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< 'ONTRADIOrORY REPORTS. ROTH SIDES CLAIM VICTORY. PFTROOItAD. December 23. Otlk.ial: Tlii'in has been fierce fightiiif; on the left bank of tho Pilica. Tho Rus- - have advanc-xl in th« aegiou of Opoehuo-TomasehofT. The Russian progrpKs in Oalicia rnntinth's. Wo, mad? 5.666 prisotiere and captutvd o guns and 10 machine cutis south of the Vistula, on Sunday and Monday. Wo took 1.530 prieoiiert; in tho Carnathiaiw on Tuesday. In a. id-cr-h soitie from Prz-emy.'l several o!' the et!"iny'.> detaehineuts ivoro atinihi.k.ted. and tit-' remainder trere taken as prisoners. AROUND WARSAW. SOME FIERCE FIGHTING IN .MARSHY COUNTRY. PFTROGRAD. Docomber 23. The Russians defending the Bznra. Rtr.vka.. I'i'ici. and Nida. Rivers, in Contial Poland, are assisted in several disj •■;. ;s bv rnar.dics which make ii difficult for t he 'Germans to find a, ftiitable placo to i ;0,.a. The Russians at, one point on the b/.ui.i ~ileeved the Gentians to cross a. ford until tliev reached deep watoj-, and then f,-U upon them. 'l"ho Germans, seeing tbeir r.-tr'at mt off. fought hard. A do/eu nia.iiin-' (juris protertinj their retreat caused f--ycv,- oxerution. but. Rtissl'iu sharpdi.)"'.ors picked off tho ma<-hine je-irers. and o'llv throe gluts were saved. The Germans left many doad. GERMAN ADVANCE. OUI'I.YINi; TOWN SHELLED. PETROGRAD. December 23. 'Hie German piessui" at Sochac/.ew increases. Many of the inhabitants of Speliae/.etr 1 r. = t their reason owing to the N-rrible <bu of ;! . five-days' bombardment. LONDON, Decoanber 23. The 'Daily News' l'etroeiad c-orrespoii-dent st'ib-t;'that the Gentian.'; used Bin guii= against Sochaczew (west of Warsaw), which shattered the, lmtuvs. and <he fallini; killed hundleds of civilians. Tlo Germans shcLlivl the people as they n-i'iv fleeing TowariJa Warsaw. They also hilled lc-mv women an<l children. ITiindreih of the iuli.nliitants of Lou \cz M'cro killed und-r the wrecked bnildingv. Among the Germans to,fcen pri-oner at Lowic/. were 80 women who participated in (h-> figliting in the trenches-. HIE ADVANCE STAYED. HEAVY GERMAN" LOSSES. rETT.OGRAD, December 21. otnekii : Considerable German forces at <■ d-onko-A-. near Sirliaezew. on the right litie!; of the li/.lira. were completely defeated, and :: w-as almost entirely a'O'ihilat. d. maxims. 5 oflieors, and pi 3 men Mere captured. There has been hard tiglndug at Rolinowo, and also on iin- Cili, a., the Geimaiifr being ererrwhero te|e,!,ed. There was obstinate two days' fuhting , u ■!:■ Ndda. hot ween WitJoea atld Kore,'t;:a. :h. Russians (-apturing 57 officer* and d.A'iO met- nortliw;iit.l« of Pinrhow. and o otheers and 600 men southward of Idue'uow. We also took 1.500 prisoners o utiiwaid of tile Vi.Mttla. T'ue .-i'ltati'in m East Prussia, iV tin- , bartered. THE GERMAN AfK'OUNT. sret l-ss ROL'ND WARSAW AND ON I'RUSSIAN' FRONTIER. AMSTERDAM. Deeemher 24. Ait otlieial if. ..age fi out Berlin states tk,,t tie- hoe.]- at Soldau under General Hindeuberg a!<- tepelling tho Russians in "-vn-il davs' battles. The recaptured Mkiwa and :'!••' Resfiati positions ill tho \i.'inity. taking 1,000 prisoners. S'vairi! b'lyonet charges were <lelirered in th" R/tira-Rawka, district, the enemy's artilleir lieing ttnablo to como inl-o action. The Rii-.-iai! |cs,="s nero fcvere. 'Hie Russian attacks ?ot;tlt-e;isf of Toniaslioff woiy reiivlsai v.-ith lieavy losses. A TALI. STORY. IF.TROGRAD, December 2-1. r l\v,> officers and seven scorn's ii..ii Mlawa <-r.?pt dining tho darkness bi ike Cermari batteries a.t Birone anil fired tl.'-id- litl-s; in tho lines. 'Hie Germans were seized with a. panic, and the seouts captured and brought a howitzer into the Ru-.d.m lines. WAR TROPHIES. I'KTRnRRAT). D<voniKer 24. TV' trophies at Kieff, captitred froni tho Au.-tfo-Geimane, inclndo 29 heavy field ■am. . 33 rptick-firers, and 12 aeroplanes. AUSTRIA'S TART. TALES OF SUCCESS. VIENNA. Peoembor 23. An ofii< ial ines?age eiaims snerosjej at T.nioic/a and also in tho direction of F.Nko (F"tith of I'rxsmysl. in tho Carpathians). We reir.ilsrd tho Russians at p-'iiiajetz -with he,-,vv ]of<w>k. A fret-h battle is proceeding a.long the> enliro front. Deeomber 24. Wo repulsed so vera! Russian attacks in T.ntoreka. Valley, the enemy fuiffering heavv los.