WAR IN EUROPE.
FRANCE AND BELGIUM INVADED
ENGAGEMENTS ON THE RUSSIAN FRONTIER
The position has assumed a graver aspect since yesterday news. France is now implicated through Germany's occupation of Luxemberg. Germany refuses satisfactory reply to England regarding the invasion of Belgium. Payment in specie suspended in Bank of England. Rush on English food supplies is reported. Precautions taken to guard New. Zealand ports. Tbe Premier reticent regarding sifcua tion. Engagements on German-Russian frontier. Reported naval engagement unconfirmed.
London, August 2. Reuter reports that a small German force seized the Luxemberg railway stations and, several railway bridges to ensure the passage of military trains across the Duchy of Luxemberg. London, August 2. Germans have invaded ' France at jGirey les Forges. i. (Cirey les Forges is a small town or, i a few thousand inhabitants just on the Franco; German frontier in the department of Meur-Bur-Moselle).
The Russians attacked the Marthe River railway bridge, near Neustadt, in the German province of Posen, and were repulsed. , A later message states that the Germans are advancing on Lpngevy. The Russians attacked Miloslau but were checked, . . A Btrong column crossed the fron \ tier at Schamdden; • Cossacks are advancing on Johannisberg., ' , . London, August 2. Great Britain inquired at Berlin whether /Germany was prepared to resVept Beiguim's neutrality. Germany replied that she was unable to aijswer.
out. The chief run is on corned beef, flour and sugar. There is great anxiety in the big hotels, as of 16,000 Austrian and German waiters employed, 50 per cent, will possibly be recalled to the colours. Hotels catering for Germans have had 70 per cent, of their staffs leave in advance of the proclamation. ' Crowds throng Fleet street awaiting the war, news of the Cabinet meeting, which broke up at 8 o'clock. A censorship has been imposed on telegrams and cablegrams, Brussels, August 2.
The ".News of the World" declares that a wireless bas been received an nouncing heavy firing in the North Sea. 1 The report is not confirmed. A- Liege report states that 20,000 Germans crossed the frontier* at Nancy, and were repulsed with heavy losses.
A Royal proclamation issued this afternoon established a quasi mora torium ,
An Emergency Act allowing the Government Bank to suspend payment in specie for a given time Paris, August 2.
Ministers held an all night council M, Glemenceau bas joined the Cabinet, and M. Delcasao has been appointed Minister for War The announcement was madesimul taneously with Germany s enquiry as to France's intention,
The Ge nv<xx. Ambassador prepared co leavp Pa.irf.
FraLCu &u.i drawn the attention of the Po.veris tc the German violation of Luxtnjt* g -outrality.
(>':> mmv refuses to withdraw dcs pitL >h* official protest, and deolares that tii<-. eizu bis not with hostile inten', fcu-. n.t'iely as a precautionary tnea-ure ro. prevent the French using the (Hoi y, Hud has promised an md- ( vi» i y London, August 2. 'i itough Fianoe was not notified of iLe (ieoln-auq.i of war, Germany has invaded P<-K-ho« at Cirey. i'he Gem.an military authorities announced that a French aviator dropped bombs near Miremberg, The French Embassy points out that Germany has not yet declared war, though the invasion bas begun. London, August 2.
One hundred thousand Germans are crossing Luxemberg and concentrating on tbe frontier near Liege. Wellington, August 2.
The harbourmaster has been ml formed that the Defence Denartmen
will to-day take over complete control of Wellington Harbour. All foreign owned ships will be stopped, and other shipping will have to receive official permission before entering or leaving the port. The Royal Naval reservists, at Lyttelton have received notice from the Defence Department to proceed at once to Wellington. They will probably leave for the north by to-night's steamer.
The grocery and provision firms are, bombarded with orders for provender. Some of tbe leading shops had their stocks practically cleared
Wellington, August 8. A meeting of the Executive was held this morning.
At its conclusion, Mr Maasey was waited on by a number of journalists who. wanted to know what was going on and what the Government was doing.
"Nothing for publication at present," tbe Premier replied in answer, to a question, "I think there will be something to night, but I am not' ready to say anything'at present. I can say this : That we are going on with precautionary measures. A ocr tain proclamation will be issued later, but I am not in a position to say any more at present." "Has any official reply been received in regard to the offer of an expedition ary force," asked a journalist. "No," said Mr Massey. "Ihe offer has been acknowledged. An official reply will come later. It is not an offer until Parliament confirms. The position is at present that, if neces sary, the Government will ask Parlia menfc for the necessary authority." ,
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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914
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