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Russia decides to treat as piratical any bombardment of unfortified towns. Some sailings in the Irish Sea suspended owing to German submarine menace. Adjournment of the debate in the American Senate on the Ship Purchase Bill, which empowers the Government of the United States to spend six millions sterling on acquiring foreign ships for mercantile purposes. Strenuous fighting in the La Bassée district, trenches being rushed by the British, to whom the enemy offer watches, money, cigars, or fruit to buy their lives.