ENEMY MASS FORGES
BY KAISERS WISH. CALAIS MUST BE WON. ENEMY BEGIN FRESH EFFORT, SEVERE WEATHER IN FLANDERS. SIX SUBMARINES OVERLANDED. Press Association—By Telegraph— Copyright.
REINFORCEMENTS. ENEMY MASSING TROOPS BETWEEN YPRES AND DIXMUDE. SOME DRAWN FROM POLAND. AMSTERDAM, November 23. (Received November 24, at 10.40 a.m.) The German transports ore everywhere in mot on. Large forces of cavalry and artillery are leaving Thielt for Ypres and Dixmude. Many troops from the oast have reached Ghent and Bruges, including the Brunswick cavalry. [Thielt is midway between Ghent and Ypiee.] A DISCLAIMER. AMSTERDAM, November 23. (Received November 34, at 11.10 a.m.) A communque from Berlin declares that the arrival of fresh troops from Warsaw has been deferred pending a decisive result in Poland. MASSED ARTILLERY. YPRES AGAIN BOMBARDED. HOT WORK TOWARDS THE MEUSE. PARIS, November 23. (Received November 24, at 8.45 a.m.) A communique 6tat 6; Yesterday was marked by violent cannonades on the part of the especially at Ypres, where the cathedral, the markets, and many houses were ign.ted. There was also heavy cannonading at Soiesons and Rheims. repuls'd several very hot attacks in the Argonne. WINTER CAMPAIGNING. SNOW AND FLOOD. A SPELL FROmTtHE TRENCHES GERMANS TO TRY MOTOR BOATS. PARIS, November 23. (Received November 24, at 9 a.m.) Northern France and Belgium are now an expanse of Arctic whiteness, and ice is farming ou the canals. The frozen ground is making entrenchment fighting no longer possible, ae the troops, are unable quickly to cut new’ trenches. It is also much more dangerous, since the snow clearly betrays rhe lines of the trenches. The commanders also hesitate to deploy infantry on the white background. The Germans are accumulating at Oatend many motor boats armed with machine guns. It is believed these axe intended fox use in the flooded areas or the canals, if the tanks are low enough for them to negotiate. MAROONED GERMANS. OVER 1,000 PERISH. PARIS, November 23. (Received November 24, at 9.30 ajn.) The inundation east of Dixmude cut off 1,500 Germans. On the night of November 18 some of them attempted to escape bv swimming just as day Broke, but the Allies picked them off ono after another. By noon the water had risen until only a narrow strip of land remained. The French commander ordered pontoon bridges to be built to succor the survivors, but ho was too late. The islet gradually disappeared, and when the French approached only 40 Germans remained alive. THE ENEMY BAFFLED BY BRITISH ARMORED TRAINS. PARIS, November 23. (Received November 24, at 9.30 a.m.) Prisoners state that the Germans are exasperated by the success of the British armored trains, and that the Kaiser has offered £I,OOO for the head of the commander of the trains. MORE SUBMARINES FOR STRAIT OP DOVER. ROTTERDAM, November 23. (Received November 24, at 8.45 a.m.) Six German submarines Lave been brought overland to Zeebrugge, but the strictness of the guard makes it impos «b!e to eav whether they have yet been placed, in the water. GERMANY BUTCHERY. “POUR ENCOURAGER LES AUTRES.’* A CORRESPONDENT’S THEORY (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 25. A ‘Daily Mail’ correspondent, describing the German attacks on Ypres, suggests that it is the enemy’s deliberate intention to throw away lives. The futility of a single company marching in broad daylight, covered during the advance by machine guns, up _to trenches hold by hundreds of men is evident. The Germans aro' simply slaughtered. The impression is plain that the butchery -of these “forlorn hope’’ men is an example of the punishment awaiting a company that ha* failed or wavered in some attack or has hesitated to stand in an exposed position to be killed. A BELGIAN CHARGE. FOILED BY FALSE BUGLE CALL. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) Jt LONDON, November 23. A correspondent in West Flanders says that' the Belgian infantry gallantly attempted to drive the Germans out of Lambertzyde. They swept the enemy from three bridges, and finally rushed with fixed bayonets right up to the mouths of the German guns, facing odds of ten to one. At a critical moment a German bugle sounded the Belgian muster-call. The ruse succeeded. The Belgians began to retreat, and suffered severely. The same night the French artillery found the range, and the enemy’s batteries were silenced. The French then occupied the town without losing * single man,
