The Eastern Theatre.
FREE USE OF GAS BY 7 GERMANS. Tbo High Commissioner reports— There were artillery actions on the whole front.
The French, by a coup de main, carried strong German works west of Lens. One hundred prisoners mere taken,
In the Argonne, at Bagatelle, and in tho Bois Lβ Prehe. three German attacks were made, but all were repulsed. ARMENIAN MASSACRES. London, May 9. Dyemal Pasha, supported by Kurds, ie be?eiging Van, in Armenia. The insurgent's' ammunition is nearly exhausted.
Many* prominent Armenians have been assassinated, and the lives of American missionaries and their families are endangered.
There have been wholesale mas sacres elsewhere in Armenia.
FIGHTING AT 2PRES.
London, May 9
Eyewitness states that after severe lighting on the afternoon of the 2nd our line north of Ypres was re established in the evening, The indications on Monday morning were for a re newal of the attack. Our guns fired on considerable bodies of the enemy, inflicting heavy losses. Fighting was renewed on Wednesday at several points round the Ypres salient.
Clouds of gas forced us to evacuate our trenches on Hill 60, whereupon Germans rushed the Hill, though they were temporarily checked by our artillery.
GERMANS GAIN GROUND.
The Germans, getting the advantage in the confused fighting, followed up their success, and forced a way to our supporting line. In the direction of Zillebeke they took trenches on the north of the hill A British counterattack drove them off, and we recap* tured the trenches except those on the crest and northeast slopes of the hill. TERRIBLE EFFECT OF GASES. The British, by another counterattack at midnight, regained the whole position north-east of the bill, but again they wore driven off by poisonous gases. At the same time two British counter attacks on the trenches on the northeast of the hill failed.
'•Eye Witness" adds.: " The sight of their comrades crawling about in agony moaning for water and dying in their tracks like poisoned vermin, has aroused in tho troops a feeling that it is to be hoped the British Empire will not rest until full retribution has been exacted,"
BETTER NEWS OF BRITISH PROGRESS. HIGH COMMISSIONER'S RE • PORT. Tha Prime Minister has received the following from the High Commissioner :— j London, May 10. I "Between Nieuport and the sea the I German attack was repulsed with important enemy losses. The British
gained ground in the region of From , eltes. The Allies made marked pro: gress in north Arras in direction of Loos and sooth of Oarenoy, taking in latter region on a front of seven kilo , metres sometimes three trenches strongly fortified. The Allies took the village of Targette and half of the village of Nouville Saint Vaaet advancing at points four kilometres Two thousand prisoners and six guns were captured."
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The Eastern Theatre., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3458, 11 May 1915