Newspaper Page Text
GERMANS AND RUSSIANS IN DEATH GRIP IN THE EAST
RUSSIANS CLAIM SUCCESS IN THE BATTLE OF LOOZ BERLIN OFFICIAL REPORT, HOW EVER, SAYS GERMAN OFFEN SIVE IN POLAND IS TAK ING NORMAL COURSE. FEW ATTACKS MADE IN THE WEST ARE REPULSED Czar's Armies May Endeavor to Keep Large Austrian Force Inside Fort ress of Cracow and Enter Si lesia From Southeast— Few Attacks In West. London. Pec. 7.—There still is lack ing reliable news of the progress of the battle in Poland, which continues to monopolize interest. An unofficial dispatch from Petrograd says the bat tle of Lodz has ended in success for the Russians, but this statement is opposed to that of the Berlin official report, which says the German offen sive movement in Poland is taking its normal course. Check Advance on Warsaw. The fact is that the lighting in this region has developed into such a jumble that it is almost impossible to follow it. The most important factor from the Allies' point of view is that the German advance on Warsaw seem ingly has not succeeded in its object, nor has it had the effect of diverting the Russians from their forward movement through the Carpathians or against the fortress of Cracow. Both Sides Lose Heavily. Taking into consideration the case of Przemysl. which has held out so long against the Russian attacks, mill tary men do not look for the early fall of Cracow, and are rather inclined to believe that the armies of Emperor Nicholas will endeavor to keep the large Austrian force inside the fort ress and enter Silesia from the south east. Much, depends, however, on the bat tie which is being fought with such intensity farther north, between the Rivers Vistula and Warta, and in which all agree the losses on both sides have been very heavy. There is an inclination to believe that had there been any probability of an early success for the Germans in this field Emperor William, who has returned to Berlin, would have remained to wit ness the victory of his troops. Battle in West at Standstill. The battle in the west appears to be at a standstill. The allies and the Ger mans have attempted t% take the of fensive at different points along the front, but as neither claims to have made any advance and as both official reports mention repulses of the. enemy, it is evident that the attacks which have been made have not met with much success, Under the title, "Four Months of War," the French bulletin of the armies is publishing a report of the entire operations of the war. In it the explanation is made that the French were unable to take the of fensive until the British army was ready and that the advance into Al sace, which has been criticized as had strategy, was designed to draw the Germans from the Belgian front. This plan did not succeed, it says, and the allies were driven back to the Seine. Troops Reach Egypt. The arrival of Australian and New Zealand contingents in Egypt on forty transports is quoted as another tri umph for the British navy. The Ger man cruiser Fmden was not far from this fleet of transports when she was overtaken and destroyed by the Aus tralian cruiser Sydney. It is taken for granted, however, that the convoy of the transports was so strong that even the Fmden would not have dared at tack them. The statement made in the Italian parliament by Premier Salandra that Italy should maintain her attitude of watchful and armed neutrality, has created much interest here and sym pathy is expressed for the aspirations of the Italian people. Early Bombardment of City. London, Dec. 4.—Belgrade, which until the outbreak of the war was the capital of Servia, has been occupied by Austrian troops, the Servians hav ing previously evacuated the city. Thus on the 66th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph, who again is reported seriously ill, and four months after the outbreak of the war, his \generals report one of the most important successes they have ob tained. Belgrade was under bombardment frequently early in the war and but for the general European conflict which compelled Austria to send her troops against Russia, must have fallen an easy prey to Servia's big neighbor. Apparently Austria miscalculated the nature of the Servian opposition and only after Bosnia was invaded did she send a sufficient force against the Servians to drive them back. Servians Now Withdrawing. The Servians are now being forced Hunts For Allies' Ships. New York, Dec. 5.