NEWS NOTES OF CURRENT WEEK Resume of World's Important Events Told in Brief. Premier Asquith praises tho Belgian heroism in the house of commons. Tho Germans havo imposed a fino of $300,000 on the Belgian town of Char lcroi. Namur, a principal city in Belgium, has fallen into the hands of the Ger mans. Tho German Rex, at Tokio, ambassador, Count von will sail for Seattle, Wash. Wheat in Chicago pits is reported may rise in a day or two to 1.23 per bushel. A small German cruiser which ran ashore in a fog, was blown up by the Russians. The burgomaster of the city of Brus sels, has surrendered the city to the Germans. The Russian army is reported crush ing the Prussians and making headway toward Berlin. The French war office admits Ger man victory and the recovery of Lor raine and Alsace. The French fear an attack on the Louvre and have placed all valuable pictures in vaults. A persistent report is to the effect that the Crown Prince of Germany was killed in battle. The French government is permit-1 ting 3000 Americans to leave France via Paris, to the United States. Boston will have no grand opera this winter, owing to the enlistment of many members in the European war. The Japanese liner Shinyo Maru sailed from San Fancisco to Japan es corted by a Japanese armored cruiser. Armies of the allies are battling to save Paris from the Germans. A con flict between millions is believed to be in progress. It is officially announced that the Russians have occupied Tilsit, a town 60 miles northeast of Koenigsberg, East Prussia. One of the largest liners in the world, the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, was sunk by a British cruiser off the coast of Africa. It is said that British marines have occupied Ostend to prevent the Ger mans from getting a foothold on the English Channel. "Bob" Burdette, the famous humor ist, is reported dangerously ill at his summer home in Pasadena, Cal. He is 70 years of age. Xavier de Castelnau, the 12-year-old son of General Castelnau, chief of staff of the French army, was among the killed in a recent action. The Montenegrin troops, with a bay onet charge, repulsed a fresh Austrain attack at Rahovo, taking 150 prisoners and killing 300 Austrians. Red Cross Bociety of the United States is urging mayors of large cities to aid the campaign to secure funds to care for the wounded in the European war. Washington administration officials are preparing a new proclamation set ting forth the neutrality of the United States during hostilities between Japan and Germany. Speaker Clark issued warrants for the arrest of absentee members of the house of representatives. Many mem' bers were found at the baseball park, cool cares and other resorts. An official statement from the Brit ish consulate in Galveston, Tex., says three British warships have been sent at full speed to protect cotton and oil traffic in the Gulf of Mexico. The correspondent of the London Daily Telegraph at Amsterdam says it is estimated that the total loss of the Belgians, up to date, has been 10,000 in Killed, wounded and prisoners. Home Secretary McKenna, of Lon don, said that no spies had been shot in England. There havo been rumors that many persons in the secret em ploy of Germany-had been executed. Tho federal inquiry into the higher coat of food since the war began in Europe has not developed that the in creases were unawarranted, according to itoger is. wood, United States assistant district attorney in charge of the investigations at Mew York. The Servian government In a pro test to France declares that the Aus- trlan army during Its retreat along the Drlna river committed cruelties upon old men, women and children In violation of Out rule of warare, The Prlna form the greater narl of the boundary between JJosna and flervla, Batilc Line of Allies Is Moved Backward ParisAn official statement isaucti by tho war department says: "In tho North tho Franco-British lines hnvo been moved back a short distance In a ccnernl way our offensive botwocn Nancy and Vosecs makes headway. Our rieht. however. haB been obliged to fall back slichtlv in tho region of St. Die. "In tho North rcsistanco continues. The enemy appears to havo Buffered considerable loss, more than 1G00 bodies having been ibund in n very small spaco in a trench. Some had been stricken as they stood, in the nt- titudo of firing thoir rifles. "A series of fiercely contested com bats has been going on during tho past three days in the region, which wero generally to our advantage. "A decree will bo published author izinir special promotions of officers for the period of tho war, regardless of seniority." London A closer veil than ever seems to bo drawn over tho progress of the war. Little news has come to hand concerning the operations on either frontier. The Russians, how- ever, appear to bo continuing their ad vance in East Prussia towards Poaen, with the Germans in retreat. The only news from tho French side is that tho French troops wero attack ed along the Alsace-Lorraine line, but repulsed all the attacks successfully. There is no