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ARTILLERY DUEL IN FRANC
MOST REPORTS AG OWS DOWN THOUSANDS; TRIA IS IN BAD PLIGHT GIGANTIC BATTLE OF AISNE GOES ON; LOSSES ARE HEAVY REPORTS SEEM TO GIVE ALLIES SLIGHT ADVANTAGE OF TEU TONS AFTER DAYS OF TERRIBLE COMBAT. ONE GERMAN CORPS IS SAID TO BE SURROUNDED Surrender Demanded. It Is Asserted and Rejection Is Followed by Re lentless Onslaughts—Kaiser's Forces Entrenched in Strong ly Fortified Positions, On the Bat! Paris, Sept. 21 or, more pro] (lav and nUhi from N'cyon to t ine does not ecus ami combined mo ity of several combats proof ccssantly at the strongest po German's defending line alon er Aisne. Attacks and Counter Attacks. Each encounter, however, influences the execution of the general idea of the commander-in-chief of the allied armies. Attacks and counter attacks follow one another in rapid succession every hour of the 24. It is reported that a French officer just returned front the scene of the battle of the Aisne reports that one corps oi the enemy has been surround ed by the English and French near the Aisne and their position seemed hopeless when tne officer left. Flag of Truce Sent. A dag of truce had been sent de manding the surrender of the Ger man corps, but it was rejected. The fight was then continued relentlessly with no result up to the hour of the officer's departure. Germans Recede Slightly, It is impossible to learn from any one portion of the line what is occur ing at other places, but an inclina tion to recede slightly seems evident on the German side, although they offered the most obstinate resistance and fought as though made of iron. The allies, at the same time, dogged ly pursued the small advantage they Sained and kept at the heels of their reluctantly retiring foe. At a point where the bulk of the British troops formed part of the al lies line the fighting was furious and some of the most famous English, Scottish and Irish regiments, includ ing the Guards and the Highlanders, suffered severely. They performed the task set for them unflinchingly, advancing on the advanced German positions, but at terrible cost. Fields Strewn With Dead. Behind the fighting line, along the Acy-Puiscux road, still lie many of the dead who fell in the fighting of Sept, e. Laborers, engaged in the task of interment, declared that although they had burned great numbers, over a thousand bodies still awaited removal from the battlefield. Battle of Aisne Most Important. London, Sept. 21.—The Paris cor respondent of the Reuter Telegram company says the consensus of opin ion in the French capital is that the battle of the Aisne is the most import ant since the beginning of the war. Austrians Still Pursued. London, Sept. 21.—Reports received from Petrograd say that the Russian pursuit of the Austrians continues and that the Russians have gained impor tant successes over the Austrians' rear guard. Convoys of two army corps with 30 guns and ammunition and ,T, 000 prisoners are said to have been captured. Overrun by Cossacks. The whole of the Austrian-Russian border between Yusevoff and Annapol is reported to be overrun by Cossacks who are leading the Russian advance. The Russian army now in Galicia will be left there to complete its work for, according to a Rome dispatch, an army of 900,000 Russians is marching into central Poland followed by an other army, aggregating 2,000,000 is coming from more distant regions and will reach the front in October. Will Soon Have 7.000,000. There already are said to be a mil lion Russians in Galicia and a half million in East Prussia. While these numbers are enormous they are con sidered probably a fair estimate oi what Russia soon will have available for her war. It is said she will soon have 7,000,000 men on the move. While continuing the offensive in Galicia, Russia is standing on the de fensive on the East Prussian frontier, her army having been driven back by the Germans. This army, however, is said to be intact. The Daily Telegraph's Rome corre spondent says he learns from an au thentic source that eight German army French Take German Reservists. Si New York, Sept. 19.—The French cruiser Conde removed from the Bra zilian steamship Rio de Janeiro 26 passengers whom the Conde's officers believed were on their way to fight for Germany, according to persons on board the Brazilian ship which arrived at Quarantine from South American and West Indian ports. The Rio de Janeiro was stopped by the French -warship outside of Saint Thomas, Bri tish West Indies, on Sept. 10. BRITISH HIGHLANDERS READY FOR FRAY m if** lijg- '■ V4 ! 