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DETAILS OF LAST WEEK'S BATTLE.

RALLY FOR ANOTHER STRUGGLE. London, September 16. Last week's battle was fought in the fruit country of France. Even tho open roads were lined with avenues of pears and apples. Under the com maDd of theii , own artillery the British infantry fought steadily for ward through orchards and un harvested corn. The lessons of theBoer War were not forgotten. The British swept from their trenches in open order, often under the withering fire of the German machine guns. Bat stoopirjg low each man made for the nearest cover, and after a fusilade, poured on again until, with a fierce cheer, they sprang out at the laet rush and drove the Germans from their trenches with the bayonet.

Dtiriag tho fighting at Soissons on Sunday the Germans occupied the heights along the narrow valley of the Aisne. Tbe British tried to cross the river near Venizel, just below Soiseons, and the French in the city on the heights south of Soissons. The Zouaves bad crossed tbe river at Voisuraigne, trying to outflank the German right

Tbe Germans shelled the artillery positions and the roads with their big siego howitzers, but the radius of de struetion was only 20yds. Some of the French were killed by concussion of the brain, but only a few were seriously injured. The German shrapnel often exploded at a height of 300 to 400 feet, while the French shrapnel exploded low and did much damage.

By the afternoon the German fire on Soissons had slackened, and the French and British crossed the Aisne. The Germans were forced to retire to Laon and La Ferte

The investment of Maubeuge com menced on August 26' The first shell was fired on the 27tb. The main attack was on the east and north of the town

The German eiege artillery com pletely destroyed Bouiasoir, Essarts and Cerfontaine forts and tbe Rocq earthworks, i-ome of the forts turrendered in twenty-four hours, others in two days.

The bombardment oi the town lasted twelve days. Over a thousand shells fell in the railway station in one night, but the loss of life was slight. LATEST NEWS FROM THE FRONT. London, September 16. There is little news from the front. There are indications of another great battle, in which the Germans are rallying to resist the rapid advance of tbe Allies. GROWN PRINCE ESCAPES. Paris, September 16. The Crown Prince's attempts to retire the gap between the Argonne and'the Meuse have apparently been successful.

London, September 16. French trains during the past week's battles have been passing from the coast and the depots to the front laden with British troops. The trains are bedecked with flowers, the offerings of the countryside. Coronets of roses hang from the handles of the door. Bouquets are suspended from the sides of the engines. At every door and window are jolly, eager boy faces of England, the owners, khaki clad, gazing out on to the country and returning the smiles and cheers of the peasants and townsfolk, and as they pass on to the firing line to join in the fierce chase of the Germans across France, the watchers can just catch the iilt of "It's a long way to Tipperary, but we'll g there very soon." THE TOMMIES AS HOSTS. London, Sept. 16 British Tommies are providing innumerable refugees with bully beefj and English tea The Tommy is so well fed that he can afford to keep a large portion of the countryside alive out o£ bis rations without going hungry- I

THE HORRORS IN AERSOHOT. London, Sept 16 Louis Mack, the Antwerp corres pondent of the "Evening News," describes the horrors perpetrated in Aerseboi by the Germans. In thecathed ral, on the high altar, were many wine and beer bottles. The offertory box was stolen and replaced by a beer bottle. Bottles and filth were everyj where. The Madonna's head was cut iy off, and a large crucifix burnt as well as tho altar brocades. The Germans flashed the pictures and chopped the frames There was a dead pig on one side of the chapel. This was the work of drunken soldiers. Street after street in Aersehot was destroyed, and now lio blackened ruins At a chemist's the Germans mixed all the drugs together. They shot the burgomaster's two children. A German colonel who was in the burgomaster's servant?' room, was shot from outside the building, it is supposed by the girl's sweetheart. The girl and her swain wer9 instantly executed.

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DETAILS OF LAST WEEK'S BATTLE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 440, 18 September 1914

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DETAILS OF LAST WEEK'S BATTLE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 440, 18 September 1914

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