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IN THE FORTRESS GALLANTLY DEFENDED BY GENERAL KUSMCNEK: AUSTRIAN CFFICERS AT PRZEMYSL DISCUSSING DEFENCE PLANS.
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The fall of Przemysl, the great Austrian fortress in Galicia, will do.btless have an important effect on the Eastern campaign. The Russians began the siege last September, and after a tem’orary abandonment, it was renewed some two months later. The Russian siege-guns were not brought up until all risk of their being cut off by the enemy’s forces outside was at an end; and the actual bombardment, it is said, began only about a fortnight ago. General Kusmanek, who has conducted a gallant defence, made a final sortie :ecently and large numbers of his troops were taken prisoners. It was announced officially at Petrograd onl March 22 ” The fortress of Przemysl has surrendered to our
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troops. At the Headquarters of the Commander in-Chief a ‘Te Deum’ of thanksgiving was celebrated in the presence of the Tsar, the Grand Duke Nicholas, Commander-in-Chtef, and all the Staff.” Przemysl lies about I5o miles east of Cracow and 6o miles south- west of Lwow. It is said to have been founded in the fourteenth centur- by Casimir the Great, who was called “the Peasants’ King,” and it has both Greek and Roman churches. It is a ” garden city.,” beautifully situated on the River San; but the surrounding country was laid waste by the besieged garrison so as to obtain a clear field of fire for their guns during the investment.