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IN THE TRENCHES. VERY CLOSE QUARTERS. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sim’ Services.) LONDON*, November 26. Tho Press Bureau reports that tho opposing linos are often only 40yds apart, and the strangest situations arise. Our men and the enemy converse, as many of tho Germans understand Engli-h. hold shooting competitions, and throw packets of tobacco to one another. The>o positions are not unwelcome, the men being secure from shell fire, as tho artillery is unable to shoot for fear of hitting its own infantry. Often tho safest spot is tho firing line. REACHED ITS MARK. PARIS, November 27. A British naval airman’s bomb on Monday blew up a German ammunition train. THE ZEEBRUGGE BASE. THAT SCHEME SETTLED. (London 'Times' and Sydney ‘ Sun ' Services.) LOXDOX. November 26. Tho naval correspondent of ‘The Times’ pays that the news of the destruction of Zeebrugge is very comforting. if the Germans were contemplating making Zeebruggo the base for a torpedo attack nr .as a jumping-off place for a raid, the bombardment by the British warships had shown tho futility of the scheme. GERMANY'S THREAT. QUESTIONS IN I’ARLIAMENT. LONDON. November 27. Lord Haldane, in the Home of Lords, iaid that the War Office was organising the defences of the country, and had arranged to assume, the direction of tho civilian population in the event, of invasion. A corps of irregulars murid he supplied with badges and commanded by military officers in-order to ronfor.-n with The Hague Convention. MAORI CONTINGENT' MENTIONED. (London ‘Time*’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 26. Tn tho House of Commons, Mr 11. J. Tennant, in answer to a que-lion, said that there is no intention at present of seeding the Maoris to East Africa. Ho ■was not aware whether they had yet left New Zealand. Mr Hunt asked wav the Lord Chief Justice’s German chauffeur was being planted nalura'isation, ami subsequently allowed to leave Great Britain. Mr M'Kenna replied that extreme care had been exercised in every ca;e, Out of 10,000 application.-.. Ess than IDO naturalisation papers had been grained. Tho chauffeur had temporal ily gone to Switzerland.

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THE WESTERN THEATRE., Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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THE WESTERN THEATRE. Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914