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Voluntary Curfew Chicago
Measure for Fighting "Flu"
Chicago, Oct. 25. Chicagoans to
day were requested by Health Com
missioner Robertson to observe a
volunteer curfew commencing at 9
o'clock tomorrow night. All per
sons also were advised to remain at
home Sundays in order to help
check the influenza epidemic, which
reports showed was declining. An
early lifting of the quarantine re
strictions which closed theaters ancfi
prohibited public meetings among
other things, was predicted by the
Women Risk Lives Frying
Doughnuts for Doughboys
New YorV, Oct. 25. Three Amer
ican YT M. C. A. women have work
ed under fire ii the open frying 10,
000 doughnuts a day for the victori
ous American troops throughout
this week, a cable to the united war
work campaign! headquarters an
nounced today. The women are
Mary Bray, Fawtucket, K. I.; Mary
Holliday, Indianapolis, and Mrs.
Edith Knowles, Phoenix, Ariz.
Victoria Cross Awarded
One of Heroes of Moeuvres
London, OcN 25. Corp. David
Ferguson Hunter o'f the Highland
light infantry, one of the "seven
heroes of Moeuvres," has been
awarded the Victoria Cross. The1
Official Gazette says that Corpora!
Hunter was detailed with-six others
.to occupy an advanced post close to
"the enemy line. For 48 hours he
. and his command held on without
-iocd and water. Constant German
attacks were withstood and the
corporal and his companions were
under the fire of both the British
and German Runs. The post was
finally relieved by a successful Brit
To Refund Overcharges
New York, Oct. 25. The federal
food board tonight ordered eight
wholesale dealers in butter and eggs
to close their establishments for a
week following their conviction on
charges of profiteering in butter
Tt. .1 - 1 .. 1 ......... r.vAr-mA n
refund all Overcharges to custom
ers and to display posters announc
ing tneir ortense.
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Accidental Shot Kills
filajor Cronkhite in Camp
- Camp LewiS, Tacoma. Wash.. Oct.
25. Mai. Alexander P. Cronkhite.
son of Maj. Gen. A. Cronkhite. in
command of the Eightieth division,
now in France, accidejitly shot him
self here today with" an automatic
pistol and died within, two minutes.
Major Cronkhite had fired a shot at
the target and turned to remark on
the excellence of it. The words
.were no sooner spoken than the
pistol in his hand was .discharged,
the- ball entering his breast. He
graduated ffBttrVft'SrToint in 1915.
one of the highest in the class, was
, assigned to the engineering corps
and within a few months received
promotion to the rank of first lieu
tenant. V .
Migrating Caribou Block
Navigation in Yukon River
Dawson, Y. T., Oct. 25. Migrat
ing caribou along the Yukon river
near the American-Canadian bor
der wcre'so thick recently that the
United States government steam
boat General, Jeff Davis had diffi
culty in navigating among the ani
mals swimming the river. Thou
sands swarmed the shores and wa
ters. Members of the crew said they
lassoed a dozen and hauled them
aboard for fresh meat.
Red Cross Flag Used
- By Huns to Protect.
With the Allied Armies in France
and Belgium, Oct. 25. (By As
sociated Press.) The British army
tfow has obtained absolute proof
that the Germans are violating the
rules of civilized warfare in respect
to the use of the Red Cross, as had
for some time been suspected.
In yesterday's operations the
Fifth army captured a German am
bulance which, engage ' in carrying
ammunition, bore the Geneva Red
Cross. This vehicle was found to be
- loaded with explosives and sentries
were posted to make sure that no
one touched it until photographs
tould be taken for future reference.
1 War Revenue Bill Delayed
. : Until After Election Recess
- WashingtonrOct. 25-The war
revenue bill will not be reported to
the senate until after the Nevember
elections. Senator Simmons, chair
' man of the senate finance com
mittee which is, revising the house
draft of the measure, announced to
night the committee deems it ut
terly impossible to complete its re
vision and return the redrafted
measure to the senate by October
29, when leaders plan for congress
to recess until November 12.
Germans Bombard St. Armnd;
Direct Shells at Hospital
Paris, Oct.. 25. (Havas.) In St
Amand, north of Valenciennes,
which has been captured by the
British, the Germans left 11,000 in
' habitants and 1,000 sick persons
from that region who were in a
- hospital in the center of the town.
un tne touowing aay, uciooer
the Germans bombarded St Amand,
directing particular attention to the
vhospitaL Large number of the in
habitants were killed. .
