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WAR IN EUROPE.

THE LOSS OF THE FOR

MIDABLE

DEATH MET BRAVELY.

London, Jan. 3

Some survivors have reached Lyme region ia the Formidable's cutter after 22 hours in the storm. She originnlly bad 70 on board, and it is believed that 20 perished. Tbe others were almost exhausted, and 9 died after landing.

Leading stoker Parr relates that he was asleep in his bunk when ha was awakened by a gigantic explosion at 2 o'clock on Friday morning. The crew rushed on deck half dressed, but there was no panic, and orders were given and obeyed as though they were at manoeuvres. While the boats were being lowered the boilers exploded, and it became impossible to lower tbe pin naces without steam, so they were able only to* lower the sailing cutters. Parr states that his boat stood by for an hour. Two boats got away, and afterwards these with tbe first boat were lost sight of in the heavy peas. Those on the Formidable fired rockets for assistance. His last sight of the crew showed them standing on the foredeek smoking and talking with the officers at their posts. < .

The heavy seas almost swamped the cutter Her rudder was swept away, tfnd they bad no compass, and no coats. Caps and ?ei boots were used for baling out The water poured in from the great waves. About five o'clock in the morning they unsucesss fully attempted to attract the atten tion of a passing liner. The men be ing only half dressed, felt the cold bitterly, and the coxswain and several others died from exhaustion and were dropped overboard. After the cur vivors sighted land they rowed all day without food.

RUSSIAN VICTORY,

Petrograd, January 3

A German jeroplare was brought down at Wkshegrod, on the Vistula, on Friday, and two aviators who were on board were captured.

The "Morning Post's" Petrograd correspondent slates that the fighting at B r >lira off, in Poland, ended disastrously for the Germans

Tbe Russians split Ausfcro German armies in West Gaiicia into three

sections

FRAUDULENT PASSPORTS.

London, January 3

The authorities detained a German officer, three reservists and a lawyer. It is alleged that they were conspiring to secure the passage of German reseruist3 on & Norwegian steamer by means of fraudulent passports taken out by naturalised Germans.

ALLIES' ADVANCE

Paris. January 3

Paris reports state that the Allies have maintained all the positions won north of the Lys. The French infantry gained five hundred yards at Laboisselle. NearPerthe3 le3 Purius they progressed 300 yards SAMOA FORCES. The following official report has been received from Samoa :— "Thj health of the troops is good. The invalids are: Field Engineers, Sergeant (I M. Wilford dengue fever, Sapper C- S. Martins tonsilitis ; Auck land Regiment, Private H. N. Cow iin tonsilitis, H Davidson cellulitis of the right leg, T, E. Peek fever, C. W. Gawn knee injury, T Hartley dysentery, A. J- Milgrin eye trouble, T. Fraser dengue, C. R F. Lovell injured back ; Wellington Regiment, Bnvates H Stubbs and L Bridge dengue, H. Manners dislocated right shoulder; Railway Engineers, Sapper H. Phillips hernia; Army Service Corps, Private H. Pickett, tonsilitis All doing well."

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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 5 January 1915

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WAR IN EUROPE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 5 January 1915

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