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THE WAR

BRITISH GAINING GROUND BY DARING NIGHT ATTACKS. BIG LOSSES INFLICTED. Preij Association —By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, November 23. ‘The Times’a’ Calais correspondent reports fierce fighting at Mcssines (south of Ypres). The British, by a night attack, captured a series of trenches, but wore forced to retire with a loss of 10 officers and 200 men. The Germans lost 2.000. Later the British partook in a general assault, in which three crack Prussian Mgimente were annihilated. The British loss was light. DESPERATE BRAVERY : OF 200 BRITISH. I LONDON, November 23. | The German infantry were obliged to * evacuate the trenches north of lUxmucle owing to the severe privations* they suffered. During their absence 200 British, with maxims, crossed the. Rood on rafts at night and surprised the relieving force as the latter was entering the trenches. Two hundred Germans were cut down before they rallied. Two thousand German cavalry then charged to the rescue. They iloundered in the heavy ground, and the British maxims, operating at short range; decimated the cavalry. , The German infantry tk- n swarmed the trenches and wiped out the whole 2CO British. GURKHAS BAIT A TRAP. GOOD HAUL SECURED. LONDON, November 23. The Germans on the 19th lust, bombarded for five hours a Gurkha outpost where they were entrenched at Hollobeke. A thousand infantry then advanced leisurely, believing that the Gurkhas were dead. They crossed the canal on pontoons and brought 30 waggons of ammunition across. The British hr.t teries destroyed the pontoons and wiped out 500 Germans; whereupon th*? remainder surrendered. ARTILLERY AGAIN. gehmanytTbest ARM. [London ‘Times' and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services LONDON, November 22. The German artillery is interrupting the Allies’ communications between Ypres and ‘ the coast. PARIS, November 23. Official ; A violent bombardment of Ypres on .Sunday destroyed the Town Hall and the Cloth Hall. There has been heavy cannonading at Boissons and Vailly. Elsewhere there is nothing to record. THE BRITISH SOLDIER FOLLOWS GOOD ADVICE. “SHOOT STRAIGHT. AND KEEP CLEAN.” LONDON, November 85. An eye-witness with the British Headquarters Staff, writing on the 20th inst., said that the Germans intended to attack the British left on the 15th, hut our artillery inflicted such damage that the assault was postponed until reinforcements could be brought up. On the 19th the Germans made the mistake of massing preparatory to the attack, enabling the British guns and maxims to be used with devastating effect on the battalions massed at tho rear. The Germans on the 17th attacked east ■and south-east of Ypres. Three charges were made by regular troops, but not the Guards. They were repulsed, and 1,2C0 dead were counted in a front of 600 yards. Tho evidence of German losses is accumulating. Forty-nine dead were found in one house, and all the farmers’ cottages before the British front are charnelhouses. The weather is bad, being unusually frosty, while the early heavy rain has rendered the condition of tho trenches wretched. The men stand in a mixture of straw, mud, and half-frozen slush.