Japanese Reach Irkutsk.
Tokio, Oct. 25. Japanese troops
ondegrornmand of General Muto ar
rived at Irkutsk October 12 and
were welcomed by the Russian and
Czecho-Slovak authorities, the war
office announces. .
American Footing Fixed More
Security in Belleu Wood;
' ' Captured.
With the American Army
Northwest of Verdun, Oct.
25. From a day of extraor
dinarily severe fighting the
Americans emerged tonight
slightly in advance of the po
sitions they hehi yesterday.
The gains mafdd are slight,
but are regarded as extremely
important, especially on the
left where higher ground
dominating much of the sur
rounding terrain has been
There has been comparatively lit
tle alteration in tV positions on the
center, but the American footing in
Belleu woods, east of the Meuse,
was more securely fixed, notwith
standing the determined efforts of
the Germans to force the Americans
Drive Forward Before Dawn.
The fighting for positions just be
yond Belleu woods began at 4
o'clock this morning when the
Americans drove their way-forward. !
At dayligbf- the Germans -Counterattacked
and since the failure of
that operation have launched three
other attacks, equally unsuccessful.
Un the extreme lett the gains
made by the Americans left them at
the close of the day on the ridge ex-
tendingjrom lalma farm to Belle
joyeusefarm, on a line through the
Clouds and ground mists reduced
aerial activity to a minimum, but
artillery, employing' both high ex
plosives and gas projectiles in enor
mous quantities, was used by both
sides. Besides the artillery reaction
at points where the-offensive was in
progress the Germans devoted much
fire to the back areas and that por
tion of the front about Bantheville,
where the American line was ad
Despite the desperate resistance of
the Germans and their apparent in
tention to initiate a counter offen
sive, information falling into the
haids of the Americans continues to
indicate an enemy withdrawal to the
Briquenay line, one informant de
claring it to be the intention of the
Germans to withdraw to that por
tion between October 25 and 31.
v The American troops, despite
strong German artillery fire, im
proved their positions at three im
portant points along the front east
and west of the Meuse during the
East of the Meuse the Americans
drove theenemy from the eastern
edge of the Bois D'Ormont, gaining
In the region of Grand Pre, west
of the Meuse, the Americans
straightened .out their line and cap
tured several important ridges. Be
tween Rappes wood and Bantheville
wood the American line was ex
tended despite stubborn resistance.
Prepare New Defenses.
It is reported that the Germans
are preparing nqw defense positions
in the vicinity of Briquenay four
and one-half miles north of Grand
Pre, and that they are expected to
take a stand in that region within
Among the prisoners captured by
the Americans are members of the
28th division, known as the "flying
Twelve American soldiers, separa
ted from their own lines, have re
turned after spending four days and
four niehts . hiding in shell holes
and brush in the region of Loges
farm. Thev fought off small de
tachments of Germans, but were
unable to reach places of safety
because of the enemy sharp shoot
ers. Notwitnstanamg tne constant
harassing, the 12 made patroling
expeditions each night, and brought
back valuable information regard
ing the enemy gun positions. Their
only food during the four days con
sisted of their emergency rations
and these they ate the first night
French Troops Force '
Passage of the Danube
And Enter Roumania
Paris, Oct. 25. The liberation
of Roumania has been begun by
entente forces after a year's oc
cupation by the Germans. Cross
ing the northwestern portion of
Bulgaria at Lorn Palanka, south
east of Iron Gates, French pa
trols have forced a passage of
the Danube and entered upon
FLOOD TO CHECK
War Is Not President's ''Persorial War,"
But Warof American People, Say G. 0. P.
Leaders in Reply -to Wilson's' Appeal
Lecocq, Composer, Dear!.
Paris, Oct. 25. Charles Lecocq.
the music composer, died today. M.
Lecocq was 86 years old. Some tf
his operas are well known in. the
United States, especially "Girofle
Girofla," "The Little Duke." and
"The Daughter of Madame Angot"
Lecocq was an officer of the Legion
of Honorand also a member of the
Society ot Authors and Comoori.
