FRESH RUSSIAN SUCCESS. 9,400 PRISONERS AND SEVEN GUNS TAKEN. A Russian official communtq«e received in on Monday says: the west of the middle Nieme>n our oSeap **e continues with success. n the other fronts, on the right and left ct tr* Vistula and in Eastern Galicia, there been no changes of importance. An the Carpathians our troops have gained j^portant suecess in the regien Sv'ianik- w^iere certain sectors we cap- ^red the chief e^emy positions and took pri- ons 2,400 men and forty-six officers, be- "d($ capturing two guns And five matihine-gune. the attacks of the enemy in the direc- of Usiok and Munkacs were successfully %Pulsed. ALt Przemysi the artillery duel continues roüly. On the western front of the for- we occupied the village of Kraseitchine.
OlJR LOSSES IN DARDANELLES. €| ktLLEO, WOUNDED, OR MISSINO. .The Secretary to the Admiralty made the lowing announcement late on Sunday night: Unfavourable weather has interrupted ope- i'ons in the Dardanelles, and seaplane ^^nnaissance has not been possible, the of damage done to the forte by the '"ibardmont of the 18th cannot be secer- ned. No great expectation should, however, be on this, as owing to the losses caused t? drifting mines the attack wafi not pressed £ it.* conclusion on that day. The power of 7*? fleet to dominate the fortresses by euperi- ?f fire seems to be established. to uJ1,ous other dangers and difficulties have wu-lf oncount-eT«<i, but nothing has happened Justifies the belief that the cost of the rtaking will exceed what has always been «*peo^i and provided for. #iJ+ ritleh casualties in personnel are -*ty-one killed, wounded, and missing. Admiral do Robeck has telegraphed to the rally as follows: j I desire to bring to the notice of their i^rdships the splendid behaviour of the .*ench squadrons. Their heavy k)ss leaves ?em quite undaunted. They were led into .^se action by Rear-Admiral Guepratte with greatest gallantry."
1 THE VOSGES FIGHTING. ENCH EFFORT TO RECAPTURE LOST POSITION. £ The official communique issued in Paris OH ^'tday evening says: The enemy again bombarded the Cathedral Soissons, firing twenty-seven shells and fusing serious damage to the edifice, on /|lich, contrary to German assertions, no ™st or observation station has ever been in- J**Ued. Nor is it trHe that the Red Cross flag ever been hoisted ou it. i.Iti Champagne we made slight progress to e^st of the Eidge No. 196. j- In the Argoune there was rather a hot rifle all day, but no infantry attack was made, w. Les Enarges we maintained our gains, not- r^Hstanuing two violent counter-attacks, kick were repulsed with heavy loss to the elle Y. t; In the Vosges we lost in the daytime the i r^tt and the Little Reichackerkopf, but we Lave since recaptured the Little Reichacker- Pf, and have launched a counter-attack for 6 recovery of the Great Reichackerkopf.
DRAMATIC MOMENTS. "BYZ-WITNBW" ON GALLANTRY OF OUR MEN. Eye-Witness," writing from British Head- quarters on the great fight at St. Etod, say: la spite of too generally monotonous cbarac- ter of the present stage of the war there have been some dira-matie moments. One such moment immediately preceded the attack on Neuve Chap<jLie on the 10th. when our in- fantry, waiting to assault., were watching the borakarrdment. They could see our shells bursting in the uliick veil of smoke and cbust which bang over the German trenches, and as the mimT wore on, a8 our artillery fire grew hotter and. hotter, and the time grew nearer for them to rush forward, their excite- ment rose to fever pitch. In some places our men wer-e s-een to jump up on the pa-rapets brandishin>g their rifles towards the (i^rmaos and shouting remarks which were dmowned in the roar of the guns. When the rush was actually niakie our losses were trifling. It wae only in the srubsequent advance that the heavy casualties occurred. HEAVY TOLL OF OFFICERS. Of the gafkintry of regimental officer* throughout the fighting it is unnecessary to peak. The casualty lists tell the tale. The lieavy toll wnoxyg them was largely due to the fact that in advancing over the itarioate coun- try. intersected with hedges and ditches, the platoon commanders had to go forward to re- connoitre the groun-d and discover the best way to circumvent or cross these obstacles without getting their men crowded together in narrow places such as gaps in hedgerows and bridges. This naturally entailed expo- sure. The success achieved and the extra- ordinary spirit shown by the troops are the best proofs of the quahties displayed by their leaders. THE FEELING OF VICTORY. The accounts of much of the fighting. that has taker, pkice in the western theatre of operations during the winter, dealing as they have with infinitesimal gains and losses of ground, n-aturally prompt the question of what advantage or disadvantage, to either side ] can be advances and retirements which in any other field campaign would have been con- sidered too trivial for record. The answer is twofold. In the first, place a sttoceas, especially that of an offensive by which some definite point or position is gained, ever, though the advance registered be a sma$one, is as elevating to the moral of the attackers as it is depressing to that of the defenders, for it is the feeling of having beaten the one my that counts. In the second place, in regard to the actual extent of ground won or lost, as has been frequently pointed out, the form of warfare into which the operations have developed approximates to that of a siege, in which very much "f ihe fighting is at. close range, and the possession of a yard of ground counts, because it may enable the possessor to act I against srvioe other point with greater effect titan be could otherwise have done.
