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ELPASO. TKXA.S THURSDAY EVENING. DECEMBER 10, 1914. delivered anywhere so cents a month. 12 PAGES. TWO SECTIONS. TODAY.
Lack of Ammunition For the
Artillery One Alarming
Feature Made Public.
Only Belgium Among Civil
ized Countries, Has Army
Smaller Than U. S.
That the United States army
be immediately recruited to
Its full war .strength, which would
mera the addition of .25,900 men and
3 000 officers, is urged b secretary of
war Garrison in his annual report to
president WHson Some of his recom
mendations are greatly at Tariance
with the -views expressed Tuesday b
the president.
bueh an Increase would give the reg
ular army a total of about 120,000 men,
cf whom B0 000 would be available as a
mobile fighting force in the continental
I jilted States The present mobile
strength of 31,000, the secretary points
out soon will be cut in half by addi
tions to the gnrmons in the canal zone,
iruv-m tjkI the Philippines
I iiprt ii rectlv mentions the
7 i i w ir lut once
It would be premature," it sa)s, "to
attempt now to draw the ultimate les
sons from the war In .Europe. It Se an
lmperatlre dutv however, to heed so
much of what it brings home to us as
J" Incontrovertible and not to be
changed bj anv event, leaving for later
and more detailed and comprenensiv c
consideration what its later develop
ments and final .conclusions may indi
cate." ays Create a Reserve.
In addition to strengthening the reg
ular establishment, the secretary urges
that steps be taken at once to create
a more adequate reserve army. He dis
misses as impracticable, talk of imme
diate disarmament, and as groundless,
fears of militarism in America, and
recommends mllttarv preparedness on
the ground that "eternal vigilance is
the price which must be paid in order
to obtain the desirable things of life
an 1 to defend them "
Whatever the future may hold In
the wav of agreements between na
tions, followed by actual disarmament
thereof of international courts of ar
bitration, and other greatly te he de
sired measures to lessen or prevent
conflict between nation and nation,"
bph the secretary, "we all know that
ot present these conditions are not ex
1st in? We can and will eagerly adapt
ourselves to each beneficent develop
me it along these lines; feat to merely
enfeeble ourselves in the meantime
would. In mj view, be unthinkable
foil '
"Hllltln Is Small.
Tie organized militia of the
various states totals only S323
officers and 119,087 men, accord
ing to the secretary's report,
find 'if all of the national guard
could be summoned In the event of war
and should all respond (an inconceiva
ble result), and if they were all found
falrlv efficient In the first line that
is. the troops who would be expected to
immediately take the field we could
summon a force In this country of
legulars and national guard amount
ing to 9818 officers and 148,492 men,"
savs the secretary (This would in
clude onl regulars of the fighting
force stationed in the United States
Six Monti to Get Ready.
"nd this is absolutely all. The only
rther recourse would then be volun
teers jnd to equip, organize, train and
toiIh tlieii ready would take, at the
smillest possible estimate six months
Am on. who takes the slightest
(Contlnaed on Vaze 3, Col. 3).
Army Strength of the World;
Compared to United States
FOLLOWING is the area, population and military resources on a peace
and war footing of the land forces of other nations in comparison w ith
ours; as given by secretary Garrison In his report today.
Area Total
.square Popula- Teace Trained
Miles tlon Mrenctli ""
Germany 208,880 04)03,423 020,000 4,000,0(M)
France 207,054 38,061,945 500,000 3,000,000
Russia -. 8,047,057 160,085,200 1500,000 4.W0.OO0
Great Britain and Colonies 11,487,24 364,752 254,500 800,000
Italy 110,550 32,475,253 275,000 1,200,000
Au6tna-Huiary 201,05 40,418,806 300,000 2,000,000
Japan 147,055 53,875,300 2.10,000 1.200,000
Turkey 1,186,874 35,764,876 420,000 1,200,000
Spam 104,783 lMO3,00S 115 000 300,000
Switzerland ...r.....' 15,076 3,748,071 140,000 27r,000
Sweden 172,870 5,476,441 75.000 400,000
Belgium 11,373 7,074,010 42,000 180,000
tmted States 3,026,780 98,781,324 97,760 225,150
Excluding native army, 160,000.
Inclading Organised Militia and Philippine Scouts.
Water From the Dam For Irrigation Purposes Next
The War At a Glance
TUB German line that stretch
es across Trance for 're
than 00 miles Is said by the
French war office to be giving; way
before the nttack of the miles.