1—S BC • 1 J Regiment of British Highlanders crossing a square in Boulogne, France, on their way to the front. corps have left France and Belgium for the Russian frontier. Vienna Withholds News. Vienna, via Paris. Sept. 21— In the complete absence of satisfactory de tails regarding the progress of the campaign in Galicia, and along the Servian frontier, the Austrian public is awaiting some definite news as to what really is happening. Ever since it became known that Russia was making great, headway in Galicia, the comment in Vienna news papers has been guarded, the edito rials dealing chiefly with the German campaign in western Europe. The presence of 70.000 Polish refugees from Galicia, added to the constant arrival of trainloads of wounded tends to offset this reticence. Suppress Unfavorable News. The police recently issued a decree warning persons against spreading un favorable war news under threats of the severest penalties. Sines are found everywhere, in cafes and on the streets, trying to overhear private conversations and then hastening to the police and denouncing suspected persons. Hundreds of arrests already have been made and many persons have been placed under more or less strict police surveillance. Outside of Vienna and Budapest the whole country is lifeless. The ques tion of caring for the unemployed is assuming serious proportions. Violent Fighting Continues. Paris, kept. 19.—In the battle of the Aisne on the result of which depends whether the Germans shall be able again to threaten Paris or shall be forced from France, the allies have lost more men than during any prev ious period of the war. Fighting continues with the utmost violence north of the Aisne in a des perate effort of the allies to gain re tribution for the terrible losses inflict ed on their ranks by the German big gun fire under the perilous crossing under fire. 5,000 Big Guns Used. The Germans position along the whole front, from the Oise to the Meuse are organized for defense and are fortified by heavy artillery. Five thousand guns have been engaged in the giant artillery duel. It was because of the accuracy of | the German big gun fire that the loss es of the French have been so heavy. The war office confines itself to the statement that the "Advance of the allies can only be slow." The morale of the French troops re mains excellent. Tend to Confirm Defeats. London, Sept. 19.—All reports, both from Petrograd and such independent sources as Rome and Bucharest, tend to confirm or paint in gloomier colors the critical position of the Austrian armies in Galicia. turned on them by the Russian Gen erals Ruszky and Brussiloff ami are threatened with envelopment. Having abandoned Lemberg, they are now leaving Przemysl behind them and re treating to Cracow. Calling Ail to Colors. Austria is calling to the colors all men available for military service, in cluding those previously rejected as unfit. But this can hardly help the army in Galicia, which has, according to Russian reports, suffered terrible losses. French Are Optimistic. Bordeaux.—The official world of France awaits with optimism the re sult of the great battle in northern France. The Germans undoubtedly received fresh supplies of men and Started Story As Joke. New York, Sept. 18.—A circumstan tial story of the sinking of the North German Lloyd liner Kronprinz Wil helm by the British cruiser Lancaster, brought into this port by Pilot Mc Carthy aboard the Norwegian freight steamer Hermod, was proved to be un true. McCarthy said that the story had been told to him by Pilot Nichols, who boarded the warship off Ambrose channel lightship. Nichols admitted to newspaper men that he had told such a story as a joke. ammunition, but probably less than the French. The French troops in the opinion of the Temps military expert, are stimulated by victory and have an ! advantage over the enemy who has been in retreat. Rheims French Headquarters. Headquarters of one of the French ! armies have been established at j Rheims. In the French reoccupation of | Rheims, 600 German prisoners and 12 guns were captured. Terrific rains, which have continued for three days, greatly hinder the rival armies, making the roads difficult of passage and converting the marsh lands into veritable lakes. Resistance of Troyon. Along this whole front the lighting has been forced upon the Germans, principally because of the resistance offered by the fortress of Troyon, 12 miles southeast of Verdun which will go down in history as the Liege of France. It was the resistance of this fort that foiled the desperate effort of the German army to open a way to Metz though the country between Verdun and Epinal. Germans Claim Great Victory. Berlin, Sept. 17.