BATTLE OF THE NARROWS. GREAT NAVAL ACTION. THREE BATTLESHIPS SUNK. FRENCH AND BRITISH LOSSES. An action between the combined sqrmdrons of Great s Britain and France and the great fortresses of the Narrows in the Dardanelles was fought on Thursday. As aresult great damage to the forts has been done, the full extent of which can/not as yet be estimated, though four of them were silenced; but, on the other hand, it is regrettable to state that three vessels of the Allied Fleets were sunk. The three vessels lost were the Irresistible and the Ocean, of the British Fleet, and' the Bouvet, of the French squadron. The losses were caused by minor drifting with the cur- rent which were encountered in &rem ,hitherto swept clear. ADMIRALTY STATEMENT. The Secretary of the Admiralty issued the following statement on Friday night: Mine-sweeping having been in. progress dur- ing the lafst ten days inside the Straits. a general attack was deliveredl by the British and French Fleets ore Thursday morning upon the fortresses at the Narrows of the Dardanelles. At 10.45 a.m. Queen Elizabeth, Inflexible, Agamemnon, and; Lord Nelson bombarded Fofta J, L, T, U. and V; while Tri-umph and Prince George firedl at batteries F, E, and H. A heavy fire was opened, on the ships from howitzera and field-guma. AJI; 12.22 the FrNch equaidroin, consistieng of the Suffran, Gaudoils, Chairlieimegne, a.nd Bowvei, advanced up the Dard-ame/Hies to en- gage the forbs at cftoser ramge. Forts J, U, F, and E replied srbrotngfly. Their fire was silenced by the ten bafttfoeships inside the Straits, caM tftie ouips being hit several times I dtuiring this part off the action. By 1.25 p.m. ailJb forts had1 ceased firing. Vengeance, Irresistible, Aiibion, ONm. Swift sure, uJid Majestic then advanced' to relieve the six dd battle-ships in-side i.he Straits. LOSSES FROM FLOATING MINES. As the French squa<dlrosi' which had engaged, the ;>ia-r, brMiant fashion was paseing out. Bon vet was blown up by a drift- ing mine ani -,ati-k- in 'thirty-six fivthoms north of Erengkioi village in legs than three minutes. At 2.36 p.m. the relief battleships renewed the attack on the forts, who again opened fire. The attack on the forte was maintained while the operations of the minesweepers continued. At 4.9 Irresistible quitted the line, listing heavily; and at 5.50 she sank, having probably struck a drifting mine. At 6.5, Ocean also having struck a mine. both TM- sels sank in deep water, practically the whole of the crews having been removed safely under a hot firp. The Gaulois was damaged by gun-fire. Inflexible had her forward control position hit by a heavy shell, and requires repair. The bombardment of the forts and the mine-sweeping operations terminated when darkness fell. The damage to the forts effected by the prolonged direct fire of the very powerful forces employed cannot yet be estimated, and a further report, will follow. The losses of ships were caused by mines drifting with the current which were encoun- tered in areas hitherto swept clear, and this danger will require special treatment. LIGHT BRITISH CASUALTIES. The British casualties in personnel are not heavy, considering the scale of the opera- tions; but practically the whole1 of the crew of the Bouvet were lost with the ship. an in- ternal explosion having apparently super- vened on tlie < xplosion of the mine. The Queen and Implacable, who were despatched from England to replace ships' casualties in anticipation of this operation, arc due to arrive immediately, thus bringing up the British Fleet to its original strength. The operations are continuing, ample naval and military forces being available on the spot. On the lCtl: just.. Vice-Admiral Carderi. who has been incapacitated by illness, was succeeded in the chief command by Rear-Ad- miral John Michael do Robeck, with acting rank of Vice-Admiral.
