A STUBBORN ENEMY.
NO MOVE PROM FLANDERS
UNTIL TIME IS RIPE.
STRENGTHENING LINE OF RETREAT.
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IN FLOODED FLANDERS. MORE HOT~FIGHTING. ENEMY RENEW ASSAULTS. PARIS. November 19. (Received November 20, at 9 a.m.) A communique states: The enemy's artillerv ar<» snowing increased activity on the northern front, particularly between the sea and the River Ly.s. Tho Algerians repulsed tho envmy near Traccleval, and regained ground previously Jot,t. The Germans lost heavily. \Ve have maintained our positions fn the Argomie. B E LGIA N P ERTIN AOITY. INFANTRY IN BOATS. AMSTERDAM, November 19. (Received November 20, at 9 a.m.) Tho 'Teleu'raaf' that the conflict along the Yser has been renewed from Nieuporl to Dixmude. The Belgians are utilising steel boats to negotiate, the flooded areas. (i ERMAN PREPARATIONS IX CASE OF RETIREMENT. OLD TROOPS FOR YOUNG. AMSTERDAM. November 19. (Received November 20. at 9.20 a.m.) The Germans are engaged on great defensive measures from Bruges to Courtrai. Thev are also strewing laud mines from their present front towards Bru.ssels. It i« reported that the Germans are making a new effort to cros-.' the River Yser. There have been extensive movements of Landsturm troops from Ghent to the front, while the young German troops are being sent lo tho rear. [The line from Brugeft to Courtrai run? north and south, parallel with the line Nieupnrt - Dixmude - Ypres - Armentieres. and roiiL'hly about 17 miles further east.) ACTIVITY AT SOISSONS. ENEMY REINFORCING THERE. LONDON. November 19. ißeceived November 20, at 8.50 a.m.) T.he 'Daily Mail' correspondent says that there are indications that the Germans aio strengthening their lines towards Soisso'is. THOROUGH VON KLUCK. KNOWS GROUND INTIMATELY. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON. November 19 Paris 'Figaro' states that General Von Kluck visited Soissons last year, and studied the quarries there. Subsequently a German company bought them, with tho alleged object of" tstabliehing mushroom beds. Instead of this they constructed impregnable trenches. | Many military ■ciitiis and analysts, writing'in various -ceriodical.* now to hand, 6tate that Germany's original plan of campaign was to draw her enemy to decisive battle on the lino of the Aisne, after which the Germans were io have an unopposed march on Paris, when tho war would be over. Tho retreat to the Aiene after tho Marno was in order to take up the originally designed Ai.-no position.] GRUESOME TALES. HOW ENEMY SUFFER. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON. November 19. A British officer saw thousands of German dead who had been stripped, indicating that there :s n shortage of German nni forms'. Many of the wounded have been driven iiituinc.' The Germans are roping their dead together and despatching them to a blast furirico. ! RUMOR DIES HARD. no ri;ssia"ns IN WEST. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON. November 19. Mr IT. J. Ten mint, Under-Secretary for War, informed the House of Commons that no Russian troops had been conveyed through Biitain to the western theatre of war. IN THE BALTIC. NAVAL MNGAGEMENTSUGGESTED. COPENHAGEN, November 19. (Received November 20, at 9 a.m.) Heavv eannonading, lasting an hour, has been heard off Gothland. [Gothland is an island belonging to Sweden, and lies roughly on a line between Libau ami Stockholm.) THE LIBAU BOMBARDMENT. OIL RESERVOIR DESTROYED AND PORT CLOSED. PETROGRAD, November 19. (Received November 20. at 9 a.m.| The German cruisers' bombardment of Libau damaged several factories, tho rai\wav station, and the poorer parts of the town. A petroleum reservoir was also destroyed. The cruisers sank several small ' steamers across the harbor entrances. RUSSIA AND TURKEY. TRAXSCAUCAsTFx CAMPAIGN. PETROGRAD, November 19. (Received November 20, at 9.20 a.m.) Official : The Russians repulsed the enemy in skirmishes in the direction of Erzcrum. We have occupied Dontakh, an important point in the Euphrates Valley. THE DUM-DUM. j (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun* Servioes.) LONDON, November 19. Tho War Office has obtained proof that the Germans are using a eoft-nosed bullet in the Togoland fighting as well as in France. ! SYDNEY'S WOUNDED DOING WELLIN HOSPITAL. MELBOURNE, November 20. (Received November 20, at 8.45 a.m.) Tho Commander of H.M.A.S. Sydney reports that one officer, seven aeamen, and one 'boy, who were sent to hospital