—(Ily wireless to New York, via Sayville, L. 1. 1 —It was officially announced in Berlin that General von Hirrdenberg had tele graphed Emperor William that the Russian army of Vilna, composed of the Second, Third, Fourth and Twen tieth army corps, two reserve divis ions and five divisions of cavalry have teen completely defeated by the Ger mans. The Russian casualties were STREAMS DAMMED WITH SLAIN Newspaper Men Paint Horrors of Battlefield Where Austrians and Russians Clashed. London, Sept. 19.—"The newspaper correspondents describe horrible scenes on the battlefields abandoned by the Austro-German forces last week," says the Morning Post's Petro grad correspondent. "Streams, they say, were choked full with slain men, trodden down in the headlong flight till the waters dammed and overflowed the banks. Piles of dead are awaiting burial or burning. "Hundreds of acres are sown with bodies and littered with weapons and battle debris, while wounded and riderless horses are at large in the abandoned country. The trophies cap tured comprise much German equip ment. An ammunition train captured at Janow ill miles northwest of Lem berg) was German, while the guns taken include 36 of heavy calibre be longing to the German sixth army corps." 21 TRAINLOADS OF SPOILS London. Sept. 16.—Twenty-one train loads of booty collected on the Marne battlefield have been brought into Vincennes since Sunday morning, says a Reuter dispatch from Paris. The spoils of war include 11 guns, seven motor wagons filled with ammu nition, four mitrailleuses, three aero planes, two large flat cars piled with helmets, rifles, swords and cartridges, besides gun carriages and wagons of different kinds. It is estimated that since the begin ning of last week about 30 guns, 30 mitrailleuses and 40 wagons have been captured from the Germans, in addition to a considerable quantity of Vultures Flock to Battlefield. Petrograd, Sept. 18.—Peasants in southwestern Russia, especially in Kieff province, have noticed that all birds of prey, including crows and small eagles, have left their usual haunts, attracted by the battlefields. Consequently, field mice and other enemies of agriculture are running un checked, threatening future crops. Birds of prey seem to be the only creatures that are gloating over the massacre of the scenes of the Austro Russian battles. YVAU SEEN IN IiltlEF. o entire front i:i l-'rauee from • n to the frontier is reported to raftiuft battle, or series of ter eonihats declared to he the determined and > intent since *tt:i oed. folio A mi v in •hs lud rapid It is declared that the French id liritish troops have siirrntind a German army corps and that i position seemed hopeless. An army of DIK),<t(!0 Russians is reported as imirehitift into central Poland, and It is said a second army of 2,000.000 will soon follow. V third army of 2,000.001) Musco vites is heln f' gathered in distant regions nud will lie at the front by October. The Hiissi: slan front ie hack by the on the I'rns i was driven s. Is reported ersnit of the * newspaper ftives a report that eiftht ' Genua u army et rps have let/ * Fra net and llelKiu in for the It lis * Mail I out ier. * The Prussian Cm ps ile Garde, the * - empire \s military e ite ami the Unt pee ini pride. il ns beeu prne lieaily blot i ed out In the battles * fun Kii( aloiiK the M ease. Marne and * A into. aeeordiiiK t > all noeouuts * tier mm Kfii •in I s» i If, tint ed fieri in. * \uj. . HO. ae eases the eit izens of S .