company which gathered for half an hour's acquaint ance making and renewing in the assembly room, including men classed as topliners in statesmanship, admin istration, finance, business, diplomacy, politics and the professions. In that commingling, democracy prevailed and rank and prestige, wealth and posi tion, were fused in the melting pot of Gridiron hospitality and good-natured fun. When the old dinner bell, which for these twenty years has called the din ers to table, clanged its cheerful sum mons the guests with their hosts passed into the great banquet hall and found their places at tables arranged in the form of a mammoth gridiron. Stand ing by their chairs, they were in a set ting of light and color and floral dec oration enveloped in evergreens. Above the chair of the President or the l.'nited States was draped the Presi dent's official flag and on either side the flags of the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy. The lights were extinguished and an immense electric gridiron above the head or Edgar C. Snyder, president of the Grid iron Club, glowed in incandescence, while the quartet sang a verse of wel come. President Snyder greeted the slob's guests felicitously, the lights Sashed on and the rorapiny were seated. Gridiron Club's Only Bule. The one and only rule of the club was announced?"Ladies are always present, reporters never present." With this single Inhibition in one sense and notice of license in another, the bridle was oft for the evening. "What is all that racket outside?" demanded President Snyder, pausing, is a terrific explosion and loud cries resounded from the ante-room. "Oh. that's only the belligerent pow ers of Europe receiving Henry Ford s peace ship," was the explanation. At Gridiron dinners the entertain ment interlards the gastronomic fea tures and if appetite and interest are normal, time does not have opprtunity to hang heavily. Something is hap pening every moment. One of the unique incidents of the evening was a "survey" of some presi dential "standing timber." Probably upon no other occasion has there ever gathered around one board so many men who at the time were in the lime light of the public as available candi- | ?lates for the presidential nomination. The Gridiron Club was honored by the presence of no fewer than ten men whose names have been mentioned in this connection. Candidates Lined Up. To introduce them President Snyder summoned them to the space in front of the rostrum, where they stood in line?Senator Weeks of Massachusetts, Senator Borah of Idaho, Senator Cum mins of Iowa, Senator Sherman of Illi nois, Senator Penrose of Pennsylvania, Representative Mann of Illinois,, Mr. Fairbanks of Indiana, Mr. Knox of Pennsylvania, Mr. Burton of Ohio and Mr. Estabrook of New York. "Gentlemen," said Mr. Snyder, I de sire to present you to one of whom you will hear a good deal In the year 1916?Woodrow Wilson." This climax was as complete a surprise to the president de facto a* it was to the "possibilities," and everybody Joined in the laughter, as the "candidates, after a bow to President Wilson, resumed thOne "mil missing from the group? but wait a minute; he Is coming. Loud voices raised in mingled expostu lation and entreaty attracted the at tention of the company to two figures L, had advanced from the dressing room in the confusion One of them wore a black robe, such as Is donned by the Justices of the Supreme Court when on the bench. Hirsute adorn men? of chin and Jaw gave him a most HfeHke resemblance to Mr. Justice Hughes of New YorK. Ho Favorite Son for Him. "I tell you I won't stand for It," cried this interloper. "I will not allow my name to be placed on the ballot In Nebraska." "But you might be elected," was the suggestion of the other. "Do you realize," said the disguised one. with a gesture of despair, "what it means to be Nebraska's favorite son?" Aim1 with that he bolted. In continently. The much talked-of camp of military instruction held at Plattsburg, N. Y.. summer, and the incidents growing out of li were burlesqued in a skit in which a dozen or so members of the Tlub participated as pretended figures of some who attended the camp and ""rhMe were the impersonations of Col. pAAsevelt. his son, Theodore. Secretary KZ oen. Leonard Wood. William V RrVan Mayor John Purroy Mltchel if New 'York, Dudley Field Malone, Augurs P Gardner, Col. E. M. House, -ilrse Henry" Watterson and CoL Harvey. With such a constella tion !f celebrities it is easy to imagine .hnatlnir stars. Attired in nondescript un??orm?. thes? "rookies" in the Grid iron camp of instruction formed a mot ley orew and their remarks were as variegated In subjeots as their cos t<Ofe"co1urse?1?"Col. Roosevelt" had to gtart the ball rolling, which he did by (Continued on Ninot?.wth Page.) LEADING FEATURES OF THE DECEMBER DINNER OF THE GRIDIRON CLUB. PROTESTTO FRANCE IS BEINGPREPARED U. S. Takes Exception to Caro lina, Coamo and San Juan Incidents. A vigorous protest is being prepared by the State Department against the removal by the French cruiser Des cartes of Germans and Austrlans from the American steamships Carolina, Co amo and San Juan. The note will con tend that removal of citizens of any na tion from an American vessel on the high seas is without legal justifica tion. It will be asserted in the note, as it was a year ago in a protest