-e--. One battalion was blown up. We gain- 1 '] grottnd in tho Ung Valley. Six hundred and fifty prisoners wero tak-ui near Czsokar Y.vs, and 2,000 on the Lower D.itia, on tho 22nd inst. DISGRACED. 3*IENNA, DoeembeT 23. Tho Commander-in-chief of the Attfitriarrs who were defeated in S«rvia has been romoved from bis post, to which tbe Arcbdnke Uugcn succeeds. DISAFFECTED HUNGARY. PARIS, December 24. A P'l'dapefit correKpondont points out tbat 137 members of Parliament and 7,000 societies are working in th© independence movemont. The pnoplo are depTORSod, are sceptical of the sa-call«d Austrian victories, and are distinctly friendly to Britain. AUSTRIA'S riTLABLE STATE. the TRicnosvnra ttaly. (London 'Times'and Syclnay 'Sim'Serviee^.^ LONDON, Deoomhor 24. Austriar, reports state that the suffering a.mortL' tho noor is increasing alarmingly. and that the relief ip inadequate. A k mcetirj; called for tho purpose of discuss^

ing th« question of relief was prohibited. There is ,-i. scarcity of money. who are departing .-in- permitted t<> curry it minimum amount. '1 he heller classes. arc suffering owing '•■' tho staitenc.l circumstance,-. Italy is forming new regiments of infantry and artillery. The Austrian Ambassador in Rome has returned lo Vienna- ostensibly for < 'hrk-t----mas. hut it is an open si erct that hts departure was due to Count Vnr liubnv's activitv alarming Austria. It is feared that this will widen the broach Ivetwcon Italy end Austria. The Ambassador war- recalled to Vienna. Lo receive .special instrueticne., CONTRADICTORY IMPORTS. ROMI',, December 24. Tt is reported thai the. Emperor Franz Josef is dying, and Hia: he- tias received the la«t sacrament. Tho Emperor Fran/. Josef is at Schonbrnnn, and is in good heaiih. ___ IN TRANSCAUCASIA. KIT, OS .MASSACRE. CHRISTL-VNS. PETROGEAD. December 23. Great, kinds of Kurds are toiro.rk-ing the population in the viiayeltes of Van. m Armenia. A cruel massacre ot iiitu, women, ar.d children is proceeding. SUEZ CANAL. TCEKS .MOBILISE FORCE. AMSTERDAM. l>?cemi'er ?A. The ' Erankfurter Zemin;.'' states that a Turkish army, under D.jcmai Paflul. left Damascus on .Sunday, going towards tho Sue/ Canal. TTJF. COLONIAL DEFENDERS. CAIRO, December 2"5. The Australasia us routc-marchtd through Cairo. They wen- in splendid condition., and wro accorded an enthusui.stic welcome. General Maxwell took the salute. The Egyptian iW-d Oic-ecnt. presented to General Maxwell a hospital train. A court, martial .-■■nrciued two Egyptian roMs to eight mofiihs' imprisonment. VOX TIEPTIZ HCET BV AMERICA. THE RIO SEP. MARINE. LONDON. December 2d. Admiral V«>u 'lirpitz, in. tin- course of an interview, oar; of uhieii was proviousiv eabled, adniitted that the f.-dl of Tsing-lao touched him deeply. America's apparent indifference towards Japan's activity in the Pacific was a mystery to ill in. Admiral Von Tnphz's t"i:e over the aiiDGcrinnn feeling in Ann-ma was almost bitter. He 'declared that Germany never dreamed of violating the Monroe Doctrine Ono lesson of the war was. he sail, the discovery that the larger type of .submarine ton Id go i'"iin'l .England, and toniain out f'>r 11 days. TUN RLOCKADE PINCHES. LONDON. December 24. The <; Prrcs are exultant over Admiral You Tir)it/.'s boast to blockade tho coast, of Britain and destroy merchantmen by nieaJis of hi;; .submarines. All agree that it furnishes (lie. policy whereby l'ntaiu's staivati m <.f Gormanv can b- e-aiin-tetvd. AN AMERICAN VIEW. NEW YORK. Ihvcinb. r 2". Newspaper., point out l.iia-t unless (.rermany is prepared to vedato ,i. trc.-h S'-t of international canons, subniat mo:, could not he tteeil against, tiicrih.uiiinoii, a- they would he unable to res-ne the ifiii, to say nothing- of neutral cog' AUSTRIAN MRMARINK. FRIiN'CU \VARs:iIJ>'S .F.SCAI'K. PARIS. J)-.vmber 21. Otlicia! : An Austrian .-•uhm.o it.'e in lieStrait of Otitino, til"- • I tv,,, lorjM-ih-,,-.. o !i(? dania_'iir,' a, I'rem '■■> bat t l-'.-hip, 'out not scrioiuly.

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THE RUSSIAN ARMIES., Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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