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LULL CONTINUES., Issue 15662, 28 November 1914
HOSTILE REINFORCEMENTS GOING TO FLANDERS FRONT. ENEMY’S LOSSES IN POLAND. LORD KITCHENER’S CORROBORATION. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright.
ON THE YSER, ALLIES BRIDGING RIVER. ENEMY’S ATTACKS REPULSED. PARIS. November 27. 1 Received November 28. at 8.65 a.m.) A communique states: The enemy’s artillery fire has slackened everywhere. We euwily repulsed two infantry attacks on the bridge heads which wo have thrown upon the right bunk of the Veer to the south of Dixmude. 'lhe enemy violently bombarded Rhenna during a visit of neutral journalist* to the town. - BRITISH ARMORED TRAIN. CHECKMATES GERMAN ENGINEERS. DIXMUDE BRIDGE DESTROYED. PARIS, November 27. (Received November 28. at 8.45 a.m.) The Germans had been for a long time constructing a bridge at Dixmude. to enable the large forces assembled there to cross the Yscr. When their task was nearing completion oh Monday a British naval armored train dashed within threequarters of a mile, and opened lire with four guns and tix milrailleiwes. In less than five minutes a hundred German engineers had been killed and fifty wounded, and their work was blown to splinters. The train was subjected to the fire of a German battery, which derailed one truck. REINFORCEMENTS. GERMANS POUR IN MEN. AMSTERDAM, November 27. (Received November 23, at 8.55 a.m.) The ‘ Telegraaf ’ states that the German garrisons in Belgium have been reduced to half-strength. Largo numbers of troop? continue to pour into the fighting line. A TAGBE CAPTURED. PARIS, November 27. (Received November 28, at 8.55 a.m.) A French monoplane forced a German aeroplane Hying over Clair Marais, near St, timer, to descend, and its two airmen were captured. VON DER GOLTZ. REPORTED WOUNDED. LONDON. November 27. A Dutch correspondent reports that General Yon .dor Goltz, when visiting the trenches, was struck by a. bullet iu the [General Yon der Goltz is Military Governor of Brussels.] INSULT TO INJURY. ' GERMAN LOOTERS. WANT CASHFOR NOTES. PARIS, November 27. (Received November 28. at 8.55 a.m.) Swiss banks, acting on behalf of German banks, are attempting to cash in Park millions of francs’ worth of_ bank notes that have been pillaged in France or received as indemnities from French towns. Many of the notes are partly burned or blood-stained. Ihe French banks are refusing to cash the notes. BRITAIN'S WAR LOAN. MANY SMALL SUBSCRIBERS. LONDON, November 27. (Received November 28, at 8.55 a.m.) Mr Llovd George stated in the House of* Commons that the war loan had been over-subscribed. The applicants number really 100.000, of whom an enormous number applied for small amounts. TO RESIST INVASION. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Service*.) LONDON. November 27. Tho announcement was made at the recent Guildhall meeting for the promotion of home defence that nearly a million men who were declared ineligible for service at the front were giving up their spare time to drill. AN URGENT MATTER. - SPY SYSTEmTn BRITAIN. (London ' Times ’ and Sydney ' Sun ' Services.) LONDON, November 27. Lord Haldane, replying in the of Lords to Lord Crawford’s Leith statements that the Germans were receiving signals, also coal 'and pctrol fromthe coasts of Britain, said that the M ar Office, the Admiraltv. and the Home Office were co-operating with unremitting vigilance tosuppress the known paid-spy system. “ MINISTERING ANGELS." (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON! November 27. A correspondent states that a number of German nurses, before tho war, obtained position? at Reen-le-tape, and when the German troops arrived they acted as guides, and even superintended in the looting. VISTULA-WARTA BATTLE. LORD KITCHENERS INFORMATION. - LONDON. November 27. (Received November 28, at 8.45 a.m.) Lord Kitchener, speaking iu the House of Lords, said he believed the German losses in the Vistula-Warta battle were the heaviest they had yet sustained. A DEVASTATED COUNTRY. RUSSIAN OPERATIONS HAMPERED. .(London ‘Time*’ and Sydney ‘ Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 27. The difficulties of the Russian operations in Poland are being aggravated by the havoc the Germans wrought during their retreat from Warsaw early in the campaign. It is difficult to find a solitary foot of the railways that has not been damaged, and the scene suggests the visitation of a tremendous typhoon or earthquake. INDIA’S LOYALTY. NATIVES PROFOUNDLY STIRRED, EXCESS OF RECRUITS OFFERING. DELHI, November 27. (Received November 28, at 8745 a.m.) The war news continues to* absorb tho
