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A Petrograd communique says:-“The Russian force which conducted the reconnaissance towards Memel and defeated two Landsturm regiments, thus causing the Germans to concentrate active troops in this unimportant corner and to set in motion the German squadrons resting at Kiel, consisted of only 4,000 men, most of them belonging to the Territorial Army.” West of the Niemen the Germans, who had attempted an offensive movement, have been checked. In Eastern Galicia the fighting goes in favour of the Russians. Berlin reports that General von Kluck has been slightly wounded by shrapnel. Mr. Lloyd George, replying to shipbuilders’ deputation, says “root and branch methods” may be necessary in regard to the drink evil.