THE RUSSIAN SOLDIER. (London ‘ Times * and Sydney ’ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, November 23. A correspondent at Warsaw says that already Russia must have lost heavily, but the losses mean little to her, as in men she is a “ millionaire, ’’ who never feels poorer however many she spends. Her peasant-soldiers arc deeply calm in the presence of suffering and death. The idea of a glorious death is spiritual n eat and drink to them. They lovo their brother soldier when alive, and when dead he becomes holy. This makes the Russians almost invincible. Th% German Press pretend that Germany is always acting purely on the defensive. IN ASIA MINOR. MOSLEM AND CHRISTIAN. ATHENS, November 23. (Received November 24, at 11.10 a.m.) Advices from Constantinople state that a large force of Turkish troops from Adrianople sacked the Christian shops in Trebizond and murdered some Christians. FRENCH BARQUE. SUNK BY KRONPRINZ WILHELM. LONDON, November 23. (Received November 24, at 9 a.m.) The German armed merchantman Kronprinz Wilhelm sunk La Corrcntina, a French barque. The passengers and crew were landed at Buenos Ayres. RAIDERS’ METHODS. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, November 25. A passenger by the Vandyck say s that tho German cruiser Karlsruhe is constantly accompanied by four merchantmen, manned by prize crews. Tho flotilla sails spread .over a line of 150 miles. When an enemy’s flag is sighted the Karlsruhe is immediately notified by wireless, and captures the prize. DE WET SLIPS THROUGH AGAIN. PRETORIA, November 25. (Received November 24, at 8.45 a.m.) De Wet, with others, crossed the Vaal River on Sunday night after tho remnants of his commando had been beaten back. Commandant Du Toil and Field-comet Hoffman, in a motor car, overtook tho fugitives near Leougoorn. One, named Spis, who was De Wet’s adjutant, surrendered. The others continued their flight, firing revolveife. They scattered across the veld. Du Toil’s party wounded and captured Ment, Do Wet’s son-in-law. Tho remainder escaped. AN UNFORTUNATE STRIKE. SYDNEY, November 34. (Received November 24, at 9.30 a.m.) Owing to the strike 160 men have been thrown idle in tho dockyard. Tho strike is interfering with the docking of the warships and tho fitting out of transports. CASUALTY LIST. CHRISTCHURCH BOY KILLED. CHRISTCHURCH, November 24. Cablo advice has been received that Lieutenant G. W. Chapman, Third Dragoon Guards, was killed in action in France. Lieutenant Chapman was a Christ’s College boy. SYDNEY - , November 24, (Received November 24, at 9.50 a in.) News has been received that Captain Docker, a nephew of Judge Docker, has been killed in action. TO CALAIS! COST WHAT IT MAY. COPENHAGEN, November 23. (Received November 24, at 11.40 a.m.) Advices from Berlin military circles state that the Germans have renewed their efforts to reach Calais, owing to the Kaiser’s official wish and command, regardless of loss of life. NEVER DOWNHEARTED. THE WEStTsURREYS. LONDON, November 23. (Received November 24, at 11.40 a.m.) The first battalion of West Surreys, at the end of October, held a position in Belgium for two days against great odds. They wore practically surrounded, and lost heavily. Tho battalion made a brilliant bayonet charge at Ypres. AUSTRIA AND ITALY. INCIDENt'aT TRIESTE. ROME, November 23. (Received November 24, at 11.40 a.m.) Italian flags were secretly hoisted on tho public buildings at Trieste during last night. TALL SHOOTING. HIT AT 6,000 ft HIGH. PARIS, November 23. (Received November 24, at 11.40 a.m.) The Allies’ airmen, aeroplaning over tho German linos, had some narrow escapes. One had a hole pierced in his left plane when at a height of 6,000 ft. LORD ROBERTS MONUMENT. MANCHESTER~AND RECRUITS. LONDON, November 23, (Received November 24, at 11.40 a.m.) The House of Common* has agreed that a monument shall be erected to the late Lord Roberts. Two battalions were formed in Manchester in a week, and recruiting for a seventh battalion has begun. MEETING AT LAWRENCE. “ Our Own ” wires from Lawrence > —A patriotic demonstration in aid of the British and Belgian relief funds was held here last night under the auspices of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association. The Town. Hall was well filled, t and the proceedings throughout were
AN INCIPIENT FIRE.