The official statement from Mer
lin today gives few details of the
fighting In France, although
sertlng tbnt the nllles In one In
stance were repulsed with heavy
The French announcement says
that the allies have prosecuted the
offensive successfully nt points
scattered much of the way acronn
the country. Specific mention Is
made of (he capture of trend-en,
or victories In artillery duels, anil
of ndvnncrs of -00 to COu yards.
These onslaughts have led to nplr
lteI counter nttack by the Ger
mans, who Yi ednesdny are said to
hnve made no less than six of these
attempts In the Argonne.
The Germnn statement is con
fined, as far as the fighting in the
west In concerned, to a reference
to the conflict in the Argonne,
where It Is stated an attack, of the
French was repulsed.
GERMA'NS AD WCE 0- tlSTll'Ll-i
The Germnn military authorities
say that In the east the advance
along the Vistula river Is continu
ing and that a small Polish town
nan been captured. As to the enm
palgn In southern Poland, where,
according to unofficial ndvlcert
from Berlin, the Russian wings
have been thrown back, the wnr
office statement merely says that
attacks of the enemey were re
pulsed. To the north, in ent Prus
sia, the fighting has diminished In
Intensity, apparently pending the
outcome of the main battle to the
west of AVnrsaw. In the northern
region, says the German war of
fice, only artillery encounters are
taking place.
The nnval battle tn the south
VtlDntlc and the Illness of emperor
"MUIam drrerted attention toilnr
from the great struggles now In
progress !n Belgium, Trance anil
The British admiralty preserved
its silence as to the makeup of
the squadron which sent to thi
bottom the loimldable German
crnlscrs Scharnhorst nnd Gnclse
nau nnd the smaller cruiser Leip
zig, but It was Intimated at Toklo
that the warships which avenged
England for the loss of the Good
Hope nnd Monmouth were nil Brit
ish vessels.
io far as Is known to the nnvnl
officials at Toklo, the Japanese
squadron sent to the south Pa
cific did not take part In the en
gagement. It 1 also said at To
klo that the British squadron was
reinforced recently by the addition
of several vessels armed with big
guns, so that presumably the Ger
mnn worships were opposed by n
stronger enemy.
The latest reports concerning the
condition of emperor W HHam wns
that he was unnblc, to lenve his
bed and that his fever had not de
creased There U no official con
firmation, however, of reports that
the emperor Is suffering from pnevi
An ofrtclal Russlnn statement
Hhows no let up In the fighting In
the east which has been proceeding
with almost uaprecedented severity
, fortnight. Both in cenlrnl
Polnnd nnd In Gnllcla, the Russian
statement reports, the Gcrmat are
making attack after attack In at
tempts. to pierce the Itnsslnn lines.
Petrogrnd asserts that these as
saults have been repulsd with
heavy losses for the German, hut
It Is reported la Berlin that In the
battle near Cracow, Gallcln, both
Russian wings have been beaten
Buenos Ayres, Argentina Dec lu;r
An English or Japanese warship di
vision consisting of five ironclads and
one transport sank three German
merchantmen last Sunday off the coast
of Tlerra Del Fuego, according to a
wireless dispatch to the ministry of
marine from the commander of the
Argentine war transport, Pledra Buena.
The names of the sunken steamers
were not ascertained
Sixth Field Artillery Is To
Leave El Paso Today
For Arizona Border.
American Linemen "Acci
dentally" Shot; Gen. Bliss
Goes To Scene.
ACO, Ariz, Dec 10 Vccording to
reports received by American
military headquarters here to
day, the firing on American telephone
linemen "Wednesday was done by sol
diers In the trenches of Gen. Hill at
Naco Observers ot the situation ex
pressed the belief that as many "stray
bullets come from the Hill trenches as
front the lines of Gov. Maytorena,"
whose forces have been besieging Naco,
Sonora. for two months
It Is trelleved that Hill's men fire Into
AmA-tpon trrltnrv treauentlv and lav
t blame on Maj torena, in order to direct
American wrath agatnsi uieir enemy
BX tonight it Is expected that th
three batter , pe SWtr,W.
artillery. slafcun! it
Blfcw, which have ttten ordered,
to Naco. Ariz, will have en
trained for the boraer town.
requires four trains to move the iz
big guns and 500 men fcnd the assem
bling of this equipment has caused a
delay CoL E St J Greble left this
afternoon on the Golden State limited,
ahead or his artillery
"Wednesday and Thursdaj were spent
in breaking camp and loading all the
equipment onto the trains The work
was carried on as rapidly as rolling
stock arrived and was done without a
hitch It is understood that the bat
terv, upon its arrival at Naco, will be
located just east of the main part of
the town, and but a short . distance
back from thi international line.
