November 27, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

The news and the headlines in the Daily Capital Journal reflect the growing stalemate along the fronts in Europe. The headlines and the articles represent the best efforts of correspondents to report the news to American readers. As a neutral power, readers in this country often had a broader grasp of the war as our papers were not censored; that which was reported from the fronts may have been censored, either directly or, more commonly, by denying reporters access to the actual fighting.

GERMAN ATTEMPT TO MINE TRENCHES IS UNSUCCESSFUL
Sappers Had Tunneled close to Lines In Attempt to Plant Mines

Tunneling toward the British line, German sappers were reported here today to have been nearly successful in a plan to mine the English trenches and blow their defenders up in thousands. There were said to have been discovered at the work, however, and a speedy end was put to it.

For a map of the Western front in Northwest Europe, click here.

GERMANY IS SLOWLY BLEEDING TO DEATH; WEARS HERSELF OUT
Has Lengthened Lines to Such Extent Cannot Attempt Decisive Attack

(By William Philip Sims.)

Caught like a giant in a trap, largely of its own making, Germany is slowly bleeding to death, without apparent means of extrication.

After three weeks’ observation at the western battlefront this, it appears to me, is the situation at present.

I am convinced that the allies are highly satisfied with the situation and perfectly content to let Germany wear itself out. From a notable and trustworthy source, I gather that Germany is very much dissatisfied, but is unable no either to force the issue or to withdraw.

The only remedy for Germany would be a decisive battle, which it cannot compel, owing to its extended lines and the consequent impossibility of concentration.

TURKEY WENT TO WAR ON HER OWN ACCOUNT
Has Everything to Gain and Small Chances of Losing in the Game

ALL SIDES CLAIM TO BE THE VICTORS IN RUSSIAN POLAND
Russians Claim German Army Is In Danger of Utter Destruction
MUST SURRENDER OR BE EXTERMINATED
German and Austrian Stories Say No Decisive Fighting Has Occurred

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