Fresh Divisions Disputing
Every Foot of Ground in
Serre Sector, With
With the French Army in France,
Oct. 25. General Debeney's attack
between Mont D'Orgny and 1 the
valley of the Serre is meeting with
stout resistance. The battle was
raging again fiercely today around
Vil!ers-Le-Sec, which was occupied
by the French troops.
The Germans shave brought up
three fresh divisions to this sector in
the last few days and appear de
termined to dispute possession of I,
every foot of ground. lhey are
particularly favored by the character
of theerrain, which is broken,
furnishing strong natural obstacles
' which the enf ruxjtilizes to the ut
most by adding field fortifications
upon which they have been working
for four weeks!
The position General Debeney's
men are attacking from Ribecourt
southeast to the valley of the Serre
is called the Herrman position by
the Germans. Considerable of its
general characteristics has been
learned from captured orders and
the reports of aviators. This is not
supposed to ha.e the same strength
as the Hindenburg line, but is suf
ficiently strong to permit of a stout
defense. Behind this, line, again,
there is extension of the Hunding
position in front of Guise, to which
th 4 Germans no doubt will retire
when the present battle is finished.
In the, valley of the Oise, the Ger
mans have formidably strengthened
the natural defenses by artificial
floods from the region of Guise
southward to Le Fere, Dams pre
pared long ago for use in the event
uality of a- retreat have enabled the
Germans to divert the waters of the
Oise and spread them through the
valley. They also have another wa
ter line in the valley of the Serre
to protect their present positions.
In spite of the formidable ob
stacles encountered and almost con
stant service in the fighting line for
the last three montks, the forces of
General Debeney continue to forge
The tactics of the Germans appear
to be to hold as long as they can
on tfieir chosen positions, retiring to
one after another as circumstances
require and forcing the French
troops to deliver an attack to drive
them from each halting place. This
plan, aided by the nature of the
ground over which -they are retiring,
obliges the Germans to make great
sacrifices as is shown by the in
creased number of dead "on the bat
Washington, Oct. 25. President
Wilson in a statement today ad
dressed to his fellow countrymefi
asked them to return a democratic
congress in-the November elections
if they have approved of his leader
ship in this critical time.
Failure to return a democratic
majority to both the senate and
house of representatives, the .presi
dent said, not only would impair
his power to administer "the great
trust assigned me by the constitu
tion," but would injure abroad the
reputation pf hi? leadership.
The president's action electrified
republicans at the capital who is
sued a formal reply in the name of
the party leaders in Jhe senate and
house and the chairmen of the sen
ate and house republican congres
sional campaign committees.
Point To Party's Record.
The republican statement declar
ing the minority party in congress
has supported the administration
policies since the war with a
unanimity and an absence of criti
cism unprecendented in party his
tory, pointed to the record as proof.
The war, the republican statement
contends, is not the president's
"personal war"-ior the war of con
gress, nor of a party, but of the
American people, and declares "the
republican party, representing more
than half the citizenship of the
country, demands its rightful share
in the burdens and responsibilities
If given a majority in either or
both houses, the leaders said, the
republican party would drive for
ward the war and hasten victory
and would "check the waste now
going on of money" given by the
Several senators and representa
tives, both republicans and demo
crats issued personal statements
during the day and most leaders
on both sides prepared for the de
bate which was expected in the sen
ate when it reassembles Monday
after the week-end recess, and pos
sibly in the house.
Republican Leaders' Statement.
The statement issued by repub
lican leaders in congress follows:
"Some time ago the president said
'eoliths is adjourned.' Now, in the
closing days of the campaign de
layed by the united efforts of all
parties for the Liberty loan now,
when all public meetings hav'ebee.i
given up owing to the influenza epi
demic, the president sends out a
direct party appeal calling upon his
countrymen to vote fer democrats
because they are democrats without
any reference to whether such dem
ocrats have been or are in favor of
war measures and have a war rec
ord which deserves support.
"The voters of Michigan, to take
a single example, are called ' upon
to support Mr. Henry Ford noto
rious for his advocacy of peace at
any price. Jor his contemptuous al
lusion to the flag, for the exemption
of his son from military service
on the sole ground that he will
blindly support the president. The
president is quite ready to admit
that republicans are loyal enough
to take up greSt loans and pay enor
mous taxes; loyal enough to furnish
important men at no salary on some
of therreat war boards in Washing
ton. But they are not loyal enough,
in the president's opinion, to be
trusted with any share in the gov
ernment of the country or legisla
tion for it.
