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BATTLE OF CHATALDJA. FIERCEST DURING THE WAR.

FEARFUL CARNAGE OfUOTH SiDtS. OISSENTION AMONG THE AIDES.

AUSTRIAN ULTIMATUM TO SERVIA

AUSTRIAN CONSUL SAFE. „;.':, .-•••...■■ VIENNA, Nov. '. 19. . The . Zeit states that Mthe Government has received a postcard from. M. Prochaska, the missing A'ustro-Hung-arian Consul at Prizrend, stating that he is perfectly well : ''-";'*■'■ SOFIA. Nov. 19. Bulgaria has informed the Porte that after consulting the Allies, : Bulgaria has appointed a plenipotentiaries' commissioner to arrange the terms of the armistice and subsequently conclude peace. " ' CONDITIONS OF PEACE. LONDON. Nov. 19: Reuter's Sofia correspondent states that the peace conditions have been sent to the Porte. They permit Tur- j key to retain Constantinople and a strip of coast territory. VIENNA. Nov. 19^ Eismail Kemallias gone to Dur^zzp to proclaim Albanian independence before arrival of. the Servians. ■ A PEN PICTURE. VIENNA, Nov. 19. The N,eue Frie Presse war correspondent, who, on Sunday, rode along the positions of the Turkish centre at Hademkein, pictures misery such as was never previously witnessed! For miles before Hademkein he, saw dozens of dead horses in puddles and' marshy streams, from; which soldiers, tortured by burning thirst, drank deadly draughts. Ba.ttajiohs of the fourth army corps landed m San Stefano on Saturday, going to the front. Cholerarstricken and other men from the- front are comi-ng to Gakrikeni, poisoning every place passed. The nearer one gets to Hademkein the more frequent are the heaps ol corpses on the roadside. . There are dead and dying in every way^sjde ditch. An attempt was made to localise the epidemic, but the waggons with chloride of lime are arriving too late and now, the wells being dry, the men are drinking from puddles outside the camp.* ; ' 'ft - • Thousands are writhing and groaning:.' and piteous cries rend the air. . Sufferers. Avith distorted features grovei in the streets squares, gardens and fields outside Chataldja. ! ' 'On going for the horses, which we lefj: at Chataldja ten days ago." telegraphs the correspondent, "we saw dying men drag themselves to stables, but they were brutally driven off while screaming appealingly to Allah and their mothers. cursed like mad men. We found the horses and forced our way through. The correspondent pays a high tribute to the Turkish honesty. Except hand luggage he lost nothing during the retreat. v The officers disinfected themselves and advised the men to do so, but the soldiers,, either through thirst or fatalism, continued drinking pestilential water in which the. corps-es lie. The population is fleeing. The Chataldaia lines form" an iron girdle with- 1200 guns. ■•■ ' :■' VIENNA .Nov. 19. ; The ' Prague newspaper states that the Austrian Emperor, in conversation, remarked:-- . ■ "We are in favour; of peace, . but not at any price. •? We cannot stand everything." l : .',-.' . OMINOUS SIGNS.. . LONDONrNov ig. The Daily Mail's Odessa correspondent "reports that Russia, is actively mobilising 400.000 .'time-expired troops, who were retained under tlip- colours for a further six months. _■ There is also a general movement^ westward of troops of all arms. ALBANIAN AUTONOMY. -- NEW YORK, Nov 19. The Albanians in America have cabled to the Pope, asking him to intervene and secure Albanian autonomy. ' The international fleet in Turkish waters now includies:— v . . Great Britainr— Eig-ht battleships, fi v^e cruisers, one ijuriboat, ten destroyers. „. ; V "■' '" ■ ■"'.•■' ' -France— Five cruisers /. — One cruiser. ' Austrian-Three battleships, two crui sers and two destroyers. ' Holland— Two cruisers. . ' Spam— One cruiser. ■ ■ WAR CORRESPONDENT'S\NAR- ■:% '; . ;: rative,V (Reed 9.45 p.m.) : . .' LONDON, Nov 20. Mr. Donohoe - states that after two days severe fighting at Chataldja the issue was tindecided. . . ) ;' . It was the -bloodiest action of nhe present war and there were .fearful, losses . $n both- sides." The Turkish . artillery was • vigorous iin.d-.was followed by furious infantry assaults. ; . When the Bulgarians captured several redoubts -tEe Turks werevmag'nificiently courageous, the officer^ exposing themselves in order to set an example' to therrieri>, -; • The Bulgarians lost four guns. The, extreme Turldsh right; desputed every inch desperately, dying bravely and held their own.- ■ ■".- -.'; TURKS XL AIM THE ADVANTAGE. : CONSTANTINOPLE, N0v, .'20. ' :Nazim Pasha reports that, the Bulgarians on the Turkish; right \fm-g--on. MondaY; lost 400 killed and wounded includinpf 20 , officers. . ' ' .The Turks captured two' machine guns. . t , . -.. ' A .desperate artillery 'engagement was begun on Tuesday morning. ' The ;. .Bulgarian .^.inf.antry- ■ operating "on the centre were rep.iilsed and part of- the enemy's : batteries 'silenced, while the Turkish attackd: and /drove ■out -the Bulgarians from the trenches'.

A quantity of uniforms was captured, showing tliat the Servians were participating-. '•''■'.,' .--•"■'' Nazim Pasha claims' "that the third dW's fighting; ended in" the Turk's favour. . " Mukhtar inspecting' the r.dvanced -points -in the Buyanlidelunyus district. . <- • ..\ ' ' .; ■•• . Approaching a trench, which ought to have been occupied by Redifs, the Bulgarians fired 'a- fusilade and wound ed Mukhtar yaho^thfee officers. They were coaveyed to the German hospital and a, bullet extracted from his leg. ■ :■- . ; ' ,;...- "General Abuke replace 1 ; Mukhtar Pasha.- " ■ .■"■.•' '.■ : . '■.:,.':'.'.-'■. !.,.'.-.•. ! A GERMAN- CbRRESJPONDENT'S 1 -■' NARRATIVE. ; : # " .... .-*.: -BERLIN,. NOV 2b. The Loical Anzieger's correspondent at Chataldja/states that at dawn 611 .the".. 1 7th the Turkish sharpshooters opened fire on 'the Bulgarians occupying the heights- across a deep broad valley with a small liver .flowing between them. ' : .-■•-■.; : - The artillery at intervals were slow on the- left' wing, more unbroken" on the right but rapid in^the centre where the main attack was concentrated.- and the Bulgariains wete attempting to break through. At ten o'clock the Turkish shrapnel pitched in the village' of -'Ezctan 7 miles to the south of the high bluff of Otluk where the Bulgarians were lodged. . ■ .'-■.'■ ." ■"■■ ,'-. ' ■ : -■'■ The' village flared though it was raining incessantly. A thousand Bulgarians advanced across the .river.' The Turkish guns were silent for a moment and then concentrated ;on the advances. Within 'two/; minutes not a man was left standing.

Meanwhile the Bulgarian artillery was vainly trying to get the range but passed over the Turkish batteries

Another Bulgarian detachment encountered the artillery fire and dissolved. ' : * '..-/- ■■•■■■

The remnant sought cover ■''without reaching the river.

The Turkish cruisers Hamidiem throughout covered with her fire the narrow neck separating the Lake and Budjukchakmedje.

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BATTLE OF CHATALDJA. FIERCEST DURING THE WAR. THE WAIHI TROUBLE, Grey River Argus, 21 November 1912

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