indication that the German attack was in any great force, but if it was, the French success shows that they aro now in a stronger position along this frontier, from which they will be driven only by great sacrifices on the part of the Germans. A more hopeful feeling prevails in England as to the strength of the French defensive position. Tho re pulse the French sustained at Charle roi has been partly due to the desire of the French army to accomplish a bril liant incursion into Alsace and Lor raine, which led them to weaken their forces on tho Belgian frontier. Hav ing recognized the danger of this course, they havo now reverted to what appears to experts to be a more logical strategy, abandoning their in vasion of the provinces and concen trating their strength in the defense of the northern frontier. Clash of Butte, Mont, Miners Is Renewed uutte, fiiont More man iuuu in surgent miners marched to the mines Thursday night with the announced purpose of preventing any Western Federation of Miners members from descending to work. Arriving at the Anaconda mine, the insurgents, who are now known as the Butte Mine Workers' union, massed their forces around the collar of the shaft and notified the shifts going off work that unless they joined the new union before they went on shift again and were wearing the new union's but ton, they would be prevented from go ing to work by a force of tho members of the new union. Following their ultimatum to the members of the Western Federa tion oi Miners, tne insurgents again paraded the streets, ending at the Au ditorium, where a meeting was held, no one being admitted except those wearing the buttons of the new union ABSENTEE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE RETURNING Washington, D. C. Prospects of losing a day's pay for each day's ab sence brought Representatives troop ing oacK to the house and the rollcal showed 2G7 of the 435 in their seats in the house the greatest number in weeks. t mi i a a - xnis is tne second line of reserves arriving," announced the leader of one returning party, "the third line is on the way." Who is that man?" demanded Speaker Clark, pointing with his gave at a strange face. A clerk explained that it was a returned member. A deluge of applications for leave 'on account of illness" came down on the clerk. Majority Leader Under wood announecd that the sergeant-at- arms would have to be satisfied of the validity of every Buch application. " All-Water" Voyage Made. New York The first all-water voy age from San Francisco to New York by way of the Panama canal was com pleted here Thursday on the arrival of the Pleiades, of the Luckenbach Steamship company. The PJeiadPS, which flies the American flaer. sailed from San FranciBco on July 24 and passed through tho canal August 10. Prince, Surrounded, Dies. Rome How Prince Frederick Wil liam of Lippe died in the fighting be- fore Liege In described tersely In a dispatch received hero from the head quartern of the German army. The JVJnce'a regiment was surrounded by the Belgians under the walls of Liege and he wa struck by two bullets while wtandfng among Ulu men, He died In utuntly, PARIS TO RAZE OWN SUBURBS Residences in Way of Forts to Be Destroyed. Invading German Army Hopeful of Penetrating Lines Before Russians Reach Rcrlin. Paris It is officially announced that tho military governor has ordered nil residents of tho zono within action of tho city's defending forta to ovneuato and destroy their houses within four days from August 31. As far as can bo learned, the r ronch troops appear to bo intact, oxcopt for thoso losses which were inevitable in a wcok'a heavy fighting over n vast front. If the British and French retiro on tho western flank it ta explained that they do so in order to chooso their ground for fiercer resistance. Every now day has seen reinforcements mov ing up to aid tho French troops engag ed on tho Belgian frontier. Tho French operating along tho in terior lines arc nblo to shift an army corps from ono part of tho frontier to another swiftly, and it ia said that tho allies probably aro in Btronger position than last Sunday. The Germans, apparently owing to tho increasing pressure of Russia, seem to be throwing themselves against intrenched positions nnd are suffering severely. They aro gaining ground and seemingly aro hopeful of being ablo to break through before Berlin is invested. French wounded are arriving at tho provincial towns. RICHARD HARDING DAVIS, WRITER, ARRESTED AS SPY London Only by exceptionally good fortune was the life of Richard Hard ing Davis, 'special war correspondent, spared by the Germans, who Buspcctcd him of being a spy, according to the story told by James R. Evans, an American engineer, who arrived from Brussels which place ho left Thursday night. For hours the Germans debated whether to shoot Mr. Davis, who had followed in the wake of tho German advance. He was some distance south of the Belgian capital when taken into custody by the German officers. Germany's Naval Loss Off Heligoland Is 670 London Twenty-nine killed and 38 wounded was the price in men paid by the British for the naval action against the Germans in Heligoland waters Friday. An official statement issued here sayB that of 1000 men composing the crews of the warships aunk off Heligo land, only 330 were saved. The British losses ard described as follows: "The light cruiser Arethusa lost Lieutenant Eric Westmncott and nine men killed, lour seriously wounded, and Lieutenant Robinson and 11 men wounded, but not seriously. "The torpedo-boat destroyer Libertv lost commander Bertellot and six men killed, one man has since died from wounds, one dangerously wounded, five seriously wounded and five slightly wounded. 