—A report that the German cruiser Karlsruhe has left South American waters and is cruis ing near the setamship lane in the North Atlantic on a hunt for ships fly ing flags of the nations allied against Germany was brought here by officers of the steamer Zacapa, in from Ja maica. The officers said, the Zacapa received a message from the steam ship Banan, containing the informa tion that KarlBruhe, hound north, had been sighted. DARDANELLES FORT BOMBARDED BY THE ALLIES . f. ,1 - * ^;>NVtvsa TiO ^T'Vilwi, 'S£»y -xtl C^ 5 itojSi li : W V •+*»*&* ' - - . •, », ■- . .-v :< :.,n- v;„4i - ^ *V ^ >W ^ <K ^ ... ..;T... This is the so-called Hill fort, one of the fortifications on the Dardanelles which has been bombnrdi Mediterranean fleet of the allies. It is defended by heavy German guns. by tho backward and are eagerly looking for the advance of the Russians into Hun gary to afford them relief. Russia has been sending Cossack raiding parties through the Carpathi ans with the object of diverting Aus tria's attention, but the dual monarchy seemingly is determined to finish with Servia first. POLAND IS MORE IMPORTANT Berlin Considers Events There of Far Greater Concern Than Those in Flanders. Berlin. Dec. 2.— (Via The Hague to l-iondon.—The East gradually is com ing into its own. Those familiar with conditions have recognized for the past three weeks that the center of im- ; ! portance has been transferred from j France to the Eastern war theater. j j The departure of Emperor William | to the eastern front, the appointment ! of General von Hindenburg as a field marshal and the publication of appre- ! j eiative telegrams to the eastern com- [ j manders have directed the attention, j j even of the uninformed public, to the fact that events in Poland are of far j greater importance than those in Flan : ders and along the Aisne. I The presence of Emperor William at ' Field Marshal von Hindenburg's head quarters is interpreted here as indi cating everything is thought to be going well. The Emperor has con ferred the Order of Merit on General Mackenzen for his victory at Lowicz in fhe following telegram: "The Ninth Army Corps, under your safe and tested leadership, again has fought with unrivalled brilliancy in a hard but successful battle. Your achievements in the past few days will stand in history as shining examples of fortitude, endurance and valor. "Communicate this to our splendid troops with my imperial thanks, to which I wish to give tangible form by conferring upon you the Order of Merit. God be with you and our standards in the future." French Discredit German Strength. Paris. Dec. 3.—A semi-official com, inunication concerning the German armies in the field, made public here. says: "Germany at present has at her disposal 25Vi active army corps, of which 21'j are operating against France and four against Russia. Of the 33 German reserve army corps, j 22 l j are now employed against France and 10% against Russia. These fig ures show that there is a total of 58% army corps, active or reserve, fight ing for Germany on the two fronts, and not 100 army corps as has erro neously been stated by the Germans. If the territorial units (Landwehr), of which nothing was said in the Ger man official note, are taken into ac count, it will be seen that eight Land wehr army corps are engaged against France and seven against Russia, that is to say, in all, on the two fronts, 30 territorial divisions." Claims Russian Losses 1,100,000. Berlin, Dec. 4.—A German miliatary critic estimates that the Russian loss es in killed, wounded, prisoners and death from sickness amount to fully 1,100,000, or one-third of the nation's best troops. Discussing the campaign as a whole, a well-known Berlin mili tary critic maintains that the long resistance and the unexpected recu perative powers of the Austrians, cou pled with its losses in Poland, have deprived Russia of such a large por tion of its first line troops and that its offensive power has been irretrievably impaired. Belgians to Go to England. The Hague, via London, Dec. 5.