IOSJYRIRMJ THOSE PRIVATE THEATRICALS. Mrs. Montmorency was oonfroated by a Wflf problem. She was the widow of a retired naval officer, aaJ possessed three daughters and a limited income. Now, in the small seaside town of Minchia, eligible men were scarce. In fact, Gerali Hamilton, a young solicitor and partner in an old- established firm, was considered the catch of the place. Perhaps he was aware of his desirability is the eyes of match-making mothers, and was the more cautious on that account. At any rate, no one had yet succeeded in slipping the matrimonial noose round him. Mrs. Montmorency's problem was how to secure him as a husband for Kathleen, Maude, or Edith. aYou see, mother," Kathleen said once, "we never get the chance of meeting the few eligible men there are. An occasional dance or concert in the winter doesn't count. "There certainly is a great deal in proximity," I observed Mrs. Mont-morenov. "If only we could get up some entertainment which would bring the young people together I feel sure something would Come of it." "(11't tin some inintwr rlr:1'ti('q," sugsreated Maude, brilliantly. "And T will write the pfay." Here, indeed, was an idea worth considering. The theatricals must be in aid of something or other to make them popular, and there would be no doubt of their success. So Maude wrote the play, a toucbingly sentimental romance, in which Kathleen was to play the heroine, and Gerald Hamilton the hero. He required a great deal of persuasion before he would consent to take part. "I hate that sort of thing, don't you know. I un sure I shall be an awful duffer," he said to I tfrc. Montmorency, in his cheery way. "Impossible I" cooed the widow, in reply to the tatter part of his remarks. My dear Mr. Hamilton, it is in the eause of charity, so we ought lot to consider our own feelings. That is what Kathleen was saying only this morning. She is a nreet girl—so unselfish. But, indeed, all my laughters are. I do not know how I shall spare ihem to go to homes of their own." "M I shouldn't bother about that, Mrs. Mont- oorency," said Gerald, with clumsy sympathy. "What is the good of troubling about what may aever happen ? Then, suddenly aware that he hadn't said quite the right thing, he precipitately consented to act. The Montmoreaeys would like to have kept the theatricals strictly a family affair, with the excep- tion of a few men. But this could not very well he done without exciting comment. The plot of the play was unoriginal. A fiiaty- hearted father, a pretty daughter, an intpecunieaB tover; family honour at stake, wealthy suitor, leers and lamentations. Daughter to be sacrificed eaerry little sister (Edith) intercedes debts die- iharged; happy marriage curtain. I Of aoarae, this fare an opportunity for plenty ef I Im rasVi ng between Kathleen and Gerald. Kvaa •tare-wooing is better than none and may give rim to delightful possibilities. There was one part which as yetaebody had baa found to take. It was the r&le of maid-of-all-work (the necessary tench of hnmoar), with a smutty face and down-at-- heel boots. In a sudden ml of generosity Kn. Montmovency suggested that Vita Duncorabe should be asked to distinguish herself in this capecity. Ihe had an idea that Gerald admired Vita, and she Considered that the most likely war to cool his ardour would be to see her in the unbecoming habiliment* t4 a "slavey." Such is woman's pettv spite t | Vita lived with a widowed mother and two littls brothers, and did her best to keep the home together by giving singing-lessons. She was a tweet, fluffy-hairea firi, with brown eves whidk always had a smile ia their depths. When Jlra. Montmorency came to ask her to take part in The Course of True love," Tita consented readily, detecting no under-current beneath the. seeming kindness of the invitation. I shall be glad to do whatever I can to help, the said, and even the prospect of dishevelled hair and a print frock did not alarm her. "All the more fun," she laughed. Maude appointed herself prompter, and Mn, Montmorency was general stage-manager. "A trifle more to the back, please, Miss Dua- combe. You see, yours is a minor part. You de not require to be much seen. Now Mr. Hamiltoa and Kathleen, dear-It The rehearsals, held in the Montmorencys' stuffy, Japanese-fan decorate4 drawing-room, proceeded something after this fashion. "Mr. Hamilton, you must kneel at Kathleen's feet and hold her hand. 'Darling, I swear thai- nothing shall separate us! I love yon, my angel, my heart's queen, as never man loved before I de on, please, Mr. Hamilton." Then Mra. Montmorency would turn to Vita and whisper: How well Mr. Hamilton acts with Kathleea f Really, they look so natural one almost forgets it is only a play." And Vita's lips quivered. Though why should she care? Gerald Hamilton was nothing to her— never could be. She was only a poor little singin £ » mistress, and he—well, he was the man she loveA That was all. << At last the day-the evening—arrived upon which the play was to be given. The Town Hall (an unpretentious building ia a back street) was hired for the occasion. Dress seats, three shillings; reserved, two shillings; entrance, one shilling. As Vrs. Montmorency said "it was no good charging top prices ia Minchin. There was nobody to pay them." Behind the scones everybody was in a state of excitement; that is to say, Gerald was the only one who wasn't. Kathleen wore white muslin and a golden wig which made her head ache. Edith looked more juvenial than ever in a remarkably short frock; while, as for V ita, even the; old print dress could not. altogether hide tl,- lovely lines of hef figure and the smut on her nose only shewed up the clearness of her complexion, which needed neither paint, nor powder. It certainly shewed