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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. A dispatch f yesterday from Petrograd said: ■The nri; ial Messenger estimates the Turkish gai rison at Eraemm, mptnre of which was announced yesterday, as 1410,000 men. it is estimated thai none than 1.000 guns were raptured. It N said ih rt were 4ii7 guns in the outer forts. ::74 in ihe central forts and 200 8eld guns at Brsernm. Public retoiciag over the capture of Basel um is reflected in the newspaper comment on the fall of the f • r t -ress. The Novae Vremya considers the capture to have enormous Importance, as it points out that I.r/eium is the center of road and railway route, and has immense depots for aniinuuilion and supplies. If declare- the fall of tile city opens route-north and SOUth to the Rus-iaii-. and seriously will aifc 1 the activities of the Turks in Mesopotamia and Syria. The Retch says thai llie taking of Br serum menaces all A-ia Minor and even Constantinople. The Bourse Gazette believes the capture will have an effect up. 11 Athens and Bucharest as well as upon Persia and Afghanistan." Military preparedness in state institutions began Monday with the delivery at St. Charles school for boys of 080 Springfield rifles— United states regular army weapons and f.rlv rilles delivered at the Soldiers" Orphans home at Normal. The guns, with bayonets. McKeever cartridge boxes, belts and other equipment were sent from the arsenal at Rock Island on orders from the War Department at Washington. Acting on hsstruc-tions from Washington, Adjt. Gen. Dicksons o#aee is trying to get in touch with some retired army officer who can give military instruction to the boys in the two institutions. Under the terms of an order issued by the war office as published in the army organ. La France Miliiaire. German uflh.iiu who are prisoners of war in France are to receive each month pay equal to that of French uflhiTu on have, a- previously fixed in 1 lit- Preach army regulations. Similar treat men I is to be accorded French officers who are prisoners in Germany. This arrangement has been reached through negotiations between the French and German governments. The Rotterdam correspondent of the London Daily Mail telegraphs: A Zeppelin, blown adrift in a storm loda.v Wednesday apparently from Belgium, has landed a wreck at Rlerick. near Venloo, in the Dutch province of Llmbmg, cleat to the German 1 rder. The Dutch military authorities seized the airship and interned it. it is reported that the Zeppelin idled near Brussels was damaged extens ively in the storm. The storm which now is raging over Holland is causing great anxiety lest further Hoods and disasters occur. Dnj and nigbl bundle. is of laborer* are working feverishly to prevent fresh ruptures of the dike-. The force of the storm i- such thai all kinds of strengthening material is speedily washed sway bv the slant wave- breaking across the dikes. The plant of the Fariat Steel Company at Rridge-port. Conn., was almost complete! destroy,.,] by lire late Wednesday night With a loss estimated at upwards 1 f 8430,000. The origin of the blaze is unknown. The company, which employed 5,000 persons, was busy furnishing steel for the Remington Anus and Ammunition Company. A cablegram from Buenos Aires. Argentina, announces the birth of a sen to Mr. and Mrs. Kermil Roosevelt. Mrs. Boosovelt was Miss Bell.. Willard of Richmond, daughter of the American ambassador at Madrid. Mrs. Bnone veil has been in Buenos Aires two nsoaths. This is Colonel Roosevelts fifth grandchild. A Berlin dispatch, according to the Copenhagen on respondent of the London Morning Post. sas that the Duke of Mecklenburg has left for Bu-chnresl as the Gorman emperors envoy t,, offer Roumauia a loan of 1916.sh0,000,000. Three Teutonic submarines have lx en sunk in the Adriatic Sea by French cruisers, according to the Echo de Paris.