—A dispatch to the Nieuwe Courant from Oldenzaal, lloiland, states that Belgian refugees who are not liable to service in the Belgian army will lie sent to England free of charge, the British government having undertaken to care for them in order to alleviate the bur den imposed on several Dutch prov inces, where an excessive number of refugees have collected. Orders Arrest of Belgians. London, Dec. 4.—It is reported by the Amsterdam correspondent of the Exchange Telegraph company that Major General Keim, German military governor of the Belgian province of Limburg, has ordered the arrest of all young Belgians in that district who are liable for military service in the ! army class of 1915. This action, it is j said, is to he extended throughout Belgium. British Capture Norwegian Ship. Halifax, N. S., Dec. 2.—The Nor wegian steamer Sandefjord. which sail d from New York for Copenhagen with a cargo of cotton, was brought in here as a prize of war. She is sus pected of having contraband of war on board and the report that she has bal loon silk and also copper stored be neath the cotton will be investigated after she is docked. The ship was an chored in the harbor. The fact she is so heavily laden, first directed sus picion toward her. LATE WAR DEVELOPMENTS * ha* ended vitli Ntieee.** far * the Russian fore **. Iter i tn wav* * Miuifil} that tlie lerinan otYen *lve * "taking It* nor* ini eourwe." Hie * faet remain.*, ho > ever, that the * Russian* art* aitiancini; thronuli the • Carpathian* and a uaiuNt I'raeo S t runs ant 1 - Vnwtro - Gorinnn * speeches were d elUered in the * Italian parliament tine speaker lie * ln« tlniiHiirimsh applauded w hen * he said he Imped Italian tlau fl>inu over Trieste. the lende placed at Join n. Christian He Wet. the rebel ItusNiar Uriiiu .list .Ina lull l ,* *«'Ke. Their mlvsi *1 Nllfll to iiiiv ■ ronl cheek. A new lmttle linn il «* noil th weal of laid* i'rmaiiN have formed reported f rracoB preparator i without eloped to 'vlth fresh forees. Xineteen thou* and Servia n prls oners are s aid t« have heet t liken *»y the Austrian.* si nee the> bejtau Hie preset t offensive mo vemeiit and Servia** allies siuee the he Kin ill n«: ( ,f t he var are estimated at 1(H),OUO. * * KIuk (iec rue * under fir * for a short time while lie visits w ith tlie men In the hes. * * British o ttieer In offieinl report says the w nr w ill be one of ex Iinimtlon, 111 .- 11 niiI NucceHN Ik-Idk lie fi-rininetl by the raiv material of the eouutrieN eoneerneil. He lie Ncrthea the tlghtlug In France anil IlelKluni for n!x weeks up to Nov. S«. War loan of *1,250.000.04)0 la voted In the Herman ltelehstag, only one member, n Socialist, vot Iiik UKiilnst It. llelttrade. until the outbreak of 'vnr the capita! of Servia, has been occupied by tile Austrians on the sixty-sixth nnni lersary of the relan of Fmperor Francis Joseph. The stiintioul n the sooth is reported serious for the Serbs, who are re trenttiiK with the hope Hint the Russians may soon he at the gales of llndnpest to relieve pressure from them, Hands of CoNsnchs hnve been sent through the Carpathian mountains to raid the country In 1111 effort to detract \ustrlii*s attention from Servia, lint for nil that the dual monarch., appears determined to li n is Ii the little Slavonic country first. \ fte r havi IIK been surrounded by (lie iti iissiam 6i a nd threatened with terrih! e del* eat . tlie (■ermtius in North Poland ii ippear now to have inly ricatcd themselves from t Fil* p* • III Ions position lint to have i kvtunll taken tlie offensive at son ie poll lit*. * * Five rulers n re nowr on the liat tie Nr ies in F. ii rope, the (ierman and I? usslai! ! F Imperors personally drertliu; tlie tit mile struKxle in I»o land : ii nil t lie IviiiK of Filmland. KNur - t»f Be! Kiu m and President of Franc* • hein K with their respeet vc armies in tin i* W est. Late st report s from tlie Faster ii iv a r a renn K» to show that the tie rina ns In extricated them selves from III eir former perilous position, hui till are heiiiK hard pressed by the Russian legions. In fi Illicit! til* i* Czar's forees eon tlni'e their Ictorlous advance. boinpr now in command of the passes over th. ■ Carpathian ninuii tains anil prae tieally around Cra In the Went the Alllea IHisiiod forward their IIucn rruion around Vprp«. UNITED STATES OF EUROPE Italian Deputy Voices Desire In Parlia ment—Addresses Strongly Anti Austro-German. Rome, Dec. 5.