ing schemes of every kind for assisting to bring about ultimate victory. Practically every Englishwoman in India is working for the comfort of the,troops. The daily telegrams announcing victories or reverses are received throughout the country with quiet supreme confidence in the result, of the struggle. Recruiting for the native army continues in an extraordinary manner. The lighting races’ martial instincts have been whetted by the accounts of the Indian feats at the front, and in consequence such a number of applications have been received that the Commander-in-Chief has been obliged to forbid officers from forwarding requests to be allowed to proceed on service to the front. SOUTH AFRICA. REBELLION DIES HARD. PRETORIA, November 27. (Received November 28. at 8.45 a.m.) Official : The rebel* made numerous but unsuccessful attempts to derail an armored train on the Reitz-Frankfort line. Brisk engagements took place, in which a number of rebels were killed or wounded. Of De Wet’s three generals only Ranlenbacb,remains. Hooco and De Vmlers were surrounded, and Ni col ass Serfoivtem was wounded. THE EM DEN. HER CAPTAIN'S REPORT. AMMUNITION RAN OUT. LOOSES. ioT KILLED. AMSTERDAM. November 27, (Received November 28, at 8.55 a.m.) (,’aptiiin Von Muller, of the Emclcu, •cabled the following message to Berlin : Our marksmanship at first was* good, but soon the. Sydney’s heavy guns gained the upper hand, inflicting heavy losses. We ran short of ammunition, and were obliged to cease firing. Though our steering gear was damaged. we tried to get within torpedo range, but failed. Our funnels were destroyed, greatly influencing our si>eed. Therefore we ran full speed on to a reef. Six officers, four warrant officers, and 95 men were killed, and one non-com-missioned officer and seven men were seriously wounded. WOOL EX PORI' RESTRICTIONS. IMPERIAL AUTHORITIES INTERVENE. MELBOURNE. November 28. (Received November 28, at 10 a.m.) After the representations made, by the Imperial authorities, the restriction against the exportation of woo! to Canada and .Japan has been withdrawn. TRADING WITH ENEMY. FIRM FINED £IOO. BRISBANE, November 28. (Received November 28, at 10 a.m.) The firm of Zoeller and Company were fined £ICO on a charge of attempt ing to trade with the enemy during the war. For the defence it was stated that the firm sent an order to a .Stockholm company for German medical instruments. Tiic defendant firm claimed that- while they committed an error of judgment they acted innocently. DISRAELIAN . PREDICTIONS. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) | LONDON, November 27. Murrays have published the third volume of Disraeli’s life. The Press notices quote some, remarkable prophecies. Disraeli told Cobden in 1848 that it was madness to expect universal peace, because of the fact that America and England wore rich and contented. Ware were not made by em-h Powers, but by a race or prince who agitates for position. Disraeli, with rare prescience, when the Schleswig-Holstein dispute was beginning in 1848, brushed aside the ostensible pretexts for Prussia’s action, and pointed out that, it meant an eventual challenge to England upon the sea. The statesman further predicted that the intellectual march of Atheism might lead to a revival of national idolatries modified mythically and dressed up according to the spirit of the ago. This prediction finds fulfilment in Nietzsche’s Germany I GERMAN SUBMARINES. TWO STEAMERS SUNK IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL. LONDON, November 27. (Received November 28, at 11.50 a.m.) A German submarine sank the - British steamer Malachite near Havre. Tfie crew were landed at Southampton. v The steamer Prime was also sunk off Cape Antifer, and her crew were landed at Fecamp. [Havre, the port of Paris, is at the mouth of the Seine. Cape Antifer is about 15 miles, and Fecamp about 20 miles, north of the mouth of the Seine.] LABOR. CRITICISM OF BRITAIN’S - WAR FINANCE ANSWERED BYLLOYD GEORGE. LONDON, November 27, (Received November 28, at 11.56 a.m.) The Chancellor of the Exchequer iMr Lloyd George), speaking in the House of Commons, said that at the beginning of the war this country could neither buy nor sell, because the system of international exchange had broken down. Though the whole world owed ns money, America owed us £1,000,000,000. He assured the Labor party that the moratorium had not been enforced to save a fe wrich people, but to save British industry, commerce, labor and life. With £18,000,000,000 worth of assets it would have been criminal negligence to allow the credit of the country* to be in doubt for 24 hours for £350,000,000 of which most was owing to our own people. (Received November 28,.at 12.15 p.m.j Mr Lloyd George continued: “We decided that the credit of the State must be maintained at any cost. Thus the unimpeachable character of the British bill of exchange has been maintained, and the greatest financial catastrophe the world could ever have seen has been averted. Hie total loss as a result of these bills transactions Is about what It costs us for a tingle week of_Jbe_war^__Bi»kg£flii_2Q.