The proprietor of a neighboring factory has converted his establishment into a bath house. There are vats large enough to contain several men, and while they are bathing their underclothes are washed or renewed and their uniforms cleaned by a gang of women. Fifteen hundred are treated daily. THE LANDSXUBM DISLIKE THE FIRING LINE. LONDON, November 22. Prisoners in Lorraine assert that the Laiidstmmers who recently arrived are more difficult to persuade to* go into action than the first contingents. They have orders to hold the ground without attacking, and await the result of decisive operations at Y'pres. This order discloses the importance of the check administered to tho Germans in Flanders. ILLUSION AND REALITY. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 22. Mynheer.Trovclstr-a. leader of the Dutch Socialists, after a visit to Getmany, draws a striking coutiust between tho departure to the war theatre of tho fresh young troops full of enthusiasm and their returning wounded, broken and deadly weary. There is a feeling in Germany that they are losing, and, like a gambler striving to win a fortune on one throw, aic staking all upon a single card THE AIR COMBAT. CLEVER FRENCH COUP. I.ONDON, November 23. The French in Alsace sent up a balloon with three dummy aeronauts over the German lines. Tine- Taiibcs immediately attacked and exploded a balloon. As it fell hundreds of bombs dropped from the balloon, annihilating several companies of Germans. THE RAID ON THE HANGARS. ‘ BERNE, November 23. Swiss observers state that five aeroplanes participated in the raid on Fried - rich “ha fen. One bomb fell on the roof of the airship shed at Fricdrichshafen. One B~ :,: -’h aviator was captured; the other's escaped. EAST AND WEST. I,oudon ‘ Times' and Sydney ' Suu’ Services.) LONDON. November 23. ‘The Times.’ in a leading article, says; “We would counsel strict reserve concerning the present lull in the battle line, Om- vcrloubtable enemies, are* never more dangerous than when conspicuously quiet, (t is cheering to know that in tho eastern theatre the German offensive in Central Roland has come to a full stop, as was confidently expected.” HIGH COMMISSIONER’S CARLE WELLINGTON, November 25. The Prjme Minister has received the following from the High Commissioner, dated London. November 25: Official: Russian successes are reported over the Prussians at- Cracow. The battle was decisive. German attempts to march on Warsaw were unsuccessful. Snow is impeding operations in both theatres. There is only intermittent bombardment in the regions of Arras and Oise. Several lines of German trenches wore taken by the Allies, whose artillery repulsed massed attacks at the Woevre. GERMANY’S POSITION. MEN AN.DMATERIAL. AMMUNITION SUPPLIES DOUBTFUL. I.ONDON. November 23. The ‘Daily Telegraph’ publishes an article by an American who was recently in Berlin and had ample opportunities to study the situation. He states that 68 armv corps were mobilised, each of 43,000 men", and that 2,000,000 volunteers are ready to fill the gaps. The Germans are continually changing the units at the two fronts. They find that the journey rests the men, and that change of scene prevents them from getting “stale." The German losses total 950,000. of whom many have already rejoined the fighting line. Tlie chief German trouble is the scarcity of vublier. copper, and saltpetre, and it is probable 'that the failure of ammunition will render it impossible to continue the war on the present scale after June. Germany means to keep Belgium as » final asset with which to negotiate peace. For the same reason, it u unlikely that they will risk the fleet in an action. 'lTie military authorities are convinced that they can counter Russia,, owing to their

mobility, because of tbcir strategic railways. If the Thqrn-Breslau line is forced, they can defend the Oder. COPENHAGEN. November 23. German officials are endeavoring to buy foodstuffs and footwear in Scandinavia. RUSSIA'S BLOW. THE BATTLE IN POLAND. STILL NO DECISION. HOPEFUL SIGNS APPEAR. PETROGRAD. November 23. Official: Fighting between the Vistula and the Warta continues with supreme determination, and wo have gained partial successes. Wo captured 2,000 prisoners and several quick-firers. On the Czenstoehowa-Cracow front we forced the Austrians to evacuate Newsandcc. BERLIN PREPARING AGAINST RUSSIAN ADVANCE. (London •Times’ end Sydney Sun ’ Services.) LONDON. November 22. A Russian doctor who escaped from Germany reports that the Hermans are preparin'.: on an enormous scale for the defence of Berlin from the side of Kustrin (on the Warta. 