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LARGEST SWORN CIRCULATION IN NORTHERN INDIANA.
CTCDM ODN THE WEATHER Indiana: Barth cloudy tonignt and Tu e.-d. ly; f-lightly warmer tnUht in at. ar.d south portions Ii'Aor Mirhiiran: Bartiy cloudy toniuht and Tues day; slightly warmer to nUht in south portion. i mm 7 "d Edition AVERAGE DAILY NEWS-TIMES CIRCULATION FOR SEPTEMBER WAS 16,532. READ THE 'WANTS' VOL. XXXI., NO. 299. SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1914.' PRICE TVO CENTS SQITTB L MEN! WS HOPE OF GERMAN REPULSE DASHED: GE Report by British That Kaiser's Men Had Been Pushed Back 30 Miles Disproved by News of Another Assault. FRENCH SEAPORT NOW OBJECT OF AN ATTACK Dunkirk, Across Channel From England, is Menaced by Ap proaching Germans With Their Gigantic Siege Guns. . by hi;kii::kt tfaibu:. LONDON. Oct. ID. Hopes that had! ocen raised high by the announce ment by the British press bureau, that the Germans in France had been driven back 30 miles, wcro dashed to day in an unothcial report that tho kakser'a troops were approaching Dunkirk, tho great fortified seaport of Franco acros-s the channel from England. This report came in a Rot terdam dispatch from tho .Mail. vhic.v says: "A message just received from a German source reports that tho Ger mans havo crossed tho lielsio.ii bor der cm to tho coast of France and are now about eight miles from Dunkirk. Fort Des bune. first of Dunkirk's outer works. is in their path.. News of the arrival of Admiral von Tirnitz, head of tho German navy, at Antwerp, is taken hero as confirma tion of tho theory that Germany in tends to make an attack on England as toon as practicable. Thero are rumors that German submarines havo been transported by rail to Belgium and that these will be put into tho waters of tho channel as won as the Germans are in undisputed possession of tho coast. A news agency dis patch from Berlin says: "The thnrtening days and the thickening weatlu r in the North sea are steadily improving conditions for the operations of submarines and tor j.edo boats. M. trine experts expect that heii' ( forth there will b- intense activity throughout the entire North Lightship Shelbnl. ll.-Uian lightship off Zee the port of Bruges, has been bv a German battery from Brugge, .-helled shore and the crew has been forced to ib'e. This aL-o is eonlirmatory of tiie belief that tho Germans intend to be active at tlx; southern .ld of TEUTONS i tho North sea. It was marked today that the lirit ish naval experts ignored the possibil ity of a sea attack on England In their omincnt on the war. .Military ex perts devoted their attention wholly to tho operations on land. Col. Uepington, the Times war ex pert, in comparing the second anil third line troops of Germany and England, says: "It is evident that Germany has ".Uo.Omi) men in the tiebl. Tlie mass of armies now consist chiclly of sec ond and third grade troops. As we have plenty of such troops we must ,vc whether Me should not use them earlier than we bad intended. Thero is a difference between our second class troops and those of Germany. .Ml the German reservists have re ceived more or less military training. The landwehr may be Ui years and members of the landsturm from 1G up to 4 ." years of age. ur second raters, the special reservist territor als. will not be highly trained but they Mill havo a great pull oer the Germans from a standpoint of ages. We do not always notice any particu lar principle followed by Germany In the use of her second line troops. Her dirt need compelled her to throw in troops as they came, regardless of luality." New Feature in IIMor. Gen. vet; Himlenburg. in his light ai Tannrnbi rg. st ems to have held his iront with landsturm, and used his first line troops tit the wing for de cisive strok s ng.iin.-t the Russians. As to operations in France Col. KepinKton sa: "This extraordinary line of battb which stretches across Fiance is something new in history. No one knows (mite what t make or think (if It. Th'1 advanta-e may rest with the commander who first dominates a new position and refues any longer t b dominated. It is be who can use first ami second grade troops to the host advantage and may gain much. Col. Eepington comment as fol Iuwh upon the Antwerp relief force of British marines: "I believe that tho operations there wire practicable. They did not fail through any fault of ours. It was a natural disappointment with heavy losses to the assailants." The German attack is being1 direct ed against the Russian army south of Warsaw, chiefly In tho vicinity of lar:orod and Josefowe. For five days in succession the Germans and their allied forces havo j-trivtn to eros- tl;e Vistula between these two town.