December 24, 1914

by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent

Each day the Oregon Statesman daily reported a synopsis of the war situation:

There is heavy fighting in progress nearly everywhere along the entrenched line in Belgium and France and in the eastern zone virtually from the Baltic sea to the southern side of the Carpathian mountains. The news that has been permitted to filter through official channels to the outside world is not sufficient, however, to show clearly what any of the contenders have gained or lost.

The French, the Germans, the Russians and the Austrians all claim progress for their armies at various points but admit they have not gained a decisive advantage over their antagonist. From all sides, however, the official reports continue to show heavy casualties resulting from the fighting and that captures of prisoners and of munitions of war are taking place.

The Capital Journal commenting on the war wrote:

From the daily reports of yardage gained by the allies, it will probably prove as long a way to Berlin as to Tipperary. Like the famous road to Jordan [Damascus?], it is also a hard one to travel.

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