60 miles east of Ber- | lin). (inns of (lie heaviest calibre are mounted, and a huge quantity of stores has been accumulated. A STAMPEDE FROM EAST PRUSSIA. COPENHAGEN. November 23. Panic and excitement are geneial in East Prussia. Forty thousand arc,_ Hoeing daily. Tlie situation is so serious that Germany has been obliged to abandon her intention of evacuating East Prussia, and Silesia in order to win a decisive victory in the western theatre of the war. I ROME, November 22. I The ‘Tribnna’ slates that 40.000 East Prussian fugitives have arrived at Inster- | burg, where the entire population wore j thrown into a stale of panic and are proj paring to flee. SIEGE OF PRZEMYSL. GARRISONS AWFUL PLIGHT. SURRENDER OFFERED UNDER ABSURD TERMS. ROME. November 23. The defenders of I’rzemys! (Galicia) have been decimated by cholera, the victims of which, are huricil in quicklime in pits on the. outskirts of tire town. The epidemic has necessitated the destruction of a. great amount of provisions. The Russians ate exhausting tho garrison prior to the final assault whirl) will passably take place the lead, of St. Nicholas—December 6. The garrison, with two d-spemte sorties, reached tho main body of the Russians, seven miles from the city, where they found themselves subjected to a cross fire and were obliged to retreat. It is stated that the. Austrian commander at Przemysl offered to surrender on condition that the garrison, was left at liberty. Tho R nssians refused the terms. '1 ho four Austrian arryy corps which os raped from the battle of San are now in Przemysl. ALONG THE DANUBE. TURKISH SUPPLIES BLOCKED. ATHENS, November 25. The Austrians are attempting to oecupy the Danube between Rumania and Servia, and thus ena.Kle- supplies of amnrunriaii to reach 'Turkey, as the Danube below there is an international highway. The batteries on the Servian bank at present prevent the. attempt. TItE SUEZ CANA L. TURKISH ADVANCE. CAIRO, November 23. Outpost fighting has taken [dace at Rikanir (camel corps station on the Egyptian frontier. Thirteen of the canid corps are missing. A number of Turks were killed. CONSTANTINOPLE. November 23. Official r i urkish troops have reached the Suez Canal, tho British suffering loss near Kantara (between Ismailia and Port Said), and eventually fleeing. IN THE LEVANT. ROME, November 23 Eighty thousand 'lurks, under German officers, garrison Smyrna. 'Hie port i = guarded by mines.

A RUSSIAN VIEW. (London ‘Tim«i ’ and Sydney 'Sun'Service*.) LONDON, November 22. A leading article in the ‘ Novoo Vremya’ cypresses the conviction that Turkey's action against Great Britain and Russia possesses one useful aspect which has a possibility of outweighing the disadvantages, because it dissipates tho ancient y rejudico- with regard to tho control of the Dardanelles. AFTER OE WET. BOTHA HOT ON HIS TRACK. PRETORIA, November 23. Official .- Ihe Union forces are hotly pursuing De V.’ot. Tho latter crossed the Vet River and headed inwards Boshof. He then divided his commando, and himself, with 25, doubled hack and attempted to noss into tho 1 ransvanl, but was driven back. One thousand of Da Wet’s follower?, after hearing of the amnesty proclamation at Groothock, abandoned their arms, and are now surrendering i.n batches. Several other batenes have been captured, including 60 near Sendcal, 40 at Schnabkraal. 30 at. Middelfontein, and 50 near llarrismith. De Wet's band pillaged Winburg. Genoral Botha s advance was so unexpected that tho rebels were obliged to abamdon much booty. The inhabitants declared that De Wet appeared to he half demented, and threatened to hum down the town. JOHANNESBURG, November 23. Local burghers relieved the Heilhron railway, and communication with Johannesburg is restored. CAPE J OWN. November 22. Colonel .Maude has been rescued. It was reported that ho had been and that two of Do Wet's sons had surrendered. AUSTRO-GERMAN PRISONERS ATTEMPT A RIOT. LONDON. November 25. A regrettable affray occurred at tho alien camp at Douglas’ (Isle of Man), where 4,000 German and Austrian civilians are interned. They are, guarded by 300 National Reservists and Manx Territorials. Everything was satisfactory until the arrival of the* latest batch of prisoners, when insubordination commenced, tho prisoners insulting the sentries and refusing to obey