-?. Aeroplane Drop llomtx. On Sunday two Gormen aeroplanes fbw over Warsaw and dropped rive bf ml."-. Only two of thTi .exploded, but en persons wero billed and tv. any Injured, according to tho War raw correspondent of the Novoo Trt vm.i. The aerial raiders were met. "with fusillades of shots and it is be lieved that tho airship was struck. According to the best estimates ob tainable hero tho Ilussians now have 1. 4 ft 0.0 0 0 troops encaged In th fight ing alor.g the Vistula nnd Fa.i. This !s exclusive of tho forces In the L.omz.a and Puwnlkl districts and (CONTINUED ON PAGE 11.) Barnhart at His Post in Washington too Busy to Make a Personal Campaign Illtor Tlio Xcxvs-Tlmc: Tlds' lias boon tho longot ami lnt-iesst session of congress in history. Tho legislation put through has been imortant and in compliance with progressive democratic promises and it lias luul to light its way, inch by inch, to Miwcss. It rciod tho tarilT downward; it p;isI a currency law to make money easier ami hanks safer; it pusootl an Income tax; it ii vtliatcd anil caihm.'(1 tni-t nbu-es letrimejital to trade and stopped it by legislation: it made it ixsJble to elect United States MT.atnr by direct Aoto and curtailel tlio danger of campaign ImkmIIc; and it pa-cd many more similar, rcat pieces of legisla tion which all required time because of stnbl)orn o)iMwit!oiu In the midst of this work for better things for the ieopIo, the Mexican var threateneci to inole us and then came the unecctcd and awful Eu ropean war with its dangers ami com plications and its sudden paralysis of our lniMrts and revenues thercirom. All this caused delay in the work of comrrexs and memlH-rs mostly re mained hero and nekvted tiicir cam paigns tliat they might promptly as sist in any and every necessary act to enable our Kovcrnmcnt to le ready, financially, to meet every danger of the awful crisis occasioned by war anions; all the loading nations of the world except ours. GERMANS ACAIH i EASTERN PRUSSIA Berlin Statement Declares Rus sians Are Being Pushed Back Vienna Claims Czar Has Lost 40,000 in Battle. 11V rilEDKRICK WTJItXKIl. IEltEIX, Ma Amsterdam, Oct. 19. German troops havo aain taken tho offensive on the East Prussian frontier, it was announced at the war oflice at midnisht. Tho fighting1 about Warsaw and in the western theater of war continues without decisive re hultH. The otneial statement follows: "In the eastern theater of war the Germans are ' advancing near Lyck. pressing hack tho Russian forces. Tho liittlo south of Warsaw continues near that city. "Jn tho western arena lighting goes on desperately despito tho heavy rains. "There aro indications of snow at scleral points hut our troops aro well equipped for the cold weather that threatens. The conflict is less severe now, however, than it has been for tome time. "in general, tho situation remains almost unchanged. There has been no decisive results thus far, but con ditions remain favorable to our op erations;." Drove Ships Ashore. Preferring wreck and death to capture by the British, the command-' ers of tho German torpedo destroy ers S-115. S-117. S-11S and S-11I drove their vessels upon tho coast of the North Sea on Saturday when cor nered by the English cruiser Un daunted, according to a statement is sued by the admiralty today. The four destroyers wero completely wrecked. Tho crews of the vessels numbered 224 men and nearly all of them are believer to have been lost. (The lirltish admiralty announced on Saturday that the Undaunted had s'unk lour German destroyers and that HI members of their crews had been taken prisoners. This announce ment and tho Berlin statement would indicate that 193 Germans lost their lives.) Acted on Orders. It is stated that the action of the German commanders in dashing their boats upon the rocks wero complying with orders that upon no circum stances should they permit the enemy to tako their boats. The four lost destroyers were built in 1002-03 In navy yards on the Bal tic sea. They are all of the same class, beinsr 210 f.et long and having a displacement of 413 tons, a, beam j of 2.1 feet, a draught of 7.6 feet a . a speed of 2S knots. j Each destroyer carried a cornel j mont of GO men and an armament j nuiMMiiiK oi wiree inree-puuuueu:i and two machine truns. IVar Submarine is Ivt. Fear was expressed here today tliat th German