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London, June 5

Mr Winston Ckurchill, in his speech at Dundee, said that Sir lan Hamil ton's army and Admiral Derobeck's fleet were separated by only a few miles from victory in such a war as had not before b3en seen. When speaking of "victory," he waa not re ferring to those victories which crowd* ed the daily placards of the news papers. He was speaking of "victory" in the sense of a formidable fact snap ing the destinies of nations and shortening tbe duration of the war. "Beyond those few lines of ridge arid scrub, whereon our French comrades and our gallant Australian and New Zealand 'fellow subjects are fighting for their lives and the destruction of the enemy's fleet and army, lies the fall of a world-famous capital. The struggle will be heavy, the risks enormous, tbe losses cruel, but victory will make amends." ."Never." he added, "was there such a great subsidiary oper ation in which more complete bar mony of stategic political and economical advantages were combined or which stood in a truer relation to the main decision which was in the central theatre of Europe, through the Narrows and across tbe ridges of Gallipoli would be some of the shortest paths to triumph and peace. We are confronted by a foe which, without the slightest scruple, would extirpate us, roan, woman and child, by any method open to him, To fall is to be enslaved er be destroyed Not to win decisively is to have all this misery over again, after an uneasy truce, to fight under less favourable circumstances, perhaps alone. After what hag happened, there cannot be peace until the German military sys tern is shattered, torn and trampled, so that it is unable to resist the will and decision of the conquering power."

Mr Oburchill added : "Above all, let us be of good cbeer. The loyolty of our dominions and colonies vindi oafces our civilisation—our enemies bate proves the effectiveness of our warfare. If we are ambitious and depressed we should watch Australia and New Zealand in this last finest crnsade smiling down the combined barbarisms of Prussia and Turkey. We should see General Botha holding South Africa for the King, or look at Canada defending to the death the last few miles of shattered Belgium Then across the smoke and carnage of an immense battlefield we may look forward to a vidon of a united British Empire, of the calm background of a liberated Europe. To achieve that glorious oonsumation the nation must bend anew and together to its task." FBENCH NAVAL COMMANDER. Paris, June 6. Vice Admiral Nicol has been appointed to the command of the French naval forces at the Dardanelles. Admiral Nicol has had a brilliant career, and is the youngest vice-ad-miral in the service. Admiral Gus , pratte is retained as second in command.


Petrograd, June 6

A revolting story of 4be treatment of a party of Russian prisoners i» Poland is to hand. They were locked up without food for days, until they were on the verge of starvation. They werb then turned into a courtyard where jeering officers threw them bits of bread. While the staggering wretches were searching for the fragment, a cinematograph operator photographed the scene.

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A STIRRING SPEECH., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3465, 8 June 1915

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A STIRRING SPEECH. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3465, 8 June 1915

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