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There are strong rumors of German defeat and evidences of general demoralisation among the enemy in Belgium. The President of the Prussian Diet says that there is scarcely a family In Germany that is not in mourning. Germany, tie says, is not fighting for greater power, or empire, or profit, but, for home. France has half a million new men ready for the front. The Kaiser is said to be in Poland. He is guarded by Uhlans and aeroplanes. Several thousands of Germans and Austrians were yesterday arrested in the United Kingdom.* OUR SUBMARINES. A REPORT AS TO THEM: DOINGS. INCESSANTLY ACTIVE. WELLINGTON, October 24. The High Conanissiorici' reports' as follows : LONDON, October 23 (11.50 p.m.). Commander Key;;, reporting on the services performed by the submarines, states: “ They have been incessantly employed on the enemy's const, and obtained valuable information regarding the composition and. the movement of parrots. They 'have reconnoitred the enemy’s anchorage. They have been subjected to skilful anti-sub-marine tactics against, the enemy, whoso capital vessels have never, and tho light cruisers seldom, emerged, from si fortified harbor. The opportunities of delivering submarine attacks have necessarily been few. On oiks occasion only prior to loth September has ono ->f our (submarines: been within torpedo rango of a etuiser during daylight.” BRAVE OFFICERS AND SEAMEN. WORTHY OF THK NELSON DAY. -MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES. WELLINGTON, October 24, The High Commissioner thus reports : LONDON, October 25 (11.50 p.m.). Admiral Beatty has mentioned in his despatches a, number of officers and men, including the following: Commander Ross, of the Lame]', who. although wounded in both.-legs during the Heligoland engagement, rennu'm-d on the bridge many hours, displaying great devotion. Deputy-commander Medc. of the Goshawk. who was instrumental in sinking a German destroyer. Lieutenant Falkner, of the Laertes, -.who continued to fight bis gune after being wounded. Petty -officer Naylor, of the Laertes, who tired the torjredo which sunk the Mainz. Seaman Palmer, of the Laurel, who continued to fight his gun. till the. finish of the action, although he was* severely wounded. Petty-officef Beadle, of the Liberty, who remained at the wheel for over an hour after being wounded in the kidneys. AUSTRALIA’S WAR FUNDS, PRAYER FOR THE ALLIES. SYDNEY. October 24. (Received October 24. at 11.30 a.m.) The whole of the Australian war funds total £750,000. At the conclusion of the Congregational Union Conference the following resolution was passed :—“ This assembly view the colossal growth of militarism with alarm. Its main source is anti-Christian, _ and it seeks to displace the principle of righteousness by the doctrine of the supremacy of might.' The assembly express their profound satisfaction with the determination of the Empire to resist to the utmost tin’s temper of arrogance and usurpation, and pray for the success of the Allies in the present conflict." SEARCHING FOR ENEMIES. SYDNEY, October , 24. , (Received October 24, at 10.30 a.m.) The Imperial authorities, through the Defence Department, searched various establishments that were suspected of containing enemy material. Nothing was discovered except a quantity of correspondence, which is being closely scrutinised, CHINEBE SY-MPATHV. SYDNEY, October 24. (Received October 24, at 11.30 a.m.) Speaking at a function at Ballarat, the Chinese Consul deprecated the Press rumor that China was sympathetic towards the Germans. His Government favored neither parly, but the people openly expressed their friendliness with the Allies and the British. FEW GERMANS AT OSTEND. CONVERGING ON NI KURORT LONDON, October 23. (Received October 24, at 1.30 p.m.) The ‘Daily News's’ Rotterdam correspondent. says that there ore very few Gejmans at Ostend or at placers recently captured in Flanders, as they arc throwing ail their available force between Nienpon and Ypres. 'Die latest reinforcements brought, up many cannon and over 100 Belgian railway engines. At Ostend and other places the Germans 'arc believed to be ready for a- hasty retreat. CAPTURED CREWS. TENEEIFFE. October 27. (Received October 24, at 1.30 p.m.) Crewe landed, from the steamers Sun and Karlsruhe were mostly from the Atlantic, Stiatbrog, -Maple, Branch, Highland Hope, Inelroni, Bigguassu _ Fatu, -Marc, del Viringo, Cnrvanice, Cornishoitz, Prutb, Condor, Lynrowagl. and Lynrowau. ENEMY TRICKED NEAR VERDUN. ~PARIS, October 25, (Received October 24, at 1.30 p.m.) Five hundred Germans were killed in an affair near Verdun. Anticipating a night attack, the French put empty tins at known distances from the trenches, and the Germans, creeping in by night, rattled the tins and were shot down. AUSTRIAN SUBMARINE GONE. ROME. October 23. (Received October 24, at 1.50 p.m.) The ‘ Tribune's ’ correspondent at Trieste states that tile Nifa destroyed the Austrian submarine Pola. KILLED IN ACTION. J.ADY LIVERPOOL'S BROTHER. WELLINGTON, October 24. His Excellency the Governor leceived a cable to-day staling that Lady Liverpool's brother, the Hon. Charles Monck, a captain in the Coldstream Guards, has been killed in the war. The Prime Minister moved in the House this morning a motion of condolence with Lady Liverpool. This was seconded by Sir Joseph Ward and carried in silence. THE MAORI CONTINGENT. [Pee United Press Association.] AUCKLAND, October 24. The Hon. James Allen and Colonel Robin inspected the Maori contingent in camp this morning. Mr Allen, in a vigorous speech, beginning “My Maori brothers,” said he was greatly pleased to see such a tine body of representatives of the native race. He urged the. need of .strict discipline and implicit trust in the officers.