submarine which sank the British cruiser Hawko had herself hoen lost. As far as can bo learned no report from the submarine has been received at the admiralty ginco her exploit. The conflict alonp tho Vistula Is fast assuming the form of a decisive battle despite the hardships under which iho Germans are effecting their ad vance. Their guns are sinking in the morasses over which It is necessary fur them to proceed and at various points roads have to le hewed through forests. It is stated, however, that the morale of the troops is excellent de spite the suffering they have under gone. nvssxxs ix)s 10,000. VIENNA, Oct. IS. (Via B rlin and Amsterdam.) An ofticial statement issued hre today estimates the Kus Ftaa losses at rremysl at 40.0 00. The statement follows: "Our attack in tho battle on both flanks ef the Stwriaz rivt r, Mmt.i o rnromysl was continued yesterday anil our troops succeeded In fretting close to the enemy. At several points our troops were advancing as against a lortrcs-s. iisr nini seerai at tacks of the Russians were repulsed I with heavy losses for tho enemy. Our heavy artillery is now in iuition. DFFENSIV Wo alone aro tho people to whom the war-str. .-ken nations can look for help and we alone are tho one bi& na tion which lia.s preserved icae and will continue to do so if our ieople will stand with Woodiow Wilson ami Cite him another congress which will support ids iolicies of honesty, and fairness, and justice to mankind at homo and abroad, Mr. Editor, it has leeii impossible for ino to bo at Ironic and meet the people and j?ivo an account of my stewardship in this cainjali;!i because I could not do so without neglecting oilicial duty at a time when it might havo meant icace and prosperity or calamity to our country, according to the faithfulness or iinfaithftdnessj of the administration, and so I havo re mained in Washington and will stay here until the last measure for our country's security Is enacted into law. Th honor of reelection is a pri.o worthy the ambition of r.ny one as sociate with tho country's welfare hut the peace, ami happiness, and comfort of our homes and our ieoplo arc of vastly greater concern and I havo stayed on my job and tried to tlo my duty lclieving that my alsomo from my campaign will not detract from tho people's sense of justice and fair play to me on election day. IlENltV A. IIAUMLUIT. Washington, Oct. 17th, 1U11. RQFWi HUH STORES Police Fight Three Hours to Subdue Rioters in Deptford and Score of Men and Wom en Are Taken Prisoners. LONDON". Oct. 19. After fighting for moro than threo hours a heavy forco of police were able early today to subduo a mob of 5,000 rioters who had attacked a number of German stores in Deptford. More than a score of prisoners, both women and men, wero taken. Tho prisoners were ar raigned before noon and all but one woman were remanded in custody for future examination. Tho rioting in Deptford in South London broke out early last night, but was checked. After midnight it was renewed with moro violence than ever. The police fought gallantly to protect the property owned by the citizens of a hostile nation but they found the rioters in an extremely dan gerous frame of mind. Many were hurt in the clashes and had to be taken to hospitals for treatment. Tho immediato cause of the out break was the arrival of 800 Belgians in tho neighborhood. Dock workers precipitated the trouble and soon IliEh St., the center of the zone of dis order, was a mass of struggling men and women. A handful of troops as sisted tho police in clearing the streets after the riots had been quell ed. These were the first "war riots' in London. There were more than 30 English men in the batch of prisoners when they wero arraigned in Greenwich po lice court. All were remanded. 10 FIGHT TEST CASE Vessel Flying American Flag Arrested by British and Held in Port at Halifax. HALIFAX. N. S., Oct. 10. The Standard Oil tank steamer Brindllla at anchor hero today, with, the American flaj; flying from her mast vhil Cart. Petterson, her command ir, awaited the session of tho admir alty court that was to decide her disposition following her capture by a British cruiser off New York. Three members of the crew were Says Government Packers to CHICAGO, Oct. 1?. To prevent a meat famine, tho United States gov ernment should aid tho packing in dustry instead of continually hamper ing it, in the opinion of James E. Poole, editor of tho live Stock World, who addressed the sixth annual con vention of the American Meat Pack ers' assentation