to Prance in the case of August Piepenbrlnk, that the men removed were not embodied "In the armed forces of the enemy" in the sense of that term In established international law. Immunity on Neutral Ships. The communication, it was under stood, probably will declare also that there is no justification for the re moval of an enemy subject from a neu tral vessel on the high seas bound to a neutral port, even if he could properly be regarded as a ^military person. The Trent case during the civil war prob ably will be cited as a precedent. The State Department was not ad vised whether any of the Austrians or Germans seized had declared their in tention of becoming American citizens. Information on that point is being sought and should it develop that such is the case, the protest may be even more firm. Statement of Department. The facts in the case already at hand were summed up in this statement, is sued by the department late yesterday: "The department has received reports from the collector of customs at San Juan. Porto Rico, indicating that three ships of the New York and Porto Rico line have been stopped on the high seas and searched by the FYench cruiser Descartes. The steamship Carolina, northbound, was stopped six miles oft San Juan and the German chief steward named Schade, was taken off by the boarding officer. Taken Off the Coamo. "The steamer Coamo. southbound, was stopped about twenty miles off shore by two shots across her bow, and two Austrians and a German were taken off. It appears that other Ger mans in the crew with American citi zenship papers were not molested. "The steamship San Juan, south bound. is reported to have been stopped northeast of Porto Rico, and two second-cabin passengers, William Guntherodt and Fritsch I-othar, Ger man subjects, taken off ship. VICE PRESIDENT COMING. With Mrs. Marshall Will Arrive Here Tomorrow. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., December 11.? Vice President and Mrs. Thomas R. Marshall will leave here late tomorrow for Washington, arriving there short ly after noon Monday. Mrs. Marshall, who was operated on at a local hospital three weeks a?ro. has so far recovered that her physician said she could make the trip. She will be accompanied by a nurse. Capt. James S. Jouett Dead. ORLANDO, Fla., December 11.?Capt Jamea S. Jouett. U. S. A., retired, Is dead here. His body will be taken to Washington for burial in Arlington national cemetery beside that of his father. Admiral James Jouett. accord ing to present plans. THUS DO THEY VIEW FORD S PEACE VOYAGE EDINBURGH, December 11.? "At this moment there Is coming: over a vessel . fraught with peace," said the Earl of Rose bery, the former prime minister. In a speech here tonight. "It Is propelled apparently by a gentle man named Ford, who makes, I think, perambulators. He is com ing over to pour oil on troubled waters at the inspiration of a Dr. Aked, of whom we know something here, and who by voice more potent than that of any mortal heard In this world. Is going to call the soldiers from the trenches and bid the waves be still. "The expedition will fall, but that the eighty passengers re ceiving free passages may enjoy themselves and do no mischief Is our earnest solicitation." PRESIDENT SUGGESTED CENTRALIZED AUTHORITY Recommendations of Board of Com missioners Intended to Carry Oat His Desires. President Wilson, It Is learned on high authority, is back of the plan for a more centralized and consolidated form of government for the District of Columbia, as contemplated In sev eral legislative changes recommended in the Commissioners' estimates now before Congress. The specific changes sought?such as the transfer of the appointment of the board of education and the abolish ment of the boarU-of charities and in vestment In the Commissioners of the powers exercised by these bodies?have not been approved by the President. The budget as a whole, however, Is understood to be in line with certain general suggestions made to the board of Commissioners by him. The President has been impressed by the lack of centralization of authority in the administrative machinery. Sev eral months ago he told the board of Commissioners that he thought steps should be taken to remedy this con dition. It is understood that he did not suggest what changes he thought should be made, but left the working out of details to them. * Since then the Commissioners have made a careful study of the situation. It Is their belief that the new legisla tion recommended in the estimates will accomplish the reform desired by the President. As the changes proposed have a di rect bearing on expenditures, the Com missioners felt that the proper place to submit them was In the estimates. But plans already are being made to incorporate the recommendations in separate bills which will be transmit ted to Congress as a safeguard in event the legislation sought Is not made a part of the next District appropriation act. COST OF SUFFRAGE CONTEST. Opposing Forces in Massachusetts Expend Total of $151,000. BOSTON. December 11.?The sum of $151,000 was expended by the oppos ing forces In the recent woman suf frage campaign In Massachusetts, ac cording to a statement of expenses filed by the. anti-suffrage committee today. The advooates of suffrage had al ready reported expenditures of *87,000, while the anti-suffragists