bad taste (thus Mrs. Montmorency) in one who could not be a lady, because she earned money, to be so pretty. In the front people were consumed with expecta- tion, and at the back they were consuming oranges. There was a hitch in the arrangements of the curtain. At firiit it refused to go up to reveal the beauties beyond. The pianist, at the tin-kettle, out-of-tune instrument, played "Sweet Marie" through a second time, after which the curtain wae induced to retire into obscurity. Mrs. Mont- morency stepped to the front to announce that the enter'.ainmont was for 'lie ber),-fif. of the Minchia reading-room. She b-ro added (though she didn't) that it was chiefly for the benefit of her daughters' matrimonial prospects. Then the play began. The prompter's voice was distinctly audible It different intervals, and some of the scenery collapsed. But these were details. Gerald occa- sionally forgot his "cue," and was discovered Torched on a table in the dressing-room talking ts Vita. The worst, however, was yet to come. At the conolusion of the third act, when the play was nearing its end, some of the art muslin draperies caught fire. Immediately there was a rush for the doors. But, fortunately, there were plenty of exits, so no harm resulted from the stampede. The first to 6y upon the stage was Gerald Hamilton, who, darting past Kathleen and Edith (both shriek- ing with terror and making a dreadful noiee), seised Vita in his an lie c.ricd her into the open air. "My darling my darling f" Mrs. Mont- morency heard him bÃ). c'lmu.k Cod you are not hurt I The fire was soon extinguished, and so was the plar, as it could not very well proceed without as audienoe. When the Amateur Dramatic Company came to square accounts they found there was nothing t* hand over to the reading-room. The hire of the Town Hall and costumes swallowed all the profits. The only visible result, so far as the Montmorency family were concerned, was severe colds and bad temper. There was not even a husband to shew for it. A week after the play Gerald Hamilton's engagement with Vita Duncombe was announced. Tlie Montmorencys were disgusted. "I will never get up any more private theatricals," Mrs. Montmorency took a tearful oath. "To think that, after all our exertions and the interest w* took, we have only succeeded in marrying that horrid little Duncombe girl to the handsoment and richest man in Minchin. It is enough to mala one-" Only Mrs. Montmorency didn't finish tht eenteaOl, XThb En. 1
PRZEMYSL SORTIE REPULSED. RUSSIANS TAKE 4,000 PRISONERS. I%e surrender of the beleaguered fortreea fty of Przemysl, in Gaiiaia, waa expected in ad. The garrison had made a sortie foree, but had been beaten back with very losses. Praemyal was invested early in the war, |d from time to time efforts hare been made the Austro-German armies to raise the siege. Austria has admitted the failure of the "tie in the following official report: On Friday the garrison of Prremya) under- r** the first sortie which it has made for time. On this occasion the movement made in an easterly direction, but was jJfi by strong enemy forces, and our troops behind the line of forts after several fighting. ENORMOUS LOSSES. The official Russian messages state: It Pnemysl the enemy opened fire on our on Thursday morning, and con- all day and the following night, waM,- an unprecedented amount of ammunition, o'clock on Friday rnenrng the garri- 2^ *aade a determined sortie in an eastern potion on the Medjka-Bykow-Plezowice front, repulsing the sortie we captured 1(T7 T^frs, including the oommander of the 2nd Ir^fcent, a 3,954 men. Sixteen machine also fell into our hands. The prisoners that the losses of the division in killed wounded were enormous.
FALL OF PRZEMYSL. A Petrograd message received in Loadoa 04 Monday afternoon announced the fall of libftft,714.
K. ZEPPELIN RAID ON PARIS. LITTLE MATERIAL DAMAGE. Tito French Minwter of War has issued the f. Ollowiru ..+..ai4: .1., f Between 1.15 "•«!. and S a.m. on Sunday, Zeppelins made far Paris, ooming from direction of Compiagne, along the valley ?* the Oise. Two of tbero were forced to turn k before ajriving oisj: faria, on-g at r^ouen and the other .at If anit«a. The other J*0, attacked by the artillery of the defence (I l'k, merely parsed over the north-wester* 'I1/Ok: /,f Pf" onn ov<=r th" "oAi[:hhOlurlng f^barban districts. They withdrew after j**ing dropped a doxen bottvbs. The material <ione was insignificant. Seven or o^*t people were hit, one s^rioiwly. « Various anti-aircraft oiefeuoe posts epened ir^ on the Zeppelins, whifi: the l-^Pt constantly ii# view. Ofie of the Zeppe- seems to liave been lik. Tlie ^adrons took pa,rt in tti-e fight, but a mist f.b^^n in, fh>?ir put'-yuit. Tn a word, Zeppelin raiu on Paris completely failed, M merely served to demonstrate the efficient Otking of the defence or^inwaLioii of the The poople of Paris rotnained perfectly 1m. a* usual. K the course fyf their return journey the j.J^pelin'S dropped twelve incendiary or ex- ^'°«ive bombs on CompieLMhe. Tlie material ^niage war- unimportant. Three other bombs d1"10k Ribeeourt and DrtVfl'in^ourt, north of without causiiur a:>■)' damage. ZEPPELIN REPORTED WRECKED. An Amsterdam mr-sago says: Persons who ^ve arrived at Mavj=t.rieht from Liege report wat on Saturday a Zeppelin airship was teoked at Liege.
TWO TAUBES WRECKED. ^OOPS FLEE FROM FRENCH AIRMEN. «-^t Habsheim, near Coimar. says a German h^espondent, three French airmen from ^-Ifort destroyed two new army Taube (jj^hines and four sheds. Several regiments Recruits, who vvere jnanwuvring under staff ^Cers, fled into the forest. One airman, who flying low at .r/00 yards, had his machine -d with bullets, bat ail returned safely. tnar and Habsheim are in Alsace.