here today. Poo.' began with a startling decla ration hat during the tir't nine months of the ev-rent year as com pared with tho corresponding p:riod in 1013 the market f the middle west showed a deereaa of 7:13,000 cattle and 1.S24.O00 hogs sold for slaughter. At the same, rate of de crease, which began back in Kl, he said, meat will be a luxury and -Peking houses a liability in 10 years. Tho speaker Mamed discontent ij the producer, inimical state and fed eral laws, transportation handicaps and wild animals. "Ten million dollars in meat ani mals were .atn by vild animals in HO LONDON ATTACKS OVER A 1IIS CALM Accused Wife of New York Phy sician Defiantly Meets Stares of Curious Crowd in Court Room as Case Opens. MINKOLA. X. Y., Oct. 10. Palo but calm, Mrs. Florence C. Carman came into court today to stand trial for the murder of Mrs. Louise D. Bailey, who was shot to death in the olhce of Mrs. Carman's husband, Dr. Edwin Carman, on the evening uf June 30 last. One hundred and fifty talesmen, from whom tho 12 jurors were to be selected, tiled into the court room and presented themselves to Justice Charles If. Kelby. It was hoped by Dist. Atty. Lewis J. Smith .and by counsel for the de fense, that the work of selecting a jury would not take more than two days. A big crowd struggled for entrance ' 5,i H rk little puiirt rmim K)it Tiittinrt Kelby had previously given notice that the trial chamber should not be over crowded, consequently many men and women were turned away. A whole army of men and women newspaper writers, chiefly from New York city, descended upon Mlneola over the week end and were on hand with a battery of camera men. Dist. Atty. Smith expressed confi dence that the stato would be able to build up a case against the famous prisoner. On tho other hand, counsel for Mrs. Carman gave assurance to the prisoner's husband, Dr. Edwin Carman, that he had no cause to worry over the outcome. Meets Stares Deliantlv. . It was a lew minutes before 10 ! o'clock when Mrs. Carman entered tho court room fvom an underground pas sage through which she had been led to avoid the crowds. The prisoner glanced hurriedly around the crowded room, defiantly meeting the stares of friends and neighbors among the spectators. Then she sat down at the counsel table and entered into a con ference with her counsel, John J. Graham, surrogate of Nassau coanty, and George M. Levy of Freport, to- , gether with her husband. , Meanwhile a crowd of fashionably dressed women was rolling up in auto mobiles and pleading with the door keeper to admit them, but only about a half dozen were lucky enough to get In. The preliminaries incidental to the opening of court were rushed through in haste and tho calling of talesmen was soon commenced. The first juror chosen was Robert Ludlum of Oyster Bay, who was sworn in as foreman. Ho was the second talesman exam ined. faters Herself. Despite her paleness Mrs. Carman seemed to be complete master of her self. When she picked up a paper to glance at it her hand was steady. She was dressed in a new tailor made gown, the dark mat of which set off the pallor of her face. Alois Angler, a barber, was accepted as juror number two. The third juror chosen was Frank D. Mount, a builder. TRACTION MAGNATE DIES Prominent Chlcaoaii Succumbs Aft er Operation. CHICAGO, Oct. 19. John Iewis Matson, president of the Chicago In terurban Traction Co., and the Chi cago, Kankakee line ami vice presi dent of the Chicago, Holland and East Chicago Traction Co., is dead at his home here, following: an operation. taken ashore early today and lodged in the military prison. They are believed to bo Germans. Tho of ficers and other members of the crew are all naturalized Americans. When the war broke out tho Brindilla was the Washington and was under German register. A few weeks ago her register was changed to American. It is expected that the arrest of this ship will be used by tlio British government as a test case to establish its position In rela toin to the transfer of German ships to tho American flag. Capt. Pc-ttersen refused to navi gate the tanker to Halifax because he was refused permission to com municate with his employers at New York. The last part of her journey ere was made under tow by the Caronia because a member of the steamer's crew had tried to scuttle her. Should Aid Prevent a Famine the west this year."' said Poole. "While various states are spending big sums In bounties, the federal gov ernment is propagating and protect ing animals of prey." Mr. Poole suggested