announced today that they had spent $64,000 in defeating the suffrage amendment. Big Coal Breaker Burned. SCKANTON. Pa.. December 11.?The Dolph Coal Company's anthracite breaker at Jessup, one of the best equipped in the Lackawanna valley, burned today, causing a loss of $150,000 and throwing 800 men and boys out of work. ROW WITH AUSTRIA STIUJHREATENS Nothing Develops to Relieve Possibility of Diplomatic Rupture. No developments alleviate the serious situation that threatens a rupture of diplomatic relations between the United States and Austria-Hungary. Officials continue studiously reticent. Word that the American note on the sinking of the Italian liner Ancona, with loss of American lives, has reach ed the Vienna foreign office Friday leads to the belief that the question will resolve itself one way or the other without delay. Demands Most Positive. The communication Is understood to ask disavowal of the act of the Aus trian submarine which sank the liner, punishment of the submarine's com mander and reparation for the Ameri can lives lost. It has been clearly in dicated that the United States expects that these things will be done prompt ly. There will be no extended discussion of the principles involved, it is said, such as was conducted with Germany after the Lusitania tragedy. A copy of the Ancona note, which will be given out for publication to morrow morning, was landed to Baron Zwiedinek, charge of the Aus trian embassy here, by Secretary Lansing. It is understood they dis cussed the situation briefly and in formally. Baron Zwiedinek Explains. It was said the talk merely was In cidental, the charge having called at the State Department to explain how he came to write a letter to the Aus tro-Hungarian consul general at New York, early in the war, suggesting that passports of neutral countries be pur chased for Austrian reservists in this country. The letter was published yes terday. A photographic copy was de livered to Secretary Lansing by a newspaper. Baron Zwiedinek explained that when he wrote tne letter he was a sub ordinate official of the embassy, then in charge of Dr. Constantin Dumba, since recalled. It could not be ascertained whether the explanation was satisfac tory. It Is apparent that officials who have read the note to Austria view the situa tion as serious. The opinion prevails as strongly as ever that diplomatic rela tions are in danger of being broken off unless Vienna complies immediately with the American demands. 1 000 PERSONS INJURED ' IN POWDER EXPLOSION Belgian Munitions Factories at Havre Destroyed by Mighty Blast. PARIS, December 11.?The munitions factories of the Belgian governmental Havre were destroyed today by an ex plosion. Extensive damage was done. AU the employes were at work when a detonation oocurred In one of the bnlldlnffs whloh contained a supply of powder for loading shells. This caused the shells to blow up with an explo sion of great violence. According to the Journal des Debate, 1,000 persons were Injured in the ex plosion, but the nlimber of deaths was comparatively small. ALLIED FORCES TO FIGHT TO FINISH IN BALKANS, WAR COUNCIL DECIDES French and British Continue Their Re treat Toward the Grecian Boundary line. - RUSSIANS HASTILY MASS TROOPS UPON THE RUMANIAN FRONTIER Bulgarian Attacks Against Enemy on Both Banks of the Vardar Are Redoubled in Intensity?Grecian Demobilization Reported Ordered. LONDON, December n.?The entente allies, notwithstanding the Teutonic sweep through Serbia and their recent retreat to a line near the Greek border under Bulgarian pressure, are not going to abandon their campaign in the Balkans. This decision, Paris dispatches state, was reached at the war conference that has been in progress in Paris for the past day or two between Premier Briand and Gen. Gallieni, the French war minister, and Sir Edward Grey and Earl Kitchener, the British foreign and war secretaries, respectively. Although it is semi-officially stated that the British and French troops are being withdrawn from Serbia, the conferees approved the maintenance of French and British troops at Saloniki. Measures of a military nature have been taken to insure the security of the ex peditionary force, it is declared, and when conditions seem to indi cate that the time is ripe the offensive will be assumed with ade quate forces. Co-incidentally comes the report from Athens that Greece has made all arrangements for demobilization and that a decree to effect it is expected to be issued shortly. One of the allied demands upon Greece has been for demobilization of the Greek armies, but King Constantine has declared he would not consent to this step unless compelled to do so by coercive measures. Position of the Allied Troops. Saloniki dispatches declare that the allied forces are still holding a line in Serbia crossing the Vardar river to the west of Doiran, their retreat to their new positions being effected without great difficulty. Advices from German sources, on the contrary, have been that the retreat was greatly harried by the Bulgarians. Word comes from Berlin that there are indications of a hurried concentra tion'of Russian troops along the Ru manian border. The Russians are re ported to be erecting large munitions depots along the Danube, near the delta, while 10,000 Russian troops are said to be building a railroad from