orders. Finally, complaints about the food resulted in violent scenes in the dining pavilion, knives and plates being thrown about ami chairs smashed. A party of prisoners tried to rush the- kitchen, but. a few soldiers barred the passage. At first tho soldiers fired in, the air, and then it was necessary to shoot in earnest. The prisoners mostly held up their hands, whiG others sought' to Jlee. Five- wore killed and 15 wounded. PARIS REVIVES. PARIS, November 22. The Government intend authorising the reopening of the theatres and music halls in the city. CRICKETER WOUN DEI). LONDON. November 22. Tho Hon. Monel 11. Tennyson, the noted cricketer, ram of Baron Tennyson, has been wounded in the leg in France. THE KAISERS AIM. TO PROTECT HIS PEOPLE. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ’Sun' Services.) LONDON', November 22. Tho 'Cologne Gazette’ iterates Mr Asquith for assorting that the, Kaiser’s aims have been wrecked, and affirms that his immediate aim is to protect his people from the Tun os, English, Belgians, Sikhs, Russians. French, Tartars, and all other black, white, yellow, and brown mixtures. GERMAN BARBARIANS. SYDNEY, November 23. The Messina has arrived from Nauru (Pleasant- Island) with 26 German prisoners who participated in barbarities in Naum. 'Hie captain reports that he. witnessed tho hoisting Of tho British Hag at Nauru. The troops now have tho island under control, and everything is working smoothly. FEEDING BELGIANS. LONDON, November 23. The Commission for the relief of tho Belgians have completed their organisation in the United States. It is intended that £1,000,000 worth of food shall bo sent monthly. Country folk are arriving at Brussels at the rate of 25,000 daily to participate in tho food distribution. ON THE HIGH SEAS. A POSSIBLE RAIDING CRUISER. LONDON, November 22. The ‘Daily Mail’s’ t'openbagen correspondent reports that the erni.-er Berlin is iiound from Wilhelniahaveii for Iceland and thence south to attack British Transatlantic lincre. Another cruiser fis reported to be going to Iceland with the same object, it is understood that the Berlin is equipped for strewing mines on the Atlantic routes, and with provisioning depots suitable for submarines at uninhabited Norwegian islands. HOW THE GERMANS COAL. SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Nov. 22. The steamer Sacramento ha.s arrived.at Valparaiso. She reports thnt she was seized by a German warship and taken to the Juan Fernandez Island, whore she was obliged to transfer her cargo of 6,000 tons of coal. The Chilian authorities are investigating tho allair. The American authorities previously detained the passing San Francisco, as they were not satisfied with the statement as to the destination of tho cargo. They questioned the vessel’s transfer to the American registry, but eventually allowed her to proceed. Tho Sacramento brought to Valparaiso the crew of the French barque Valentina, which the Dresden sank. THE GERMAN MARK. BERNE. November 23. The exchange value of the Gorman mark has again fallen, and is now 111 centimes, as compared with 125 at the outset of the war. Germany does not allow this news to lie mentioned in the German newspapers. [The mark is equivalent to the shilling in British money.]

GERMAN “ CULTURE.” THE BRUSSIAnTioRRORS CONFIRMED. M. Chnvec, Consul-General for 'Franco in Australia, has just received a letter from •Madame Cliayet, who is at present staying in .Savoy, in tho South of France. The letter contains terrible stories, from eye witnesses and sufferers, of tho outrages committed by Prussians. Extracts follow from Madame Ohayet’s letter. If you know what wo heard a few days ago! Repeat it among your acquaintances, 1 pray you. The whole world ought to judge these barbarous Teutons. These are not newspaper stones. I have the tales from (he very months of poor refugees from Baccarat, who came here, like a poor, wretched herd of human cattle, escaping from slaughter by a miracle. There are two women—two sisters-in-law, named Thomas—and 11 children. The husband and I lie two oldest eons are at the war, and do not know the fate of their people. These poor creatures owned a pretty house and a comfortable income, and have lost everything. They have now not a penny nor a change of clothing. Everything has been taken from them, everything burned. Bat they don't even p[»ca'k of that. They don't think of it. in spite of ilie misery they suffer. What haunts their minds, what breaks their