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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. li: ft! Once more Lille holds the center of attention "J of along the lighting lino in northern Fiance. The 1 Germans are massing troops there In enormous a numbers. It is considered certain that, baifled " along the Belgian line, they will make another at-tempt to win through to the coast from the south of Lille. Success would isolate a large allied force - and cut the coast lines of communications. It is thought, however, that this will be an almost im- D possible task, as the forces opposing the Germans si in this section have themselves been heavily rein -1 forced. According to reports from the front the h lighting continues without delinite result iu the 1 Argonnes, where the Germans are endeavoring to. ti get through to the south. A late Paris dispatch in avers that the attack of the reinforced German oi on aliuy in the neighborhood of Lille is growing in intensity. The allies have shifted several corps in ti that direction to meet the attack of the invader. J J. It is officially anuouiiced at Tokio that tlie German w fortress of Tslng-Tau has surrendered to the Japu- o of uese and British forces. The announcement states v that the lirst step iu bringing about the surrender c of the fortress occurred at midnight of Friday, 1 when the infantry charged and occupied the middle r fort of the line of defense. In this operation they b took 200 prisoners. The Germans hoisted the White n flag at 7 oclock Saturday morning at the weather t observation bureau of Tsiug-Tau. The charge g against the middle fort was led by Gen. Yoshimi I: Yamada at the head of companies of infantry and o engineers. The extent of the German and Japanese II losses, which were large, have not been announced, e The greatest advantage which will come to the al- r lies bv the fall of Tsing-Tau will be the release i -of the Ueets now before that stronghold. They will t be freed to take part Iu naval activity in other seas. It has been announced that the release of s these vessels will be followed by an active cam- t paign to drive the German cruisers which have t been raiding shipping in all parts of the world v from the high seas. With the capture of Tsing- Tail Germany is deprived of all her Asiatic possessions. The German prisoners who were taken when j the fortress surrendered, are being placed upon transports and will probably be interned In Southern Japan. The surrender was unconditional. The loss of the British cruiser Good Hope has been officially announced In a statement issued by the British admiralty, which said that the cruiser t foundered in the recent engagement with the Ger- man squadron off the coast of Chile. The cruiser , Momouth, which the unofficial reports from German sources said had been sunk, was beached, according ; to the admiraltys statement. The British battle- ship Canopus, "which had been sent to join the cruisers on the Pacific station,- was not at the ; scene of the action. A dispatch from Lima, Peru, says that the British cruiser Glasgow, which was ; in the naval battle with the Germans oft Coronel. Chile, has arrived at Puerto Montr. Chile. Report has it that the German emperor has ordered One . more attempt to vanquish the British army and 3 force a way to Calais before the great battle is fought near the Silesian frontier, it being realize! that in. event of the defeat of the German army before Breslau it will become imperative for the Germans to conllne themselves to acting ou the defensive in France and Belgium in order to send big forces to Silesia. Amsterdam reports thtt 150,000 Germans are concentrating at Munster and will be sent to Belgium at once. The Russians are credited with having defeated the Austrians before . 1 Jaroslav iu Galicia and capturing the city. A 1 Petrograd dispatch says that the Austrian retreat . on the Galiciau front following the surrender of Jaroslav Is of such character as to indicate less a general defeat than a strategical withdrawal to a new position in accordance with a fixed plan. Although the Russians had been pressing the Aus-! trians with great energy, the Austrians are in possession of several strongly fortified positions which arc still giving the Russians the greatest of trouble; The Austrians are retiring to excellently fortilled positions, resting on Cracow in 1 the south and oii Kalisz in the north, seventy I miles apart. They expect to make an impregnable : 1 stand there and if they can do this Germany will be free to throw the greater part of the armies which invaded Poland back to the western front ir : 1 an effort to crush the Anglo-French defense. These" f 1 German forces, despite reverses in Poland, are still : large and Valuable. After their failure before War-. " saw the Germans succeeded in getting their best : troops- away with comparatively small losses. These troops, still in good lighting condition, are lrob- - s ably already proceeding toward France. A dispatch 1 3 from Amsterdam says that up to last Sunday the ! J German concentration camps nnd hospitals held I 433,233 prisoners, as follows: French. 