IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM.
DECREASED ACTIVITY. PARIS, November 28. Official: On Saturday evening we repulsed an infantry attack south of Ypres, where th© artillery brought down a German biplane. One aviator was killed and two were captured. Our heavy artillery inflicted heavy losses on tho enemy’s artillery in the Champagne district. THE FLOODED AREA. ENEMY TRY RAFTS. FRENCH GUNS”SINK THEM. PARIS, November 2S. The Germans.near Fumes (between Dixmude and the coast) constructed rafts behind the lines and launched them on the canal on Monday night. Th© attempt completely failed, th© French artillery destroying th© rafts and killing many soldiers. A thick fog prevailed bn the morning the second attempt was made. A large number crossed, but, lost their bearings, and a hundred men were made prisoners. WAS ZEEBRUGGE DESTROYED? GERMANS STRENGTHEN IT FOR SUBMARINE BASE. AMSTERDAM, November 28. With a view to th© possible bombardment of Zeebrugge, the Germans are strengthening the sea dykes and mounting heavy guns at th© tear. November 29. The material for constructing submarines brought to Zeebrugge proves greater than was supposed. The Dutch Press declare that it is becoming a serious naval base. OUR TROOPS GENERAL FRENCH’S PRAISE. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 27. An army order issued by General French praises the magnificent way in which the British have fought and tho hardships they have endured. He says : “It is impossible to find words to express my appreciation of their splendid services.” THE COLDSTREAMS. . WHAT THEY”ENDURED. LONDON, November 28. Tli© Earl of Cavan, commanding the Fourth Guards Brigade, has issued an army order paying a tribute to the Cbldstream Guards for keeping the lines intact for four weeks, though, tho trenches were dug in a hill full of natural springs, and the water was constantly above their knees, while a gale swept away every particle of cover. When the Germans threw hand grenades tho Coldstreams picked them up before they exploded and hurled them back. PRESIDENT AND GENERAL. GLO IVIN G~TRIBUTE TO FIELD-MARSHAL JOFFRE. PARIS, November 28. The French Preoidenfc (M. Poincare) visited headquarters and decorated General Joffre with a military medal. M. Poincare said th© emblem was for the highest military virtues. General* and privates wore it with the same pride. M. Poincare paid a glowing tribute to General Joffre's powers of organisation and his cool and calculating foresight. Ho was always prepared to deal with the unforeseen with a strength of mind which nothing disturbed and a serene cheerfulness which everywhere diffused confidence and hope. M. Poincare added: “ France knows that in order to prevent a recurrence of the present catastrophe there must 'be an agreement with her Allies to finally abolish its causes in a decisive victory. Pre carious peace would expose th© French genius to fresh insults from a refined barfcariem which assumed tho mask of science in order the better to state its domineer* ing. instincts.”
ATS - OLD INCIDENT. PARIS, November 28. Official: Details of the distinction of German aeroplanes and motor cars between Soissons and Compiegne on September 9 are now published, and show that a troop of cavalry charged the convoy, but ih© machine guns annihilated them. -Two' other troops then dashed.up afoot, killed the machine gun crew, smashed the engines, and fired three waggon loads •of petrol. A lieutenant and three men attacked the German commander. Tho latter killed the men, and wounded tho lieutenant, who killed his German adversary. Only 10 Frenchmen returned from the' exploit. MEDITERRANEAN FLEET. LONDON, November 28. It is officially SLa-cd at Paris tl«i tho French and British squadrons continue to blockade the Dardanelles and patrol the Egyptian coast. A TURKISH THREAT. LONDON, November 28. Reuter's Constantinople cnrr-.spondert reports that Djemal Pasha telegraphed to the United States Ambassador threatenin'' that for every Ottoman k'll’d or ininred as the result "of the bombardment of undefended Syrian ports three French or British subject* would he shot. IN TRANSCAUCASIA. RUSSIA HAMMERS TURKEY. PETROGRAD, November 29. Official: In the Caucasus the Turks have suffered severe losses. Regiments belonging to two divisions have lost half their strength, and two battalions were almost annihilated. The Turks, dissatisfied with the conduct of the Kurds, have decided to disband them. THE SUEZ CANAL. AMSTERDAM, November 28. A telegram from Berlin states that Izzet Pasha, with 76,000 Turks, including 10,000 Bedouins, is marching on Suez. IN JERUSALEM. LONDON, November 28. Cairo reports that fugitives from Jerusalem state that the Turks have seized the monasteries and convents belonging to the Allies. A REASSURANCE. CAIRO, November 27. The Senussi have informed the Egyptian Government that Turkey’s action is no concern of theirs. They wish to continue their friendly relations. A “TRUST ACCOUNT.” ROME, November 28. Advices from Constantinople stato_ that the Porte has assumed control of the. Ottoman and other banks, 'the income of these institutions will bo deposited in the Ottoman Bank until tho end of tho war.
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IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM., Evening Star, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914