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GERMAN ADVANCE Five Columns March Upon the Polish Capital and Slavs are Hard Pressed. ALLIES CLAIM GAIN IN WEST Two Important Point* Captured By the French, Allle* Claim— British Destroy Four of Wilhelm’s Cruisers. (i Summary of Eve tits.') Of the five Austro-German col umns which for some days appear ed to be making steady progress in their invasion of Poland, three have suffered checks, according to the official report from Russian headquarters. The column which was making a downward stroke from Mlawa, on the east Prussian frontier, and which was reported in one dispatch from Petrograd to be within fifteen miles of Warsaw, was repulsed after an energetic offensive, and under counter at tacks from the Russians, was com pelled to retire at some points. Germans Repulsed. The attacks of the main German column which had Its front on the line between Lodz and Lowlcz, and which came down diagonally from Thorn, were delivered with greaat force, hut, according to the Russian account, were repulsed with heavy losses to the invaders. That the Ger mans attached great importance to the success of their attack here is shown by the fact that In the two days they faced the Russian trenches seven times and wore driven back by a murderous fire. Didn’t Relieve Cracow. The other column which has suf fered Is that composed of German and Austrian troops which has been trying to outflank the Russian left south of Cracow. In this case it was the Rus sians who assumed the offensive, and they claim that after a tenacious re sistance they defeated the Germans, taking several guns and 2,000 pris oners. Pursuing the Russians. The Germans declare they are pur suing the Russians to the south and southeast of Lodz. Several American correspondents were with the Rus sian army when the battle of Lodz broke, but nothing has been heard from them for several days. Evident ly they are under the hand of a strict censorship. Rritish military experts say that three-quarters of the best material of the German army has been held in the western theater of war throughout the campaign and that the troops opposed to the Russians consist principally of second line organizations. Importance of Capture. For weeks military critics have called Lodz "the vital point of the Polish campaign.” To ilie Germans it meant everything, according to Major Moralit, a German war expert. To prevent an invasion by the Rus sians the kaiser’s troops had to check their enemy at the city and their cam paign in doing so undoubtedly brought out the greatest generalship the war has seen. Allies Claim Gains. The Allies are reported from Pariß and London to be making slow but steady gains along the entire battle I ne in northern France and in Bel gium. This advance has been pro ceeding for the last six days, accord ing to tiie information. The Allies have captured Roulers, in Belgium, and Armentieres, in northern Franca. Both are strategic points. Heavy Fighting in Alsace. Heavy fighting is reported in Alsace. In the Argonne the German trenches j are being assailed vigorously by French artillery and 'through mining operations. All new positions taken by the allied troops along the Yser have been held and the advantage is being followed with determination, ac cording to London reports. Germans Move Headquarters. The German divisional headquarters was removed from Roulers when shells began to Tall in the town after the British had recaptured Passcliendaele, eleven miles northeast of Ypres Despite the vigorous attack being made by the allied forces, reports indicate that the Germans have not abandoned their offensive at all points. Heavy firing is reported along the coast, with the Germans bombard ing East Dunkirk, west of Nleuport. The allied warships also are reported to have been able to get back into ac tlon and have shelled the German po sitions. British Win at Bea. The British have retaliated for the recent German naval victory In the southern Pacific by sinking four at the German warships which sank the Monmouth and the Good Hope. The German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gnelse nau and Leipzig were destroyed east of the Falkland Islands, in the south Atlantic, in a battle December 8. Two other German cruisers, the Numberg and Dresden, escaped. They were pursued five hundred miles. The Nurnberg was Anally sunk. The Dres den, badly crippled, got into the Straits of Magellan. The British squadron was composed of nine bat tleships, some of them the largest and newest In the navy. This avenging Heet was about twice the strength of the German group. Two colliers were captured. At the same time a squadron of British and Japanese warships sank three German merchantmen ofT the coast of Terra del Fuego. Announcement of these Bea activities have just been made by the British admiralty. Serbs Win Big Victory. An Important Austrian defeat In Bosnia is now an established fact. The Servians drove a wedge Into the center of the Austrian forces, shatter ing four army corps, which are now in flight. The maßs of prisoners and captured material Is so great that It cannot be tabulated. The Servians are pushing the pur suit