—The government has presented to parliament financial mea sures which would increase the reve nue 50,000,000 francs ($10,000,000) yearly. The government has purchased 3,000,000 tons of wheat from Argentina. Five steamers have been chartered to transport the first 250,000 tons. The session of the chamber of depu ties was occupied with speeches by two Socialists and two Republican members. The addresses, all of which were strongly anti-Austro-German, dealt with Premier Salandra's state ment in parliament Thursday in which he advised that Italy maintain her at titude of watchful and armed neutral ity. Deputy Cliiesa in his speech said he desired to see grow out of the present tragic events preparations for the for mation of a future United States of Europe. The climax of the session came when Deputy Colajanui declared amid thumb'; s of applause that he hoped soon the Italian tri-color would wave from the top of the tower of St. Jus tus in Trieste. Report Germans' Hands Frozen. Petrograd, Dec. 3.—The condition of German prisoners captured in the vicinity of Lodz is said to resemble that of the French troops during Na poleon's retreat from Moscow. Many of them have frozen hands and feet. They were wrapped in blankets and shawls taken from the peasants. The prisoners say that before their capture their courage was kept up by state ments that the quartermaster was bringing warm clothes, which would be distributed la a few days. GilSTIANS FLEE TO TURKISH COAST; COLT WAS FEARED MORE THAN 100 FRENCH CITI ZENS EXPELLED WITHOUT MEANS—AMERICANS WILL LEND AID. EXPRESSES NO ANXIETY FOR AMERICANS' SAFETY Ambassador Morgenlhau Asks Turk ish Government to Release Brit ish Subject Imprisoned in Con stantinople-Holy War is Proclaimed. Washington, Dec. 5—Christian re fugees are fleeing in large numbers from the interior of Turkey to coast cities since the proclamation of a holy war by the Shiekul-Islem, head of the Moslem church, Ambassador Henry Morgenthau has cabled the state de partment from Constantinople. Mr. Morgenthau stated that more than 100 French citizens had been ex pelled from various places in the inte rior of Turkey. State department of ficials believe a general expulsion of the French has been undertaken. Americans Aid Refugees. The refugees now are assembled at Beirut, Thebizond and Smyrna, with out means, but will be aided by the American diplomatic and consular offi ces. Mr. Morgenthau says dispatches did not mention like action against na tionals of other belligerents, nor say what measures will tie adop.ted to get the French out of the Ottoman empire. Ambassador Morgenthau also re ported that he had asked the Turkish government to release Sir Edwin Pears, a British subject who has been imprisoned in Constantinople. He did not state the charges against Pears. Dr. Louis Bizzi, a Maltese, and a Col onel Churchill, formerly a police offi cer, are being held under arrest and have been taken to Cesares. Mr. Mor genthau did not express any alarm for the safety of Americans in Turkey. Holy War Against Servia. Official advices of the proclamation by Turkey of a holy war against Ser via and its allies were received at the state department from Minister ( harles J. Vopicka at Bucharest, Ru mania, who received his information from the Servian minister in the Ru manian capital. The Servian govern ment has announced that all treaties between Turkey and Servia are in operative. NO KITCHENER INTERVIEW. Irvin S. Cobb Saw War Secretary Only Few Minutes, Says London Bureau. London, Dee. 5.