PACIFIC ISLANDS. JAPAN'S HONORABLE CONDUCT. LONDON, November 19. (Received November 20, at 8.45 a.m.) The ' Pall Mall Gazette' says the Japanese offer of the administration of the captured islands to Australia is a striking proof of good faith. Japan's action i.s as honorablo as it is heroic. The 'Westminster Gazette' says the act will give pleasure to Australia and also to the United States. SOUTH AFRICA. CAPE TOWN, November 19. (Received November 20, at 9.20 a.m.) A further remnant of the Beyers commando has been captured. FOR THE FRONT. AN IXVERCARGILL DOCTOR. SYDNEY, November 20. Dr John Mitchell Mehaffev, formerly of Invercargill.'has joined the "Expeditionary Force with the rank of surgeon-captain. BRITISH WAR LOAN. O VER-SUBSCBIBED ALREADV. LONDON. November 19. (Received November 20, at 9.20 a.m.) The war loan is already offered at 2s 6d premium. 'The Financial News' saye that the loan M'M over-subscribed by noon yesterdav. [The amount of the loan is £350,000,000 at 3j per cent., issue price 95. Applications elope on November 24. | WAR TAXES. [ THE ELUSIVE TEETOTALLER. ; HE WILL HAVE TO PAY. THOUGH AS DIFFICULT TO CATCH AS THK EMDEN. I (London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun ' Services.) LONDON, November 19. In the. House of Commons Mr Lloyd George, referring to the proposed taxati >,\ in war time and to the need for nation;.! .sacrifice, said that those win were unable to give their lives were anxious to do something, and he would be • unpaidcnab'y blundering unless ho took the earliest .i;>portunity to enable, the people to contribute towards carrying on a war involving the honor and life of their country. Besides the beer duty, he wa-. devoting his attention to the elusive teetotaller, who \\a» as difficult to catch as the Enideii. but he thought he had got him by taxing tea. Great Britain used more lea than any country in the world except Australia and New Zealand. It was unnecessary to appeal for patriotic support of the war loan, and it would be loose and malevolent to talk of the decay or the downfall of the British Empire. Their victory in this war would surpass even their great achievements of the past. THE PROGRAMME AS ARRANGED. A HITCH IN THE PROCEEDINGS. (London ' Times' and 83'dney ' Suu' Services.) ROME. November 19. The Press here understand that the Auslro-German programme was to completely occupy Servia and Belgium, and then offer the Allies peace on the ha?is of the ;-tatu-. quo inte bellum throughout the world. THE LOCAL NAVY PROPOSAL. SYDNEY. November 20. (Received November 20, at 9 a.m.) The 'Telegraph,' commenting on the local navy question, says that if Canada, Australia, and New Zealand could arrange to co-operate with a few British vessels, though they might not hope to control the Pacific, they should certainly hove something to say about its controf. GERMAN SPIES IN ENGLAND. I LONDON, November 19. • (Received November 20, at 8.45 a.m.) I There was a sharp debate in the Lords on the Homo Office's slackness respecting spies. Lord Londonderry, in the course of an angry speech, said there, vas every ground for believing that signallings and espionage were co;rmou on the north-east coast, and he. as Lord-Lieutenant of Durham, intended instructing the Magistrates to arrest all spies ,\nd, if found guilty, to shoot them. CLOSING ANOTHER AVENUE. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) j LONDON, November 13. Mr Asquith has announced that the Navy has been instructed to capture all enemy subjects of military age found aboard neutral vessels. 6.000,000 PAIRS OF BOOTS. LONDON, November 19. (Received November 20, at 8.45 a.m.) Northampton is making 4,000,0 r -0 p:drs of boots for British troops and 2,000,000 pairs for the French. THE OCEANIC LOSS. N Kf JLIGKNTNA VIC ATION. STRANDED. NOT MINED. LONDON, November 19. ißeceived November 20, at 9.20 a.m.! Lieutenant David Blair, navigating officer of the Oceanic, has been found <*ui!:.v of negligently stranding tho ship on" Sen. tember 10. The goeben. EXPLOSIONS~ON BOARD. PETROGRAD, November 19. (Received November 20, at 12.50 p.m.) The Russian Naval Staff announce that a series of explosions has occurred on the Goebem. tho ex-German battle cruiser, now in the Bosphorus under the Turkish flag. "RANJI" GOES TO THE FRONT. DELHI, November 19. (Received November 20, at 12.50 p.m.) Prince Ranjitsinhji, the famous cricketer, is proceeding to Europe on active service. DUNEDIN WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION. The total amount contributed by the smokers was £42 12s 6d, which result was rather disappointing, as the ladies fully anticipated that £IOO at least would be forthcoming. However, the non-smokers will be given an opportunity of boating "ii.!_;L—__j .' *!._«.;. i 'p. i~.. :.. T»_^__
voted to the purchase of some little gift for each of the Otago men in Samoa. These will go forward with the case of parcels from rclatnes which is being sent per the Navua. A much-appreciated gift was received this morning in the form of a box of beau-tifully-made baby garments from the inmates of the Braemar House school nursery and their little friends, some of whom have learned to knit expressly to aid tho little Belgian children. An amount of os was also sent, this being the surplus after buying the wool for the garments. There will be afternoon tea and music in tho Art Gallery to-morrow, provided by the ladies of tho Art Society. Monetary contributions : ' British and Belgian fund—Mrs Chatham (Waikouaiti) ss, -'The Children" (Maungatua) £l, "A Friend " ss, and " Mac " 7s (for cardigans). LIEUTENANT WEBB'S