"BUR5T INTO FLAMES ALL OVER." BLINDED VICTIM OF DUMMY SEW-RY. A remarkable scorv has been told by Albert Moore, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light In- fantry, now in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Moore haR lost both his f-yes and is in other ways in a pitiable ,Atat, He volunteered at right to fi," oui near Armentieres with an officer to r»-< nnoitre the German trenches. I Just before they reached the German wire they saw what, they took to be a sentry. Said Moore: "We lay quiet for some minutes and thought we should like to bring 11;111 in a pri- soner. Then—in a whisper, for the nearest German trench was only abort eighty yards away-I said, You lie li.-r. and keep his attention drawn, and I will, get tw,t v on the right and stab him from the rear.' 1 wriggled away to the right till I got within about ten yards on the sentinel's right front. Then I ClOUJ,t) SEP, IT WAS A DUMMY. "I craw) d (straight, up tA-) it and signalled to the officer t') up. He said. 'You had better shove the thing over so that they can know a dummy has not- frightened us,' I gave it a push" and heard something like the noise made by a clock half run down. I said, Ilut your head down, sir; it has very likely got something inside which might explode.' I gave the dummy another shove, and at once the thing went off. The <lu-iiiniv and I shot right up into the air, and as I came down I burst into flames all over. The stuff inside it seemed to be some sticky material: it clung to me like treacle. I was IN TBRRir.I.E AGONIES. It could not have been made to kitt outright. Ten yards to my left there was a ditch. I writhed adA struggled up to it. and plunged myseitf in. I thought my time had come, and I said Good-bye to myt-clf. After a time I felt so me tiring jerk me, and that brought me to my senses. I said, 'Who's there?' It was the officer. He sohd, It is me.' I said, Thank God, but I am not likely to live.' He said, 'I will get you back.' He tried to carry me, but after going about six yards over we both went, and that gave me another terrible shaking up. He got hold, of me again and picked me up. I cluing on to him, and by some nrean.s I managed to walk as far as the open road, where we came across a listening patrol, and than, finding myself hack in safety. I collapsed."
KARLSRUHE'S FATE. OFFICIAL ADMIRALTY STATEMENT. The Secretary to the Admiralty announced en Saturday morning that there is every reuon to believe that the Karlsruhe was sunk in the neighbourhood of the We-.t, Indies at the beginning of November, and that those of the crew who were rescued reached Germany early in December in the steamship Rio Grande, which had been acting in concert with the Karlaruln*.
THE ALLIES' BLOCKADE. l AMERICA NOT SATISFIED. I Aoeording to information from Washing- ton, the United States State Departmejii will met accept as final the intimation given by Great Britain in regard to overseas trade with Germany, and will inform the Allies that the terms laid down are outside cus- tomary law and practice. M. the French Foreign Minister, has written to the United States Ambassador in Paris, expressing the hope that the United States, after comparing the crimes and out- ragair committed by the Germans, urp"- dented in maritime annals, with the measures now adopted by the Allies, designed to re- spect the laws of humanity and the rights of private property, will recognise that France and England have not gone beyond the just rights of belligerents.
OUR LOSSES OF OFFICERS. Casualty lists issued during the last few days have shown more heavy losses of British officers during the fighting si-n-ce. March 11th. The number of officers included in these lists as kilted or wound»ed exceeds 650, of whom afbowt ese-third have been killed.
FUTILE AIR RAID ON DEAL. Four hostile aeroplanes were seen flying from oeaward towards Deal by patrol boats on Saturday morning. Three of the airmen turned back, but the other flew on And dropped two bombs near one of the patrol boats. One boimb fell close alongside the Un-ited States barque Manga Reva and the other alongside "the Dutch steamer Flora. The Taube made off in a southerly direction and was pursued by British aircraft. The airman was challenged by the patrol boats on duty oft Deal, one of which endeavoured to wing him by gunfire. The airman planed higher aacI higher, and disappeared behind a bank of eloudr
BRITISH DASH AND GALLANTRY. TRIBUTE TO SIR D. HAIG. SIR J, FRENCH ON NECVE CHAPELLE The Field Marshal Commanding the British Forces in France reported, as foilAows, under dknte of the 18th inst. There has been no change in the general situation on our front since my last commu- nique of March 15th. The tirenehes S. of -S't. Eloi. which had only partially been recaptured on that date, are either unoeeurp'ed by either aide or are IveM by us. Some of the 41-renclies were blotted out in the course of the fighting in .this neighbour- hood. An isolated attack made by about 200 men agaiinsi St. E:!ci on the evening Df the 15th was easofy repulsed. Two-third's of the attack- ing foroo were killed or wounded. In the Neuve Chapelle area the enemy has expended a large quantity of ammunition in intermittent bombardments, with insignificant results. Neuve Chapelle, L'Epinette, and Givenchy on the 17th were their main ob- jectives. The gallantry and dash of the troops during the operations last week in the vicinity of Neuve Chapelle, under the able and deter- mined leadership of General Sir DougLas Haig, has proved conclusively that their sedentary work in the trenches during the last four months ha? in no way impaired their original fighting qualities.