that the fed eral government, instead of continu ally harrassing the packers, should use its postal savings deposits to finance the breeding industry. He pointed out how the government could make a neat proiit in the loan busi ness. For the, packers, he suggested a $3 CO, 00 0,0 00 corporation to serve as a clearing house and to lend money to the small independent houses until the condition of small demand and small protits are remedied. The annual los from preventable diseases, he said. w;' s $ 200,00, u0. even hundred delegates representing practically every packing house in Anenca are attending the convention. Eifty e!eurates are here from Ft. Eouis to make a strong tight for the 1013 convention. ilS. CARMAN RIAL FOB MURDER LATEST WAR BULLETINS LONDON, Oct. 19. The Central News agency reports that a British cruiser and two destroyers have captured a German mine layer disguised as a hospital ship. This report is unconfirmed hy the government press bureau. PARIS, Oct. 19. It is oiiicially announced that the Belgian army has repulsed attacks by the Germans and has advanced. The French troops have advanced to the north and to the south of Arras. BERLIN, Via Amsterdam, Oct. 19. The archives of the Russian embassy at Constantinople have been sent to Odessa, according to reliable' reports here. This indicates that diplomatic relations" be tween Turkev and Russia will soon be broken oil. CETTINJE, Oct. 19. It is officially announced by the Monte negrin war oflice that the French cruiser'Waldeck-Rousseati has sunk an Austrian submarine o:T the Dalmatian coast, and is now bombard ing Cattaro. The oilicial statement follows: "Two Austrian submarines left the Bocche Di Cattaro today and attacked the French fleet which was proceeding from Antivari to Dalmatian coast. The French cruiser Waldeck-Rousseau sank one of the submarines' and the fleet afterward bombarded the forts at Cattaro. "An Austrian aeroplane from- upon French warships convoying harm. TOKIO, Oct. 19. The destruction of the Japanese ciuier Tahachiho by a mine in Kiao-Chau bav was oiliciallv announced today by the admiralty. This is the most iuiportant naval loss sustained bv the Japanese since they began war against Germany in the far east. Only one officer and nine men, out of a total complement of 35 7, are known to have been saved. The disaster occurred on the night of Oct. 1 7. The cruiser, while steaming through the bav to take up a better position for the bombardment of the German forts, struck a mine which blew an enormous. hole in the hull of the warship RAILRQADSCLAIW1 Heads of Eastern Companies Tell Commerce Commission Expenditures Exceeding Net Earnings in Asking Five Pet. WASHINGTON. Oct. 19. .Stating that ''the needs of tho carriers are pressing and immediate," and that "the actual situation has become ex tremely critical," Pres't Daniel Wil liard of the Baltimore and Ohio rail road, presented a plea from the east ern railroads for higher rates before the interstate commerce commission today. He cited the situaUon caused by the European war as additional reason for an increase in rates. Mr. Williard is chairman of tho committee of railroad presidents hav ing in charge the presentation of the railroad case, the other members be ing Pres't .Samuel Pea of the Pennsyl vania, and Pres't A. If. Smith of the New York Central lines. His state ment summarized tho general facts upon tho bases of which the railroads maintain that tho commission should not allow a general increase of five per cent in freight rates. Mr. Williard called attention to the decision of the commission in the former case wherein was stated that "the net operating income of the rail way in official classification therein was less than expenditures." shows Differences in Conditions. Specific differences in the financial situation of the CS eastern carriers now as compared with thit of a year ago, when tho five per cent rate ad vance was first requested, wero pre sented to the commission by George M. JVhriver, vice president of the Bal timore and Ohio. The figures presented sho.ved that the railroads in this territory paid in 1914 average dividends of 4.3S per cent but that they fell short bv $S, 200,000 of earning that dividend it self the lowest rate of dividends paid in ID years. The year 1914 was the first year in 15 years in which these ru.ilroals earned no surplus over the dividends paid. For the three system generally considered prosperous, namely th Pennsylvania, the New York Central, and the Baltimore and Ohio, the sur plus of margin figured an average di vidend of 5T..53 per cent. In 1913 it was $47,083,000 and hal averaged 53S,773o,uo for 13 years. lirninirs Decrease Mr. Shriver presented figures today showing that durim? tho past year thefe same roads had Invested $2 49, 000,000 additional in their properties, and yet their net earnings were $70, 300,000 less than for 1913. In other words, he said, in four years $99,000. 