DEATH. Regrettable news has been received of the death of Lieutenant Ernest Webb, who sailed with the. New Zealand Expeditionary Force attached to the Wellington infantry as a medical officer. Lieutenant Webb was a son of Mr Herbert Webb, of this City, and everyone will sympathise, with the relatives in the sad bereavement, which was occasioned by accident on the troopship. Mr Webb was 53 years of age. and unmarried. He took the degree of bachelor of engineering a.bout 10 years ago, and was attached to the geological .survey staff of the New Zealand Government until that department was largely abolished, after the death of Air Sedilon. He then returned to his studies at the University, and had just completed the medical course when tho war broke out. Ho held the degree of M.B.Ch.M. i At last night's meeting of the Dunedin and Suburban School Committees' Association Mr G. C. Israel made sympathetic reference to tho death of Lieut. Webb, whose father had been a keen educationist. He moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the bereaved father; this was seconded by Mr W. R. Brugh, and carried in silence", the members standing. NATIONAL RESERVE. Tho officers and non-coms.' class of instruction this w«.-ek took tho form oi a lecture- by Major Mickey. D.5.0., on infantry inatuick. By the use of tho Ivlackboaad the lecture was able to till in a most instructive evening, all ranks thoioughly appreciating the manner in which tho inhumation was imparted. At the. conclusion oi tiie lecture a number ot questions wtre answered, and then all present accorded Major Ilicivt'y a litany vote of thanks.
iviist night the various platoons, Motor Reserve, and Engineers atceinuled on the Oval for battalion drill, ami despite tne rain that fell during the day Ui<> ground was in excellent order. Capta.ui rlusvy again acted as instructor, and put. the men Lurough, an hour and a-haJf's solid work. Deployments, wheeling, column movements, and attack practice were done in a must ci editable maimer.
J Ins .Mounted limes paraded last night under Captain Ha/Jett, and put in a. good night's work on dismounted drill, and on Sunday next- will meet at (Jikvii's Drive, Si. lvilda. and piocci-J to tomahawk lor niouiiu-d work.
Jin: paradis, for next week are to be k'.li jii the hand.-; ol individual platoon and company commanders, a*> Thursday night is mat of Nikiw Day, and they may alter their parades to any other tiignt thoughi desiidiitc, instead ol having a bieak. it has been decided to continue the training nt the reserve, except lor the wfeus immediately preceding Christmas and toliowing Aew lear. there wiil, therefore, be no recess, a.s previously decided, and all mcniUas are' asked to rcfijrve tiie one nigiu a w.-vk jor training puipo.-cs. and alter the. b)hday» more advanced wojk will be goiio on with. Arrangements arc pi onus, d for a limited amount ol musketry instruction and shooting on tne r.uige. the oncers and noncoms.' <lass wul bu held each Monday evening as usual.
Jhe ambulance section paraded on Tuesday evening. It is doing good work under burgeon-major Evans.
At the National Reserve Band concert on Wednesday evening Lieutenant J. A. Park leterred* to the reflection that was being cast on Otago in the matter of lack of young men coming foiwaid to complete, the quota of men for the reinforcements- of the Expeditionary Force, and also to tho apathy that was being shown in regard to contributions to the patriotic fund. The speaker suggested that the National Reserve should form a, e-trong committee to assist in enrolling members for the Otago contingent of the forces for overseas, ami he felt sure that if a proper patriotic Tceoting was niTanged, cud the mother and fathers of those-" who hod already gone on service wove ptovided with seate on the platform ;;t such a gathering, the young met wotdd come forward eagerly, and there would in future be no reflections cast as to the lack of patriotism of Otago's young men. Amongst other poignant remarks made by Lieutenant Park on this question was one- in which he stated-that possibly some parents discouraged their toys from enlisting, with the_ idea that army service- would be prejudicial to their careers in ordinary walk.* of life. " W hat is anv career worth," asked the speaker.
"Tiiukr ,-miv other flag but- that of the great British. Empire?" That, he con-tV-nded, was real patriotism—m servico .(or the Empire. Speaking at Kurow last night, tho Prime Minister announced that the German raiding cruiser the Kmden was destroyed by HM.A.S. Svdnev, which was one of the convov of the Australian-New Zealand troopships. In consequence of a message from the island of Oocos being intercepted, the. Svdnev was despatched because, she was the fastest vessel of the convoying fleet. Reference to the names of the convovinc boats has been prohibited hitherto, the relaxation of tho regulation having been removed only yesterday.
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A STUBBORN ENEMY., Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914