General News Notes of the Day, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-28


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GENERAL NEWS NOTES OF THE DAY. More than 50,000 children under 12 years of age, all dependent on outside relief for the necessaries of life, are in Lebanon and 25,000 other orphans are in Syria, not including Palestine, according to reports of missionaries from the near east who recently arrived in New York. It was asserted by the missionaries that it was . extremely doubtful whether many of these children could survive the coming winter if relief does not reach them in a more substantial form than heretofore. Russia is passing1 through a period of mortal danger, Premier Kerensky told the national conference which assembled in Moscow Saturday, to consider the present situation of the country and plans for a new national government. He declared that any attempt to take advantage of the conference for an attack on the national power, as embodied in the provisional government, would be repressed pitilessly "by blood and iron." A reply to Pope Benedicts peace proposal may be made by the government this week. Secretary Lansing said yesterday it would be made soon, but declined to indicate its character or time of dispatch. Reports from the entente powers yesterday indicated that they might be waiting for the United States to make the first reply. Orders were received by the United States marshal yesterday to transfer more than a dozen Germans considered dangerous to the United States from the enemy alien detention camp on Ellis Island, to Fort Oglethorpe, la. A spetial detail of soldiers Will take the prisoners south. Dr. Eduard Buchner, professor of chemistry at the University of AVurzburg, who was in service at the front as a major, has died of wounds. His death, following that of Adolf Aon Baeyer, removes two of the greatest German chemists within a week. A dispatch from Rome says a desperate battle is in progress on the Bainslzza plateau, on the front north of Gorizia, it is iiunoiiuced officially. The resistance of the Austrians has been overcome at various points. President AVilson sent to tho members of the national council assembly at Moscow yesterday, assurances that this government is willing to extend "every material and moral assistance" to the government of Russia. Three great Allied drives assailed Teutonic lines on three fronts yesterday. British and French troops resumed the offensive which they started last Monday. Italy continued her fierce drive uninterruptedly. Secretary Daniels expects to submit to Congress this week estimates or 50,000,000 for the great number of destroyers which will make the American navy the leader of the world in ships of that type. The Texas delegation in Congress has filed a protest with President AVilson against sending northern Negro troops to Texas.

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