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Violent fighting continues on the Allies’ left wing, with no definite change in tho relative positions. French newspapers assert that Dlxmude is a heap of ruins. The Germans assart that they stormed it, and took SCO prisoners and guns. Franco has 4,000,000 men under arms and Great Britain 1,500,000. Their combined losses killed, wounded, and prisoners total 450,000. The German Staff are explaining their defeat at Warsaw. There Is further evidence of disagreement between the Austrians and'tho Germans. Tho Kaiser is sending all Mohammedan prisoners to Turkey to fight against the Allies. India, Franco, and Italy unite in praising the successful entry of the Australian Navy Into the war on sea. FIJI’S GIFT OF £IO,OOO. SUVA, November 13. Tho Legislature have voted £IO,OOO to the Prince of Wales’s fund. A REGULARISING BILL. LONDON, November 12. (Received November 15, at 1.20 p.m.) In the House of Commons, Mr Asquith said it was necessary to introduce a Bill to make regular the action of certain members of the Government in taking offices of profit by accepting commissions in the Army and Navy. Mr Swift Maoncili asked whether the Government would remove the Dukas of Cumberland and Albany from the British and Irish peerages. A CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE. The Prime -Minister despatched tho following cable message to tho Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia: ‘‘The Right. Hon- A. Fisher, Melbourne, — I extend to you as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth New Zealand’s heartiest congratulations on the brilliant feat performed by the H.M.A.S. Sydney in dost toying -the. Emdon, which since the outbreak of war has done so much harm to British shipping. While not only appreciating to tho full the protection afforded to the British communities in the Pacific by tho Australian section of the Imperial Navy, wo are all proud of the splendid services rendered to the Empire by their line ships and their excellent seamen.—(Signed) W. F. Massey.” Tho Hon. Mr Massey to-day received the following reply from Mr Fisher:—“l read your warm ami hearty message congratulating Australia on the Sydney’s eucccvs to Parliament, and it. wa-s received with cheers.” RELIEF ENTERTAINMENT. Tim juvenile entertainment at Port Chalmers attracted a good house again yesterday evening. The Mayor, during the interval, thanked ’the audience for attending;, and thus helping tho war waifs for whose benefit the children had (given tho entertainment. His Worship acknowledged indebtedness to Mrs Morgan for training tho children, and to iho Port Band, the school band, and all others who had assisted to make the entertainment so successful. A hearty vote of thanks to all concerned was carried by acclamation, the Mayor, in moving the resolution, emphasising the enthusiastic and intelligent manner in which the juvenile performers had carried through the entertainment. A pretty feature of the evening was the passing on to the, plot form by the captain of the troopship Verdala of a box of chocolates for every one of the girl performeis. THE REINFORCEMENTS. Tho local Defence authorities have been advised from headquarters that tho, names of officers v,fifing to wove with the mmiorcemema abroad are required. Five from tho mounted rifle branch of the service are wanted, and 10 from the infantry of ih.ugo. There officers will probably have to re. com to Trent ham immediately for a com so of instn ebon. The names of selected non-commissioned officers eligible for a commission are also requited. Ihe tact of such a large proportion of officcia being required indicates that the department, will piobably make a definite announcement in a few days as to increasing the number of men required for the reinforcements, a-ml it wiil then probably b» found that tho number of men required will be on the basis of 100 per cent for 12 months—in other words, the entire main body will be renewed in 12 months from the time this main body enters the field.
About 100 men arc still required to (ill up the reinforcements to cate. Details of enrolments and numbers needed aio as follow, the number of men available in each erso being given in parentheses: Mounted lilies,'2b (51); field hoop engi-
in;crs, 4 fiinnh : mounted ihucl ambulance, 6 (1) ; Otago infantry batlahon, 43 (58) ; fade] artill-rv. 23 O)’; signal company. 6 (2); division,'.! Irani, 4 (2); held ambulance, 12 (5) ; aur.v 6-,-rvice coins, 8 (5); Howitzer baltny, 8 (6); veterinary i-ec-rion for sick horses. 11 (2). THE MAORI CONTINGENT, OTAGO MEMBERS. Mr Hugh Mitchfli. lion, t’cnnarv of th> Expeditionary Foi < 'oninntt'-'e, Ju..s received Jfoin Mr C. It. Batata. M-ik. a letter canirnmiicaiiiig *.r,e nance, o: thu Otago members of ihe Maori contingent 5 tlu-se number 15, and am as follow.- : —lt. Daneey, James ifi'aiy. Jan.fs Williams 'Dunedin!, T. Brown. (L Martin iJiculi, iS. Karolai, G Ryan (Otaknu), G. P. Donaldson . G. To AValna, T. To Vhao, Barji Thompson (I’uketoraki', R'-pata. Tipa. August, Porete (Moeraki). FORT C HA I. MCE 3 WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Goods and money still come in. and interest continues keen. The folic,wing donations have boon in a do in aid oi the Belgian fund:—Dr W. fi. i 5 £5: Otago United Shipwrights’ Society, Port Chalmers, £2, Mrs M'Donaki 10s, -i Lancashire ” 10s, "A Frier,.l," Sawyer;; Bay, f*, Mis Forgie (Piivakanui) os. Among thv gifts of goods are 15 pairs of socks from the Pert Chalmers High Fcliool fpar blisses Sinclair and Geddcs). NATIONAL RESERVE. Tho weekly parade c f the National Reserve was held last night. Tim attendances were up to the average. some corps going to 50 strong. Varied v.oik war- ~-t. souk- companies firing platoon work, others extended order drill, whilst c-tlv-rs had instruction in outpost duty, in preparation for tho work to be done on .Sunday next Great internet is being taken in the preparations for that day. All platoons will be well represented, and over 50 motor cars will lie us-d for transpoi t purposes. j Tho motor reserve (-specially welcome this work, it b.-uig a practiced demonstration of the special duties they are like’v to he ' called op to perform in case of active hor- ; iiiitic-s here. All that is now wauled to , make n success of the parade is to have i fire weather. ! If the weather should prove to he wet cn 1 Sunday the motor car owners and others interested will be able to procure inform,a- I tion a.? to whether the parade is to be on j or off by ringing up the Garrison Hall, i Next Thursday all the platoons and fool j companies will parade or. the Oval at 7.30 | for battalion drill. I At .Mosaic! the Borough Council have! granted the use of Coronation Hall for the purpose of storing the cadet rifles, and these will be utilised by the local bedv of the Nalional Reserve, thanks to tho Cadet authorities there. ; At Green Island they are going to form a ‘ platoon of their own, and for that purpose they are holding a meeting of all Interested on "Tucfidny, when afratYgemenls will be j made for regular drills. 1
OVERSEAS CLUB. There were a fair number of callers at the Overseas Club room in the New Zealand Express Company’s Buildings to-day, the occasion being the receipt of socks and woven cholera belts for the Queen Mary fend. Tho appeal was well responded to. The following monetary donations are gratefully acknowledged :—“ Portobcllo,” £2; Waitahuna School pupils, 12s; Mrs Mitchell (George street), 20s; Clydevale School pupils, 12s, It is the’ intention of the committee to relinquish active duties at the New Zealand Express Company's Buildings as from to-morrow night, but the members will still continue to work at their respective homes, and donations of goods may still he received at the depot. It is intended to resume active work at the depot in February next, if occasion demands it. Tire club have just completed their second case of goods to be sent to the relief of distressed Belgians. We. understand that the Government have decided to issin no more naturalisation papers to the subjects of the countries with whi:h Great Britain is now at war.
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LATEST FROM EUROPE., Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914