21 SEPTEMBER 1912, Page 1

The Rome correspondent of the Times reports in 'Thursday's paper

that the Italian troops in Tripoli fought an important engagement with the enemy on Tuesday. The Arabs, led by Enver Bey, attacked the Italians on two sides. The fighting lasted eight hours. Eventually the Italians repulsed the attack, having, it is said, killed 1,000 and wounded a largo number. The Italian losses are reported as 61 killed and 113 wounded. "This," says the correspondent, "is considered to be the second most important battle during the war." Wo have written fully elsewhere of the peace negotiations, which only inexcusable clumsiness should bring to a failure.