Gen Tasker H Bliss, commanding
the southern department, had little to
saj on the Naco situation when he ar
rived here Wednesday night on his
way to the border town.
Has "No Xtn Orders.
Asked regarding the order recently
Issued to the effect that no further
firing over the line "would be toler
ated." Gen Bliss said that, as far as
he knew, this order was still In ef
fect and that it was not expected that
It would be repeated. Circumstances
said Gen BUsb, would of course gov
ern any action that might be taken
regarding further firing over the line
Gen Bliss went to Naco for a gen
eral inspection trip and expects to re
turn to his headquarters at Fort Sam
Houston in a few days He will not
stop here No additional troops will
be sent to Naco, In the opinion of Gen.
The general was accompanied by
Maj William H May. chief of staff of
the department, and Lieut. Matt C
Bristol, aid to the general At the
union station he1 was met by Gen John
J. Pershing. Col George II. Morgan
and members of their staffs
"Vlnj" Return Fire.
"If the oontending Mexican forces
opposite Naco do iot cease firing Into
American territory the three batteries
to be sent from 131 Paso will be ordered
to return the fire," says a Washington
"No specific orders have been given
as yet to Gen Bliss, but while he is on
route there officials expect an answer
to the sharp warning which has Deen
given to governor Majtorcna, com
manding the Villa troops, and Gen
Hill, of the Carranza forces, that bul
lets and shells must not fall on Ameri
can soil," the message savs "Similar
warning has been communicated tt
"Venustiano Carranza and Gen. Villa,"
the message continues.
No act of "aggression" is contem
plated, it is explained in a statement
issued by the white house, but of ti
bials draw a distinction between ag
gressive and defensive action For the
eleven troops of cavalry and three bat
teries of field artillery to cross tho
Mexican line or open fire first would
constitute "an act of aggression," but
to remain on American soil and return
the fire of the Mexicans is. In the opin
ion of high officials, a measure of de
fence fully justified under the cir
cumstances and not an act of war or
Firing Continues.
The firing from the Mexican side
Wodnesdaj forced the United Stated
border patrol to discontinue work on
th,e telephone lines connecting Its
"bombproofs" and outposts
The linemen stringing wires attract
ed the "stray" bullets which for two
months have fallen on the Arizona
town during the attacks bj Maytore
na's Villa troops on the entrenched
Carranza forces.
The removal of the cavalry camp a
mile to the north for the greater safety
of horses and men, has been delayed
by the necessity of piping water to tho
new camp site
ust Increase Army; More Artillery
Absolutely Essential Sec. Garrison
'4SH1NGT0N, D C, Dec. 10.
tions followed by actual disarmaments thereof, to merely enfeeble ourselves in uic mean
time 'would, in my view,' be unthinkable folly," is the very strong manner in which secretary of war
lime wuu , j i -demtate nrmvr fnr the TTmterl States. In his annual report to
Sent Wiho" the secretary sounfs a noU of warning that to remain unprepared, endangers tho United,
State Some of the strongest passages in his annual report follow:
If all of the national guard could be summoned in the event of war (an inconceivable re,?ult) we could
" f0rce in this country of regulars and national guardsmen, of only 9818 officers and 148,492 meru
ThHriv other r sour es would be volunteers, and to equip, organize, tram and make them ready WOULD
TAKE, at the smallest possible estimate, SIX MONTHS In modern warfare, a prepared enemy would pro
eressso far on the way to success in six months thafsuch unprepared antagonist might as well CONCEDE
"It is of course, not necessary to dwell on the blessings of peace, but it may truthfully be
said that eternal vigilance is the price which must be paid in order to obtain the desirable things of life and to
defend them. . , .
"Every nation must have a sufficient force to protect itself and to repel invasion Belgium,
with 180 000 trained Soldiers, is the only nation with less than the militia and standing army of the United
States SWITZERLAND, with 275,000 men, HAS 50,000 MORE MEN than the United States, including our
Philippine Scouts. . .
"It is IMPERATIVE that the MANUFACTURE OF ARTILLERY and artillery ammunition should pro
eress as rapidly as possible until a proper reserve thereof has bsen obtained. We have NOTHING LIKE SUF
"My recommendation of what we should immediately do is to fill up the existing organizations to their
full strength. THIS WOULD REQUIRE 25,000 MEN. We should be authorized to obtain 1000 MORE
"When one has reached the conclusion, as I have, that a minimum of military preparedness is essential,
THE QUESTION OF ITS COST IS SECONDARY. No, citizen will or can properly object to the expenditure
of money for vital national purposes."
y if Tiifiit ii Fiif: noFUNiGA
One in Tamaulipas; One in
Michoacan; Hermosillo
Attack Repulsed.