What Republicans Would Do.
"If the republican party controls
the house we can point out some
of the things they will do. They
will replace Mr. Dent of Alabama,
at the head of the military affairs
committee, with Mr. Julius Kahn,
to whom the administration was
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Free Love Established
By Bolsheviki; Children
To Be Property of State
London, Oct. 25. (British
Wireless Service.) Russian maid
ens under the jurisdiction of cer
tain provinicial Bolshevik Soviets
become the "property of the state"
when they reach the age of 18
years, and are compelled to reg
ister at a government "bureau of
fre'e love," according to the offi
cial Gazette of the Vladimir so
viet of workers and soldiers' dep
uties, which recently published
that Soviet's decree on the subject.
Under the decree, a woman hav
ing registered "has .the right to
choose from among men between
19 and 50 a cohabitant husband."
The consent of the man chosen is
not necessary, the decree adds,
and he has no right to make any
1 1.000 GERMANS
AND MANY GUNS
British Reach Entire Railway
Line Between Leqesnoy
and Maing; French Ad
vance at All Points.
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l To Buy Shoes
For Shoeless Children
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London, Oct. 25. Nine thousand
Germans have been made prisoners
and loO guns have been captured by
the British in their attacks against
the Germans, according to Field
Marshal Haig's communication is
South of Valenciennes the British
have reached the entire railway line
on the front between Lequesnoy
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Parfis. Oct. 25. The French to
day advanced their line at all points,
despite the most stubborn resist
ance of the enemy. More than 2,000
prisoners with cannon and machine
guns "were captured, according to
the official statement issued by 'the
war office tonight.
British Make Important Gains.
With the British Army in France
and Flanders, Oct. 25. Further im
portant gains wer made today by
the British first and third armies in
their encircling drive about Valen
ciennes. South of Jhe invested city
the attaching forces pushed forward
more than two miles, capturing
Querenaing and Sepmeries, while on
the north Odomez was taken.'
South of Valenciennes the attack
at an early hour had taken the Brit
ish forward more than two miles,
thereby virtually eliminating the
sharp salient which bulged into
their territory with its point resting
Tne assult, which was pressed
vigorously in this sector yesterday,
was renewed this morning at 3
o'clock at the same time General
Horn's army dr)ve forward north
In Three Army Camps
Washington, Oct. 25 Three army
camps did not report a single new
case of influenza today and only
two, Kerny, California, and Lewis,
Washington, reported more than 100
The total of new cases for -all
camps, a statement from the office
of the surgeon general said, was
2,376 against 2,772 the day before.
Pneumonia cases decreased from 699
to 500 and deaths from 307 to 241.
' The camps which reported no new
cases were Wheeler, Georgia; Ous
ter, Michigan, and Meigs, District of
Columbia. Camp Dix, New Jersey,
which reported no cases yesterday
had three today.
American Army Gas Shells
More Deadly Than Germans'
. New York, Oct. 25.T-Gas shells
prepared in America are more dead-
1 v than anv en far marl in Clprmanv
fVnd their fumes can penetrate even
Ith; most modern gas masks, Major
I . W. Duffy, of the British-American
gas service, declared here t3
night in a lecture before he society
of chemical industry.
Major Duffy said in tours of the
battle fields in France he had ob
served hundreds of Germans, all of
whom wore masksiof the latest Ger
man design, killed by American -as.
'"' Not -satisfied to " contribute" $5 to
keep the feet of the school child
ren warm and dry, Paul F. Skin
tier writes a check for five times
that sum and sends it to the fund.
While the limit we have asked
contributors to place on their of
ferings is $5, we appreciate the
generous spirit in which this larger
gift is made and will see that Mr.
Skinner "adopts" a whole family
of shoeless little ones.
The fund is coming along fine
you'll feel better after you con
tribute your bit.
Previously acknowledged. .$132.00
Paul F. Skinner 25.00
Cash m 2.00
Mrs. John Mill, Valley, Neb. 2.00
A friend 5.00
Mrs. M. A. Reichenberg. . . . 3.00
HOUSE WILL BE
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. OF PRESIDENT
Wilson's Personal Adviser
Reaches France With Ad
miral Benson to At
s tend Conferences.