marked by most genuine enthusiasm. An orchestra, comprised of Dunedin talent, played some choice airs. The vocalists (Mrs R. A. Power and Mr J. Leech) were in fine voice. Mr W. Crawford gave several inspiring recitations, and the speaker of the evening (the Rev. R. S. Gray) was in his happiest mood, giving a most thrilling speech. Tho offerings towards the relief funds totalled £309, which was about £5 more than was collected at tho Milton meeting lest week. Mr Gray told his audience that his party , of Dunedin friends were pleased with the financial results of the meeting, and they would go away well satisfied that the residents of Lawrence had done their duty nobly. PATRIOTIC MEETING TO-MORROW EVENING. It has been decided to hold a patriotic meeting in the Garrison Hall to-morrow evening. Mr C. G. White, Lieutenantcolonel Stonobam, and Messrs J. J. sLarlow, A. Washer, and J. S. Sinclair were appointed a sub-committee to carry out the necessary arrangements. It was resolved to have one lady and five gentlemen speakers, with a 10-mia-ute limit, and an excellent programme of instrumental and vocal and elocutionary items is being arranged. It has also been decided to ask the 4th Regimental, Kaikorai, National Reserve, Dunedin Pipe, and St. Kilda Bands to assist by playing through the streets to the hall; and as there will not be room for all the bands to play inside, the 4th Regimental Band will be asked to play on thus occasion. The Hon. James Allen will preside. The proceeds are to be devoted to tho Belgian relief fund. FOR THE BELGIANS. The Public Appeal Committee of the Patriotic and General 'Welfare Association are conducting an art union, with an unlimited number of members at sixpence each, for the disposal bf an autotype from an original drawing of tho Town Hall, Brussels, by John Coney, a famous etcher and engraver who lived a century ago. There are no ivorking expenses in connection with the art union, of which tho entire proceeds will be devoted to the Belgian Relief Fund. PATRIOTIC AND RECRUITING COMMITTEE. A semi-private meeting of citizens was held in the Council Chambers yesterday afternoon to discuss the formation of a Recruiting Committee. His Worship the Mayor presided. Tho appended report has been supplied to us:— The following gentlemen were appointed an Executive Committee: Crs Sinclair, Menzios, Marlow, Begg, Black, Green, and Clark, Dr P. Marshall, Dr Benham, Mr A. Washer, the Rev. W. A. R. Fitchott, Captain Hankey, Mr J. Brown, Lieutenant-colonel A. Stonoham, Messrs C. 11. Street, C. T. White, W. T. Monkman, E. 0. Hazlett, J. M‘lndoo, C. Speight, and J. A. Johnstone, Miss Stewart, Miss J. Burt, and Mrs Macfio. It was decided to hold a public meeting this week. The objects of the Recruiting Committee will bo to take steps to get the present obstacles in the way of recruiting removed, and with this object in view a deputation will wait upon the Prime Minister on his way north this morning. Reflections have been cast upon Otago, but many of those statements will bo dispelled. 'As, however, 700 men aro wanted b'- December it is felt that this comntV.ee will bo able to facilitate matters, and its members aro confident that the call will not be made to Otago’s sons in vain, and that Otago, as in the past, will do her share.
