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LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15634, 27 October 1914
LATEST FROM EUROPE.
A violent battle Is proceeding on the Allies' left, between Nieuport and the Lys. The enemy's losses a're heavy. Fearful slaughter is reported from tho Argortno district. An... entire Cerman Infantry regiment was wiped out. At Villa la Chapolle the British artillery bomtoardod the Cerman position from dawn till 3 p.m. Then came the bayonet. The enemy lost 6,000 killed. The Belgians, before quitting Antwerp, destroyed the cold storage maohinery, sank 60 lighters, blew up the look gates, and destroyed £4,000,000 worth of stores. Glamorganshire (Wales) sends 37,000 recruits to Lord Kitohener. The famous Coeben and Breslau hurriedly return to the shelter of the Bosphorus, to get out of the way of the Allies' guns. COUNT BERNSTORFF'S LATEST THE RIGHT TO LAND TROOPS IN CANADA. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. WASHINGTON, October 26. (Received October 27, at 2.25 p.m.) Count Bernstorff claims that Germany has a right to land troops in Canada, if possible, because Canada i<, sending tioov.s against Germany Such a step, he says, would be no infringement of the Monro--Dortrinc. MARITZ'S SORE STRAITS. PRETORIA, October 26. (Received October 27, at 2.25 p.m.) Colonel Van Dcrventer is engaging Maritz at Calvinia. Ninetv-two rebels surrendeied to Scouts, who also captured two maxims. OVERSEAS CLUB. This organisation is still active, and satisfactory results axe being obtained. Donor 3 of" money and kind still continue to contribute freely, and the ladies, who have worked so consistently in the interests of distressed Britishers and Belgians, have, every reason to be proud of the success which has attended thenefforts. This; morning the sum of £SO was handed over to Mr G. L. Denniston, Belgian Consul, who has undertaken to remit the amount by cable to the sufferers by the war. This'is the second sum remitted by the Overseas (Hub, who do not aim at forwarding large sums, but aim at assisting the. distressed in a thoroughly practical and praiseworthy manner. Tho members of the Dunedin branch of the Overseas Club will be pleased to learn that the lady workers connected with the organisation'have adopted such a practical method of furthering the objects of the club. The following additional donations gratefully acknowledged : —Mrs AY. Easton, "K.E.5.." Mrs'lJowortli (Mornington). Mrs Pleace. Miss V. Campbell. Mrs John Moloney. "Overseas Member" (a large parcel of new clothing), Mesdnmes. Biaithwaite. Brown, Hutcheson, Gibbs (Albert street), and Smith (822 George street). Miss Lnidlav (Mata.kanui. dolls and toys), and *'A Few Tapsnui Ladies" and " Overseas." OTACO MATTERS. Recruiting for the next reinforcement is being continued, but the result is not very gratifying. So far. some 30 applicants have passed the various tests. Altogether 94 are required to complete Ot&go's quota. The local authorities have not yet been advised as to what number of remounts are required for the next reinforcement, a,nd consequently purchases arc not at present being ma<ie." It is expected, however, that additional horses will be required from Otago. Tho Public Service Commissioners are inviting applications for clerks to take the place of the Staff officers and non■;ommis.>iftT\e<l oilieeis who.;.r* services have been accepted in the Expeditionary It is assumed that the Staff sergeantsmajor and sergeant-instructors will be.requirrd to demote the whole of their time to instructive purposes, and that the new appointees will undertake the office duties incidental to the positions. SHIPS AND THE SEA. The outbreak of war found a number of German and Anstro-Hungarian vessels under construction in British ship yards (says ' Fairplay'), and there is now considerable speculation regarding what is to be done with thorn. The Government could, no doubt, if they required the tonnage, take over each vessel aw .she is completed, just as they took ovor tho Turkish and Chilian warships. They could probably do it with more justification, ;»s the ships were ordered by nations with which we arc now at war, while the others wero not. Cut as the British mercantile marine is sufficient for all their requirements, this is not at all likely to happen. What will really happen will depend almost wholly on the duration oi the war. Certainly tho tv.o Hamburg-America liners which are on order at Greenock n.nd Port Glasgow respectively, the Hungarian-Levant liner, and the' Royal Hungarian Sea "Adria" boat-—both at Port Glasgow—the Hunga-rian-Levant vessel at Low Walker; the four German steamers, and tho vessel for tho Umrnrio Croatia Company at Sunderland —not one of those can be delivered until peace is declared. Likely there arc a few others, of which no public, intimation Ims been given, so that British builders havo a good many vessels on their hand.