hearts, what draws sobs from them at everv moment, is tho hoi.tore they have witnessed. One of the women said to me : Oh, mad.ame, I would rather be dead, so a.s no longer to see in my thoughts what I have seen with my eyes. ".She tells me. tho name of a young girl in her village whom the Uhlans tied down on a table, and he loro the eyes of her patents, half mad with horror, they violated her one after tho other. And there were, eight of them! Then one of the sons of the woman who tells the story, y. bnv only 10 years old. interrupts. He pulls my dress and says to me: Thev killed my poor grandmother's cow. "A.s grandmother wept and begged to them, they shot her. The other lefngee told this pitiful story ; And n neighbor of mine was a beautiful young woman, whose husband, a sergeant, of infantry chasseurs, was fighting live kilometres"away. The Prussians seized her, and as she resisted too much thev killed her child to punish her. Then they killed her. We buried her in the garden. Three days later, after the French chasseurs retook the village, and the sergeant. full of joy. came hack to the collage to embrace his wife, wo could only show him the. giavo in tho garden. ‘■One of the tricks. 22 years old," Madame Chayet continued, “looking like a hunted animal, said to me : As for me, madanio, 1 had only one thought—to drown myself in order to escape. To die is nothing: but to be tort med and dishonored, that is too much. They <-> it off tlm breasts and fingers of the women they violated I can swear it to you. madame. 1 saw it. " What can I add to such tales,” Madame Chayet concludes, “but this last which was lidd to me by refugees from Verdun: A quite young woman, soon about to heroine, a mother, attracted tho at ten - lion of these brutes. They surrounded her. and pierced her through with a bayonet thrust. As a, souvenir they cut off her breasts and took them away. His the French race thev wish to destroy. They direct, their race naitifularly against, boys, and make hecatombs of them." 40,000 IRON CROSSES. A recent number of the ‘ Berliner Tagchlatt ’ gives the li-t of 16 local recipients of the Iron Cross, and adds that 63 member-. of the 159 th Infantry Regiment had also received that decoration. The total number now presented since the outbreak of war exceeds 40,000.

OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION. The lion, treasurers of the Otago Patri--1 otic and General Welfare Association acknowledge the receipt of the following donations to the fund : Previously acknowledged ...£15,793 8 4 Amount received on Trafalgar Day and previously acknowledged through the Press aSO 0 0 Amount received on Trafalgar Day and previously acknowledged through the Press hSO 0 0 W. Hamilton, jun hj 0 10 0 Alex._ Griffiths b 0 10 0 Jack Hamilton b 0 10 0 Mat. Hamilton b 0 10 0 W. Hamilton, sen b 0 10 0 S. M’Laren b 0 10 0 J. M'Laren b 0 12 0 Faulds b 0 15 0 Various sums received for Belgian and Bieat Britain and Ireland funds 8 16 0 Balclntha- Patriotic Committee a 9 10 0 Balclutha Patriotic Committee hj 9 10 0 Mosgicl Patriotic Committee b 3 11 0 Mosgie! Patriotic Committee a 3 11 0 Milton Patriotic Committee n6O 6 3 Milton Patriotic Committee h6O 6 3 £16.053 5 10 a Denotes Great Britain and Ireland fund ; b denotes Belgian fund. OUR TROOPS IN SAMOA. His Excellency the Governor has received the following telegram, dated November 22, from the Administrator of Samoa: “ The health of the troops is satisfactory. The following cases are under treatment: —Artillery—Corporal Kirker, Gunner Anderson, dysentery; Gunner Forbes, dengue; Gunner Milne, hernia. Field Engineers—Sappers Bang and Baldwin, dengue. Railway Engineers—Sergeant Mathcson, carbuncle; Sapper Hardcastle, dysentery : Sapper English, dengue ; Rapper Winter, injury to knee. Auckland Regiment—Privates Comber and Hay, dysentery : Private M'ln tyro, dengue; Private Owen, rheumatism. Wellington Regiment—Captain Wilkinson, ear trouble; Lance-corporal Haddington, ulcer; Corporal Tomlino and Private Smith, dengue : Private Lawrence, synovitis ; Private Liarnet. ear trouble: Private Watson, dystenlery: Private Williams, abscess. Army •Service Corps—-Juggins, abscess. Medical Corps—Corporal Carr, dengue.” L.B.W. “ When I read in books or stories of the coolness of men under tire I thought somebody was blathering,” says a wounded private in the Irish Fusiliers. “ But after eight weeks of it I can say that no book has ever done justice to the coolness of the