Washington, Oct. 25. Col. E. M.
House, personal representative of
President Wilson and spokesman of
the State department, and William
S. Benson, chief tf naval operations,
have arrived in France to represent
the United States in the considera
tion of Germany's plea for an armis
tice and peace negotiations.
iheir arrival has cleared .the way
Might Result in Outflanking
Whole Austrian Position on
Lower Piave, Is Wash
ington Opinion. ,
By Associated Press.
Washington. Oct. 25. The sud
den flare of activity on the Italian
front after months of almost com
plete quiet, attracted quick atten
tion today among military officials
here. It was noted, however, that
first official reports from Rome care
fully refrained from describing the
actions as a drive. The fact that
nearly 3,000 prisoners were taken
yesterday shows the surprise nature
of the attacks, and it also may in
dicate waning morale in the Aus
trian army. ' Officers here would not
be surprised if the Austrian forces
in view of conditions at home show
ed weakness under heavy assault.
The place selected for the attack
Indicates that the present opera
tions may be preliminary steps to a
major offensive. If the high
ground between the Brenta and
Piave rivers is carried in? sufficfent
force, observers here believe it
might be possible for the Italian
army, supported by French and
British units and artillery and pos
sibly by American troops, to reach
the valley of the Upper Piave and
outflank the whole Austrian posi
tion on the lower stretches of the
river, running from the Monte
Grappa plateau to the sea.
May, Force Withdrawal.
Immediate withdrawal of the Aus
trian forces on this line would ap
pear to be the certain result of any
striking Italian success on the lines
now under assault.
The -Piave forms a great loop,
flowing down toward the plateau
from the northeast, then swinging
Paid Workers Campaign Stale
in an Endeavor to Swing
Tide of League Vote to
After the democratic state com
mittee for several weeks has charged
that S. R. McKelvie, republican
candidate for governor, was angling
after the nopartisan league vote, it
now appears jhat the committee has
been working along that same line
and has had in its employ emissaries
who have been working for some
time in an effort to land the league
support for Governor Neville.
It is well known that one man
has been working earnestly to bring
about that end notwithstanding that
Governor Neville himself has brand
ed the league as unpatriotic, pro
German and un-American.
Absolute proof of the matter has1
been disclosed in a letter written on
the letter head of the democratic
state committee, which it is now
claimed by the agent of the com
mittee was stolen from his room.
However, to a couple of newspa
per men who interviewed him he
practically acknowledged the truth
of the action of the democratic com
mittee in going after the league sup
port and there is little doubt but
that while the committee and demo
cratic papers nave been crying
stop thief, they have been guilty
of the same acts they have charged
the republican committee of being
guilty of, and which they pro
nounced unAmerican and unpa
triotic. Following is the accusing letter
which convicts the1 democrats:
"Mr. T. E. Evans, Sargent, Neb.
Dear Mr. Evans: Enclosed find
check for $30, expense money.
When you need more, advise me
where to send it. I hope vou will
! make a careful study of the situa
tion in order to leam if we can do
anything to turn the nonpartisan
league tide to the governor. It
would be a crime ifjhey defeat him.
With best wishes, yours very truly,
Chairman Democratic State commit
Wants Letter Back.
"Some thief stole that letter from
by room and I demand the return
of my letter," said Mr. Evans yes
terday. "The letter from Mr.
Sprague, chairman of the democrat-1
ic state central committee, was per
sona! correspondence, and while I
(Continued on Tage Two, Column Four.)
British Again Making Progress
Against Turks; Allies Slow
ly Forcing Back Foe in
France and Belgium. s
THE BEE'S NEW
for the beeinninar of such delibera-1 sharply southeast to reach the sea,
tions by the supreme war council at (Continued on Tage Two, Column Five.)
frame the draft of an armistice to. ACTQITI NPYT SllTlflJlV
be submitted to Germany. The I gAlll 1 tAl OUllUcty
premiers of the allied countries, who
make up the political elements of
the council, can tieVassembled at
short notice, but it is oresumed
their presence will not be necessary
until the military and naval mem
bers have completed their work.
Will Advise the President.
