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GERMAN GUNS POUND THREE
VERDUN FORTS TO PIECES
London. 3 Verdun forts, defend
ing city from east have been almost
totally wrecked by German bombard
ment. Throughout Sunday fierce battle
raged along front from Pepper
Heights to Douaumont plateau.
Whole front is now undergoing the
heaviest bombardment. Artillery
fighting has extended to the Argonne.
French are pounding away at Ger
man positions on this front and en
gaging in aerial reconnoissances,
mindful of possibilities of drive to
ward St. Menehould railway, princi
pal source of supply for Verdun
Petrograd. Russian torpedo boats
raided Turkish shipping in harbor of
Trebizond, sinking several vessels
within easy range of coast batteries.
Fire of coast guns was so weak be
lieved all heavier guns have been dis
mantled because of approach of Rus
sian land forces.
London. British steamer Masunda
sunk. All aboard her saved.
London. 12 persons killed, 33 in
jured in Sunday night's Zeppelin raid
over northeast coast of England. Two
raiding airships dropped bombs on
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland,
Huntington, Cambridge, Norfolk, Es
sex and Kent.
One Zeppelin hurled down bombs
upon area occupied by dwellings of
working men. Entire block demolish
ed. Woman and 4 of her children,
eldest 8 years, killed.
Extent of territory visited during
last night Zeppelin raid on England
was perhaps greatest of war. Ac
cording to the London official state
ment 8 counties, forming the tier ex
tending along North sea coast and
northeast of London, were visited.
Statement that both Essex and Kent
counties, adjoining city of London,
were raided indicates that Zeppelins
may have come very close to London
Paris. Most violent artillery fight
ing occurred on left bank of Meuse
west of Douaumont and in Woevre
region last night. In Argonne French
artillery cannonaded Choppy Wood
positions of Germans and also enemy
works around Avocourt-Malancourt
ADMINISTRATION SHOWS HAND
IN FRAMING BUDGET
The attitude of the administration
on departmental increases was ap
parent in two resolutions put before
the council sitting as a committee on
finances in the City Hall today.
Aid. Lawley, who with Aid. De
Priest, shares honor as floor leader
for Mayor Thompson, put through a
motion for an increase of appropria
tion for the corporation counsel's of
fice to change the payroll from $400,
000 to 454,000.
When Aid. Lynch moved to recom
mend an increase of 500 more police
men for protection of the city, Law
ley asked that this number be cut to
36. Both of the latter motions were
Police department jobs are under
civil service laws. Corporation coun
sel's office positions are higher sal
aried and may be given out by the
mayor as he chooses.
WASHINGTON CARMEN STRIKE
WANT WAGE BOOST
Washington, March 6. Senators
and congressmen who don't own au
tomobiles are walking to work today
as result of strike of street railway
motormen and conductors. Motor-
men and conductors want 30 cents
an hour, instead of the 22y2 and 25
cents they now derive. They want,
also, 9-hour day, with 9 hours not
scattered over more than 12-hour pe
riod. Among labor leaders who have ar
rived to conduct strike are "Mother"
Jones and several officers of the
American Federation of Labor.