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LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15636, 29 October 1914
LATEST FROM EUROPE.
Heavy fighting on the Allies' left continues. On Monday the Germans were flung back with great loss after three unavailing attacks. A ' Daily News ’ message advises that the enemy were beaten back over the Yser River, many being drowned and many taken prisoners. The Germans have sown mines along the coast off Ostend, German troops invade the Portuguese colony of Angola. Portugal Is sending warships. Constantinople is said to be crowded with German artillery and infantry. The Governor-General of South Africa announces that the rebel movement was anticipated, but he trusts to the loyalty of the great majority of the people. General Botha has left for the front. KING S COUSIN DIED OF WOUNDS. [Extraordinary to Press Association.] LONDON, October 28. (Received October 29, at- 2.20 p.rn.) Prince Maurice of Batten berg has died from wounds. [This Prince was Iwm 3rd October, 1891, Fon of Prince Henry of Battenberg and Pi inters Beatrice, therefore first cousin to King George, and brother to th© Queen of Spain. He held the rank of lieutenant in the King's Royal Rifles.] R K PER S’S TREACHERY. LONDON, October 28. (Received October 29, at 1.55 p.m.) Beyers visited England in 1912, and spoke in public of the deep appreciation by the Boers of the confidence reposed in them by the Imperial Government. He was eerfain they would prove worthy of such confidence. He attended the German war manoeuvres as the Kaiser’s guest, ami studied the German array methods. It was well known that in South Africa strong opposition existed to taking the offensive Against the Germans in Southwest Africa, not only among the Hertzogites, but the burghers who were supporting the Government, particularly in the western district of the Transvaal, Orangia, and some Cape districts. This section declared that they would fight to the last if the Germans invaded the Union, but they saw no reason for taking the field themselves.
REBELS SEIZE A TOWN AND STOP TRAINS. ANNOUNCEMENT BY GOVERNORGENERAL. [Pee United Press Association,! WELLINGTON, October 29. The Prime Minister has received the following from tho High Comrnissioneiv dated London, 27th October: Official : The Governor-General of Smith Africa lias informed the Secortary of State for the. Colonics that the Union Government have issued tho following announcement : “ The Government announce with deep regret that, at the instigation of certain prominent individuals, a number of burghers" in the. Northern Orange State and in tho western district; of the Transvaal have been misguided enough to defy the authority of tha Government, and make preparations for armed resistance and rebellion. “ The Government, although they have been for some days aware of those rebellious preparations, and have been taking step- to deal with the situation, have spared no efforts to preserve the peace without bloodshed. “Now, however, tho Government learn that the Northern Orange Free State burghers’ military requirements are being commandeered under authority' of General Christian Do Wet, and in the Western Transvaal under the authority of General Beyers. Armed rebellion commandoes are already in existence ; the town of Sciibroa has been seized, the Government officials being made prisoners ; trains have been stopped at Litz, and armed citizens of the Defence, Force taken therefrom and disarmed. "In these circumstances the duty of the Government is dear. They an? determined to deal with tho matter'with a firm hand. and are taking all nece-sarv steps to this end. “The very great majority of tho citizens of every province in the Union are thoroughly loyal, and detest the very idea of rebellion. When aware of the ritua.tion they will undoubtedly give the Government every assistance m restoring order, and will be careful to abstain from giving tho rebellion movement encouragement or support. “All loyal citizens of the Union mini therefore he specially alert, and prepared to give (he Government all information when called upon, and evety a-M'-tam e in their power.
"Citizens who have been guiltv of Jj.-. obedience under_ the Defence Act need not fear any action against them on that ground the part of the Government so long aPthoy remain quietly at h.uno and abstain from acts of violence or hostility agonist the authority of the Government.”
RABBITS FOR THE BELGIANS. [I'EH Unitkd Prkss Association.] HAMILTON, October 29. A proposal emanating from Mr F. E. Smith, ex-president of the Waikato Winter Show, to forward to the distressed Belgians between 60,000 and 100,000 rabbits has found favor with the Government, who are taking steps to carry out- the suggestion. The whole of the, Waikato is being organised for a rabbit-trapping campaign. ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE OVERSEAS. In response to the request for assistance, which _ was received by the New Zealand authorities of the St. John Ambulance Brigade Overseas, it is interesting to note how energetically the various corps and divisions are entering into their work. The nursing sisteis of the Waimato Nursing Division were amongst, the first to enter the lists; they organised a, street and house collection, which resulted in a sum of £157 16s being raised and remitted to Ft, John’s Gate. Flic members of tho Oam.'irn Nursing Division .tnd their friends were also quickly on the scene, and obtained £llß 15s Bd, which, with a donation of £52 6s 4d, made by rim, local Patriotic Committee to the Oamaru Ambulance Division, provided a total of £lsl 2s (or tho Order of iff. John. Articles of clothing suitable for the use of the sick and wounded are also being largely contributed to the Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild, the list showing the following as the latest contributions:—Hokitika Ambulance Division—26 Nightingale jackets. 27 pairs bed socks : Greymouth Nursing Division—lß Nightingale jackets, 14 pairs bed socks ; Christchurc hj Nursing Division —25 jacket. l . 15 pairs bed socks; Sehvyn Nursing Division—44 jackets, 54 pairs bed socks, 2 caps, ! parcel linen; Hamilton Nursing Division—232 cholera- hells, 55 undershirts, 58 Balaclava caps, 9 pairs socks, 106 handkerchiefs, 4 pairs underpants. 9 pairs trousers, 5 coats, 15 vests, and 40 other articles, while for the poor 250 garments have been provided.
MEN ON ACTIVE SERVICE. INCREASED PAY GRANTED. As the result of representations made to the Minister of Defence, Cabinet agreed to an increase of pay to of the Expeditionary Force from 4s to ss. and of corporals from 5s 6d to 6s. This increase is to start from September, and is to apply also to the Samoan troop's. reservists, and Royal Naval reservists who
have wives and children living la Uevr Zealand dependent upon them. The increase will apply to the reinforcements also, but in order to put them on equality with the main Expeditionary Force the Territorial rates of pay will apply for, say, the first month. After that month has expired, then the increases may stirt. A month has been suggested, because the main Expeditionary Force were in camp some time before the Ist of September, and during that period only received Territorial rates of pay. The increase will be retained for wives and children, except in cases where a soldier has already allotted the whole of his pay to his wife; then possibly the shilling increase will be paid to the trooper, if he so desires, who is going away. The recruiting for the second reinforcement of the main Expeditionary Force is proceeding, and tho results are up to expectations, although it is not anticipated that the quota of 92 men will be completed here. OVERSEAS CLUB. The Ladies’ Committee of the Overseas Club are still receiving donations in aid of the British and Belgian relief fund, and applications have been received from women who are desirous of working in their own homes. At a meeting of the Ladies’ Committee it was decided that the sewing bee should be continued, and that the ladies meet at the club room on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the first of next month. The dub room at the Express Company's Buildings will still be open to receive donations. The Caversliam ladies are still receiving donations, and are meeting with a fair measure of success in.their efforts.
Mrs A. W. sends us £1 for the Belgian fund.
LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15636, 29 October 1914
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