Feb. 17—Board of Trade plans to compensate all merchant seamen who may be injured during hostilities.
Feb. 18—Victoria Cross is conferred on twelve men, one of whom, Corporal Leary of the Irish Guards, killed eight Germans in hand-to-hand combat and took two Germans prisoners.
Feb. 23—Captain who was formerly in command of the super-dreadnought Audacious, generally stated to have been sunk by a mine on Oct. 27, is made a Rear Admiral; promotion revives rumors that the Audacious was saved and is being repaired; British merchant shipping loss thus far is $26,750,000, including both ships and cargoes, the Liverpool and London War risks Association citing figures as showing the efficacy of British Navy’s protection.
Feb. 25—Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, announces in the House of Commons that Great Britain is in “entire accord with Russia’s desire for access to the sea.”
Feb. 27—Six newspaper correspondents, including one American, are to be permitted to go to the front under auspices of the War Office, according to present plans.
Feb. 1—Official order has been issued that all stocks of copper and other metals used for war purposes are to be reserved for the army.
Feb. 4—German refugees from Kiao-Chau reach New York.
Feb. 5—It is reported that a sham railroad station has been built outside of Cologne to deceive French aviators; the Second Secretary of the British Legation is arrested in Brussels.
Feb. 6—An Alsatian is condemned to death for fighting in French Army.
Feb. 7—French prisoner condemned to two years’ imprisonment for defacing portrait of the Kaiser.
Feb. 8—Government orders neutrals expelled from Alsace; Archbishop of Cologne writes pastoral letter predicting victory.
Feb. 9—Cardinal von Hartman says that the motto of the day is “Trust in God and hold out”; there is a scene in Prussian Diet, when two Socialists protest against the war.
Feb. 10—Socialists indorse the war at a meeting in Mainz.
Feb. 11—Berlin communes suggest that all members of the Emden’s crew be authorized to add the word Emden to their names.
Feb. 12—Government warns against offering insults to Americans.
Feb. 14—Many French civilians are freed; the Kaiser is said to be fifth in popularity among contemporary German heroes, von Hindenburg being first and the Crown Prince second.
Feb. 15—Substitute for petrol is stated to have been found.
Feb. 16—Spaniards are expelled from Baden; Iron Crosses given to Emden’s men; German nurses and surgeons are acquitted by the French of charges of pillage at Peronne.
Feb. 19—Passport rules are made stricter; all men of last reserve are stated to have been called out.
Feb. 20—New submarines, airships, and two more dreadnoughts are under construction.