PRUSSIA AGAIN INVADED. MEMEL OCCUPIED. There is great activity at the two extremi- ties of the Russian line. At the most northerly point of Prussian territory the troops of our Ally have again invaded the enemy's soil. and according to the Germans' own admission have occupied the seaport town of Memel. RUSSIAN OFFICIAL REPORT. Friday night's communique from the Staff of the Russian Commander-in-Chief says: On the left bank of the Niemcn we captured Veyeee after a fight. Our cavalry iB in pur- suit of the German, who falling back æ Seyny (between Suwalki and the Niemen). In Northern Poland, in the direction of PrzasffiysJ! am,d Ostrodenka, engagement in de- tail for the ixks-session of village.s and isolated heights continue. In the Carpathians the enemy unsuccess- fully attacked our positions on the front Czer- nowitze (?Ciezkovvicc, north-west of Gorlice), Gorliee, Ropiea, Russkaja, and in the direc- tion of the Munka^s-Stry Railway. There are no important changes on the other fronts. GERMAN ADMISSION. An official German statement sent from Amsterdam on Friday asserted that rumours of a fresh occupation of parts of the province of East Prussia, by Russians were untrue, and that the German line in the East-ern theatre of war raii from beginning to end on hostile territory. The official communique issued in Berlin later in the day, however, corrected thi.s statement: The situation near Memel, in Northern Prussia, is not yet cleared. Russian forces, apparently of weak strength, have entered Memel. Counter-measures have been taken. AH the Russian, attacks between the riven Pissa and Orzee (tributaries of the Narew, N. Polajwf) and north-east and west- of Przasnysi were repulsed, partly with heavy enemy losses. The situation south of tihe Vistula is un. changed. THE AUSTRIAN OFFENSIVE. The Times correspondent at Bucharest says: According to news received, th< Aoetrians, having received for have resumed a strong offensive in the Buko wiiMfc. Tbev tried" to cross the Proth, M failed, being" repulsed with loss.
MRS SYLVESTER'S SCRENG "Girls," said Mrs. Sylvester, with a little tremble of excitement in her voice as she looked round the breakfast-table at her two daughters, "I have had a letter from Gregory Crawshaw, the son of your father's old friend. He writes to say that, as he is on a bicycling tour and will be in the neighbourhood of Burdon, he will do himself the pleasure of calling upon us if quite convenient.' The Miss Sylvesters looked interested in their several ways. Constance, the eldest, picked up the sheet of notepaper and examined it languidly. "A crest," she remarked. "Yes, young Crawshaw is of very good family, and has plenty of money. lie came in for every- thing at his father's death, being the only child. "Perhaps he is engaged or married/" said Phoebe. "If he were I should certainly have heard. No, I believe he has something of this in his mind," said Mrs. Sylvester. "I only hope it may be so. It would be a splendid thing for either of you girls to become Mrs. Crawshaw, of Windieberry Ball, Sussex." There was a third girl at the breakfast-table. But she was only a penniless orphan niece of Mr. SylT,est?r, "MYIT. our cli-irih- ns Mrs. Sylvester took care to inform all her friends. Therefore, being poor and lonely, Freda Railt-ou was of no account. Freda did not take much interest in the con- versation going on around her. Her aunt's and cousins' various plans never concerned nor included her. "When is Mr. Crawshaw coming ?" asked practical Phoebe. "Well, he does not state the exact hour. But I should think in time for dinner to-day." Dinner ? Good gracious We have nothing to eat in the house," ejaculated PhoRbe. "Don't shriek," said Constance, crossly. "You are so vulgar, you like to everload a table. Plenty of flowers and a nice salad-" "Nonsense, Constance," said Mrs. Sylvester. "I don't want to give Gregory the impression that we are paupers. Freda," turning to her niece, "you must be helpful for once, and not sit with your hands before you as you generally do." This was a gross libel. Freda did more in the house even than the little, overworked servant. But she was used to being unappreciated. "Let me see, Freda," went on Mrs. Sylvester, "our dining-table is so small I am afraid it won't hold more than four. You must have your dinner afterwards. But Gregory will only stay one night, I suppose, so there is 80 need for you to meet. Besides, you must help Jane in the kitchen." "Very well, auntie," said Freda, with her customary sweet-tempered smile. "I have an excellent idea," announced Mrs. Sylvester at luneh, which consisted of a scrappy piece of mutton and a watery milk pudding. "You two girls, Constanoe and Phoebe, dress up prettily this afternoon and ride your bicycles along the Hawkhurst-road. You will be sure to meet Gregory, and he will be pleased at the compliment." "We shouldn't know him if we met him," said Phoebe. "You forget, mother, we have not seen Gregory since we were tiny children." "Well, if yon see a joung fellow on a bicycle," said Mrs. Sylvester, vaguely. Shortly before three o'clock the Sylvesters, attired in elaborate cycling costumes, started on their voyage of discovery. "Freda," said her aunt, "that tiresome butcher hasn't sent the lamb cutlets. I think you must go and fetch them. And, oh, you had better get some salad dressing when you are in the village. Then you might go on to Wilding's and bring half-a-dozen new laid eggs." Freda heaved a patient little sigh. She had been in the hot kitchen cocking the whole morning, and her back ached. But it was not her way to demur, so, arming herself with a big market basket, she set out along the dusty road. Wilding's Farm was on the way to Hawkhurst. Freda wondered whether she would meet her cousins returning with their captive. If she did she must pretend not to know them. They would consider it far beneath their dignity to notice Freda laden with groceries. It was a warm afternoon in July, and the sun beat down upon poor Freda with relentless force. She did not often give way to enTy. but she could not help contrasting rather bitterly her lot with that of her cousins. She bought the eggs at Wilding's, then, having completed her purchases, sat down on a stile to rest. She was unconscious what a lovely picture she made, one arm poised on the basket to steady it while she fanned her broad-brimmed sailor hat to and fro. However, there