—The Press Associa tion announced that it had been offici ally informed with reference to an in terview purporting to have been had by Irvin S. Cobb with Lord Kitchener, which was printed in the United States then cabled to London and pub lished, "that the language is not that of Lord Kitchener and that his lord ship's official representative expressed surprise that it should have been re garded possible that Lord Kitchener used such expressions." The Official Press Bureau issued the following statement on the subject: "With reference to a so-called inter view with Mr. Cobb: "Although Lord Kitchener saw Mr. Cobb a few minutes Oct. 21 nothing in the nature of a special interview was granted and the remarks attributed to the Secretary of State for War are imaginary." Fate of Son in Austria. Rome, Dec. 5 - The Giornale d'ltalia says that a soldier from Trieste who was at the front in Galicia, wrote to his mother expressing a great desire to see her again and saying he was ready to be taken prisoner if by so doing lie would lie able to embrace her once more. The letter reached the mother with the addition from the Austrian general staff: "The soldier was shot on Nov. 24, 1914." To Probe Warship Building in U. S. Washington, Dec. 3.—Formal in quiry was made by the United States government of the Bethlehem Steel company to learn if the firm intended the construction of submarines for use by any of the belligerent powers of Europe. Charles M. Schwab, president of the company, and other officials of the concern in response to an invita tion from the state department ex plained orally their position and agreed to submit it in writing in a few days. UNMOVED; STATE BEGINS ITS CASE ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY DECLARES MRS. CHARLOTTE SHARPLESS WILL BE PROV ED MURDERESS. TRIAL IS WITNESSED BY ONE THOUSAND PERSONS Deputy Sheriffs Clear Path Through Living Wall to Allow Woman to Reach Courtroom—Sphinx Wom an Docs Not Waver as Char acter Is Reproached. Minneapolis. Dec. 7.—One thousand persons, more than half of them wom en, watched Mrs. Charlotte Sharpless ns she was led from the County Jail j elevator to the large court room on | tlie third floor of the courthouse to face the battering attack of Assistant County Attorney Baldwin, who de clares that the state will prove her guilty of the murder of Learning Sharp less. her husband. Learning Sharpless, her husband, was found in his apartment, on Yale place, a few weeks ago, stabbed to death with a ritual sword. Mrs. Sharp less is charged with the murder. Spectators Form Living Wall. Every deputy sheriff available was scut to clear a path through the living wall that wound from the elevator to the court room, to allow the woman to reach the scene o* the trial. Then, when court convened, all that could get in jammed the court room, occu pied every available seat, stood in the aisles, sat upon the backs of benches in the rear of the room, perched upon the gallery rail or clung to window sills for hours while the state opened its case and called the first three witnesses. Walks Without Tremor. Hundreds who failed to gain admis sion waited patiently in the corridors outside or left the courthouse to hurry hack when court adjourned at 5 o'clock to get another glimpse of the Sword Widow when she should he taken back to her cell. If any in the throng expected the Sphinx Woman to waver, or to see the iron self-possession that has char acterized her action since the begin ning of her trial Wednesday shattered, they were disappointed. With Mrs. Nels Clausen, jail matron, at her side, Mrs. Sharpless walked down the gaunt let of peering faces without a tremor. Her eyes seemed to gaze straight ahead without seeing anything. Her white, expressionless face appeared to be framed by the black mourning veil that was draped from the small black toque hat. Attorney Describes Terrible Wounds. In the courtroom Mrs. Sharpless sat unmoved when Mr. Baldwin rose to make the opening address for the state. She did not flinch as she heard him instruct the jurors in their duties. Without a quaver she heard him'Utter reproaches upon her character. Only twice in the whole afternoon did the iron will of the woman seem to falter, j The first time was when Mr. Baldwin described the finding of Mr. Sharpless' body and described the terrible wounds that had taken his life. Then, for a moment, the sphinx woman weakened and pressed her handkerchief against her eyes. When she removed it. how ever. her eyes were dry and she had resumed the iron mask of unconcern. Women in the audience were weeping. Shows Blood Stained Sword. A second time, later in the after noon, when Mr. Baldwin drew from its sheath the ceremonial sword, still stained with the blood of