<tis vain of a spi utaneoiis risinft aft* r the eit V hall surrendered. * <; rent liri nin ii forms Was hi lift * ton she has 'd no peaee pro * pos tls from •it her ,ennnny or \us * iria and th ere fort hnw nothing to * say on i lie sub jee at Fie present tin: *,. It is »el!ev* d in Wnshiufttou t ha Preside it Wil -on will abandon his eeorts t o sees re a basis for * I»«»n •e parley iiift till u more aiisnl * eiot s date. * * * * The Freni h and German ftovern Is are arra nftinft throufth * \Vn shiiiKton for he oxehnitfte of * pri.s oners of war, s ecordinft to Par advict The Freneli people fire confident of victory over the Germans in the ftreat battle non racing: nlouft the upper reaelies of the Aisne river. Ford Kitchener asserts tlint four British armies are ready to embark for service In France. A Petrograd correspondent of n London newspaper describes the awful scenes on the battlefield abandoned and along the flight of the Austrians in Gnllela. Streams, he says, are choked full with slain Austrian soldiers, and thousands of bodies are piled high, awaiting bur ial or burning. The fortress of Troyon, 12 miles southeast of Verdun, lias, by its stubborn resistance against the Germans, won for France a great advantage over the Teutons and for itself the distinction of "The l.iege of France.'* Troyon has foiled the desperate attempt of the kaiser's army to open a way to Metz be tween Verdun and Fpinal. It is officially reported from Ber lin, according to despatches from Amsterdam, that the Germans have evacuated Flege, which Is no long er considered of strategic value nud the troops ut that point are needed to strengthen the German left. The engagement of the Germans In Fast Prussia by the Russian army Is said to have been a part of the general strategy of the allies, to draw* a large number of the Ger man foremen to the east, which might, when udded to her army In the west, have been stronger than could have been overcome In kai ser's attack on Paris. The first land encounter between Japanese and Germans In the Far Fast has resulted In the Invaders capturing the town of Chl-Mo. Exchange of Prisoners Sought. Paris, Sept. 19.—The French and German governments are arranging through Washington for the exchange of prisoners of war. It is understood that James W. Gerard, the American ambassador to Germany, has cabled Germany's approval of the plan. Say Germans Blundered. London, Sept. 18.—A Petrograd spe cial dispatch to the Times says: "Ac cording to the latest information avail able here the Germans realizing the futility of the withdrawal of the eighth army corps from their western front are returning their first line of troops from East Prussia westward. Mili tary writers here are still puzzled over the problem why Germany should have made the blunder of sending such an enormous army to East Prus sia." KING ASSENTS TO HOME HOLE SUCCESS OF IRISH BILL CAUSES ENTHUSIASM. Welsh Church and Emergency Meas ures Also Become Laws—All Sing "God Save the King." London, Sept. 21.—Enthusiasm un usual iu the staid legislative chambers ot Westminster palace was displayed when tin 1 two houses of parliament were prorogued. While ixing George was absent in specting the troops his speech was read in the house of lords l).v Viscount Haldane, the lord high chancellor, and in the house of commons by John H. Whitley, the deputy speaker. \\ hen the announcement was made in the house of lords that the royal assent had been given to the Irish home rule and the Welsh church dis establishment suspensory bill and to a number of emergency measures, cheers were given for the passing of the Irish and Welsh Ulls. On the announcement of the passing of the Irish home rule bill in the house of commons the nationalists and liberals broke into loud cheers which were repeated again and again. Will Crooks, the labor leader, asked if it was in order to sing "God Save the King." Without waiting for per ir.'ssion lie started the first verse him s- If and then broke down with emo tion. The anthem was taken up by the spectators in the gallery as well m her. <■ I rein ohn 15 members, in the pal members Mr. Crooks lid." almond, t! singing it h and the ice yard. il'd out of the railed out: "God e Irish Xationai "God save Eng land." Parliament will sit again Oct. 27. Mr. Redmond, who was the recipient of many warm congratulations in the lobbies of the house after adjourn ment, left later iu the day for Ireland, where he will take part in the recruit tug campaign. SUGGEST U. S.-JAP ALLIANCE Remarkable Demonstration of Friend ■ ship Among Guests at Banquet in Tokio. i Tokio, Sept. 19.