was nobody to notice her but a travel-stained man limping along the road. He had evidently met with an accident, for one hand was roughly bound up in a handkerchief already marked with blood. Though she had lived several years in the country Freda had a natural horror of tramps. But her pity overcame her fears, and, as the man stopped and glanced half-hesitatingly in her direction, she got off the stile and went towards him. "I am afraid you are hurt," she said, gently. "Can I do anything for you ? You are very good," said the man, and though he was dusty and his coat torn he spoke like a gentleman. "I have had a fall and cut my hand rather badly. I am afraid there may be some dirt in it. I have tied it up after a fashion." His hand certainly was torn and scratched dread- fully as Freda saw when she unwrapped it. She dipped her handkerchief in the clear streamlet, which trickled by the roadside, and carefully washed away the dust and grits. Then she bound it up scientifically with the little white silk tie she wore round her neck. The man watched her admiringly as her nimbI, fingers went swiftly to work. "Thank you, you are a friend indeed," he said. "I don't think I told you how the accident happened. I was doing a bit of coasting down-hill on my bicycle when the thing ran away with me, flung me into a hedge, and twisted itself into an intricate design. So I picked myself up, dragged the machine into a field, and limped on here." Then he evidently was not a gentleman who had "seen better days," but simply an unfortunate cyclist. An idea flashed like a meteor across Freda's brain. "Are you Mr. Crawshaw ? she gasped. "At your service," he said, lifting his cap, "May I ask how you know my name ? "I am Mrs. Sylvester's niece," explained Freda. "I live with them. Perhaps you met my cousins riding bicycles. They went to meet you. Indeed Very kind of them. I saw two young ladies shortly after my accident; one of them was inflating her tyre. I went towards her to ask if she would be a good Samaritan. But she said some- thing angrily about couldn't help tramps,' and, mounting her bicycle, rode away. It is fortunate for me that all young ladies are not so hard-hearted as your cousin. I suppose, however, I don't look a very prepossessing object," he finished laughingly. "They didn't know who you are," said Freda, I apologetically. "Well, I suppose not," Crawshaw was beginning, when, at that moment Freda's basket, which she had placed on the step of the stile, somehow over- balanced. Its contents, lamb cutlets, salad dressing, eggs, rolled to the ground, the bottle and eggs smashing and mixin their contents generously. Oh, what shall I do cried Freda, her big violet eyes tearful with distress at the magnitude of th calami/y, W'at will auntie say ? Never mind," said Crawshaw, stooping down and doing his best to repair the damage. "Do they make you general supply stores for the family, porterage included ? Freda flushed, and he dropped his bantering tone seeing it pained her. In the end they walked to Honeysuckle Cottage together, Crawshaw carrying the basket and what aad survived the wreck. Mrs. Sylvester scarcely knew how to hide her *nger when she saw Freda (the pauper niece whom I ihe meant to keep in the background) return on ipparently very friendly terms with the coveted foung man. The Miss Sylvesters were also at a loss to jxplain adequately their deep distress when they ii-covered their unfortunate mistake. However, it did not matter, for Crawshaw had jyes and ears only for pretty, gentle Freda, to /rhom to be waited on and made much of was a lelightful novelty. A few months later Mn. Sylvester had the pleasure of seeing her niece married to Gregory Jrawshaw and installed mistress of Windleberry Sail, which proud position she had intended for me of her daughters. But she now realised the fact that the "best laid .)Ians of women-m wsll as "mice and man gang aft agley." [Tan Ihm. i
♦ THE WILY TURK. The Dardanelles? Yes, I've been there. But wouldn't like to say How amany years ha' passed since kkst I lay in Saros Bay; And now the Queen Elisabeth la lying there, I see, And shelling forts twelve miles aal moM Across Gallipoli. I had been reading t'other day About t-he Lizzie's work, Imagining how it must feel Just now to be a Turk. Imagining his feelings when The British Navy calls On Enver Pasha, when at last Constantinople falls. He wore < fez. I put my paper down to go A turn along the shore, And' got my pipe a-going; bat I'd hardly left the door When I sees, a-coming 'long the beach, A man. Hello," I says, What joker's this? for, 'pon my The old chap wore a res I stopped an waited there for him As he came shuffling on; He was a beauty! seemed to me Amif the chap had gone A month an' more witliout a wash- In. fact, I'd bet on that! Then, as he passed, I shouts, Hello" Where did you get that hait *1 vas naturallø. I My shout seemed to awaken him. He stopped, an' looked at me. An' then he smiled. Allah be praised, A sailor man I see." But you're a Turk," I says to him. He looked with some surprise. I vas von vonce, but now I am A Breetisb—naturalise! An' ail the time his shifty eyes Were wandering round the pfleoe. Do what I could, I couldn't get A square look at his face. Veil, I must vat you call move OIl'.u Oh, wait a bit," says I. "What do you think o' Turkey? aad tried to catch his eye. The window open. f His little beady eyes flashed fire. De Turk vill vipe-" he cries. Then stopped. My friendt, I quite forgoi Dat I vas naturalise. De Turk no vin, dey never stand Doae powerful Breetish shetts. In two, dree weeks, your Navy, sue, Vill force de Dardanelles I II A crafty smile spread o'er his face; But in a flash was gone. Veil, as I said before, my frieadt, I must be moving on." An' off he shuffled, an' I watched TiH he was out o' sight; But little thought that Turk an' I Would meet again that night! wr < I kicked him out. I tTwas late before I got back home, An' wthen I did I found The window open. Tnieves! I cried, An' went in with a bound, To find that dirty, greasy Turk Searching my papers through. He yelled for mercy; but I did What any sailor 'd do. Then I made sure he'd nothing got, An' then, despite his yells, I gave him what the other Turks Get in the Dardanelles— Just kicked him cut. He down the road-O Quick as a bloomin' shot, Did what his country soon will do. What's that? The Turkey Trot!