her husband, Mrs. Sharpless placed her handker chief to her eyes, as if to shut out the sight of the weapon rather than to curb a flow of tears. Again, when she removed the handkerchief, she sat drv eyed as before. In her ceil at the county jail at night she was as phlegmatic and stoical as she has been from the beginning. She expressed confidence that she would he proved innocent. "We will show," she said quietly, "that all those things that Mr. Baldwin said about me are untrue. I will have friends on the witness stand who have known me since I was a child. They will tell the court and the jurors how impossible those stories are." British Troops Land in Egypt. Ixmdon. Dec. 5.—"Australian and New Zealand contingents have beeft disembarked in Egypt," according to an announcement of the official bu reau, "to assist in the defense of that country and complete their training there. When this training is com pleted they will go direct to the front to fight with the other British troops in Europe." Declares Police Protection Good. Chicago, Dec. 5.—In spite of the $400 monthly payment for police pro tection, Frank Ryan, alleged head of a clairvoyant ring that operated in Chi cago until recently, had a rather good thing of it here and his personal share of the swindling receipts averaged from $3,000 to $6,000 a month, he told Maolay Hoyne, state's attorney, in a written confession just made public. In addition to the regular monthly police payments, Ryan said he paid an average of $25 tc $100 weekly to help buy flowers for some policemen. David Lamar Is Sentenced. New York, Dec. 3.—David Lamar was found guilty of impersonating Representative A. Mitchell Palmer, of Pennsylvania, for the purpose of de frauding J. P. Morgan and Company and the United States Steel corpora tion. He was immediately sentenced to serve two years in the federal peni tentiary at Atlanta, Ga. After counsel had interposed motions for a writ of error and permission tj file a bill of exception, Lamar was admitted to $10, 000 bail, pending an appeal. LIQUOR OILED VICE CAUSE DANCE HALLS ALSO BLAMED BY INVESTIGATORS. Wisconsin Legislative Committee Says Wage Question Has No Material Relation. Madisin, Wis., Dec. 7.— Fifteen months' study and investigation of tho vice problem in Wisconsin by the leg islative anti-vice committee are sum marized in an exhaustive report which became a public document with its fil ing with the secretary of state. The greatest cause of commercialized vice, the report says, is the use of intoxicat ing liquor. Contributory causes are public dance halls, road houses, poorly lighted parks and public places, lack of responsibility of paretns, non-on forcement of laws by public officials, lack of public amusement and recrea tion facilities, and misuse of automo biles. The committee found that the wage question has no material relation to a girl's downfall. The committee recom mends: That a morals court be established in cities of the first class, with exclu sive jurisdiction over all cases involv ing moral offenses. That a law similar to the Mann act. applicable between cities, villages and towns of the state, be enacted. That the police departments be re quired to record all written complaints made to it. with a report of Its find ings thereon, with a view to centering responsibility. That a permanent state police de partment be established in this state with power to investigate immoral practices, the reasons for non-enforce ment ol law in all communities, and with power to enforce the law where local officers fail to do it. Local Associations Want^l. That local communities organize pri vate associations to assist officers in tlie enforcement of such laws. That in the trial of misdemeanors "hen a jury is called, the verdict of five-sixths of the jurors shall be suf ficient to convict or acquit. That tlie sale of liquor be prohibited within or in collection with dance halls. That a liquor license may be auto matjpally revoked upon a plea of guilty or conviction or upon nolo contendere foi i iolation of any of the moral laws. That stalls, family entrances and private wine rooms he prohibited in saloons and that no connection be had between them and any other rooms above or contiguous to the saloons. That a government liquor tax holder must also secure a local license. NO KITCHENER INTERVIEW. Irvin S. Cobb Saw War Secretary Only Few Minutes, Says London Bureau. London. Dee. 7.