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FRENCH DEFEAT GERMANS. London, February 14.

A semi official statement which has> been issued describes how a French aviator," accompanied by a machine guuner, chased a German TaUbe aero plane. After one minute's hot firing from the machine gun the Taube fell earthwards in flames with its wiDg* torn to ribbons. The pair of French men then attacked two other aero planes. The shot from the machine gun struck one of them, and the Frenchman bore down on it vertically, firing incessantly, Suddenly tbe German machine fell like a stove, and was destroyed., The Frenchman at, once rose 1500 metres and engaged a third German aeroplane that was in sight. The German fired with an automobile rifle, but began falling under the well directed machine gun fire' After a minute the Taube's wing tilted The Frenchman volplaned after him, keeping up a continuous fire, «Dd tbe German collapsed, and whs dashed to iha ground, The French machine wa" bombarded from :be German batteries, but succeeded in returning to the French lines safely. THE RUSSIANS RETIRE. London, February 14 The "Observer's" Petrpgrad correa poudent states that the Russians in blast Prussia are steadily retiring towards lines connecting the fortresses £ Kovo Grodno and Lommia within the strongholds of the middle Vistula. Colossal fighting is foreshadowed. AN INSULT TO GREECE. London, February 14. A detective insulted a Greek naval attache in the street at Pera. M. Panas, Greek Minister to Turkey, protested against the detective's con duct, and the Grand Vizier has now referred tbe matter to the Greek Government, which has secured a pro mise of ampler and more publio re" paration, including the offenders' dismissal, and an apology from tbe Pre * feet of Police. no surrender! brave frenchmenGeneva, February 14 A brilliant episode is reported from tbe Vosges. Tbe famous mountain troops of France, tbe Chasseurs Alpines, were cut off by tbe Germans. The mountaineers refused to surrender, and using their skis they dashed down the enow slope at tbe enemy There was a desperate bayonet struggle in the German trenches, in which ail the Chasseurs died, but not before they had killed at least eighty of the Germans. THE KAISER'S PLAN. A "Zurich" correspondent asserts that the Kaiser hopes to approach Russia and conclude peace with her, believiDg tbat the German coterie is sufficiency influential at Petrograd to assist him GERMANS IN POLAND. London, February 14 The Kaiser has ordered that an at tack fas made to take Warsaw this week.

Tbe German situation in Poland hae stupified the Kaiser.

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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3478, 16 February 1915

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WAR IN EUROPE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3478, 16 February 1915

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