IN CENTRAL AFRICA.
A P.ELOIAN VICTORY. PARIS, October 28, '; Re. eive.d October 29. at 10 a.m.) It is ollieiaily reported that the Re]gains completely defeated the Germans on the shore.-, of Lake '1 anganvika, IRVING TO INFEFENCE THE AMIR. AMS i ERDAM, October 28. 'Received October 29. at 10 a.m.) Advices iroai Berlin .-tale that tho Amir of Afghanistan gave an audience lo ;m influential member of th- i urkisii ( nnmdttee of L'nion and Progress, who was sent on a special mission ;m an envoy from (‘onstanunopie. PEN MsKTLII OF OENERAE JOFFRE. ■ A PEAVN SOLDIER." WHO TAKES INFINITE PAINS, (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, October 28. A ' I inn - correspondent in France pre(edes his charm ter sketch ei General Jotfre by a. comparison of the Napoleonic wars with the present. tie .-ays that the aeroplane has robbed war of the tactical interest that attached to oiil-time wars. War nu\t consists of a sciic.-, oi parallel movements. Armies turn about each otii-r like boxers. In the preliminary stages they arc pivoting < lunisily to catch each otlier at a disadvantage. That i- practically all the art of modern war. Tlie rest is ding-dong battle, resistance. marching, and counter-marching.
General Joffie is rarely seen on horseback. He i-pends hours daily m a, motor ■ as. He we,ns out two chauffeurs daily. He :s engaged for Jong hours in an unpre- !> litmus i noin. with a. telephone to his ear. His chief eharacteristh is his calninens. The result of confidence in himself is-to give continence to othem of his Staff. He never tor a moment doubts his capacity to tvin. That i utivii linn percolates Ihe masses, of his Hoops, and has made him popular, though he e.-chews popularity. His modest and unassuming readiness to accept .suggestions lias fostered the belief that he is an adopter and an organiser rather titan a. strategist. This campaign inis plim; u that lie is a soldier, an engineer. and an organiser. His great maxim is that nothing can he improvised, hut everything must, be thought out. He taken infinite trouble, and holds that this is noeersary to secure sin cesses. He. inis brought., together the best military brains of France, and co-ordinated and controlled their efforts. He has exorcised polities from trie French army as its greatest bane. Himself rr Hepnblicaii and a Freemason, he is surrounded by Catholics who are disponed to cavil at the present Constitution. But the result of bis firmness and lbs ,-inglenefcs of purpose is that he ccmmands the greatest lighting mac bine in the world, from which cverv i om-idcr.ition o'her than etlb ienev is o'TTiterntcd. lifno ml .Toffie
ii, just. :i plain ,-olrlier. in whom the niodeni scientific mass of ! neoteric knowledge hacked by high fii.u- and a plan t ira! understanding of what to expe. ; from a (e-niniiHi soldi-'!' and how to extend him on occasion. This is a war of silence. Anonymity acclaims General Joffre’s genius. It is a German-made scientific war. as opposed to an artistic vrai. and .Foffre has become the mauler of ihe new svsteni. which he did no! invenl.
RESERVISTS IX XKUTRAL VESSELS MILL HE AERESTEI). I. I 'X Di IX*, October 28. (Be. lived Oetolaw 2) at- 10 a. 111. 1 'I he recent British order not to arrest the enemy's leservi.-t.s in neutral vf-fiT oil ihc high seas is rcscnuled.
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IN CENTRAL AFRICA., Evening Star, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914