—The Press Associa tion announced that it had been offici ally informed witli reference to an In terview purporting to have been had by Irvin S. Cobb with ixird Kitchener, which was printed in the United States then cabled to London and pub lished, "that the language is not that of Lord Kitchener and that his lord ship's official representative expressed surprise that it should have been re garded possible that Lord Kitchener used such expressions." The Official Press Bureau issued the following statement on the subject: "With reference to a so-called inter view with Mr. Cobh: Although Lord Kitchener saw Mr. Gobi) a few minutes Oct. 21 nothing in tlie nature of a special interview was granted and the remarks attributed to the Secretary of State for War are imaginary." GRAIN AND LIVE STOCK. Minneapolis Crain. Minneapolis, Dec. 7.- - Wheat. D f fl'IdiU' A la >-, ^ 1 - 1 s * : No- 1 norths $ 1.11) r« ; No. 2 northern, $1.17%; No durum. $ 1.2S a 4 ; No. corn. 5S%c I 5,„ Wl U te o° at *' '''"'ley, mal'tir 5.1C; No. 2 rye, SI.00; No. 1 llax, $1.15 „ , lluliilli Cirnln. Duluth. Dec. 7.—Wheat, Dec.. $1.15' May. $1.20%; No. 1 northern, $1.18; I 1 (lnrum, $1.30%. South St. Paul I.it.-slock. South St. Paul, Dec. 7._Cattl Stars, $6.25 4$ 9.25; cows, $5.00(176 calves, $.1.00 (Til). 00; lings, $6.60@G elu-eii am) lambs, $5.00 8.50. Chicago Livestock, non ll< T aKn ' P ec - "■—Hogs—Receipts, 000 ; slow; 5c above Satur4ay's avers bull; $6.85 <ii 7.20; light, $6.50<§>7 mixed, $6.7007.40; heavy, $6.7007 rough, $6.70«i 6.S5; pigs, $4.500 7.10 Cattle—Receipts. 800; weak; nai steers, $5.70010.50; western, $5 2 8.30; cows and heifers, $3.25@8 calves. $7.00010.00. Sheep—Receipts. 1,000; weak; shi $4.20 fi 6.25; yearlings, $6.30 O 7 lambs, $6.5009.00. Hutter, Fugs and Poultry. Minneapolis. Dec. 7.— Rutter—Cre ery extras. 32c; extra firsts, 31e; ft i - 3c; seconds, 27c; dairies, extra fli 26 c; packing stock, 21o. Kggs—Fi prime firsts, new cases, dirties 'ii j out ' ' ! 3%c: refrigerator, < died, doz., 24(fr26c; current recel lots out, case. $9.4i.; checks and ends, doz.. ISc; dirties, doz.. 19c ] T ouRry—Turkeys, fat. 10 lbs. and o 12 c thin and small, 10c; cripples culls, unsalable; roosters. 8c; hen lbs and oyer, 11c; hens, 3 to 4 lbs., 3 tbs. and under, 8c; geese fat ducks white, lie; colored. 10c; gu'in doz.. $4.00; springs, lb., lie. Seeks Aid for Servians. London, Dec. i.-Mme. Slavko G itch, wife of tlie Servian permai under secretary of foreign affairs, ' formerly was Miss Mabel G. Dut of Virginia, arrived in London f Nish, where she has been organi: hospitals for the care of the Sen wounded, lime. Grouitch said t there were 30,000 wounded persons 60,000 refugees iir Servia who v in grave need of assistance. She leave shortly for America, where ii ill endeavor to raise money for Servians. Report Germans' Hands Frozen. Petrograd, Dec. 3.—The condition of German prisoners captured in the vicinity of Lodz is said to resemble that of the French troops during Na poleon's retreat from Moscow. Many of them have frozen hands and feet They were wrapped In blankets and shawls taken from the peasants. The prisoners say that before their capture their courage was kept up by state ments that the quartermaster wai bringing warm clothes, which would bo distributed la s few days. TAKES UP TASKS; CALENDAR IS FULL 8HORT SESSION MUST BE DE VOTED LARGELY TO ANNUAL APPROPRIATION BILLS BIG PROGRAM. MEMBERS OF HOUSE AND SENATE ARE VERY BUSY Fifteen Bills Appropriating More Than a Billion Dollars Must Be Passed Without Delay—Many Other Important Measures Are Now Pending. Washington, Dec. 7.