000 had been invested in these pro perties, and yet on June 30, 1914. these companies were $97,300,000 worse off in net operating income than they were before the $909,000. 00 0 had been spent. REJECT SETTLEMENT PLAN T,'ASHlXr,TOX, Oct. It. Pres't Wilson today announced that the coal operators have rejected his jdan of settlement of the Colorado mining strike, lie told callers the operators Insisted upon such modifications as to eliminate its vital features and that the question of settlement was still more or les.s undetermined. st i :am s i u r movi'.mi : xts. Xi:V YORK, Oct. 19. No steamers sailing today. Due to arrive today: Cameroni;i from Glasgow; Touraine from Havre; Minnewaska from London; Crios from Patras: Leto from Rotterdam; Usher from Ivondrm: Herm from Barcelona; Tones from Barcelona: It Flander fro-n Barcelona. NEED OF INCREASE IS NOW PRESSING Cartelinova dropped several boml -1 transports, but the bombs did no FIFER DECLARES HE Accused Youth Takes Stand in Own Defense in Elkhart Su perior Court Mother and Friends Swear He's Innocent EIJvHAIlT, Ind.. Oct. 19. Floyd Fifer, who la on trial here in the sup erior court for tho murder or Fl. A. Fink, the South Bend dru'jdt who was killed on Feb. 2, took the stand In his own defense .shortly before noon today and declared that he was at church on the night of the shoot ing. Several witnesses testified for the defense during the morning- prac tically all asserting that Fifer was at church when Fink was killed. The testimony is being given to offset tho confession made by Fifcr following his arrest by the police in which be implicated Joseph Smith and declar ed that. he shot Fink. In an effort to offset the identifi cation of Fifer the defense placed ou the stand Harry Snow who Mas firsc arrested by the police of South Bend as the murderer of Fink. The drug gist stated that Snow looked as much like the man who shot him as any in the room when the suspect was brought to him and the state objected to Snow's testimony upon the grounds thar It was remote from the case. The court sustained the ob jection of the state and Snow was not allowed to testify. FitVr'.s .Mother on Stand. Another important witness for the defense was the mother of Fifer who stated that her son came home short ly after 'j o'clock on the night of the shooting and that ho was mjured in no way. Fink's murderer must have borne marks of his encounter with the druggist. .She stated that her son had left home earlier in the evening, presumably on his way to church. MarceUus Mc Williams declared on the stand that Fifer was at church on the night of Feb. 2 as ho wa.s con verted at the time and remembered the presence or the now accused. Other witnesses stated that the pris oner was in church when. -M c William was converted, although they could not set the date definitely. In telling his story of the events of the day upon which Fink was killed Fifer said that during" the afternoon he had been with a number of other boys snowballing. After going home Joseph Smith came to see him, .stay ing at the house a short time. He then left and Fifer declared on the stand that he did not see his friend again until Wednesday, two days fol lowing the shooting. Ho stated that he went to the home of a friend by the name of McGinnis and later the boys went to the home of a friend by the name of McGinnis and later thi boys went to the revival meetin-s. Few other witnesses were expected to be placed upn the stand ly the defense and the state anticipated placing some rebuttal testimony be fore the jury. It was expected that the case would go to the jury some time Tuesday according to attorneys fur both the state and defense. BIBLE CLASS TO MEET The first regular meeting of the Bible clas conducted by Mrs. Thomas J. Dehey under tho i4Uspie.