3,138 officers i s and 1SS.01S men; Russians, 3,127 otlicers and 1S0.- 779 men: Belgians, 537 officers and 34,907 men: : British, 417 officers and 15,730 men. These figures do not include prisoners not encamped. Smyrna e advices say the Turkish authorities have con-s liscated all British. French and Russian steamers J ? in that port. The British steamer Italia of th! Anchor line, bound from New York to Mediterra-7 - nean ports, has been detained at Gibralter. The ! " authorities there state that the Italia has contra-B baud of war alward. The Turks have seized the f British steamers Assiout and City of Khirs at 1 Smyrna. A large German steamer has been blown , i- up south of the Danish Island of Langland in the , Great Belt, by a mine said to have been placed j by the Germans. A number of the crew perished. During the past fortnight two large German traiv-e I lers and one German steamer have been destroyed 1 e in the same region. An official dispatch from , Pretoria says that on Wednesday Colonel Mcntz eu-s gaged the rebels under General Muller at Brookes . horstspruit. routing them with a loss of foiir killed I d and fifty-eight captured, including a German spy. " in " The remnant of the rebel force is being pursued. t Petrograd reports that the left wing of the Bus-J siali army, in engagements taking place between i"5 Oct. 23 and Nov. 4 on the front iu the vicinity of f r- Cracow, took prisoners 274 officers and 1S.500 men , :I of the Austrian army. In addition to these prison-ii ers, tlie Russian forces captured three howitzers. v forty pieces of artillery, thirty-eight rapid-lire l. V guns, and a large quantity of material for the e 1. manufacture of .cartridges. The official anuounce-ment given out in Paris says that the situation is s ill h relatively quiet on the river Yscr below Dixinude. j. Is is Tlie statement sets forth that French and British forces have successfully repulsed German attacks g 1 along almost the entire front. Reference is made e a a specifically to Dixmude and Dixschoote. where e ti counter attacks were repulsed; to the southeast of f c Ypres. where the French have assumed the often-t i- sive witli the British, and to Neuve Chapelle, where e ir the British forces drove back the Germans. Norti-,f 1- of east of Verdun two villages have been captured nnd 1 1 to the southeast of Verdun and to the southeast of f St. Mihlel the offensive movements of the enemy y J. failed, according to tlie French statement. Also on n the right wing tlie enemy sustained losses around d t! Nanev. Russian forces are attacking the German n ?s iMisitlon at Sieradz. on the Wartho river, iu Russian n Poland, southeast of Kalisz and about fifteen miles s -1 east of the German border, according to information l- from Petrograd. This engagement marks the . beginning of the Russian advance against tin-last ! fortified German positions on Russian soil. Ti Germans are heavily intrenched at Sieradz and appear - determined to dispute tlie crossing of the 0 f river Wartlie. The largest and most powerful naval guii ever ;l designed lias just been completed for the United II States navy. It is a giant 10-inch rifle, which has s been constructed without publicity at the Washing-Ion - navy yard, aud is now being tested. If the new ;v weapon proves to be the success its initial trias s promise it in all probability will be adopted as th:1 type of gun for the main battery of the three c dreadnoughts authorized at the last session of congress. - It is claimed that the 10-inch gun will have a range of fifteen miles, and at least twice tlie penetrating power of the famous German howitzers. The American steamer Kroonland lias lieen released v bv British officers at Gibraltar and has is " sailed, leaving the copper and rubber of its cargo :o for the verdict of a prize court. W II Hotchkiss. one of Theodore Roosevelts g chief political lieutenants, declares that the former r chief executor will not be a candidate for the presidency . in 1910. Incomplete figures show that the proposed woman " suffrage amendment to the Nebraska state constitution has been defeated by at least 5,000 votes. Twenty-five acres of cattle pens, one-third or the Kansas City stockyards, have been destroyed Ml by fire with a "loss estimated at 725,000. It is reported that Gen. Fulallo Gutierrez has ?,i resigned as provisional "resident of Mexieo and may be succeeded by Villa.