—Calling into action tlie final session of the Sixty third congress, the gavels fell in the senate and house at noon today, and the legislators took up the tasks they abandoned late in October. Crowded calendars confronted both houses, al though it is apparent that the short' session, expiring March 4 by consti tutional limitation, must he devoted largely to tlie annual appropriation hills. Little time was lost in preliminaries in either house today. Except for the hand shaking and tlie jibes of both Republicans and Democrats concern ing the results of tho last election, tho business of legislating began without special ceremony or incident. There was not the excitement attendant up on the convening of a new congress, when members are sworn in for their terms. Crowded galleries were present in senate and house, chief Interest at taching, however, to the lower body, where the membership is larger and where there was promised a renewal of tlie cotton-relief filibuster which tied up congress just before adjourn ment in October, Heavy Program Prepared. A survey of the calendars shows al most a record-breaking legislative pro gram, the features being as follows: Fifteen appropriation hills must be passed. This means that congress must apportion more than one billion dollars between December 7 and March 4. There will he approximately sixty-five working days, making the average appropriation per day about seventeen million dollars, estimating that the total appropriations will be at least $1,100,000,000, as compared with $1,116,000,000 for the long session. If the fight for a public buildings bill succeeds there will be 16 supply measures and as extended fights are imminent over rivers and harbors, the naval increase and the army appro priation bill, night sessions probably will be the rule during the short ses sion. filibuster against any of the appro priation bills will result in the report of a special "gag" rule in the house. A cloture rule is impossible in the senate. Two Unfinished Currency Bills. When tlie house adjourned late in October there were pending as unfin ished business two bills to amend tho currency law and the Henry cotton relief amendment to these bills. The passage of these hills was pre vented by the Henry cotton loan amendment directing tlie placing of $250,000,000 in southern hanks to be loaned on the cotton and tobacco crops. As soon as these hills are disposed of, the District of Columbia appropria tion hill, the first of the annual bud gets, will he ready for report from the appropriations committee. It will he followed by the legislative, executive and judicial appropriation bill. If the house should have a breathing spell on appropriation hills it has on the calendar hills of major importance which it can consider. They are: The administration hill for a govern ment-owned steamship line, with a capital of $30,000,000. A rule is ready to bring this bill up. The coast guard bill, to combine the revenue cutter and the life-saving services. The Foster bill to conserve the ra dium supply, already made in order under a special rule which was tem porarily withdrawn. Senate Also to Be Busy, One of the principal bills sent over to the senate by the lower body is the Burnett Immigration hill, which con tains the literacy test that brought about a veto by President Taft nearly two years ago. This bill will bring on a protracted senate debate. Aviators Damage German Station. The Hague, Dec. 7. —Bombs dropped by French aviators at Freiburg, in the grand duchy of Baden, destroyed a por tion of the railway. Reports received here say the aviators escaped despite a fussilade from German guns. Police Squad Guard School. Eau Claire, Wis., Dec. 7.—A squad of police again are on duty at the high school to prevent rioting by the twenty-five students expelled by the board of education for participation in a demonstration Nov. 17 against Principal F. M. Jack which led to an investigation by special committee into the alleged conduct of Mr. Jack. An indignation meeting of about fifty par ents was held in a school house to dis cuss ways and means of demanding tho reinstatement of the expelled hoys. Claim 19,000 Servian Prisoners. Berlin, by Wireless to London, Dec. 5.—Nineteen thousand Servian prison- 1 ers have been taken Vnce the Austri ans began the present offensive move ment, according to a report received here from Vienna. News from other sources indicates that Servia's casual ties since the beginning of the war will reach about 100,1150, or virtually one-third of her entire strength. Re ports of further Servian' defeats tend to confirm the prediction that the end of the Servian resistance can not be tar off.