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ON THE BELGIAN SEABOARD., Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
ON THE BELGIAN SEABOARD.
GERMAN POSITION CRITICAL. ROULERS RETAKEN BY THE FRENCH. LONDON, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9.15 a.m.) The 'Daily Mail's' Flushing correnjMmdent says that the German position on the Belgian* seaboard anil in the vicinity of Bruges and Ghent is becoming critical. The enemy are still holding Ostein!. The bombardment of Nieuport on Wednesday took place under the fire, of 11 warship* s . The return German fire fell short. The Germans in Ostein! are sheltering behind houses on the Digue. hiring was heard at Bruges all day, and coming closer. The railway viaduct at Oosteamp was blown up. Trains of German wounded were obliged to return to Bruges. The. Germans appear exhausted. The French dragoons from Ypres, after expelling the. remnant of Germans from Roulers, barricaded the streets, and planted machine guns on porches and prominent houses. On Monday a large force of Germans from Ghent 'and Bruges bombarded and took Roulers after fierce .street fighting, the French retiring in good order. The French were reinforced on Tuesday, and after heavy fighting Roulers was retaken.
ROLLERS OF GREAT VALUE. AM ST E.R DAM, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9.30 a.m.) The Allies' capture of Renders is important, for it is a railway centre, and its lot*s handicaps Germany m the despatch ot troops "to the front. ALLIES HOLDING THEIR OWN IX A ITEIU E BATTLE. PARIS, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9.15 a.m.) ■ A communique dated the 21st, at midnight, savs that a violent battle took place throughout the day on the left wing from the North Sea to La Basse*?. The. Allies were, holding their own evervwhere. The situation elsewhere is unchanged. TWO REGIMENTS OF UHLANS LOCATED T.V AEROPLANE AND SMASHED. LONDON, October 22, (Received October 23, at 9.15 a.m.) During an earlier battle westward of Lille an aeroplane disclosed two regiments of Uhlans bivouacked. A batterv of field artillery covered the road of escape, and the allied ini'antrv advanced. The German Scntnt'S "ave the alarm, and the Uhlans galloped back. Then tho artillery opened at 200 yards with shrapnel, and _ two squadrons of British cavalry finished them. Three hundred Uhlans were killed and wounded and many made prisoners. LILLE SUBURBS IN CINDERS. SHOCIvIXG~sIAUGHTER. GERMANS USING" OLD SNIDERS. PATHS, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9 a.m.) The destruction near Lille is terrible. Some villages were shelled by both armies until scarcely a stone was standing. The inhabitants who were unable to escape died terrible deaths. In one house the Allies found a family of eeven dead. ■U Fnnetieres not a habitable house remains. Five hundred Germans were found dead in the streets. Cartridges found on them were of the old Snider type. CYCLISTS THWART CAVALRY. "PARIS, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9.30 a.m.) Both sides are using large forces of cvclists occtipving advanced poets. It attacked bv cavalry the cyclists throw their machines into the middle ol tno road where the spokes and wheels make a perfect obstacle to the charging horses, whilst the cyclists, sheltered in the hedges, pick off stragg lin ff horsemen.
GERMANS SUFFERED HEAVILY AT DIXMUDE.
AMSTERDAM, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9.30 a.m.) Witnesses of the fighting at Dixmude state that the Germans, in withdrawing, suffered heavily from the bayonet. 'I hey abandoned thousands of dead and wounded. The Allies' casualties were also serious. Manv of the injured had to remain on the spot "for 15 hours owing to the darkness, and upwards of 50 succumbed to their injuries. SULOItS AND ZEPPELINS GOING TO ANTWERP. AMSTERDAM, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9.30 a.m.) Two thousand four hundred Hamburg sailors have gone from Liege towards Antwerp, and two Zeppelins have also been conveyed thither. . ■ GERMANS DISLODGED AT RHEIMS. LONDON, October 22. (Received October 23, at 9.30 a.m.) It 'is reported that French colonial troops dislodged the Germans from the torts north and of Rheims/
DIRIGIBLES AND GUNS. LONDON, October 22. 1 Received October 23, at 9.30 a.m.) The aviition camp at Waelhem includes six dirigibles. Five hundred trucks fcjl of guns are at the Brussels railway yards. [Waelhem is e.n" the Nethc. 12 miles south of Antwerp. 1 PLACES THE ZEPPELINS WOULD LIKE TO HIT. LONDON, October 22. ißeceived October 23, at 9.30 a.m.) Visitors saw 50 airmen at a. Brussels hotel inspecting a map ot London, marking the location of the Bank of England, the War Office. Parliament Houses, and Buckingham Palace. SIDELIGHTS ON THE FfGHTrXG. PILLAGE AND MISCHIEF. LONDON, October 22. ißeceived October 25, at 9.30 a.m.) The Germans prepared long rows of miners' houses eastward of Lens for street fighting. Tin: windows were protected with mattresses and the walls loop-holed. During the bombardment of Arras 200 civilians were killed. Throughout the Lille region the Germans abandoned strategy for pillage, with the object of iiitlictmg the greatest possible economic Joss to the Frencli.
A party of German officers lived for three days in a palace at Brussels, and suddenly" left after slashing and painting the carpets and riddling the furniture with bullets.
MONITORS' DEADLY AIM. GOT OX TO AX "IMPORTANT DYKE. LONDON, October 22. (Received October 25. at 8.45 a.m.) The British monitors' maikinandiip utterly destroyed the. dyke between Ostend and Nieupo'rt, which'was strongly held. The monitors also blew up a house occupied bv the German Headquarters Staff. THE MONITORS DESCRIBED. BUILT FOR BRAZIL AND BOUGHT BY BRITISH. LONDON, October 22. (Received October 25, at 9.50 a.m.) It is stated that, the warships operating 011 the Belgian coast are armored monitors purchased from Brazil at the outbreak of the war. They were built bv Vickers at Bnrrow-on-Furness to a British design for river work in Brazil. Their displacement is 1,250 tons. Speed is sacrificed to draught. They steam only 11£ knots, but they draw less than 9ft, and carrv 6iu guns. They left hurriedly on Sac.urday with scouts and torpedoers. Their firing commenced on Sunday, and they returnee/ on Monday with seven men wounded by shrapnel.
ON THE BELGIAN SEABOARD., Issue 15631, 23 October 1914
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