vigorously and successfully. The roads in the rear of the Servian army are blocked with incoming prisoners who appear satisfied that their ordeal is over. Entire battalions are seen marching, under guard of a handful of Servians, while many groups of pris oners come In unattended, says a Servian official report. Sweden's Ire Is Rising. A press dispatch from Copenhagen says that it Is stated from Stock holm that twenty-five floating mines have been observed on the trade routes in the Baltic near the Finish coast. The mines are believed to have been laid by Germans. Great Indig nation is expressed In Stockholm, as In the last few days three Swedish shipping disasters have occurred at the cost of fifty lives. Kaiser Has Pneumonia. Kaiser Wilhelm Is seriously 111. Mes sages received from Berlin say the kaiser is suffering from pneumonia and that his condition is aggravated by nervous depression caused by his extreme exertion In remaining with his troops in the field almost constant ly since the war began. Heavy Battle Losses. Reports from the French war office state that the losses of the French army In killed, seriously wounded and captured up to November 10, were slightly more than 590,000. Of this number nearly 100,000 have been killed in battle. Press dispatches from Berlin say the German official list of dead, published from time to time, now amounts to about 180,000. The British list of dead to the middle of November is reported at 20,000; the Russian list, 00,000. Austria has put a million and a half men in the field and they have been fighting constantly and desperately In both western, eastern and southern areas. Belgium’s little army, origi nally about 180,000 strong, has swum in blood almost constantly. Servia has reported to Petrograd, London and Paris the loss of about one-third of her forces. They were originally about 100,000. KING OF SAXONY M The king of Saxony with his jj k troops has joined the armies of M = his war lord, the emperor of j| If Germany. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii^ THE CHEYENNE RECORD. DESTROY 500 POLISH TOWNS ARMIES BWAY OVER DEBOLATEO COUNTRY WITHOUT ANY DECISIVE REBULT. BELGRADE RECAPTURED TROOPB ON FRENCH FRONTIERS BTOPPED FROM ACTIVITY BY THE WINTER WEATHER. Western Newspaper Union News Service. London, Deo. 15. —The Servians have occupied Belgrade after a fierce bat tle, according to dispatches from Nish. The Austrians captured Belgrade Dec. 2 after having besieged It since July 29, bombarding from batteries near Semlin and from monitors on the Danube. A large portion of the city was said to have been destroyed by the fire of the Austrians. When war was declared the Servian government moved from Belgrade to Kraguyevats and later went farther south to Nish, where it remains. A striking feature of the day’s offi cial news is the candid admission by the Austrian government of the defeat of the Austrian army in Servla and ap parently of the abandonment of its third attempt to Invade the territory of Its Bmail Slav neighbor. While at tributing the failure to the enemy’s superior force, as all government bul letins explain failures, the Austrian war office announces plainly an ex tended retirement and heavy losses. "New decisions and measures con sequently will be taken to repel the enemy,’’ Bays the Austrian statement. Apparently that means that the Aus trian army directed against Servla will assume a defensive line. The Servians claim to be pressing home their victory with more captures of prisoners and to have driven part of the Invading army across the Drlna river. Moreover, they express confi dence that they are about to retake the capital and expel the invaders from Servian territory. The progress of the war In northern Hungary Is less definite. Sunday’s German wireless report with candor equal to that of the Aus trian bulletin spoke of the "severe re sistance” which the German and Aus trian arms are encountering In South Poland and In Galicia, adding that It was evident the Austrian forces In the Carpathians are not numerically strong enough to clear the Russians out of Hungarian territory. But the Austrians claim that they are driving down the northern slopes of the Car pathians the Russian Invaders, who were last week in occupation of sev eral towns south of that mountain range. Poland is fast becoming another Belgium in point of suffering, while tho opposing armies drive each other back and forth, occupy and reoccupy cities and villages and inflict upon the inhabitants bombardments similar to those suffered In Belgium and north ern France. More than 500 Polish towns have been ruined, according to various ac counts from the correspondents. The French official statement given out in Paris reports comparative quiet tn Flanders and artillery exchanges of relatively minor importance else where. In the Meuse, German bat teries are said to be moving to the north. In the Woevre district the French captured a trench and re pulsed two counter attacks. The ad vance of the French line into Alsace has brought it to a point north of Altklrch, and about ten miles to the east of the frontier. The troops in France and Belgium are suffering from a plague of mud and damp, which causes them greater discomfort than did the cold wave at the end of November, with its posi tive hardships of frozen feet and hands, and effectually vetoes any movements on a big scale. The Turkish army has not asserted itself ,nor has it engaged in any great battle. Enver Pasha has taken command of the Caucasian army and Talaat Bey has succeeded him as min ister of war. Committee Lops Off $2,000,000. Washington.