WAR IN EUROPE.
FRENCH STEAMER TORPEDOED.
Paris, December 27.
A submarine torpedoed and sank tbe French Ville de la Ciotat on Friday in tbe Mediterranean without warning. Many passengers were drowued.
[Tbe Ville de la Oiotafc was a steel screw steamer of 6390 ton*, built in 1892 for the Messageries Mantimes, of Marseilles, She was well known in the service between Marseilles and the Australian ports]
MUNITION FACTORY BOMBED
Pabis, December 27.
News from Constantinople says tbat tbe bombing of tbe munition factory near Haskeul by airmen five days' ago was followed by a fire in whioh there were terrible explosions. Half tbe village of Haskeul was destroyed, and there were thousands of victims. THE DARDANELLES. The Italian Press is disappointed at tbe withdrawal, but says tbat tbe hope of forcing tbe Dardanelles bas not been abandoned, though the stratagem plan bas been altered.
Wellington, December 27
A private cable message reports tbe death ■. Major W. H. G. Levin, of "Greatford," Rangitiki, wbo left with tbe Second Reinforcements. He was tbe second son os tbe late Mr W. H. Levin, and was recently admitted to tbe military hospital at Alexandria suffering from compound fracture of tbe jaw and a complicated fracture of the elbow. PERSIAN CAMPAIGN.' Petbogbad, December 25 A communique states tbat midway between Teheran and Hamaden we defeated a Turoo German force numbering several thousand, including rebellious Persian gendarmes. Tbe, enemy lost several positions and many were killed and wounded, while others fled. RUBBIAN FRONTIER. A communique says—''We cbeok* mated enemy attacks upon Riga and Dvinsk." XMAS IN GERMANY. Bekne, December 27 A Berlin telegram to Zurich sum' marises tbe Christmas sentiments of Germany thus:—"We are ready for peace, but if it must be we are ready to continue the struggle. All tbe churches were crowded on Christmas Day, chiefly by women, many of whom were weeping." PRAISE OF THE DOMINIONS. Londoh, December 27. Tbe lion-on ''Globe." commenting on the Dardanelles withdrawal, states tbat the great dominions left thousands of their best and bravest on those dreadful ridges, and yet tbey bave uttered no word of reproach or recrimination, and hardly a word of criticism. Ail tbey ask is to be shewn another way of getting at tbe Germans.
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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3508, 29 December 1915