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movements of Cardinal Mercier all
local newspapers print extended
stories insisting that his eminence
actually is under detention. They
assert that armed guards have been
posted at the cardinals palace and
ishat he and the members of his im
mediate suite have been prohibited
Tn addition Vazdias news agency
asserts that the dean and cure of
Gheel have been arrested becacse
they endorsed the cardinal's utter
ance that the Belgians were in no
way bound to obey the orders of -German
Advices from Berlin indicate that
the report that Cardinal Mercier has
been interfered with has created
much excitement in Catholic circles.
German church dignitaries are said
to have called on the imperial chan
cellor and pointed ou to him that any
interference whatever with the move
ments or utterances of the Belgian
church head will be deeply resented
by the Catholics of Germany.
It is stated here that it was because
of these utterances that the disavow
al of the arrest was ordered.
London. Further evidence that a
German rail, probably by Zeppelins
with escorting aeroplanes, is expect
ed, was shown today when it became
known that Lord Rosebery, acting in
his official capacity as lord lieutenant
of Midlothian, had issued instructions
to the population regarding their ac
tion in case of a German hostile
Civilians are sternly urged to re
frain from any hostile actions, but to
remain quietly in their homes and let
the regular soldiers do the fighting.
Paris. French attempts to retake
fortified positions at St. Mihlel and
thus remove the German wedge ex
tending into their right wing along
the Meuse, have resulted in serious
fighting in thatvicinity. The new po
sition gives the French an admirable
site for their artillery and they have
brought up additional heavy guns in
order to compete with those mounted
by the Germans on the site of Camp
These developments and an in
crease in the fighting in Alsace re
ported this morning. In Alsace the
fighting is developing along the line
to the east of Belfort as the German
lines at Steinbach-Cernay have held
againBt all attempts of the French to
move further forward along the
wooded heights commanding the
main roads leading to Altkirch.
The fighting in the Argonne region
is still of an indecisive character.
Both sides have made slight gains at
certain points, but at non has a de
cisive advantage been gained.
SAYS WAR IS MAKING MANY MEN
Washington, Jan. 8. Europe's war
is converting thousands of men into
raving maniacs, according to Major
J. J. Dickinson of the state depart
ment, who recently saw fighting in
the trenches near Soissons.
"They don't fire at each other," he
said, "but the din of artillery directed
at the covered trenches Is positively
maddening. Now and then I saw men
jump out of the trenches and go at
each other with bayonets or in a mad
rush for each other's throats.
"From my position from trenches
a little behind the actual firing line
I saw hundreds of men brought back.
They did not seem to be wounded.
They were screaming, raving ma
niacs, driven insane by that madden
ing roar of artillery overhead."
AN EFFECTIVE ARM
"Practicing for an archery tourna
ment?" "No, simply trying to become pro
ficient as a hunter."
"But you can't bring down any
thing with it"
"Oh. I don't know I winged a tar
get boy with it"
Ellen Shubert, suing husband,
Hugo, for divorce. Charges desertion