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THE SEABOARD TOWNS. GERMANS’ FLANS SMASHED. TROOPS Tltl! E ATE NED WITH DESTRUCTION, ■ PARIS. October 20. October 21, at 9.15 a.m.) The Hermans planned to march a huge e-,r,■(. across Calais am! engulf the eeaIciard towns, but the defeat at Lille smashed the plan, ami the Herman troops in the coastal districts are with oest)‘uctl"ii. ENEMY FEELING THE STRAIN. PARIS, October 20. [Received October 21, at 9.15 A Fieiich Staff oliiter. who* at the battle nt the Atone, interviewed, enipha.dsed the great ciuuvje in the spirits of the i lerman troops «nce the Alarm 1 affair. Ma/iv of the officers were unnerved, and pitoiniers state that the long and indecisive struggle on the Atone told severely on the iruops. HERMAN’S .SURPRISED AT DINNER. PARIS. October 20. (Received October 21, at 9.15 a.m.) During an engagement- the French wing were unable to locate the Herman machine guns. Two corporals and a private volunteered to discover them. They crawled to within 10 paces of the Herman trenches, and found that half of the Hermans had gone to fetch their midday rations, whilst ■ •thers were seated at a distance from the guns. The Frenchmen leaped into the trench and fired two mitrailleuses, and the enemy fled, accompanied by two reserve companies. The French artillery completed the re treaters’ destruction. A SMAR T ACTION. PRUSSIAN GUARDS FIGHT WELL. PARIS. October 20. (Received October 21, at 10.10 a.m.) On the morning of the 11th 100 Prusdan Death's Head Hussars, in the vicinity «f Yprcs, came in contact with [Belgian ■ rivalry, which, charging impetuously, broke the hussar.s’ ranks. The hussars lied, and were overtaken, all being killed. Unaware of tho hussars’ fate, a German column, three kilometres behind, advanced. Suddenly the French 75-millimetre guns opened a murderous lire. This, was taken up by the infantry men at close range. ■ Then the Belgians tumid themselves facing tho Prussian Guards. The latter, beneath a terrible fire, opened out with calm precision, as though on parade. Whenever a man fell another was substituted. The guards list all their 1 officers, and the bmderlesa Prussians retired, leaving 500 lend and the Belgians masters of the posi‘ion. ALLIES’ FORCES JOIN. PARIS, October 20. ißeceived October 21, at 10.10 a.m ) On the Hazebrouck-Renders Railway there has been a junction of the forces from Ostend. FRENCHMEN CAPTURE THEIR GUARDS. PARIS, October 20. , {Received October 21, at 9.15 a.rn.)

1-aM week a section of French infantry, while reconnoitring, lost their way in a fog, and were taken ; iris one* ns. The German captors stacked their rifles, waiting for the fog to dispel, and then beguiled their tedium by insulting the prisoners. With a rush the latter broke loose, seized the rifles, and bayoneted many of the Germans. The remainder surrendered, and were made prisoners. FRENCH AVIATORS DEFY TAUBES. PARES, October 20. (Received Oc.tol.ier 21. at 9.15 a.m.) The French aviators who are guarding Paris warded off several Taubes that were approaching the French capital. AFFAIRS AT ANTWERP. PEOPLE WILL NOT TRUST THE GERMAN. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Set vices.) LONDON, October 20. Only 50 residents of Antwerp have returned to their homes. the remainder fear the Germans’ retaliation. _ A member of the naval division who was at Antwerp says that the Ivrupp the smaller forts are of inefficient range, and that the guns of the larger forts do not carry more than two milec. Two thousand refugees from France and Holland are arriving daily. Frenchmen tend llolgians beween 18 and 30 years of age are not permitted to leave the country. ANTWERP DESERTED. IMPORTANT BUILDINGS INTACT. LONDON, October 20. i Received October 21, at 9.15 a.m.) Practically all shops in Antwerp remain closed. Nine-tenths of the houses appear to be deserted. The city is practically waterless, and the tramways are suspended. The debris from the lire of the bombardment was rapidly cleared away, but dense srnoktj still rises from the burning petrol tanks.

The destruction by the bombardment was comparatively slight. The important buildings are practically unharmed. English and Belgian nurses worked heroically* in removing the wgunded to the hospitals amid burning houses and bursting sheila. They remained to attend those whom they could not move, and /uflaced the dying in, crowded, cellars.

ARRAS NEARLY AS MUCH RUINED At* LOUUALV. LONDON, October 20. (Received October 21, at 8.55 a.m.) The ‘Daily Mail’s’ correspondent says that .Arras has suffered nearly as much as Louvain and Rheims did. The Town Hall, Museum, and theatre were gutted, and most of the buildings in the centre of the town are in ruins. The cathedral's famous belfry was severely damaged. A shell struck tho hospital, killing and wounding a number of patients and nurses. AMERICA ASKED TO RECOGNISE THE KAISER AS RULER OF BELGIUM. NEW YORK, October 20. (Received October 21, at 9 a.m.) The Germans have informed Air Whitelock, the American Minister to Belgium, that his mission is ended, and they are endeavoring to secure his influence to induce America to recognise the Kaiser as the ruler of Belgium. GERMANS REFORTIFYING LIEGE. LONDON, October 20. (Received October 21, at 9 a.m.) A refugee from Liege states that the Germans are heavily fortifying Liege, repairing the forts, cutting down woods, throwing up miles of trenches and wire entanglements, and building a Zeppelin shed. ENEMY FOILED ON THE SOMME. PARIS, October 20. (Received October 21, at 8.55 a.m.) Tho Allies fought their way forward hone by house at La Bassee, and also completely defeated a series of German efforts to break through between Peronne and St. Quentin. THE GERMAN SI,EDGE HAMMER HAS LOST ITS ROWER. LONDON, October 20. (Received October 21, at 8.55 a.m.) A ‘Telegraph’ correspondent, who has visited the battlefields in Northern France, says there is every indication that tho German sledge hammer has lost its power. The enemy's onslaughts are futile against the Allies’ centre. The German avalanche in tho north-eastern area is daily weakening.

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GERMANY DRIVEN BACK IN THE EAST., Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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GERMANY DRIVEN BACK IN THE EAST. Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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