British soldiers under conditions that would try anybody. One day there was an officer of the Cheshire Regiment who j was a bit of a cricketer in his day. He got uncomfortable after lying in the 1 trenches for so long, and he raised his I leg in shifting his position. He was hit I in the thigh, and as he fell hack all he said was: ‘Out. by George, leg-before-thc-wiekot. as the umpire would say. Better luck next innings.” WINDING UP THE CLOCK. The cure of Kosieres-en-Sanlerre had an adventure which might well have turned out ill. His.villagers came to him. saying that, owing to the war, the great clock in the belfry had run down, and they could no longer tell the time. The cure decided to wind it up, and, accompanied by some boys, who scented a legalised adventure, climbed to the steeple of his church. When the clock had been wound up it began to strike. The Germans, convinced that this was some signal to the French, who were in the neighborhood, arrested the venturesome priest on his descent, together with two of the boys, and informed them that they would be shot for giving information to the enemy. They were locked up with the knowledge that they were to die in the morning. Then the French came. The Prussians, in their retreat, flung open the doors of the temporary gaol and told the prisoners to escape as quickly as possible. ISo convinced, however, was the priest that his last hour had come that he quietly went to the place of execution and awaited the firing party, j*ho never came.—‘ The

E9 IN ACTION. Flaunting from the E9’s periscope are two Hags hearing the death’s head and crossbones—a yellow one for the sinking of ► the Hela throe weeks ago. a white one for ■ the destruction of a German destroyer of ; the V class on Monday. This is a privilege : which the submarines have tacitly claimed, ; and hitherto they have succeeded in evad- , ing the displeasure of the Admiral. The , submarine crews call them “ cracking i flags.” Before attack their situation may bo described as under the lion’s chin, i They did not worry; they played the gramophone and they played bridge. Com--1 mander Horton played both. When he . was cut out at the bridge table ho busied , himself with needles and records. A new ; laughing song secured an immediate popu- , larity. I hear from other sources that the . destroyed German vessel sank within three minutes of being hit. She is supposed to have been of the V class, 52 knots, with turbines, and using oil fuel. The de- . stroyer went off like the Crystal Palace ■ fireworks—just a blazing explosion of iron- [ work and petrol. By reason of the unauthorised but most honorable flags the E9 flies on coming into port, the commander is now known as “ the double-toothed pirate.”—‘Daily Mail.’ THREATS TO WOUNDED. It was in the desperate fighting around . La Fere that Private Charles Baker, of the 20th Hussars, was wounded, and he was taken into a cottage which had boon converted into a temporary hospital. He is now at Cardiff, and gives the following : account of his adventures:—“ln the hospital there wore 20 wounded, including three Gormans, in charge of an English doctor. After our troops bad retired to , their base, some distance in the rear, the hospital was raided by a party of 50 Germans on a looting expedition. They were all more or loss under the influence of drink, and they demanded that we should tell them where our regiment was. Not one of us would give the game away, and they thereupon said they would shoot us all. They commenced flourishing their revolvers and shouting, and I can tell you that I. began to shako. I was really afraid then, and I thought our numbers were up. In the heat of an action you don’t notice much that there is death all round you, but it’s different being slaughtered in cold blood. Anyhow, wo all thought our time had come, when the unexpected happened.” NINETY-SEVEN WOUNDS. The most remarkable case of a French surgeon-major of tho 28th Regiment of the line who lias begged to remain un- , named is worth recording. He is now i sitting up in bed feeling quite comfortable. and here is his story, as given to tho ‘Daily Chronicle’:— “ You see 1 am still alive, and I have no longer that desire to die which at first beset me. But I’ve had a narrow escape. [ Just think of it, 97 wounds, officially re- ’ corded ! I’ve got them all over me. I’m sown up everywhere. It’s a wonder I’m ’ here. This is how it happened : I had been in action all day; there had been some liard fighting, but fortunately the number of our wounded was small. 