Reports of two important victories,
one in Tamaulipas, and the other in
Michoacan. have been received by Car
ranza representatives here At the
same time it Is admitted that Gen
Carrera Torres, who had previously
been reported as having declared for
Carranza. Is still with the convention '
forces and is operating in Tamaulipas
Torres, It is declared, was at the
head of a strong Villa force at Velasco,
Tamaulipas, and has been defeated bj
Gen. Lopez de Lara. The Carrancistas
state that thev lost one man killed and
a number wounded, while losses on the
Villa side were large. Later reports
declare that all the equipment of the
Villlstas was lost and that they are now
in night and are belnti pursued.
Cnrrnnia V letorles.
In Michoacan Gen Francisco Nurgia
reports that he has captured Morella,
the capital of the state, after a stiff
fight. Acambaro, another important
point in the state, has also been cap
tured bj the Carranza forces, accord
ing to this report Reports have also
been received bj Carranza agents here
of the capture of Celaya, but it is not
stated If this 13 the Celaja located in
Gaanajuato, on Villa's line of com
munication, long held by "the conven
tion" forces and which dominates the
route to Mexico City There are other
Celayas in Mexico
Genevivo de la O, a Zapata follower
who figured prominently a. year ago
in the lighting around Mexico City and
to the south of the capital, has aban
doned his chief and has declared in
favor of Iglesias Calderon for presi
dent, according to reports received
here by both factions The bandit
leader is reported as operating just east
of the capital
Conference Itcsumes Jan. 1.
The Aguascalientes conference, ad
journed follow ing the outbreak of hos
tilities between Villa and Carranza.
will be reconvened at Mexico tltv on
Jan. 1, reports reaching here state.
The announcement to this effect is as
follows "The permanent commission
of the sovereign convention of Aguas
calientes. in compliance with the decree
ai-roved bs tho convention on Nov 13
convokes a meeting of tho assembl to
resume its sessions Jan 1, at 10
oclock In the morning The secre
taries, IT G Berlanga V Alessio
Robles" There has been much doubt
as to whethei the session would be
reconvened, as the followers of Kulalio
Gutierrez have been attempting to pre
vent the move so as to keep the present
provisional president in office
7npntn Tn Boost tomez.
Zapata, it is reported, was the rrime
factoi in securing the convening of the
convention and it la declared that he
will put forward at least two candi
dates, one of whom is said to be Umllio
Vasauez Gomez
Villa agents here declire that Gen
Luclo Blanco, reported to be held a
prisoner at Veracruz, is In reality close
to the cltv and that he has declared in
favor of Gutierrez and "the conven
tion " The negotiations were carried on
bs Capt lose Vallarta, of Gen Robles s
staff, and resulted In not only Blanco
but Gens , Davila Sanchez, Andres
Saucedo and Abelardo Menchaca de
claring for "the convention" and plac
ing their forces at the disposal of
Gutierrez the Villistas assert
I'anl In Charge of Railroads.
Alberto J Pani will today assume
control, as general manager, of all
roads In territory controled by Car-'
ranza It Is stated that these lines in
clude a number of railwajs privately
owned, which have been virtually aban
doned by the owners Strorfg protests
regarding the seizure of these lines,
however, have been made to Washing
ton, it is said One of the lines is the
Inter-Oceanic. British owned, running
from the capital to Veracruz
An attack was made Wednesdav on
(Continued on I'nge 8, Column r)
"Whatever the luture may hold in the
ci! is n
Joseph. Smith Dies at Inde
pendence, Mo. ; Son Ered
erick Succeeds Him.
Independence Mo, Dec 10 Joseph
Smith, president of the Reorganized
Church of Latter Daj Saints, died at
his home here todav At his bedside
was his son. Frederick M. Smith, who
will succeed him as president ot the
church, and other members of his
President Smith, mentioned above,
was not Joseph F Smith who visited
KI Paso last week and addressed a
meeting hare Joseph F. Smith Is presi
dent of the original Latter Day Saints
"His Life n Struggle.