- A notable deinon j sttation of friendship toward the i United States was made at a dinner given by the Japanese association, which was attended by Takaaki Kato, the Japanese foreign minister, and George 'V. Guthrie, the United States ambassador. Viscount Kontaro Karreko. president of the association, in a speech scored those persons who. he said, were try ing to estrange the United States and Japan. "Japan not only will not attack the Philippines," said Viscount Kaneko, "but she never had any idea of dis turbing the tranquillity of the terri torial waters of the Philippines. Our friendship will be as firm and immov able as historic Plymouth Rock. Other speakers suggested an al liance between the United States and Japan for the preservation of peace in the Pacific. WOULD TIRE DISSENTERS OUT Final Effort Made to Break Filibuster Against Rivers Appropriation Bill. Washington, Sept. 19.—In a final ef fort to break the determined fiilibuster against the river and harbor appropri ation bill, senate leaders had the serg eant-at-arms sent to round up absen tees for an all-night session. A proposed compromise, contemplat ing a $20,000,000 lump sum appropria tion for rivers and harbors improve ments as a substitute for the pending bill, evoked little enthusiasm from river and harbor advocates, who do aided that a continuous session should be held in the hope of tiring out the members trying to talk the bill to death. MEMPHIS CARS CRASH; 9 DIE Fifteen Injured When Freight Train Hits Street Car, Near Binghamp ton, a Suburb. Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 19.—Nine per sons are known to have been killed and more than 15 injured when an Illinois Central freight train crashed into a street car containing about 35 passengers near Binghamton, a sub urb of Memphis. The wrecked car, a trailer, was hurl ed over an embankment and the fore most freight cars toppled over on it. The motor car was not struck. The dead are all residents of Mem phis and its suburb. Funston Opposes Withdrawal. Washington, Sept. 19.—It is report ed in official circles that General Fun ston has wired the war department urging against the withdrawal of Am erican troops from Vera Cruz. Visits Razed Belgian City. London, Sept. 18.—The Antwerp respondent of the Post who vis Termonde, one of the razed citie Belgium, found that out of 1 houses not 100 remained. Hospi and churches were all burned, moirde, adds the correspondent, burned for much the same reasoi Louvain. On Sept. 4 a German fi came back from the field after ha' been severely handled by the gians, and the German commander claimed: "It Is our duty to burn ti Workmen Are Being Recalled. Chicago, Sept. 18—Workmen in many lines who have been idle foi months are being recalled to work in Chicago. Eight thousand men have returned to their old jobs at the Pull man shops, it is announced, and 1.00C more will be back to work before the end of the week. Many hundreds more men are being employed daily at the stock yards. Morris & Co. having dou bled their number of employes in three departments Wednesday. Several othei cooaerns are doing likewise. TERMS OF ALLIES FIRST, SUGGESTS GERMAN OFFICIAL IMPERIAL CHANCELLOR TALKS INFORMALLY WITH AMERICAN AMBASSADOR ON SUBJECT OF PROPOSED MEDIATION. WILSON WILL AWAIT MORE FORMAL COMMUNICATION President Prefers to Have Message Direct from Kaiser Before Begin ning Any Action—Reported in London That Austria Desires Peace—Not Confirmed. Washington, Sent. 19.—Germany has suggested informally that the United States should undertake to elicit front Great Britain, Prance and Russia a statement of the terms under which the allies would make peace. Suggestion Is Made. 1 be suggestion was made by Imper ial Chancellor von Bethinann-Holhveg to Ambassador Gerard at Berlin as the result of an inquiry sent by tlie Amer ican government to learn whether Em peror William wits desirous of discus sing peace, as Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassador and Oscar Strauss recently had reported. No reply was made by Emperor Wil J liam himself nor did the imperial | chancellor indicate whether or not be spoke en behalf of his monarch. Am bassador Gerard cabled President Wil sou the chancellor's remarks from recollection, which was substantially as follows: Views of Chancellor. Germany was appreciative of the American government's interest and offer of services in trying to make peace, Germany did not want war, but had it forced on her. Even it' she de feats France, she must likewise van quish both Great Britain and Russia, I as all