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CONFLICTING REPORTS ABOUT LIEGE.

NEW2EALA NDERS TO BE SENT TO. THE FRONT

Conflicting reports arrive about Liege. The Belgians claim to have captured 5000 Germans, and to have repulsed the German Seventh Army Corps. The Germans/on the contrary, claim that they have penetrated Belgium, and that though they have lost their cavalry, it has been no defeat. Later news from a German source states that Liege has fallen, and there is great rejoicing in Berlin, Another later message states that the Germans have got within Liege, but have not taken the forts. The French are having signal victories over the Germans about Nancy. Thirty-four German vessels have been captured at Antwerp, The British Army reserves are called out; and a portion of the China fleet has left for Europe. There is no further news about fighting in the Jforth Sea. Mr Winston Churchill announces that Britain has had only one disaster, the sinking of the Amphion, German spies have been captured at the Tyne< and one shct dead. The British cruiser Vindictive captured the German cruiser Schleisen.. Germans laid mines before war was declared The Russians are repulsing Austrians with heavy losses about the Danube., Germans evacuate LuxemDurg. Mr Massey announced yesterday that our expeditionary force will go to the front under the command of General Godley.

FIERCE FIGHTING ABOUT LIEGE. London, August 8. Dt Dillon, the "Daily Telegraph's" correspondent states that during the night the entire 7th Army Corps made a tremendous assault, but the Belgians manfully held their posi dona. The whole country around waa illuminated by searchlights, and i'he ground quaked like an earth quake. Daylight revealed hundreds of German corpses strewn over the field. As the Germans advanced on Bar ebon, the Belgians mixed brigade ef feefced a daring counter attack from the heights of Wandre. Their advance was as irresistable as the tide. The Germans stood a few minutes awaiting the onset, and fcheu fled in panic. The geventh Army Corps was broken, and a few hours later five thousand fugitives passed Mastuilt, They were fed,actd curiously enough at Aix-la-oba-pelle- If this is correct it raises an international problem of bo me

moment, \ THE GERMAN .VERSION The German version of the conflio , ' at Jjiege states that the German advanced Guards penetrated the entire Belgian frontier- Small detachments tried a coup de-main with great boldness at Liege. Some cavalry entered the city \vith the objteot ot seizing the commander of the forces, who , only paved himself by flight.

The attack on the fortress was unsuccessful. -

The whole of the hostile foreign Press will naturally characterise the incident, which has no influence on the larger operations, as a defaafc. Brussels, August 8.

The morale of the 7th and 10th German Army Corps has been seriously shaken ,by the withering Belgian fire, which mowed them down like corn.

Many German shells burst in the etreets of Liege; setting fire to build' ings, '■'~/

A number of guns were captured. When the shells fell in Liege 1000 inhabitants became panic stricken and fled to Brussels and Lon geron. The rest sought refuge in cellars.

The Burgomaster desired to suriender, but General Lieman refused to permit him to do so.

REPORTED FALL, OF LIEGE.

Amsterdam, August 9. Amsterdam has received a remarkah o Berlin message reading:—"News OE the fall of Liege spread with light ning rapidity, and created boundless enthusiasm. The Emperor sent an aide de camp to the crowd before the castle to give the news. Police bicycled among the Unter den Linden with the joyful tidings. Here Bethmann yon Hollweg drove to the castle to congratulate the Emperor, .

The message continues—-"Though it is knftwnfl that Liege circulated in foreign countries news about a German defeat this is expected to disap pear before the facts.

The -'Lokal Anzioger" states that all hearts are trembling under the first feat of arms of our valiant army. [The position would appear to be explained in a cable received later that the Get-mans are in the city, but the forts are still fighting]

LIEGE STILL HOLDS OUT. Bbtjssels, August 9. Information from an official source states that Liege has been been in vested, but the Belgians etill hold the forts

The bombardment is very intermit* tent as the German gunners are run , ning short of shells.

There is muob confidence at Ant werpV where the forts are considered impregnable. * " ' ( A " Gasette " Extraordinary issued in London calls out the Special Army Reserve. s .;

A Press Association message, dated Tokio, August 9, states that the first and second fleets have gone to sea. KAIBER'S NEPHEW CAPTURED Brussels, August 9.' The paper "People" reports that among the wounded prisonere at Liege is the nephew of the Kaieer, who was commanding the German cavalry. i. Other reports, state that.• the. German casualties in Alsace total 80,000. NORTH FEA . BATTLE. London, August 9 Intense anxiety is felt for definite news from the North Sea. Mr Winston Churchill says that there has been no British loss except the Amphion, and no fighting except against the Koenigin Lui3e, A patrol challenged a foreigner on the Tyne Bridge- He endeavoured to escape, and was shot dead* The search for Germans on . the Tyne continuesAll German telephones have| been disconnected. Friedrich Singer, the pastor of the German Seamen's Mission, has been remanded at South Shields on a charge of espionageAnother German pastor at Sunder , land has been detained-

CAPTURE OF GERMAN CRUISER. London, August 8 The Vindictive, of the 9tb Cruis&r Squadron, has captured the armoured cruiser Sohleisen* Eight Germans were wounded, and died shortly after in hospital. % It is believed that 1 the Koeingin Luise was engaged in mine laying for several days before Germany declared war- ' '.■.... ;.'• . . ..'■•':

AUSTRIAN REVERSES. Petersburg, August 9. The Russians have penetrated to Sty> Valley, driving off the Austrian advance guard. / The Austrians began bombardment on Saturday.

Rome, August 9. The "Secolo" states that the Hungarians crossed the Danube, but were driven back, losing 500 men. 'Many were drowned. ■

London, August 9. It is reported that a German cruiser is dogging the steamer Durham from Australia, in the vicinity of Las Palmas.

LUXEMBURG EVACUATED. London, August 9. Router's correspondent states thai the Germans have evacuated Luxem berg, owing to the French advanoe.

A skirmish occurred b&tween French and German cavalry in Belgium. The Luxemberg Germans were defeated, and lost a number of prisoner!. The French army is reported to be well up in Belgium. ,i THE GOEBEN AND BRESLAU. Rome, August 8< The officers and crew of the Goeben and Breslau have left their wills and property with the German Consulate at Messina. The crews then dressed ship, and with their bands playing the German National Anthem the warships proceeded to sea. r There are 1100 men aboard the GoebenNEW ZEALANDERS TO THE FRONT. Wellington, August 10. The Prime Minister made a state , ment in the House this afternoon to the effect that the New Zealand Expeditionary Force was not going to do garrison duty, but was going to the front, and might expect in a few weeks to be in the fighting line, .'General Godley, Mr Massey sftid, was going in command of the force?.

irench cavalry captured a patrol at Nomeney, fourteen miles northwest of Nanoy. Infantry captured another patrol. Seven Germans were killed French cavalry occupied Sticmonjevie. FRENCH VICTORIES. London, August 9. Tba Frenoh carried earthworks at Altkiroh after fierce fighting with bayonets> The Germans fled. I French cavalry have reached Mubausen. ARMY RESERVE CALLED GUT. Bbumels, August 9. Spain is caring for Belgians in Germany. Thirty-four German vessels *ere seized at Antwerp, on Friday.

THE AUCKLAND CONTINGENT. Auckland, August 10. The first detachment of the Auok , land contingent, numbering 250 men; leave for Wellington by tbe midday train, whioh will also convey 275 rail* way engineers. tot Children's Hacking Cough at night, Woods' Great Peppermint Care. 1/6, 2/6

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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4420, 11 August 1914

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CONFLICTING REPORTS ABOUT LIEGE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4420, 11 August 1914

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