—" Economy” was the watchword of the appropriations com mittee in the preparation for the leg islative, executive and judicial appro priation bill, first of the big supply measures, reported to the House. The committee lopped off nearly $2,000,000 from the estimates submitted by the various departments, cutting salary al lowances all along the line, and brought In a measure appropriating $88,744,753.50. The bill provides for more than 16,000 salaries of govern ment employes. P. O. DEPARTMENT SELF-SUSTAINING POSTMASTER GENERAL BURLE SON BUBMITB ANNUAL RE PORT TO PRESIDENT. RAISE EMPLOYEES PAY REVENUES FOR 1914 INCREASED 8 PER CENT, AMOUNTING TO $287,934,565.69. Western Newspaper Union News Service. Washington.—The postoffice appro priation bill, carrying approximately $325,000,000 virtually was ready for submission to the House Monday. The question of the acquisition of the telegraph and telephone systems rec ommended by Postmaster General Bur leson would be left for further Inquiry under the bill. The bill contains a number of new provisions, Including the abolishment of the office of assistant postmaster; re-grouping all activities in first-class offices so as to concentrate all super visory authority in each office under a postmaster and superintendents of fin nance and mall; raising the maximum balances acceptable at postal banks from SSOO to $2,000, the Interest to be payable only on deposits up to $1,000; Increased pay for rural carriers; au thority for the experiment of putting rural carriers of one county In each state on a contract basis; Increase of SIOO annually In the pay of postoffice and railway mail clerks and letter car riers until the maximum allowed by law Is reached; authority for re-ar rangement of the salaries of superin tendents, their assistants, cashiers and others, with provision for an addition al $1,000,000 expenditure. Asserting that for the firßt time since its organization by Benjamin Franklin the Postoffice Department is on a self-sustaining basis, Postmaster General Burleson submitted to Presi dent Wilson his annual report. It re cords enormous growth In the depart ment's business because of the parcels post and postal savings bank divisions. Mr. Burleson features his report with an estimate that a surplus of $3,569,- 545, the second of his administration, will be shown for the fiscal year of 1914 when all claims and charges have been met. The legislative program recommend ed by the postmaster general in part follows: Early action toward govern ment ownership of telegraph and tele phone lines and immediate taking over of these systems In Hawaii, Alaska and Porto Rico. Substitution of con tract "star routs'* system for salaried rural carrier service, to eliminate $40,- 000 annual loss on rural delivery. Post office co-operation with state govern ments in road-building, where improve ments insure better postal service. Of the department’s financial condi tion the report says: "The postal reve nues for 1914 amounted to $287,934,- 665.67, an increase over tire preceding year of slightly less than 8% as com pared with a corresponding increase of slightly more than 8% for 1913.” Thrift Shown by Postal Savings. Washington.—ln a report to Con gress the Postoffice Department dwells upon the popularity of the pos tal savings bank system in Colorado. The large amounts on deposit in va rious Colorado cities are set forth as follows: Denver, $401,630; Cripple Creek, $22,197; Ault, $25,079; Colorado City, $20,941; Colorado Springs, $45,- 071; Florence, $28,379; Grand Junc tion, $45,600; Leadville, $183,025; Mar ble, $10,037; Pueblo, $84,991; Victor, $33,671. PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATIONS. Wilson Names Number of Consuls to Various Countries. Washington.—The President nomi nated: To be consuls general: Edwin S. Cunningham of Tennessee (now con sul general at Singapore) at Hankow, China; Frederick M. Ryder of Connec ticut (now consul at Rimouski) at Singapore. To be consuls: Thomas D. Bowman of Missouri, at Fernie, B. C.; Jose de Olivares of Missouri, at Hamil ton, Ontario; Milton B. Kirk of Illi nois at Orilla, Ontario; Nelson T. Johnson of Oklahoma, at Chunking, China; Albert W. Pontius of Minne sota, at Foochow, China; Frank Deni son of Vermont, at Prescott, Ontario; Thomas B. L. Layson of Louisiana, at Tahiti, Society Islands; John Q. Woods of Hawaii, at Chemnitz, Germany; Carl F. Deichman of Missouri, at Bombay, India; Lucien Memmlnger of South Carolina, at Madras, India; Lucien N. Sullivan of Pennsylvania, at Newcas tle, New South Wales, Australia, and E. Carleton Baker of California, at Na gasaki. Japan. WHY pay money for fancy boxes when what you really want is high-grade cigarettes? 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