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ENEMY’S LINES SAID TO BE CUT. AMSTERDAM, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.30 a.m.) The German General .Staff have quitted Ghent. There are strong rumors of a severe German defeat. It is stated that the Allies have driven the Germans into entanglements on the dykes, where their cavalry were unablo to manoeuvre, and that their big guns were bogged. It is also reported that the German lines have been cut south of Ostencl. The public buildings at Ostcnd arc full of wounded. Tho Germans are entrenched at Zeebruggen. GERMANS’ CHANGED OUTLOOK. NOT NOW FIGHTING FOE POWER OR PROFIT, BUT FOR HOME. AMSTERDAM, October 23. (Received October 24, at 8.50 a.m.) The President of th© Prussian Diet, in a speech, said: “There is scarcely a family in Germany that is not in mourning. We still have to make an immeasurable sacrifice. We are not fighting for greater power, nor for the enlargement of the Empire, nor for base commercial profit, but for home, and our families will continue the fight until tho end is achieved.” BELGIANS REACH THE YSER. PARIS, October 23. (Received October 24, at 8.50 a.m.) Official : The- Belgian outposts have reached the right bank of the Yser. [The Yser runs nearly north and south and empties between Nieuport and Middlekerke.j HALF A MIDLION FRENCHMEN TO BE ADDED TO THE ARMY. "PARIS, October 23. (Received October 24, at 8.50 a.m.) This year's recruits, after two months’ training, are now ready to go to th© front. When joined by the section of the reserve not yet called to the colors, the new force will represent half a million men. DELUDED GERMAN OFFICERS. SAY THEY ARE TO HAVE AN EASY TRIP TO LONDON. (London 1 Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) * LONDON, October 25. Berlin claims that the German war machine is working with uncanny, silent precision. A correspondent describes it as the ruthless German nation in Belgium. German officers are boasting of their imminent arrival in London, declaring that the next fortnight will be the easiest in their lives, because they are leaving next day en route for London. A GERMAN OFFICER’S LETTER REVEALS DISTRESS OF BODY AND MIND, ALSO MISTRUST OF LEADERS. LONDON, October 23. (Received October 24, at 8.50 a.m.) A German officer, who participated in the fighting at Royo and Noyon, writes ; “ W© had to dig up the soil of tho whole forest to bury our dead. The voice of conscience is choked and the finer sentiment of humanity suppressed when we come across a house where nothing remains inside. We thought the trendies impregnable, but we were forced to retreat. The Moroccan troops are- a. terror to our men. No sooner have we taken shelter in a wood than a hail of bullets comes from the. branches, into which the Moroccans have climbed. The 17th division has neither ammunition nor food. Our leaders seem quite incompetent. Many men are dying of fatigue, and our illfed horses drop at an appalling rate.” TWO BRAVE BELGIANS. LONDON, October 25. (Received October 24, at 9.55 a.m.) During the attack on Antwerp the Germans despatched two driverless locomotives laden with dynamite against the south station. Two Belgian sappers blew up the rails at the cost of their lives, and averted the disaster. THE KAT9ER IN POLAND. LOOKS ON HIGH" FOR SAFETY. LONDON, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.53 a.m.) The ‘Daily News’ states that the Kaiser is staving at Ozenstochow in a clubhouse, guarded by Uhlans and an aeroplane. [Ozenstochow is in Poland, on the Wartho, dose to the frontier of Silesia.] GUNBOAT DRYAD LOST. LONDON. October 25. (Received October 24, at 8.50 a.m.) The gunboat Dryad has been lost on tho north coast of Scotland. The crew were saved. [The Dryad was a torpedo gunboat of 1,070 tons, carrying two 4.7 guns and four 6-pounders. Her captain, according to the last Navy List, was Edward L. Booty.] THE HELIGOLAND AFFAIR CARRIED OUT~AS PLANNED. LONDON, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.30 a.m.) Admiralty reports as to tho Heligoland engagement show that it was a reconnaissance carried but by direct instructions from the Admiralty.

Admiral Beatty’s despatch states that after the action the ships retired, in accordance with Admiral Jellicoe’s orders. The despatches reveal that submarines were chiefly instrumental in gaining information whereon the operations wero based. OVER 1,000 ARRESTS IN LONDON IN A DAY. LONDON, October 25. (Received October 24, at 8.50 a-m.) Several thousands of Germans and Austrians were arrested in the United Kingdom yesterday, including over 1,000 in London. TWO MONITORS GIVEN BY CANADIANS. OTTAWA, October 25. (Received October 24, at 9.30 a.m.) Ten residents of Montreal have sent two armored monitors to the front. The crews are recruited from amongst Americans. GERMAN LIES CONTRADICTED BY GERMANS. LONDON, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.55 a.m.) The ‘ Vorwaerts ’ repudiates the German newspapers’ allegations as to the Allies’ atrocities, including the gouging out of German soldiers’ eyes, and says that not a single allegation is officially established. GERMANS ON A JAMBOREE, LONDON, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.55 a.m.) Reuter states that German officers lodged in the Chateau Montmort ransacked the jewel case, removed the silver and linen, and emptied the cellars. SPY IN A DOCKYARD. LONDON, October 25. (Received October 24, at 9.55 a.m.) A German who had charge of the telephone switchboard at the Rosyth dockyard Ims been arrested for espionage. GUN ACCIDENT ON MONITOR. LONDON, October 23. (Received October 24, at 8.50 a.m.) Several casualties occurred on the monitor Severn owing to a gun accident on board. GERMAN DESTROYER CAPTURED. PEKING, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.30 a.m.) The Allies’ warships have captured the German destroyer which escaped from Kiao-chau. SPAIN STOPS EXPORT OF HORSES. MADRID, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.55 a.m.) The Government have prohibited the export of horses and mules, which was started on a large scale. BLANKETS SEIZED BY FRENCH. MADRID, October 23. (Received October 24, at 9.55 a.m.) The French Customs seized a quantity of blankets at Cerbere. They wore addressed to Switzerland, and destined for Germany.

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SEVERE GERMAN DEFEAT RUMORED., Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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SEVERE GERMAN DEFEAT RUMORED. Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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