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EUROPEAN WAR DEVELOPMENTS. The following official communication from tlio Russian general stall was given out: "The fighting hear Lodz continues. The large German forces which on Nov. 20 broke into the region of Strykow. Rrzeziny, Koluszkl, Rzgow and Tuszyn are pressed on every side by our troops and are now attempting by a supreme effort to cut through toward the north. To the south of Koluszkl station some scattered units are roaming about. We captured prisoners, some heavy ordnance, and Held giius. The outcome of the. battle of Nov. 21 was to our advantage. In the lighting near Czeustochowa and Cracow our troops manifestly have the upper hand. Reyond the Carpathian passes we are surrounding large bodies of Austrian troops in the vicinity of Mezodaborez. In tliis region we captured a general, forty officers, more than 3,300 soldiers, and convoys and machine guns. Near the pass giving access to the Hungarian plain we occupy the , city of Homouna." Petrograd reiKrts that ou the entire front of the Vistula and Waita rivers the Germans have, begun a retreat, according to meager reports. At some points, it is said, the backward movement resembles a rout, artillery, ammunition and commissary stores being left on the field. "The action near Lodz," says the London Daily Mails Petrograd correspondent, "resulted in a great Russian victory. One division of Oennans already has surrendered and another is In such a hopeless position that it is expected to surrender immediately." Wireless reports from Rerlin, however, declare that this Russian offensive in. this region. lias been checked. Coincident with the Russian forward movement in the center of this great battle line, there is a concentrated attack ou Cracow in progress. Forces from three different imints are closing in on the Austrian fortified cify, where it is expected another crucial battle will be begun within a day or two. One of the most significant pieces of news regarding, the Russian operations gomes from Budapest, where it Is admitted that the czars troops again have invaded Hungary and have feached the. county of Ung, alwut thirty-live idlles south of the Carpathians, and the county of Zeihplin, llfty miles to the soil th of those mountains. The troops which invaded Ung, according to this report, have .been driven back to the frontier, while action is being taken against those in Zemplln. A report from Rome says Zemplln is now controlled by the Russians. That the Russian general staff is preparing to hold the advantages already gained Is indicated in a dispatch from Petrograd. saying that the lirst reserves have been called to the colors.