A hlstorv of Joseph Smith, who was
n mi of Joserh Smith, prophet, and
founder of Mormonism. Is a historv of
the reorganized church of the Latter
Day Saints It was ho Who brought
together the little bands of Mormons
in Illinois. Iowa and Missouri, left be
hind when the main body emigrated
to Utah He became the first presi-
J - . n n...-..,.ta.l ,1,,7H i3T1fl
UBI1L Ot LI1U ia'Uiftiiii ......, ..
held that office more than hall a cen- '
tur, until his death, tie was a couim
of Joseph Fielding Smith, in recent
j ears president of the Latter Day Saints
ln utah ,., - T
The greater part of president Joseph
Smith s life was a struggle. as had
been the life of bs father, to place
Mormonism upon a sound footing
During the last years of his life he was
blind ,
He was born Nov 6, 18S2. at Klrtland.
O , w here his father had gone two years
earlier with a few followers, from
Manchester, N Y Soon afterwards the
colony moved to Missouri. There at
Independence the prophet, as he was
known, established the "New Jerusa
lem" of the church, obevlng, he said.
n i-evelntinn Knmltv of other Settlers,
however, resulted in the Mormons be-
lng driven out Prophet Joseph Smith
was arrested and placea in jin .
Libert, Mo
I (liven Chnrgc of Church.
In the Jail, where the vounger
Joseph, then 5 years old. spent the
first night with his father, the prophet
bent over the Child as he sobbed him
self to sleep, and to him commended
the hopes and aspirations of the church
"My mother accompanied my father
to Libertv," Joseph Smith told, in later
vears. 'buffeaiing foi her life, mv
father induced her to go with mem
bers of the church to Illinois
"I tramped across the almost un
inhabited prairies of Missouri to Nau
voo, 111, where my father, when he
was released, joined us. Then, in 1844.
when I was 12 yeajs old. one day his
dead bodv was brought to us. He had
been shot bj a mob In Carthage. Ill
After the death of the prophet, most
of the members of the church emi
grated to Utah under the leadership of
Brigham Young Young Joseph Smith,
remaining hehind, worked as farmer
and as p. clerk and studied law This
he gave up to effect the reorganization
of the church, which was formally
accomplished at Ambov, 111. in I860
Twenty years later headquarters of the
liii.h n entnhllahstri In IjHHODIi
Iowa and in 1906 a removal was made
to Independence. Mo, where president
Smith made his home and where he re
sided until his death
President Smith was married three
times, losing his first and second wives
bv death He denounced polygamous
teachings and practices
The annual banquet of the Volunteer
Fire department will be held Thursday
evening at the central tire station on
Overland street Covers will be laid for
more than 100 members of the depart
ment and honored guests
A number of informal talks will be
made by mayor C K Kellnnd other
1. Afff.Ula Vil 1 rt ,,, 1 .. .- tha KannnAt
the annual election of officers will be
U. S,
way ot agreemenii " "
"Shall We Defend Ouraelye's
With Chautauqua Lec
tures?" He Inquires.
Washington, D C, Dec 10 Repre
sentative Gardner assailed the stand of
president Wilson on the defence of the
United States in an address today to
the lower house of congress
He declared the president had set up
a bogey man of straw, and that ' If war
were to break out today, it w'ould be
found our coast defences have not suf
ficient ammunition for an hour's fight
ing" 'We must depend In every time of
national peril upon citizenry trained
and accustomed to arms, sas the pres
ident," said representative Gardner
"But how are we to get enough citi
zenry as he calls us ordinary people
Does the president realize that there
are only 120,000 militiamen in this
whole, nation Does he understand that
23.000 of them did not even snow op
last 5 ear for annual Inspection" Does
he know that 21,000 did not ap
pear at tne encampment is ne
aware that 53,000, or nearly half, of
this citizenry never appeared at the
rifle range during the whole course of
last year
Shortage of Munitions.
'Where is this citizenry to get ne
weapons of war According to the
last report of the chief of staff, we arc
short 316 field guns and 1,323,334
rounds of ammunition necessary to
equip our militia In time of war Last
5 ear Gen Wood asked for enough guns
and ammunition to bring the United
States armv up to the standard of Bul
garia That immodest demand was
gently but firmly rejected
"I will not say that we have only
enough field artillery ammunition to
last for a single day's battle if all our
ntnQ iraro encrflcreri. but I Will say that
such is the statement which has been
made to me bv one of the highest offl
ccrs in the United States arm I do
not. however, hesitate to assert that if
warweretobreakouttoday.lt would be
found that our coast defences have not
sufficient ammunition for an hours
fight The chief of staff tells us that
the ammunition for the coast defence
mortars would last one-half hour and
for the coast defence guns three-quarters
ot an hour
Lack Men nnd Ships.
