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BIG BATTLE IN POLAND. RUSSIANS WIN. LONDON. October 17The ‘ Daily Chronicle’s ’ correspondent at. Petrograd says ifc is unofficially stated that a great battle began on Monday. At first it seemed to favor the Gentians, but on Tuesday and Wednesday the Russians took the upper hand and repulsed the enemy, who were driven back in the direction of Kielce. The army was cut in two. the Russians capturing 10,000 prisoners and 42 cannon. rKielce is in Poland, bordering upon Austrian Galicia.] RUSSIANS ATTACKING ON THE VISTULA. PETROGRAD, October 17. Official : The Russians have assumed the offensive along the Vistula in Galicia. CHOLERA ADDS ITS TERRORS. ROME, October 17. Cholera .is rapidly spreading on the Austrian frontier, and in Galicia and Hungary. Ten thousand cases are reported in Northern Hungary. RUSSIAN MINES. PETROGRAD, October IJ. Official ; Owing to German submarines at the entrance to the Gulf of Finland and near the Russian shores, the Russians have mined the mouth of the Gulf of Finland, and at Riga, whence all traffic has been stopped. TURKEY INDIGNANT. CONSTANTINOPLE. October 16. Turkey has reaffirmed her neutrality. She is indignant at the. reports concernill" the Goeben and Breslau, and says that it is not true that they are fighting. HIGH COMMISSIONER’S REPORT. IN THE ANGLO-FRENCH LINES. The Prime Minister has received the following' from the High Commissioner, dated London, October 16 ; A farther report from General Headquarters on October 13 states : “ Our men aro fairly comfortable in the trenches, and numerous quarries are cut out on the hillside. as well as in the picturesque villages, whose steep streets climb the slopes of the hills. "In the firing line the men obtained shelter in dugoute hollowed in the sides of the trenches. Quarries and caves provide ample accommodation for whole battalions. The slopes of the Aisne Valley are very steep, and this protects us from the enemy’s shells, many of which pass harmlessly overhead and burst in the meadows below along the river bank. “ At all posts subject to shellfire access to the firing line from behind is provided by communication trenches. These are. now so good that it is possible to cross the fire swept zone in safety to the advanced trenches from the billets in the villages, and also from the other places where the headquarters are situated. All day and night the boom of the guns and scream of the shells overhead continue. At midday especially the bombardment slackens and then swells into an incessant roar. First there are short, fierce bursts as a dozen heavy howitzer shells fall into the. ploughed field, sending up clouds of black smoke and great clouds of earth. Then there is a period of quiescence, scon broken by smaller howitzer shells, which come into the villages, tearing up tile.9 and stones. Through this pandemonium the inhabitants conduct their business as though accustomed already to stand it. “ According to information from the enemy, 15 Germans were killed by a bomb dropped upon the ammunition waggon of a cavalry column. It was thought at the time that this might have been the work of our airman, who was reported as having dropped a hand grenade on a convoy. From corroborative evidence from the locality, it now appears that the grenade was thrown by a British airman, and probably caused the destruction of a small convoy carrying field-gun ammunition, which has now been found a total wreck on the road passing through the forest of Deretz. Along the road lie 14 motor lorries, now only skeletons of twisted iron. Nothing remains of the drivers except their tattered boots and charred scraps of clothing, while the ground within SO yards of the waggons is littered with pieces of , iron and the brass cases of cartridges that have exploded. The grenade must have detonated the leading lorry on one aide of the road and caused the cartridges carried by it to explode, the three vehicles immediately in the rear being then set on fire. Behind these groups were four and then two vehicles, so jammed together as to suggest a collision on the other side of the road level with the lending waggons, where were four more, which were probably fired by the explosion of the first vehicles. “ A section of the French Press claims that this damage was caused by the action of their dragoons, and not by airmen.”

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ON THE RUSSIAN SIDE., Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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ON THE RUSSIAN SIDE. Evening Star, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914