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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY "The Germans are taking seriously the American thrust at the apex of their line in the Clignon Valley northwest of Chateau Thierry and thus far have used five divisions in attempting to counter it, but entirely without success," Renters corres-IKindeiit at French headquarters telegraphs under Tuesdays date. "Two fresh divisions were thrown at the American center at Boursches this morning in a fruitless attempt to recapture the Tillage." A German division contains about 12.000 men. German efforts to batter down the French defenses between Mondidier and the Oise. begun on Sunday, seem to have been checked on the third day of the struggle. On the western end of the battle line the French have counterattacked and regained ini-liortaut ground, while on the center and right repeated efforts by the enemy to exploit his earlier successes have been met with stern resistance from the French, who claim that the Germans are being held. Since German submarines began their raids off the Atlantic coast on May 25. tli" output of ship yard building vessels for the shipping board has exceeded the sinkiug of American ships by more than 100.010 deadweight tons. The production during this interval has been twenty-one vessels, totaling 130,642 tons. Excluding the vessels salvaged, the submarines destroyed ten American ships totaling 26.000 tons. An appeal to the United States and the allies to send an expeditionary force to Russia to repel the German invaders, forwarded by the central committee of the cadet party, was presented to the State Department yesterday by the Russian embassy. It is asked that the force be put under international control to guarantee the rights of Russia. Crews of two neutral steamships sunk by German submarines, the Norwegian steamships Vindeg-gen and Henrik Lund, were brought to an Atlantic scai ort yesterday by a Danish steamship. Both steamers were torpedoed on June 8. the crews reported, twenty-five miles east of Cape Charles. There is a great need for nurses in France, according to General Merritt W. Ireland, chief surgeon with the American expeditionary forces. He says for every 25.000 soldiers lauded in France, the army must not have fewer than 400 nurses. While not opposed to introduction of any separate prohibition legislation, senators may see fit to offer President Wilson, it became known yesterday, is opposed to attaching any prohibition amendments to pending appropriation bills. As an outiome of recent conferences, Japan is preparing a declaration defining her attitude toward Russia, according to a Tientsin dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph Company at London. Practically the whole of Austria has been de clared in a state of siege, declared a Central News dispatch from Rome yesterday. Quoting the message: "Only a few regions are excepted." Subscriptions from the army to the eighth German war loan total 1.425. INK marks, according to advices received at Amsterdam from Berlin. A dispatch from Rome says that two Austrian superdreadnaughts have been torpedoed and sunk by Italian destioyers.