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LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
LATEST FROM EUROPE.
Fighting continues In Belgium, with slight advantage to the Allies. The Cermans are said to have 400 guns at Ypres. The Kaiser's headquarters are at Courtral. Bordeaux Is reported to admit that the crisis Is almost over. General Joffre Is credited with the statement that the Germans could be pushed hack decisively at a cost of 100,000 men, but that it is not worth the price. They will be got over the frontier much oheaper. The * Figaro' says the enemy's loss exoeeds 50,000 In the last few days. Petrograd reports that the enemy are on the defensive. Desperate fighting continues in the Nfsko district. A Cerman newspaper describes the Cerman retreat as a " strategical measure." Martial law has been proclaimed in Egypt. A came! corps officered by Cermans threatens Ismailla. Italy and England will stick together in the Red Sea and portions of the Mediterranean. The Turkish Ambassador In London has not yet been given his passports. The German warships which fired on the Halcyon flew the white ensign. AN EYE-WITNESS'S ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH DOINGS. The Prime MimVter has received the follcv,mg:— LONDON. November o. An eve-witness with the General Headquarters Staff continues the narrative pubbshed nn the 27th October as to the moverocnts of the British Force. After thc\ fall of Antwerp had released the besieging troops there was a graoaaX increase in the strength of the opposttton mot with by us up to the 20th October, when the arrival opposite us of a new formation and a. considerable number of heavy guns enabled the enemy to assume the offensive practically against the whole of our line, at. the same'time that they attacked tin Belgians between us and the Since that date up to 25th October tha heaviest fighting wc have yet been engaged in has taken place, resulting in immense loss to the Germans. On the 21st a new German formation again pressed forward in force vigorously af] alone our line. Or: our right, south ol Lv= the attack on Violaines was" repulsed with loss to the assailants. , We , v T driven from the same "round close by to the north, but regained it by a counter a Still' further north the Germans gained and retained eon* points. Their tote casualties to < ho eouth-east of Armentieres wrre, estimated at over 1,000. Oat the north oftheLys, in our centre, a fiercely contested action took place near Laghier, which village was captured w the morning bv the enemy; then retaken bv ns. In this direction t.io G^"?* 11 casualties ws extremely heavy. They came on with the greatest, bravery™ swarms, only to be swept away by om fire. One battalion of their 104 th fcegiment was practically wiped out. Some 400 dead were picked up in our lines alone. Incidentally, »r our counter-attack, we took 150 prisoners and released 40 of our mon, including a subaltern or artillery, who was cut off while observing from a point of vantage. Our men were veiv well treated by thoir captors, the Saxons, bein K placed in cedars for protection from the bombardment of our own puns , „, , On our left we advanced against the <ibtn Reserve Corps, near PaßSchendaelo, \vhere wo were im-t by « determined counteroffensive, which was driven back with ereat L-sr,. At nifiht the Germans renewed their efforts unsuccessfully in this quarter. Tbev tried, to rush us. Thev came up in a wiliA line two deep, and shouted out •■IWt foe; we nv<> Coldstream Guards. Our'men are used to tricks of this kind, so th»y iflßwed the enemy's infantry w> approach quite close, and then swept thorn down with magazine fee. Apart, from the 400 dead found near our lines, our patrols discovered 300 dead further out m front, killed bv our artillery. ■„•„.« The 22nd raw renewed pressure against up,' but we succeeded in holding our ground in nearly every quarter. .South of the Lys the enemy attacked from La Bassec. and gained Violair.es and another point, but their effort against a third village, was repulsed by artillery fire alone, the. French and British guru working together very effectively. i On the north of the river minor attaou against us all day were beaten back. _ The Germans advanced m the evening arainsi our centre, and kit, and were a.gain hurled back, though they gained some of our trenches in tho latter quarter By this time, the enemy had succeeded in hringina up several heavy howitzers. Our casualties were considerable. THE FICHTINC ON SUNDAY. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. " PRODIGIOUS SLAUGHTER." LONDON, November 4. (Received November 5. at 12.20 p.m.) The Press Bureau states that the British repulsed attacks along the whole- toon Sunday, and that tha howitzers demolished two oi the enemv's Bin t" !lis - The artillery caused prodigious elauchIN THE ISLANDS. SYDNEY, November 4. The. Tofua reports that affairs at Apia are quiet, and the New Zealand troops are * Previous to the Tofua leaving Suva the Cairnhill en route from Newcastle to San Francisco with a cargo of coal, arrived at Suva, and was detained. _ , A steamer from Bougainville (m the Gorman Solomons) arrived at Rabaul with two Englishmen and several Germans aboard, The former stated that_ German warehips were sighted off Kaweing, near Hauovcr. MELBOURNE, November 4. The Colonial Ammunition Company have presentod a million rounds of ammunition to the Expeditionary Forces. [The abovo mo.*.-ago was received yesterday and detained by the Censors until today, after cutting out 51 words.] TO HELP THE POOR. £20,000 SENT HOME. [Per United Pbess Association.] WELLINGTON, November 5. The Governor, as patron of the Poor of Great Britain and Ireland and Belgium -Roiief Fund, reports that- he has to-day transmitted by cable to the High Commissioner a sum of £20,000, as the first cash, contribution from the New Zealand fund. Of the amount forwarded Christchurch, TLmaru, Ashburton, and other Canterbury district* have provided £15,000, and £5,000 has been, donated from \V«lWto», Wairarapa, Wanganui, and other Wellington districts. The special instructions of each committee and the wishes of those giving donations for speeial purposes have all been observed, and the sum will be apportioned a« follows :—£12,575 for the poor of Great Britain and Ireland, to be handed to the executive of the Prince of Wales's Fund for administration; £7,425 for Belgian relief, to be given to the proper authorities at Homo for distribution. The various committees desire to cay that the amount forwarded ia U> be recog-
that considerable sums of money are still in hand. Very handsome donations of slock and produce have also been promised, and large quantities of clothing are»coming forward. Theso are being shipped as opportunity offers. The following shipments have already been made from Christchurch:—£l,ooo worth of blankets, 70 caees of clothing, 224 crates of hares and rabbits, 46 cases of batter, 2 tons of cheese, flour, and barley. From Wellington: 429 packages of mutton and lamb, and 60 cases of clothing. A general effort was made by the school children to-day in honoring the memory of Guy Fawkes in an unusual way, the money which ordinarily would be spent on fireworks being devoted to the relief of Belgian children. The idea was taken up by all the schools, and probably a very laige sum will result. Oneechool collected £42, two £4O each, two over £33 each, ona £25. and one £2o.—Wellington wire.
LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
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