Reni on the Danube thirty miles east ward to Ismail. Bulgars Continue Attacks. ".Simultaneous attacks from the northwest and the east, on both banks of the Vardar, by four Bulgarian di visions against the allied troops re doubled in violence on December 9 and 10," says a Saloniki dispatch to the Temps. "The enemy directed his efforts especially to the attack on the east. "The retreat of the allies to their new positions was effected without great difficulty. To the north the French evacuated Gradec, Strumitza station, of which the bridge was destroyed, and the village of Navidovo, and construct ed a bridgehead at the confluence of the Vardar and its tributaries, the Pe trovska and the Bojimia. Here the enemy was stopped. Situation to the West. "To the west the allies are holding the enemy on the Petrovska between the villages of Petrovo and Milakovo and the Vardar. "To the east the Bulgarians massed half of their forces, two out of four divisions, against the British front. They attacked furiously south of the city of Strumitza on the line from Kosturino through Rabrovo to Valan dovo The British occupied new posi tions] where they are supported by French contingents. "The Anglo-French line on the east bank of the Vardar Is now approxl mately indicated by the course of the River Bojimia, the left tributary of the Vardar, the villages of Dedeli. Caustl and Doiran, the last on the southern bank of the lake of that name. The allied troops are grouped solidly in the region where the Vardar crosses from the north to the south, in the region near the bend of the Vardar between the Bojimia confluent and the city of Gieveli on the Greek Serbian frontier." FrencH Get Reinforcements. PARIS. December 11.?A dispatch to the Havas Agency from Athens states that reports from Saloniki are to the effect that the Bulgarians, reinforced by the army of Gen. Boyadjieff, occu pied a part of the passages of Demir Kapu. A battle yesterday on the Strumitza front between the Bul garians and British, the latter of whom received reinforcements with heavy artillery, continued all day without significant results. In the meantime the British are preparing a new line of defense in proximity to the Greek frontier. Before leaving Demir-Kapu the French destroyed a tunnel and a bridge over the Vardar river. French rein forcements continue to arrive at Sa loniki. No Time Will Be Lost. **The allies hams made the decision to ramein at Saloniki and tosend suffi cient forces to resume the offensive un der favorable conditions," eays the Paris Temps. The decision is final. It remains to be executed without further loss of time. "A ?ery strong Fimnoo-BrttJsh army will end the evasion of King Constan tino in a more effective manner than fine words. It will open the way to the Russian army, which is waiting on the Danube until Rumania is pleased to let it pass. It will be necessary, however, to act quickly. The trans portation of larpe forces by sea is slow work. and there Is nothing to prevent making a beginning. The number of troops to be sent can be determined later." GREECE TO MEET DEMANDS OF ALLIES, DIPLOMATS THINK LONDON. December 11.?It 1b be- with the decision whether . lieved In diplomatic! circles at Athens 1 .. Important that Greece has decided to accede to the demands of the entente powers relative^to the situation of the expedi tionary force at Salonikl. It is under stood that part of the Greek troops quartered there will be sent away, so as not to hinder measures to be taken by the Franco-British forces to put Salonikl In a state of defense. "The questions at Issue between Greece and the entente powers may be divided into two categories." says Rou ter's Athens correspondent in a dis patch filed last night. "The first question, of a purely mili tary character and demanding: urgently a solution, concerns defensive and other measures entailed by the retreat, now unavoidable, of the allies into Greek territory. For this it is Indispensable that the Greek government afford nec essary facilities. Negotiations on this subject are proceeding at Salonikl be tween Gen. Sarrail, the French com mander, and Col. Phallis of the Greek army. The entente diplomats are sup porting Gen. Sarrail energetically and the French minister had an audience with King Constantino today, taking up the same subject. "The second question, in part Dolit ical, will be dealt with in accojfmnce reinforcements are to be brought to Salonikl and the BalXan campaign con tinued energetically or whether only Ralonilrl fa ? ' * ? m wmcn case 60,000 troops, with the support of the fleet, will be sufficient." BBYAH CITED BY COUBT. Must Show Cause Why He Should Hot Be Adjudged in Contempt NEW YORK, December 11.?William Jennings Bryan, former Secretary of State, in an order signed by Supreme Court Justice Whitaker today, was de clared in default for failure to answer a summons to appear as a witness in the suit for alleged libel brought by Petros T. Tatanis against D. J. Vlasto and S. J. Vlasto. The court also issued an order requir ing Mr. Bryan to show cause why he should not be adjudged in contempt of court. This was made returnable Decem ber 23. Prof. Hans Gross Dead. GRATZ, Austria, December 11. via London, 2:10 p.m.?Prof. Hans Gross, one of the foremost of criminologists and originator of the Gross det^tiv.: system, is dead. He was born in^S47.