-s of the Catholic club, will take place this evening at T.'T.O o'clock at St. Pat rick's hall. The Glee lub under the direction of Mis Sarah O'Neill will also begin its work. The Bible class will take up the hitory of the. boks of the old testament, using Gigot's exposition, and in the study of the gospels (f St. Matthew, they will uvo MacCvilly's commentary. Fouard's "Ufe of Christ" will al-o be read. WAS IN CHURCH 01 MIGHT OF MURDER BRING ARTILLERY LfP TO COMPLETE F French Claim German Attempt to Strike Coast Has Been Re pelled and Allies Have Gained Further Ground. SOLDIERS FIGHT TEN DAYS WITHOUT RESPITE Big Guns Have Bombarded Front of Nieport-Vladsloo Without Result Praise Va lor of Troops in Fighting. t l j PAULS. tct. 1:. Ffi'-its by th I German army in Belgian: t stiike th Frenvh coast have thus far been ie j pelh d, and the allies, with whom the Belgian troops are now ir.:hti:.c, haw gained ground according t an oilicial statement issued here this afternoon. The Germans have brought their artil lery into action in their attempt t bring to success th:i great Uankii;:, movements. The oilicial statement follows: "The enemy's heavy artillery has cannonaded without result the front of Nieport-Vladsloo, at the east of Dixmude. The allied forces and no tably the Belgian army, have nt only repulsed the new German attaeks but have themselves advanced to Boulcis 22 miles from the coast). "On our left wing, betwtcn the l.s and tho canal of laB.ise- we ha e advanced in the direction cf Lille. i: tremely obstinate conMicts are taking place on the front of LiBassce-A t . - lain-St. Xazairc. We aro advancing house by house in these two localities to tho north and to the south of Arr:L. o llopito for 10 Days. "Our troops have been lighting without respiio for more than 10 day with a perseverance and a courage which have not given way at any time. "In the region of Chaulneg we ha e repulsed a strong counter-attack 1 : the enemy and gained some ground. "At the center there is nothing to report. "On our right wing in Alsace and the west of Colmar, our adanc guards are on the line of Bonhomme-l'airis-S'ulzern. Farther to tho south we still hold Thann." Tho desperate nature of the fighting going on between tho allies aaid th Germans in the district near tho coa; t is shown by the statement that tho former are gaining "houso by house". This shows that the conflict is racing in and through tho little towns in tho battle region. According to the unolliclal reports, some of these towns havo changed hands as often, as live times in 2 4 hours. Chief Features of War. This is tho 2Sth day of fighting in the miehtv conflict in France and i Belgium and theso found to bo the chief features: "1. In a square around Arra and Dunkirk maneuvers are in progress, accompanied by tevcre fighting at certain pointu. "2. Tho allies claim to havo oc cupied the important railway Junc tion point of Armentieres in the cen ter of tho rough square and to have secured good positions between Cal ais and the main force of German. French forces have crossed the Ys r river. An artillery duel is reported to J.-o in progress between French and English guns on one side and German batteries on tho other near Lille. "4. It is rumored that heavy lighting is going on near tho coast indicating that rBitih warships wero bombarding Germans in the extreme northern part of Belgium. Offsetting this, however, was a re port the Germans left only a handful of uhlans in th" porta that they oc cupied. Hani Fighting in I'-ast. ". There is hard fchting in progress on the eastern end of t!; battle lino in the vicinity of Sr. Mihiel. Verdun, and St. D. Ti. French war office Fays that a G r man offensive movement i:orther..n of St. Die has hem repulsed. ' G. The Germans are reported tr have begun the bombardment of Ib-lfort, France, with heavy M'g3 guns an '1 mortar?." Humors have been in the air dur ing the past hours that the Ger mans have been preparing to deliver a master stroke, but the nature of this contemplated move was not In dicated The greatest optimism pre vades the ranks of the French and British and it !.'? felt here that a::v German operations along the main line must henceforth be chie:!y of ; defer. -ive nature. In tho north, along th Belgian border, the allies claim to b fighting ,a winning light, notwithstanding th i fact that their progress has been slow. 1 'ight AVet of Ostein!. Fightin ; Is reiorted we-t of ( -tend. A war correspondent in Flushing. Holland, has sent out th following account: "The passage of tho German forc westward from (Vtend ceased en Sunday afternoon and fighting h:s begun between thnt and the allie Thre wagon-!oads of German wounded has been seen rete.mir. g from the front. An rye witness re ported that ho had seen a number of dead and wounded Germans. "Guns were heard at sea on Suu- (CONTINVBD ON' TAGi: TEN.)