three have made an agreement not to make peace except by common consent. Similarly England has an nounced through Premier Asquith and her diplomatists and newspapers that she intends to fight to the limit of her endurance. In view of that de termination on the part of Great Brit ain the United States ought to get proposals of peace from the allies. Germany could accept only a lasting peace, one that would make her peo ple secure against future attacks. To accept mediation now would be inter preted by the allies as a sign of weak ness on tlie part of Germany and would be misunderstood by the Ger man people, who, having made great sacrifices had the right to demand guarantees of security. Comment of Gerard. The above is all that Ambassador Gerard communicated as to his con versation. He added only the brief comment that he himself thought the way might possibly be opened to me diation. President Wilson did not re gard the message, however, as bring ing anything tangible. He referred to the chancellor's conversation as non committal and incidental to the ac knowledgement of the American gov ernment's inquiry. The president in dicated that he rather expected a re ply to the inquiry to ho sent later by the emperor himself, although he rea lizes that the imperial chancellor may have consulted his monarch by tele graph before talking informally with the American ambassador. J President Wilson took no action as a result of the message, waiting to hear from Ambassador Gerard wheth er anything of a more formal charac ter might be obtained by him which the United States might communicate to France, Great Britain and Russia. Austria Desires Peace? London. Sept. 19.— Austria is desir ous of peace, according to a Rome dis patch to the Daily Telegraph, which represents internal conditions, partic ularly in Bosnia, Croatia and Dalma tia as disastrous. $2,689 a Minute for War. London, Sept. 18.—The cost of the war up to Wednesday, including the losses resulting from commercial paralysis, has been $11,265,000,000, ac cording to figures compiled here. The cost to England alone, based on fig ures covering 43 days from Aug. 1, has been $166,500,000. This is at the rate of $3,872,093 a day, $161,337 an hour and $2,689 a minute. Give Tea to Allies. Petrograd, Sept. 19.—Japanese tea merchants of the Russian capital have presented the Russian army with 100, 000 pounds of tea. Two hundred thou sand pounds were given to the Eng lish and French armies, and 20,000 pounds to the Belgian army. Colon Naval Battle Denied. Colon, Sept. 18.—There is no truth in: the report published in the United States that there has been a naval engagement off Colon. The report that there had been a battle at sea arose from the fact that the big guns on Toro point were being fired for testing purposes. Tofo point is on Margarita island, the fortifications of which constitute the chief part of the Colon end of the canal defenses. It is not believed here that there are any British or German warships near the isthmus. Await Reply On Peace. Washington, Sept. 18.—Officials here have no information concerning pub lished reports from Berlin that Em peror William has replied to the American government's recent inquiry as to the truth of a report that Ger many is willing to discuss terms of peace. Neither at the White House nor the state department has any dis patch bearing relatfcn to the question of peace been received In the last two days. The delay is accounted for here by the fact that the German monarch is with hia troops. CONFIDENCE IN NEW REGIME PRESIDENT SURE MEXICO IS IN COMPETENT HANDS. Not Decided to Remove Soldiers From the Texas Border at Present— New Revolutionary Plot. Washington, Sept. 19. — President W ilson declares that he has ordered American troops withdrawn from \ era Cruz because he believes tlie Mexicans now in control are able to manage the affairs of their country. ( oineidentally with the president's remarks on Mexico to his callers, the British ambassador, Sir Cecil Spring Rice, expressed to the state depart ment his own regret that Sir Lionel Carden, British minister to Mexico, should have been quoted in criticism of the president's policy. He said British diplomats were never permit ted to criticise the heads of foreign countries, and whatever statements may have been made it did not repre sent the view ot the British govern ment. Officials accepted the