It was said today in official Quar
tets that Colonet' House would not
be a member of the council, at least
for the present; that ne simply is
the eyes and ears of the president
in Europe, charged with, ascertain
ing the exact state of public and
private feeling in regard to all mat
ters connected with the war. Pos
sessed of full knowledge of fhis na
ture, it is believed the president will
be even better prepared than here
tofore to deal with every phase of
the' complex problems that will
arise as soon as negotiations for an
armistice and peace are fully under
Individual views of the entente
powers are certain to develop as the
resultof the action of President
Wilson in boldly stating the war
aims of the -United States; in fact,
it is understood that the president
desires to have these disclosed at
the earliest possible morrTent so that
(Continued on tag Two, Column Seven.)
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tures of People You Know.
Won&erful Pictorial Scenes of -The
War Zone. .
Pictures of Women War Workers in
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By Associated Press., -The
Germans in ' Belj? ium :
and France still are! stib- "
bornly resisting the at
tempts of the entente allied
forces to break through
their lines and bring about
an immediate collapse of
their defensive positions - v.
On tne whole they 'are
succeeding, but nevertheless .'
on all salient positions un-'
der attack the enemy line
gradually but slowly is be
ing forced backward. .
On the northern Italian ""battle""'
front between the Brenta and Piave j
rivers the Austrians are being put
to the test in a new attack by Brit-
ish, French and Italian troops, while a
in 1 Mesopotamia the British have
again gone on the offensive against
the Turks and at last accounts wtte
making considerable progress. In
Albania and Serbia the operations oi -the
allied forces are tending toward
the slow but sure evacuation of the .
invaded districts by the enemy
forces.' I ' i . ,
Resistance Increases. "
In the northern French theater
the British are centering their ef- .
forts south of Valenciennes to cave
in the salient between that city and :
Lequesnoy and move on toward the
important junction town of Mau
beuge, with thetwofold purpose of
finally encompassing Valenciennes -
and reachinu the Belgian border.
Everywhere the Germans are of- .
fering the stiffest of resistance but
nevertheless they have been cou
; elled to give up the town of Maing
and most of the intervening points
southvard along the railway to Le- '
quesnoy, which now is all but in
British hands. ,
Between the Oise and Serre rivers
American naval gunners with 16-inch 1 .
guns have joined the French in their
efforts to hammer their way north
eastward toward Hirson, one of the
key point positions in the German
line. American shells . from these "
guns are being hurled against both
Vervins an" Rozoy. Further prog
ress has been made by the French in
this region, but only after the hard
est kind of fighting. -
Americans Advance Line.
Likewise on both sides of the
Meuse river the Americans have ad
vanced their line!, notwithstanding s
the strong resistance of the enemy. -North
of Grandpre, which lies in the "
valley above the famous Argonne '
forest, several hills of the utmost "'
importance froma strategic stand
point has been taken frcJm the des
perately resisting enemy machine
gunners and artillerists: Numerous
violent counter-attacks have been
launched by the Germans against
the Americans, but all these have
been sustained. The Germans in"
this region now are hadlv nntflanM "
by the French standing on the left
. . "" " "c ai vouziers.
and it is probable they soon will '
be compelled to readjust their en-1 '
tire line from the north of Vouziers
to the region of Etain.
British Pursuing Turks. ,
London, Oct. 25. An official
communication dealing with the op-
erations in Mesopotamia, issued by
the war office tonight says:
"On the 18th 6f October we were x
in contact with Turkish forces hold- !
ing a strong position astride the Ti
gns near Fatah, where the river
flows through the Jebel . Hamrin
country. On October 23 the enemy',
retired northward under cover of
darkness towards Tesfrzab pursued ' '
Serbians Near Belgrade. ' .
With the Allied Armi " u.
Sean Front, via Saloniki, Oct. 25.-',
The Serbians, supported by
iem.ii cavairy, nortn ot Nish are
continuing to advance with T?lw
grade eight miles distant. The food
prooiem wun any army but the Ser- :
bian would be difficult. Th Ser
bians advance whether thev r '
or not. They are being aided by
guerrilla bands who hid in the
mountains early in the war and are"
now making their way down from
the heights to cut off oortions of th
enemy straggling in"the rear. ' J v
It is evidently th Hcir f i.
as quickly and as cheaply as possi- .
wv. um ineir retreat is Being
w7 iy mc oeroians ,
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