the outbreak of war, and, if the banks had pressed the bottom would have dropped out of the market.” (Received November 28, at 12.55 p.m.) “ The machinery of exchange had been re established, and despite the groat world war we were still supremo in international trade and commerce The British moneymarket was better than any other in the world. Other countries were coming here to borrow while wo were conducting a war costing 400 or 600 millions in a year. ‘‘Tile fact of the London Stock-Exchange being closed was a serious detriment to the war loan. Had the Exchange been open the loan would have been applied for several times over. The small investor had shown patriotism by stepping in, and so enabled us to raise the hugest sum of money ever raised during any war without any of the expedients to which Germany had resorted in raising a much smaller amount at a higher rate of interest.” FROM CORPORAL TO LIEUTENANT IN THREE WEEKS. The fine work of ibe British volunteer despatch riders has called forth the warmest praise of the Allies' commanders, who were enabled through these men's services to maintain constant communication along the huge front extending from the Homme to the Moselle (about 260 mites) and along the frontier of Alsace-Lorraine. Many of these young fellows were fresh from the English universities, and had no previous military ex|irrieif>ae, hut they showed remarkable dash and lira very white travelling on nioii.r cycles through a country infected with spies. An Australian youth." fresh from than bridge, while speeding along a country road, met a party of 14 German cavalrymen. Being unable to turn, he drew- his revolver and eiiot down an officer and one man. The others turned and fled, and the rider delivered his despatch, which informed a corps commander that Germans were in the vicinity, and thus prevented what, might have been adisagreeable surprise. One member of the cycle corps was promoted from corporal to lieutenant in three weeks. MYSTIC SIGN USED BY GERMAN SPIES. Innumerable are the tricks of the German spies, whp use all soils of roadside signs to indicate to their troop? what is ahead of them. The sign of the Black Cow has frequently been found by our troops. The sign was so crudely fashioned in black chalks or crayons that for a time nobody paid any attention to if. except to remark on the disproportions of the animal. It afterwards turned out that it did net mutter if the spy artist made hia cow l<iok pleasant or furious, or whether he exaggerated l!ie length of the tail or horns. The size nt the animal and the direction in which the animal’s head pointed were the Ml.important matters. The French intelligence officers decoded this system of signalling employed by the spies attached to Von KhtckV army. A little cow meant that the road was lightly held, a middle-sized cow that the allied troops were in the neighborhood, a larger cow that there were earthworks or entrenchments about. The direction in which the now's head pointed gave an indication where to look for the danger. If it was pointing up in the air it meant that the Germans Ijad to reconnoitre the ground before advancing any further. BELGIAN AND BRITISH RELIEF. “ Bill’s ” birthday will be celebrated at ihe sundowners’ camp. His .Majesty’s Theatre, on Tuesday evening next. Ibis novel entertainment has been arranged by the Dunedin Orphans’ Club, ami the proceeds are to bo devoted to the relief of the distressed orphan child ion of Britain and Belgium. The stiff, orthodox method of the usual concert will be absent, and the ninny and varied items will be connected by smart dialogue, the performers meantime lounging round the camp in appropriate costumes. A. picnic party, composed mainly of “ ladies,” accept bn invitation to the birthday celebration, and add to the general enjoyment with song and !,stm-v.' Orchestral and concerted music will he a feature of the programme, and many individual members of the, club who have reputations a? singers and elocutionists will take part. The box plan is open today at the Dresden, and the prices of admission are 3s, 2s and 1«. NATIONAL RESERVE. A class of instruction for Territorial officers and non-coms, will be started next week under Captain Fraser. 4th Regiment. It is intended to take Tuesdays and Fridays, and an invitation to take advantage of these classes has been considerately extended to the officers and non-com*, of the National Reserve. Many of these are very keen, and no doubt will take advantage of the opportunity to pain further knowledge. Captain Hussey and Lieutenant Callan. and possibly other officers. will assist in the instruction. Ihe usual Monday night class will still fd» on as lie fore. On .Sunday last the Henley mounted section worked to Brighton, under Lieutenant M’Ke.gg. returning by a difl event route, putting in an excellent day.« work without making it too strenuous. The Berwick section is doing good work and gaining members all the time. These two sections will be able to to do some good work later on as opposing forces, both being keen and enthusiastic. "Belgian Sympathiser” sends us 3s for the Belgian relief fund, G We have received from the North-east Valiev Junior Bible (Men’s) Class £1 for the Relaian relief fond and £1 for the British fund.
LULL CONTINUES., Issue 15662, 28 November 1914
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