WAR IN EUROPE.
DE WET'S TRIAL
INTERESTING EVIDENCE. Capetown, February 17.
Evidence given at the trial of De Wet showed tbat during tbe engagement at Doornburg De Wet directed the storming of the Loyalists' positions, but be ordered tbat tbe rifles should not be loaded, apparently not wishing to kill.
Evidenoe showed that tbe rebels relieved that Maritz bad captured Kiroberley, and imagined that the match to Pretoria would be a picnic and tbat the whole Dutch population would rise with them.
. One witness -stated tbat General Botha wrote to ex-President Bteyn urging bim to use bis influence to prevent the rebellion Mr Steyn sent General Hertzog to sea General De Wet, and General Botha proposed tbat De Wet should go to Pretoria under safe contfufjirto negotiate with tiie Government. Da Wet declined and told Hertzog tbat the Premier must resign and agree to the proclamation of the Republic. A GERMAN EXPERT, London, Feb. 17 Captain Erdmand, of tbe German cruiser Blucher, destroyed in the ra cent engagement, died at Edinburgh from pneumonia. He was one of the reatesfc gunnery authorities id Ger-
'tinny' A COLLIER TORPEDOED. London, Feb. 17 The collier Dulwieh waa blown up by two explosions off Care Antifer A jP-e-ch cuii-er rmcufrl -wenty n of bpr ci-QW, and itiß nut IftO'led ft' Fes p. Paris, Feb 17 Tbe Dulwieh whs torpedoed on a clpar night wi'bout any warning. :'. ALU aDVN"R Paris, February 17The official communique states:— "We rppiiififd violent attacks by ar ieaat three battalions near Four de Paria, inflicting heavy losses upon the and captnrioe: many prisoners We-'captured 100 mefcraa of trenches in tbo Boia de Malancourt." GERMAN SUBMARINE AT WORK j London, February 16. . The German submarine No 16 on Tuesday blew up and sank tbe French steame-- Vil'o de Lille between Cherbourg and Dunkirk, giving the crew ten minutes to escape. The sub -oarioe >vas about to sink a Nor wegian steamer, when torpedo destroyers arrived, and the submarine disappeared. THE AYRSHIRE SAFE, London, February 17. The Ayrshire has passed Dover. Three Australian Government t'-awlers-fcbe Brolga, Koranga and Gnnundaal—bave sailed. THE AIR RAID. London, February 17Tbe air raiders yesterday dropped 240 bomb 3on German military posi
'ions Each bomb weighed 85ib , and each machine carried six of them
SWISS DEMAND AN APOLOGY,
Bekne, February 17
An official enquiry established that a german aeroplane recently flew over Swiss territory. The Swiss Minister at Berlin has been instructed to demand an apology from the German Government. THE RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN.. Petroobad, February 17Peirograd reports that the Russians have reoccupied Borcha, which the Turks captured and converted into a very strong fortress, and stubbornly defended The Russians have en tered Turkish territory, at several •points in the Trarishorok region. THE PHILOMEL IN ACTION. Wellington, February 18 The Hon. James Allen, Minister for Defence, has been advised tbat an armed landing party from H M.B. Philomel came in contact with the enemy, who were in much greater force. The officers and men behaved very well indeed, and retired under cover of tbe ship's gnns. Two wore killed, as previously reported, and three wounded. ' The wounded are doiog well. The enemy's casualties were at least 26 killed and many more wounded.
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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915