DRESSMAKING AT HOME. By STLVIA. A Neat flouse Dress or Overall. As spring in the scraeoa for mating"— and many maideas are preparing for thait greatest change of all in their lives, viz., zaarriage-I have chosen a design for my first sketch this week in which the young wife will look ae neat and dainty as any lover-husband could wish, and yet be usefnliy gowned for her daily household duties, whether cooking, leaning, or any other loran of housework seeessary to keep the new neat clean. I have chosen this for illustration rathez than a wedding-gown because this is a time when utilitarian ideas prevail, and weddings are conducted on simpler lines than of yore, the going-away ooetume frequently doing easy in the hurried ceremonies that are now so eosunon. A eeeond advantage about the design sketched in No. 1,869 is the fact that its cut is quite up to date, the skirt part showiug the I PATTERN No. 1,86&. mew "flare" outline, so that it could be used with perfect success for a dress of more pre- tention than I have indicated. A spring frock realised from this patters coutd be made quite a. pretty addition to the wardrobe, the fastening and the neck-opening being quite easily altered if preferred. Catting Out and Making Up. Blue and white spotted gingham was used for the original of the sketch, and the making is quite simple, the pattern being cut with the minimum of pieces—i.e., front and back of bodice and sleeve, and half of the two-piece skirt, of which both back and front are alike, the seams being at the sides. Pockets of con- venient shape and size are added, and the pattern given, also of neck-piece, waistband, and ouff. The front and' back of skirt are each placed to a fold, like the centre front of boddoe, the opening being cut at the side, and is traced en the pattern, ao that only one p-ieoe is given. When cutting this right aade you must there- fore fold the material over to the opening, leaving enough for a hem, and then cut aeoording to pattern, allowing turnings. Hie left side is cut to the trackig-mark, to which. hem turnings are added. The placket in the front, is cut down to the required dgith, and tubes neatened by faise hems. When cui oat, finish off the bodice opening as I have mentioned, joia at shoulders and tmder arm seams, Beaten and press, then make the neck-strap, stitch, and finish off as in the sketch. Join up the sleeves, arrange amd ogtoh the cuff parte into the bandis, which are stitched, and button over at the side of back, then arrange into armboiee and stitch in neatly. The skirt-part is seamed at the sides, after having the pockets sewn on to the opening made, then hemmed, arranged and stitched to band, the bodice being secured to the apper part, and the openings kept even, then faced and stitched inside, the buttonholes made and buttons sewn on. The dress will take 4 yards of 36-in. goods. Matron's Combination. I am frequently told that patterns of aiairon's underwear are very much needed, as it is impossible for the amateur to enlarge one of "stock size" to say a 36-in. waist measure- aterat, and if bought ready-made the extra amount asked for "out men" is quite out of proportion, to the extra work and material needed. So !tore is a pattern h I hope will please < those of my readers who are built oo very PATTBBN NO. 1,870. I $en<MY>us lanes, the combis sketched in X>o. i v jOr a iady oi a -o.ii. to 32-in. waist-measure. It is cut square at the neck, aiKi with the modish wide leg, oo that it will do for spring wear. You can easily make it higher, or gather the knee-parte in if you wish, but these are quit? out of fashion nlow--aiicl, the niode is much more comfortable. The pattern. can be realised in woollen or cotton goods, as preferred, and is trimmed with wide embroidery s-et on with reining. To Make Up. Join the darts and seams in the usual way, hem the fronts, make the buttonholes alJdsiw on the buttons, then hem the remainder of opening and finish off. Make the front tucks, and sew on the embroidery, being careful to keep the corners square. Make the sleeves and sew in, then sew on the embroidery at knee and finish off. About 3 yards of 36-in. mate- rial will be required.
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