'The destroyer Laurel suffered ten men killed, one has since died of 'his wounds, two men dangerously wound ed, seven seriously wounded and two slightly wounded." London Paper Holds Up America as Good Example London Tho Daily News, in an ed itorial denouncing sccrot diplomacy says: 'Can Europe ever again tolerate tho appalling peril of secret diplomacy? Lan we ever again play about on the deck with Bails and compasses, making our little laws and imagining that we are self-governing, while down in tho hold of our ship of state there is a powder magazine, the existence of which we are not permitted to know?. "Secret diplomacy belongs to the traditions of autocratic and personal government. It has no place in democratic world, and tho example of the united States must become tho model of the civilized world on this vital matter, if Europo is to bo free from menace In the future." King Mingles With Iroops. London According to tho Antwerp correspondent of tho Daily News, King Albert constantly mingles with his troops, and was In the trenches In the fighting around Mallnes, Ho was al ways at tho points or the greatest danger, assisting the encouraging tho men. lie went mnonu them attired simply as a soldier, and his aympatnu' tie conduct nan a remarKanje meat, German Army Sweeps Into France Unchecked London A dispatch from Mens to tho Dally Telegraph Wednesday do scribes tho operations of tho Gorman forces. lliu uuiiiutii ml y (lilt v, it- oiijrp, "was llko a great rivor bursting lt banks. A soon as tho Dolginnn rot I rod to tho entrenched enmp at Antwerp tho Gorman horde swept over tho coun try without check, west toward Ghent and south toward Momh. Tho Gor- maim aro committed to n great turning movement. They nro striving to hold tho French along tho Moubo between Namur and Dlnnnt, whilo tho armies to tho west of that river aro marchlntr southward along a front many miles wide. "Ono nrmy threatens Monfl. with tho object of ponotratlng tho French frontier and doscondlnir on Mnubomru and Valenciennes : and an nrmv is nd- vnnclng toward tho linu extending from Touroai, capital of tho depart- ment of Hninut, to Courtrai, which covors tho City of Llllo. I camo south in tho hope of seeing fighting at Chnrlorol. At Lesaine the local authorities wore disarming all civilians, ho that the approaching Ger mans would havo no oxcuho for vio lence All around wero refugees hur rying to escape tno Uermans; all wore thoir best clothes n suru sign of flight." French Abandon Captured lemtory; Battle Rages Paris The war offico has Issued tho following official announcement: "Tho commnnder in chlof, requiring all available forces on tho Mouse, lias ordered tho progrcsBlvo abandonment of occupied territory. Mulhausen has again been evacuated. "A now battlo is in progress be tween Maubeugo (department of tho Nord) and Donon (department of Doubs). On it hangs tho fato of tho French. Operations In Alsace along tho Rhino would tako away troops upon which might depend victory. It ia necessary that thoy nil withdraw from Alsaco temporarily in order to nssuro its final deliverance It is a matter of hard necessity. "West of tho Mouse, as a result of orders issued on Sunday by tho com mander in enter, the troops which are to remain on me covering lino, to iuko up tho defensive, aro massed as fol lows: "ino kronen and uritish troops oc cupy a front passing near Givet, which they gained by hard fighting. They aro holding their adversaries and Bharply checking their attacks. "East of tho Meuso our troops havo regained their original positions com manding tho roads out of tho great forest of Ardennes. "To the right we assumed the offen sive, driving back the enemy by a vig orous onslaught, but General Joffre stopped pursuit bo as to Te-catablinh his front along tho line decided unon on Sunday. undav " "In this attack our troops phowed admirable dash. Tho Sixth corps no tably inflicted punishment on tho enemy close to Virion. "In Lorraine tho two armies have begun a combined attack, one starting from Grand Couronno De Nancy, and the other from south of Lunev o." Ranks Leveled by War. London From all parts of Belirlum refugees aro arriving at Ostend, Bays a correspondent of tho Routers Tele gram company. Some como from dis tant Charleroi and other points alonir the Sambro, where, they saw thov wero being deafened by tho roar of artillery. These people, of all classen, are now on a level, tho