ambassador's explanation. They had realized Sir Lionel Carden had personal differences with Carranza, and had supposed that lie spoke resentfully toward the latter because the Constitutionalist chief had forced him to leave Mexico. The presi dent said the question of withdrawing troops from the Texas border had not been considered nor was he able to predict when formal recognition would lie extended. He expects that the con terenee on Oct. I will designate a pro visional president, and lie dues not know, from official reports, whether Carranza will be named or will retire in order to he a candidate in the suc ceeding elections. Another Plot Reported. I'll Paso. Texas. Reports of a coun ter revolutionary plot in Mexico were received by Constitutionalist agents here. It was reported from various points on the eastern border that former officials of the Huerta govern ment combined with the old cietifieio party were plotting against the Car ranza central government. DEMOCRATS CARRY MAINE Progressive Candidates Not in the Run ing—All Congressmen Are Re elected, Say Unofficial Returns. Portland, Me., Sept. 16.—Mayor Oakley C. Curtis of Portland, a Demo crat, was elected governor of Maine over Governor William T. Haines of Watervil'ie, who was a candidate for a second term, by a margin of 2.700 votes, according to unofficial returns. All the 521 cities, towns and planta tions, except 37 small places, whose vote is not expected to change the re sult, had been tabulated. The vote was 56,179 for Hams and 58,877 for Curtis. Halbert P. Gardner of Patten, the Progressive candidate, received 17,147 votes. The four Maine congressmen, Asher C. Tinds, John A. Peters and Frank E. Guernsey, Republicans, and Daniel J. McGillicuddy, Democrat, were re-elect ed, according to the same returns. MRS. FRANK LESLIE PASSES Woman, Long Known as Publisher and Writer, Succumbs to Heart Disease. New York, Sept. 19.—Mrs. Frank Leslie (the Baroness de Bazas) died in apartments in an uptown hotel here. She was the widow of Frank Leslie, the publisher, who died in 1880, and lias herself since been prominent in the publishing world. An acute attack of heart trouble was the cause ot Mrs. Leslie's death. After the death ot her husband, in 1S80, she succeeded to his business, straightened out the affairs of the Les lie publications, and made them finan cial successes. In 1902 she sold her publishing in terests and resumed the family name of the Baroness de Bazas, a French title which belonged to her ancestors foi many generations. War Worries Apple Growers. Washington, Sept. 19.—Present indi cations are that the commercial apple crop of the United States this year will be far in excess of that of last year, but less than that of 1912 by several million barrels, according to announcement made by the depart ment of agriculture. Department offi cials say the problem of distribution will be somewhat complex, owing to conditions resulting from the Euro pean war. Attention, however, is call ed to the fact that in normal times Europe takes less than two million barrels. Lusitania As Troop Transport. New York, Sept. 19. —'The Cunard liner Lusitania, from Liverpool, reach ed its pier here under wireless orders received as it was nearing port, ac cording to passengers, ordering it to make all possible speed, unload its passengers and be ready to sail for Halifax to act as a transport for Cana dian troops. U. S. Socks Prevent "Cold Feet." London, Sept. 19. —Socks patterned after the design of the American flag are on sale here. They are guaranteed to prevent "cold feet." One purveyor asserted that the "Uncle Sam" socks were meant to establish the identity of Americans going on continental missions. Stripes run from top to bot tom of the socks with the exception of three rows ot stars on a blue field just above the angle. It was argued by one merchant that no passport would be needed for the wearer of such crea tions. Horseshoes For Allies. Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 19.—Six mil lion horseshoes packed in 100 cars are being prepared in Pittsburgh mills for shipment early next week to France and Russia, a direct result of the Eu ropean war. Jap Blockade Holds. Tokio, Sept. 19.—The Japanese fleet is maintaining a complete blockade at Kiao-chow, but so far has failed to at tempt any serious bombardment of the harbor forts. The land investment proceeds.