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BRITISH CASUALTIEES 1500.

General French, in his report, dwells on our marked superiority over the Germans in every arm of the ser vice. The French army has been sup porting our left, a_i is in conjunction with the Fifth army. Our Eight army on the 29th advansed from the line of the Vise to counter the German advance. There was a considerable battle to the south of Guise, where tbe French gained a marked solid success, driving back three Army Corp3 with heavy loss and in disorder. I

The Allies' general retirement, however, continued, the Germans seeking persistently after tbe British, but tbey remained in practically con tinuous contact with our rearguards.

On Thursday the Germans made a very vigorous effort at Compiegne, where the First British Cavalry and Fourth Guards Brigades were princi pally engaged. The brunt of the attack fell on the Guard?, who lost three hundred killed and wound9d. The Germans were not brought to a standstill till much slaughter had been inflicted.

Up till • Wednesday the marching and fighting had been continuous The casualties are estimated at fifteen thousand, but many of those missing will re join tbe colours. , The British losses do not amount to a third of those inflicted on the Germans, and the British sacrifice is not out of proportion to the achievement.

Nineteen thouEand reinforcements have arrived.

The British are now south of the Marne between the two French armies.

The British cavalry do as they like until confronted with three times their number of Germans. The German patrols simply fly before our horsemen, whilst their troops won't face our infantry.

In spite of the almost tropical weather and the long and trying marches; our men are well and hearty, and their horses are in excellent con' dition,

The Press Bureau confirms the foundering of the Runa, and states that twenty Russian emigrants were lost.

Constantinople, Sept 6

The forbidden zone in tbe Bos* phorus.has been considerably enlarged, and now extends for ten kilometres (about 7i miles). GERMAN'S EVACUATE TER- i MODE. ANTWERP, Sept. 6 ! The Germans evacuated Termode, burning numbers of houses and blowing up the Northern Soheldt bridge to prevent an offensive movement while the operations in Termode were pioceeding. They now find it imposssible to hold Termode without, being cut off from Brussels. The incursion of Waesland is apparently abandoned. LONDON, Sept. 6 Further reports from South Africa indicate that energetia preparations have been made to deal with thirty thousand armed Germans in German West Africa. THE DAMAGED GERMAN WARSHIPS. LONDON, Sept. 6 Some of the newspapers think it probable that the damaged destroyers whose arrival at Keil was cabled, are being Bent there for re„ pairs after the Heligoland fight. JAPAN'S PRECIPITATION EXPLAINED. TOKIO, Sept. 6 Sneaking in the Diet. Baron Kato, Minister for Foreign Affaiis, reviewed events leadfng to the wan He seid that German men of war were prowling in the Eastern seas menacing commerce, while Kio Chow was carrying out operations for the purpose of constituting a baße for warlike purposes, and grave anxiety was felt for the maintenance of peace. Japan's interests became threatened, and tbs Government therefore resolved to have a full and frank exchange of views with the British government. Japan had no desire to beoome involved in the conflict, but she owed it to herself to be faithful to the Alliance. Desiring to solve the situation by Pacific maans she gave the followin advice to Germany. (He here read the ultimatum issued), but received no reply. Japan did not desire war with Austria, and accepted Austria's offer to disarm the Kais* erin Elizabeth at Shanghai, but at the last moment Austria broke oil relations.

THE KAIPARA'S EXPERIENCE

London, September 6. Mr Hubert Wilkie, chief offioer of the Kai« para, in an interview, stated that from Cape Horn to Rio da Janeiro the Kaipara avoided the trade routes, and did not sight a ship until August 16th, when the Kaiser YV'lbelm der Grosse hove in sight. The commander, through a megaphone, shouted : "If you use your wireless we will übb our guns." The

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lieutenant and seoon d lieutenant came on board and smashed th' wireless, placed explosives in the stokehold, j and ordered everyone to leave. We were only allowed to take our clothes, and the in dividual losses were very considerable. The ' Kaipara'a boats, which conveyed the crew to the German liner, were afterwards scuttled. The Kaiser Wilhalm der Grosse took 1J hours and fifty-three shots to sink the,. Kaipara. Tbe prisoners were treated with great courtesy, and were provided with saloon berths. "It was evident," says Mr Wilkie, "that tbe Germans did not relish their task. The commander remarked, • it is painful,' " Tha vessel proceeded on her way, and the same afternoon the Nyana was sunk and her crew taken aboard. The next day the Kaiser Wiihelm der Grosse entered Rio del Ora Bay, and coaled from a collier, A week later she was off Las Palmas. When coaling from the Arucaa, the German ship sighted the Highflyer at 1.30 p,m, on Wed desday, and her crew rushed up on deck with their pistols, and the commander ordered the prisoners to go below for an hour. The petty officer said : "You'll be all right bye and bye. We think it is an English oruie-r." Later the captain and lieutenant said : " Gentlemen, please go aboard the Arucaa at once. A B itish oruiser is going to fire." Many of the Kaiser Wilhelm's crew accompanied the prisoners to the Arucas, and threw their arms into tha sea after the prisoners were transferred to the Arucas. When the Highflyer overhauled the Kaiser Wiihelm the cruiser suddenly fired, and the ship replied. The Arucas stood by till a shell whizzed over our beads. Tie first shot gave us a bit of a shock, but our men acted with great boldness. 1 took the Arucas's wheel, and she gradually moved away. The Kaiser Wiihelm had'nt a chance against the Highflyer, owing to the short range of her guns. One of the Highflyer's first shots disabled the port quarter gun and destroyed part of the bridge. When she sank the Arucas was several miles away, OCCUPATION OF SAMOA.

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BRITISH CASUALTIEES 1500., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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BRITISH CASUALTIEES 1500. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4427, 8 September 1914

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