1 had just finished attending to my last ■ case, and was about to mount my horse, when it seemed to mo as though a clap ■ of thunder burst immediately over my head, and I found myself in a circle of flame. A shell had just burst over me. My poor horse was killed on the spot, riddled with shrapnel. I was thrown violently on to my back. I was bad!v wounded in both legs. A man of my regiment picked me up and walked over two kilometres with me on his back. Then some others, forming a stretcher of their rifles, carried mo yet another five kilometres before we came upon an ambulance. To describe what I suffered upon that journey would he impossible. On reaching the ambulance 1 lost consciousness. I was brought here, where for •everal days they removed pieces of shell from my shattered and torn flesh. ‘‘Luckily no vital organ has been touched. It's true I’vo lost an ear; J can hear no longer on my right side, and my head is all sewn up ; my right arm is pierced through to the bone ; my back has as many holes in it as a sponge; my ribs are all cut about, and my unfortunate logs are. tattooed in a manner which is far from artistic. But here I am ; have yon a cigarette? Thank you.' After all. the Gorman shells are not up to much !" HEARTS ACROSS THE SEA A PROPHETIC POEM FROM CANADA. [Exactly two years ago (says ‘Tit Bits') we received a poem, entitled ' Hearts j ( Across the Sea,’ from a Canadian reader. 1 and published it in our pages. Pleading it in the, light of events of to-day, our poeti- i cal contributor struck a distinctly pro- . photic note. It will be seen that tho | verses we publish describe exactly those j sentiments and feelings on the part of our i Canadian cousins which knit the Dominion I and Great Britain so closely together, and I which have led O.Tiada to respond so magnilicently to the needs of the Empire in this hour of German aggression.] I From the lakes and boundless woodlands. from the rivers and tho plains. i All the thoroughbreds will gather to destroy the Kaiser's chains ; Wilhelm's Krupps may cast a. navy, and their brains may weigh a ton, I Vet they can't create a seaman, or a man | behind the gun. j We respect the German people, they're a jolly sort to know, I But with Prussia’s Hohenzollerns we may have to ” pluck a crow.” They encouraged poor old Kruger, and then left him in the lurch ; Not a thaler nor a Uhlan when he passed his plate in church Did tho ‘‘mailed fist” hand to Kruger; but the Lion woke at last, And his cubs displayed their breeding when the sky was overcast. We remember Schleswig-Holstein, also Alsace and Lorraine, When a better race of people had to wear j the Prussian chain. j When to Armageddon's tournament the “ shouting captains ” come, Round the world we'll hear tho rolling of the British battle-drum ; At that game of hall for Freedom versus Bill the Autocrat None will score a higher record than Cana- ( dians at the bat I If the HohenzoJleru Kaiser tries to wear j Napoleon’s shoe. Ho will meet the French and British at another Waterloo ; As tho most progressive people they are always in the van. And the sous of toil will cheer them when the " war lord's ” hide they tan. I Now Britannia’s sons are reaching brawny { hands across the seas. i And our meteor flag is streaming on tho | patriotic breeze ; j From New Zealand and Australia, from the Cape and Hindustan. All the fighting clans will gather to tho j last gay marching man. , MISCELLANEOUS. At the meeting of the Otago Cricket Association, held hist evening, tho following motion by Mr A. Martin was unanimously agreed to; ''That this a-ssocaat ion express their warm appreciation of the loyalty shown by the many cricketers of Dunedin who have responded to the Umpire’s call ! and volunteered for active service in the great crisis; and, farther, that they express the utmost confidence that these cricketer-soldiers will worthily uphold the honor of Otago.” On <iit that 15 transports will bo needed ' to take away tho next contingent- from New Zealand. Among the many amusing shop-window tickets exhibited in London in October was the following, displayed in a humble restaurant in the City : ! Recruits ! 1 ! Fill up your forms here. < Cut off til© Joints and 2 Veg. 6rJ j * -

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THE WAR, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914

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