-, the ownership of which is very uncc.itain. In one case construction is delayed because Krupp forgings had been ordered, and cinnot now be obtained. There will, it U expected, be some interesting "deals" before long, as the. shipbuilding firms cannot remain indefinitely out of their money, and must get the vessels olf their hands somehow. The twin eoiiieis. Proteus and Nereus, of Ihe United States Navy, which have lately been put into commission, are de. signed to carry fuel for either coal or oilburning vessels. These colliers—they may be styled "coilliers" some day—-ure 522 ft long and 62ft broad, and have a cargo capacity of 12,500 tons of coal or 900,000 gallons of fuel oil. They are driven by twin-screw engines, and ean attain a. speed of 14 knots an hour. Each ha? 11 large hatches and special equipment for quick, discharge. By means of this equipment two battleships can be coaled simultaneously, giving each over 800 ton? per hour. One local shipping firm at least is going to see what it ean do by way of cutting ihe Germans out, (writes the North-east Coast correspondent to tho London ' Shiplung World,' under date September 9b The Nautilus Steam Shipping Company, of Sunderland, is extending without further loss of time its service between Great Britain, Chili. Pern, and lvcuador. For many years it has maintained a service from the Clyde and Mersey to these South American countries, and now its vessels will load also at London and pick up at oilier British ports. Hitherto tha Koemos Line, of Hamburg, has been operating on this route, hut is now. of course, withdrawn- The Nautilus Company h,3s. already a. ship loading at London, aaid the promptitude of this new development deserves, as it will no doubt command, cessThe torpedo-boat destroyer Novik. recently built for. the Russian Navy, mad© a. maximum of 37.3 knots on her trial trip. This is equivalent to 43 miles an hour, and is claimed to be a new record for a vessel of this type. AT PORT CHALMERS. Everybody seems anxious to help in some way to bring the war to a close, but to some there seems to be a difficulty as to how such help may be rendered. * There fthould, however, 1>& no nuoh difficulty encountered, for the only way one can help k through the organised channels of help-
fulness—by helping those engaged in the war .and those suffering directly from the effects of it. To-night the Orphans' dub concert in the Town Hall will enable everybody to help, and at the earn* time to receive much enjoyment. The reputation of the German* for devastating countries in vliirli they operate. is no new thing. Friedrieh Von Gentz, the eminent German publicist, who acted as secretary to the Congress of Vienna, •writing to a friend from Cambrai in 1815, says:---"Of the terrible devastations which the whole road from Brussels to Paris Is said to havo suffered I have not yet seen a sign. Everything is a.s though in the deepest peace, and if one did not from time to time see foreign soldiers one would not suspect, that war is here. I suppose, however, that all that is said about thh in the papers refers to the Prussian military road. My good fortune has led me on to the English.'' In Kaj-e's "Lives of Indian Officers.' too. Wellington is reported to havo said, shortly after Waterloo: " The Prussians (he observed) behaved horridly, and had not only lost character, but their object, for more was destroyed than taken: and in such scenes oT Indiscriminate .pillage and harshness those who deserved to suffer often escaped, and the benefit, when there was any, generally fell to them who deserved it least. My doctrine,has always been the same (said he)—to go to work systematically; to play light with individuals but grind the State."
LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15634, 27 October 1914
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