3628 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.
and the efforts of the French and British
from the south failed to effect a sufficient
diversion, though both efforts produced
victories, that of the Russians resulting
in the gaining of much ground and the
capture of many prisoners. Late in October, the Bulgarian forces and their Teutonic allies joined hands in the narrow
strip of eastern Servia that lies between
Bulgaria and Hungary. The news was
announced to the world as follows:
"The Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian, and
German comrades have met on the Balkan
heights. In the twilight of October 26,
in the rugged Dobravado Mountains, where
the patrols of the Allied Powers were
looking out for each other, there suddenly
appeared two Bulgarian officers and twenty-five men.
"All were splendid soldiers and well
equipped. A majority of them were veterans who had fought in the Balkan War
against Servia. They were led by Lieutenant Gateyev. They were given an
enthusiastic welcome by the soldiers of
the Central Powers.
"The military commanders and
Duke of Mecklenburg hastened to the
place northeast of Brza Palanka, near the
town of Milutinovitsk, where the historical
meeting of the east and west took place.
Later there was a brilliant parade in the
conquered Servian fortress of Kladovo.
"Resounding cheering and the national
anthems were heard from the opposite
bank of the Danube, where the Roumanian population listened to the celebration
of the inauguration of the new passage
from Germany through Austria-Hungary
and Bulgaria into Turkey."
Munitions of war in large quantities
had already been collected in barges on
the Danube, and in a few days were on
their way down the river to the Turks,
whose supplies were becoming very short.
The railway to Constantinople was
quickly restored to running order, and
soon passengers could go by rail from