DUNEDIN WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION. “Baby Day” yesterday was a huge success, end gifts sire still coming in. The lady workers at the Early Settlers’ Hall will take A well-deserved holiday on Monday, resuming at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning. Cromwell reports that the art union tickets for the Queen Mary fund are selling well. The Talmersfou ladies have sent in a further donation of £2O Is 6d for the British and Belgian fund. A large number of gifts to the BritishBelgian and Lady Liverpool funds were reported, including some from the country. Also the following monetary donations: Mrs Lake, £1 Is; “ Sadie,” Captain Falla, Fairplay Club, Mrs Smith, Mrs Gordon, and “The Corner,” £1 each; smaller sums from 10s to 2s, GRUESOME GERMAN DOINGS. Down at Port Chalmers, where the Women’s Committed work hard for the war waifs, a ‘Star’ reporter this morning had a. chat with Mrs A. Cable, the chairwoman of the Women’s Committee of workers. Mrs Cable is very much in earnest, and Sees in relief work a duty that may not be slighted or ignored. She produced a letter written from London by an Otago lady engaged at tho heart of the Empire in active Red Cross wort. Tho writer was in the midst of the suffering, and I<* her tho story of German' atrocities was no tale based on hearsay. tShe knew the victims of meet appalling and gruesome atrocity. Two English girls were insane as the result of meeting some German troops on. tho Continent, “Belgium have staved off the horror from us, but if the Gorman brutes had come here the women had determined to end themselves rather than fall into the invaders’ hands.” The horror of outraged Belgium is grucsomely reflected in the state of Hie refugees in England. A little boy had both his hands chopped off because he clapped his hands when he, saw a British flag flying from a house But that, fiendish as it was, merely constituted a comparatively trifling instance of the atrocities perpetrated. A nurse was due to arrive in London from the front on the day the letter was written, and both her hands had been chopped off. British soldiers lying helplessly wounded on the ground had had thdr eyes gouged out by tho enemy. “And this,” the letter commented, “is the doings of peace-lov-ing, Christian Germany I’ Then followed some account of the appearance of London, and how precautions taken agaiuA German airships included guns mounted on the Marble Arch, Buckingham Palace, and tlie Houses of Parliament. Searchlights played unceasingly (liruugh the night. the strain of it all was trying at first, but the people were getting more used to it. The British women were utilising all their spare time knitting socks and other necessary things for th; soldiers. The writer of the letter a!-,* knitted in her spare time, and varied it by going out, accompanied by her bulldog. to collect for tho Red Oio>s. Mis Cable, said that, the i spouse to the appeal for help in Now Zealand had been meritoriously responded to, nevertheless there were some who had not yet assisted, who did not seem to realise the extreme gravity of the situation ami individual responsibility. The committee had wool on hand, and wanted knitters to make, it into socks The school teacheis would give wool tc the children to take to parents who would do the knitting. The committee wanted to do their utmost to provide cholera- belts and cardigan Jackets. Work would be given out to those willing to help our own soldiers and to respond to Lord Kitchener’s appeal. Yesterday £o was sent up to the Dunedin committee,, lor cholera belts. “We, must help hi every way we can, and we must have money,” concluded Mis Cable, win is certainly not spilling herself in the arduous work in which she and her committee are engaged.

In a very commendable spirit tin? Christian Brethren meeting in Playfair Street Hall. Caversham, have decided to give u further recital 01 Friday evening next of the service of song ‘ Stumpy Sam.’ The whole of the proceeds of the offering proposed to be taken ou that evening will be handed ovei to the local committee for the relief of the deserving British and Belgian people. The musical programme will be varied and added to in order tbal the recital may prove interesting to those who have already heard it. Judging hy the appreciative audience and the large number unable to gain admission to the hall on a. previous occasion, a good audience is anticipated, and a very considerable contribution expected to be. made to the British and Belgian relief fund. .Mr T. W. Dobhie writes ;—“ I enclose a cheque for £3 10s for the local patriot ic fund. This sum was collected at the George Street School's concert last evening whilst rendering ‘ Tipperary ’ —£2 9s was contributed by the audience, and one. guinea handed to me hy the commit fee.”

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LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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