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HIGH COMMISSIONER'S CABLE The High Commissioner reports London. 25tb. 2 a.m.—"Paris reports occasional artillery combats from Lye to the Aisne favourable to Allies. Several German batteries were pilenced in the region of the Meuse. Detailed reports from Eparges are shown to have been of the greatest importance, and resuiied in heaAy lossph to the enpmv. A small part of (be front was tukti] by tbe Allies, and upwards of 600 dead Germans found. Prisoners say that two regiments were driven from their positions, and lost upwards of 8000 more than half their effective strength. RUSSIANS SUCCESSFUL RETREAT. HEROIC FIGHTING IN EAST PRUSSIA. Wellington, February 25. The High Commissioner cabled from London yesterday: — ''Petrograd reports state that the communique referring to the retreat in East Prussia applied to General Bulgakoff's command. Communication between him and the 10th Army being broken, he found himself sur rounded between Goddap and Su walki by increased numbers of tbe Germany Army. Fighting heroically against forces, which several times outnumbered him, he, in three days, marched thirty two miles, fighting the whole of tbe time, and forcing a passage south-east to tbe Forests of Augusfcowo. HEAVY LOSSES INFLICTED, " The accounts of prisoners indicate that a heavy loss was inflicted on the German forces barrkig the way, especially near Ghita " It is reported that tbe corps, fightiDg with its last cartridge until completely exhausted, was valiantly repelling attacks on four fronts, bolding its artillery, and taking many German prisoners. GERMANS USE) ARMOURED AUTOMOBILES.

There is a continuance of the nghting on the righ,fc bank 3 of tbe Bobr and Naveu On Sunday German de tacbraents were thrown back by tbe fire of the fortress guna at Osowiecu Fgihting is in progress on the roads in Radzilow, Arzuzina and Kolno. Notwithstanding attacks by the enemy in strong force, we held Jed wudno. The German attack was supported by armoured automobiles, and was particularly intense The German offensive is continuing in the Pryasnysz region. Three at tacks on the town have been re. pulsed, Russian armoured automobiles contributing to the success, their fire decimating the Germans at seventy, five paces. MINING ENEMY'S TRENCHES. "The roads to Plonsk and some villages have chaDged hands several times. On tbe left bank of the Vis tula, south of a. farm at Mazely, three mines were exploded beneath a German trench, which was occupied. The remainder of the German trenohep, three machine guns, a mortar, with tombs, and piisonera were captiyed The Germans by the explosion in the lines lost 500 men. AUSTRIANS BOMBARD CONVENT. "Tbe Austriana bombarded a eonvint south of Mfzolaborez with tweive-ioeh mortars. i . "The Austrian? persistent attack? in the region of Ukow, Smolnik aaii Tiscowa have been repulsed, inflicting

pnomious Josses in tbe region' o Kopziojn The Austrians have re placed tbe Germane." GERMAN TREACHERY IN BELGIUM.


Melbourne, February 25. Particulars are tc band of the treacherous shooting of M. Descharp, formerly French Sub-Consul at Syd ney, on the outbreak of the war. He joined the staff o£ General Irentenian as interpreter. He was wounded and was Ipfr, in4be ambulance in the vilInge nf Gorntnory. A German troop arrived, and the noncornmisaioDea officer in charge pretended that some j one baa fired on the Germans, and demanded the services .of an inter preter. M. Deschars, with the help of Dr Vaissiereg, thereupon advanced. The noncommissioned officer drew his revolver, and shot both dead. The rest of the Germans became frenzied and struck and shot the other wound ed like men "possessed of the devil."

BRITISH AVIATOR'S COUP, Amsterdam, February 24. A British aviator near Thourout rose above three German machines, shot. dow,n two and damaged the third. Seven Germans were killed. GERMANS RIOTING FOB BREAD.

Amsterdam, February 24. A number of the wealthiest people have left Germany for Scandinavia for the sake of getting pure bread. Riots occurred yesterday in several German cUies The-p i- mncb discontent in Mngde burg, where tbpre was insufficient bread to meet the demand, and women *nd cbiidi-pn endeavourpd t0..100t , the shop,-? The police suppressed the outbreak.

RHINE STEAMER SEIZED. Amsterdam, February 24. The Rhine steamer Hanna, her captain, proprietor and others have been arrested at Rotterdam for having five tons o£ copper, including three thousand bullets, on board. It was found hidden under phosphate. THE AFRICAN CAMPAIGN. Capetown, Feb. 24 Britishers under Colonel Deves occupied Garub, Luderitzland, unop posed. The occupation is important, as it has a plentiful water supply. Captain Demeillon, with a small force, scoured the country in the direction of Ans, and attacked a German train accompanied by fifty mounted men. The Britishers brought down several of the enemy- Captain Demeillon was wounded but continued firing u»til he wag again wounded. Eventually the Britishers retired to Garub, and Captain Demeillon and another were taken prisoners. ALLIES JOINT NOTE. / Paris, Feb. 2-1 The "Journal" states that the Allies joint note in reply to American representations and German statements, declares that all German property is liable to seizure under any flag; and every cargo destined for Germany will be considered "good prizo," but the strictest measures for identification are guaranteed. SINKING GERMAN LINER. London, Feb 25 The "Daily Mirror" publishes pic tures of the Orient Company's steamer Orarna sinking the German vanned liner Navarra after an engagement.

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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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WAR IN EUROPE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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