DOMINION STOCKING LEAGUE. At the end of September last the members of the Stocking League sent nearly 5,000 garments to the poor of Great Britain. Since then they have been working for the Belgium refugees. A largo collection of clothing is now ready for women and children. The work is coming in well from branches of the league in other towns, and all will bo despatched this week. _ The collection can he seen by anyone interested at the Hanover Street Sunday School Hall to-morrow from 10.30 a.m. till 6 p.m.
On board tho troopship Willochra at Port Chalmors an incipient lire of a suspicious nature was discovered yesterday in tho passenger quarters. Under a bunk a quantity of shavings were smouldering on the wood-shoathed dock. Other shavings and chips near to the liro had evidently been treated with kerosene. Had tho fire spread to the latter the consequences might have boon, it is said, very serious. As it was the shavings on fire merely smouldered, and as additional bunks are being fitted the smouldering fire probably contacted only thn comparatively unseasoned wood used in tho construction of these additional bunks. Tho workmen left the vessel on Saturday, and a few members of tho crow slept on board. The night watchman was unaware of anything, amiss, the fire being detected by the workmen when they returned to work on Monday. Though tho circumstances aro on the surface stispicious ; there are those who see no sinister objective, and say there is an ingredient in pamt being used that has a remarkably kerosene-like odor, and that a workman may possibly have dropped a match in starting a turn-to smoko in out-of-the-way quarters. However, the matter is in the hands of the police, and armed guards were yesterday stationed on tho troopships Willochra and Verdala.
HOSPITAL SATURDAY AND THE BELGIAN FUND.
Public interest in tho 10th annual Hospital Saturday street collection is keener than ever. The ladies in charge of the collecting stations are taking very great pains in organising their staffs, decorating their stands, and in every way doing their best for the objects of the association. These ladies aro being materially assisted by the leading Princes street and George street drapers in the bright attractiveness of their tables. This valuable help is given in a generous spirit greatly appreciated by tho collectors and committee. Some of tho ladies are to appear in the Belgian and Japanese national costumes. The Public Hospital and St, Helens Hospital nurses will be out in their indoor uniforms. The ladies of the Overseas Club and tho Orphans’ Club will give vocal and instrumental promenade concerts. The school bands will do their part in the gaiety and brightness of tho day. Novelties such as a Belgian milk cart drawn by a big dog, organ grinder and monkey, ana pony team are promised. The St. Clair ladies have a surprise display of which they won’t even tell the executive. Tho sale of flowers will be an important item in the day’s proceedings. Flowers arc expected from Auckland, New Plymouth, etc. It is here that some may assist who have not cash to donate. The sub-com-mittee, under the able supervision of Miss Stewart, will he at the Early Settlers’ Hall on _ Friday, and will gladly receive donations of flowers, however small. The suburbs and country districts from Milton to Palmerston, Middlemarch, Owaka, Lawrence, etc., are all doing their part to the grand effort to help the Belgians and our sick and distressed. Carrie Moore, of the BrennanFuller Company, will be assisting by a street concert, etc., on Saturday morning. It behoves our sympathetic public to do their best to make the day a success.
As the party from Dunedin for the Lawrence patriotic meeting were passing through Milton yesterday afternoon, they received the gratifying information that the sub-committee appointed to call upon the farmers of the Tokomairiro Plain, who had been unable to attend the patriotic meeting in Milton last Thursday, had collected £156. and that they expected to get in at least another £ls. These donations bring Milton’s contribution to the Britnsh-Belgian fund up to the handsome total of £454. Messrs Buchanan and Jaa. M'Leod, who undertook the canvass, are to be congratulated on this fine piece of work, as also aro the fanners who have responded eo well*
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ENEMY MASS FORGES, Evening Star, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914