"Tn ahnrt then, our officers and offi
cials have told us that we lack men for
our nav, men for our coast defence
and men for our armv , that we lack
artillery and the ammunition with
which to charge that artillery, that we
lack great warships to sail the seas and
little scouts to act as their messen
(Contlnued on l'nge S. Column 4)
Mayor Kelly Says He Will Prove It
Kl Paso, Texas Dec 10 11114.
Editor Kl Paso Herald
In an editorial appearing in The HeraW of Dec. S, yon have done me an
injustice and have nmle a publication calculated to promote bitter feeling.
I did not ay that there were 2057 crooks in El Paso, nor nt the organiza
tion opposing the city administration. In that organization there are many
Tood men men whom I know to be good citizens
There are not 2057 crooks in the citj . Ours i a citv of good men, clean
men. and it lias been the effort and the purpose of the city police force, to, as
far as possible, eliminate the crooked element.
I did say that in the political organization rcterred to there were some
active workers who were crooks whom I had dismissed from the service ot
the city, and other active-workers who had attempted to "put. things over
the city These statements I will prove when the proper time come I have
the data.
- - Yours very truly,
C. E. Kelly.
French Cannon Prove Most
Effective in a Vigorous
Attack in France.
Claim Also To Have In
flicted Reverse on Russians
Attacking Cracow.
T 0DO".
I official
Knc, Dec. 10 The
presa bureau an
nounced this afternoon that
the German cruiser urnhurg, the
fourth Of the warships attacked by
the Kngllsh In the engagement of
Dec. H. was also sunk.
The text of the official bureau
statement rends:
"V further telegram has been re
ceived from vice admiral Sir Dove
ton Sturdec, reporting that the
"Nurnburg was also sunk on Dee. 8
and tbat the senrch for the Dres
den stilt is proceeding.''
Latest adv-tcen Indicate the cor
rectnes of earlier estimate that
50O6 German perished by whell or
ilrovvulnc in 4bten-hattle B tlie
1-alkTand Islands in the south
Atlantic whew tbc German cruiser
(nehteann, tfhfflruherst and Lelp
jjg were sonk. bv a British squad
ron. Vniong the dead Is believed to
be tb Germnn fleet commnnder,
sdralral count Aon pee.
The Dresden escaped closely
5- ONDON, ENG, Dec 10 Continuing
1 the aggressive campaign against
the German army tn France, tne
allies are rapidly gaining ground in v a
rious regions along the extenaed bat
tle front, though manv of the gams aie
sraalL This summarizes tne official
French announcement of today The
announcement stated that the attacks
of the allies have led to vigorous coun
ter Attacks, which, however have not
been sufficient to check the French ad
vance , ,
German gains in Russian Poland ard
at Cracow In Galicia, are reported to
day from Berlin ,
Dec 9 passed quletlv In Belgium as
well as ln the viclmt of Arras, accoru
ing to an official statement given oat
at the war office in Paris this after
noon .
The Ttrench war office claims French.
advances at several points on the ex
tended battle front and makes pe men
tion of any reverse For instance near
Le Qtlesncy. gains of from 20 to 6Q0
v ards were made, Jn the Aisne and on
the heights of the Meuee the French
artillery mastered the batteries of the
enemy and near Reims French cannon
compelled the evacuation of trencher
Counter attacks were repulsed near
Perthes and in the V.rgonne In the
latter localitv new trenches wer.
taken bv the French
Gain "Near Le Quesnoy.
The text of the communication fol
lows , ,
"The dav of Dec 9 passed quietlv in
Belgium as well as 111 the region or
Airas where the enemy made no at
tempt at a lesumption of offensive
"Further to the iouth in the region
of Le Quesno and around nde h
we made advances varvlng from 200
to 800 vards Our gains were main
tained and consolidated
Germans Lcnve Trenches.
"In the region of the Aisne and in
Champagne there has been no cuanee
The Gorman artillerv over which we
gained -the advan'age during the H"t
few days, yesterdav evinced increased
activity, btu was again mastferea h oui
heavy artillery In the environ, of
Reims tho heavy French pieces com
pelled the Germans to evacuate several
trenches. Thla evacuation was carried
out under the fire of our mfa. trv
' In the region of Perthes the enenu
bv means of counter attacks, endeav
ored to recapture the intrenchment
which he lost to us on Dec 8 He was
(Continued" on I'nge 11, Column 5
Is Assured

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