rich, or thoso who wero rich, finding it just as difficult to get the necessaries of lifo as tho poorest. Diamonds to Re Dearer. Chicago Diamonds and gold and platinum jewelry will bo increaned 25 per cent in price as a result of tho Eu ropean war, delegates wore told at the ninth annual convention of tho Ameri can National Retail Jewelers' asso ciation here. No diamonds wero being cut, it was Bald, as tho workers in gems and precious metals in Belgium, Franco and Germany havo boon called to their colors. Yankees in Italy Warned. Rome Tho American embassy tnrougn tho consuls has advised all Americans In Italy to return homo now while communications between Europo and the United StateB are free. Later complications may arise render ing communication difficult. "Amerl cans doing othorwiso rem an at thoir own rlBk." Germany to Train Roys. Jxmdon 'Jho officla news bureau ways tho German papers of August 22 ami js-j pumisn oniers that bovs from 10 to 111 years of ago bo nut through a course of musketry and military train- wk. nvurm omcers urn tii n im. gaged as Instructors, DDITIQU !?f 1?I?T Dill 1 lOfl i'LILM VICTOR ON SEA Two Gorman Cruisers and Two Destroyers Sunk, AU Orttlsh Ships Reported Afloat When Rattle Ends, With Louses Light. LondonIt wan announced hero Sat urday thnt tho British licet has mink two Gorman cruisers and two Gorman torpedo boat destroyers. A third cruinor wuh sot nfiro nnd was loft sink ing. No British ships were lost in tho buttle, it was added, and tho Uritish loss of lifo wan not heavy. In addition to thu two torpedo boat destroyers and three cruisers, many of tho Gorman torpedo boat dcHtroyera wero damaged. Rear Admiral Sir David Boatty com mniulcd the British forces, nnd with a strong army of torpedo boat destroyers, battlo cruisers and light cruisers nnd submarines attacked tho Germans in Heligoland Bight. It is presumed thu Germans attempted a sortie which failed. Thu protected cruiser Mainz wan nent to tho bottom in an engagement with tho light cruiser squadron, whilo tho battle squadron sank another cruiser of tho Koeln class. Tho cruiser Amethyst and the tor pedo boat destroyer Laertes wore dam aged, but all thu ships in thu British fleet wero afloat at thu end of thu battle. A wireless mcssago from one of tho cruisers said shu was making for port with men wounded In tho battlo. Thu Mainz and tho vessel of thu Koeln class were protected cruisers, 102 feet long and displacing 4280 tons. Thoy had a speed of slightly more than 25 knots nn hour. Tho story as told In tho official re port of tho Admiralty Is as follows: Larly Saturday morning a concert ed operation of some consequence was attempted against Germans in Heligo land Bight. A strong force of destroy ers, supported by light cruisers and battlo cruisers and working In conjunc tion with submarines, intercepted and attacked German destroyers and cruis ers guarding npproachea-to tho German coast. "Two German destroyers were sunk and many damaged. "Lnemy'a cruisers engaged by Brit ish cruisers wero battlo cruisers. Tho first light cruiser squadron sank tho Mninz, receiving only slight damage. "Tho first battlo cruiser squadron sank ono cruiser of tho Koeln class. "Another dinappcracd In mist heav ily on fire nnd in sinking condition. All tho German cruisurs engaged wero thus disposd of." I r. n r.-jr. JMMHuui isuuuiry itupiuiy Advancing on Austria London "Tho Russians are advanc ing rupidly on Lemborg, Austria, their cavalry overcoming ail Austrian op position," says a dispatch from the St. Petersburg correspondent of the Exchange Telegraph company. Tho mcssago continues: "Tho RuBBlan troops nro mnrchinir on Koenigsburg nnd already have re pulsed the advance guard of the garri son. "Tho Russians now occupy Impor tant portions on tho River Alio. "Between tho rivers Vistula and Dneistcr, tho Russians aro in cIobo touch with tho Austrians. whom thov havo already defeated decisively at TemaBchoff and MonaBtcrzyskn." Dual Alliance Contends for lour Peace Conditions Washington, D. C Germany nnd Austria-Hungary nro prepared to mako peace at any time on these conditions: 1 That Great Britain shall respect German commorco and Germany's right to colonics abroad. 2 That Franco shall nay an Indem nity to meet tho expenses incurred bv Germany and Austria In connection with tho war. 3 That a buffer stato. formed through tho rcconatitutlon of tho old Polish kingdom, bo created between Germany, Russia nnd Austria. 4 That Servia shall civo iruaran- tces to Austrinl-IIuncarv under whlrh Bho will ceaBO her propaganda designed to acquire Austro-Hungarlan territory. uermany and AUBtr a-IIuncrnrv. on thoir part, will agrco to rccognlzo tho naval supremacy of Great Britain, Italy Is Eyeing Austria. London Tho Paris corrcHnonfleni i,r tho Express sends his paper tho follow ing dispatch: "I am Informed Italy will present an ultimatum to Austria requesting an explanation of Austrian mobilization on tho Italian frontier. Only a brief period will bo given for an answer, and within a short Uim. Italian troops are expected to hu In 't'l.,i.l It '