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Paris reports favorable progress all along the Allies’ line of battle. Seven hundred thousand Germans aro said to be in the vicinity of Arras. General Von dor Coltz leaves Belgium to take charge of Turkey's forces. Lord Kitchener says that the British troops aro confident of success, also that the King of tho Belgians never Intends to leave Belgian territory. Austria Is longing for peace, and Is prepared, It Is reported, to yield Galicia to Russia as the price. Meanwhile, the Russians roocoupy Czernowitz. VIBTULA-WARTA BATTLE. SIGNIFICANT GERMAN REPORT. HER INVADING ARMY ACTING OiTdEFENSIVE. AMSTERDAM, November 29. (Received November 30, at 12.25 p.m.) It is officially stated in Berlin that “ the situation on the right bank of the Vistula is unchanged. Wo repelled attacks in the region of Lodz; our counterattacks were successful.” GERMAN MASSES. INCREASING DISCONTENT. A “STOP THE"WAR” ARTICLE. AMSTERDAM. November 29. (Received November 30, at 12.25 p.m.) The Socialist paper ‘ Voerwaerts,’ in a scathing attack on the lack of financial support for soldiers’ wives, states that there is increasing discontent among the poorer classes of Germany. It demands that the Governments of Berlin and Vienna shall end the inhuman proceeding. . [‘ Voerwaerts,’ suppressed by tho German Government oarlv in the war, has recently resumed publication.] THE FLANDERS CAMPAIGN. REPORT BY SIR JOHN FRENCH. FROM THE ALSNE TO THE YSER. LONDON, November 29. (Received November 30, at 1.25 p.m.) Fidd-marshal Frcncli, in a despatch covering the battle of Yprce-Armentieres. describes the transference -of British troops from the Aisne to Flanders for the purpose of strenuously supporting the Allies' northern flank and so outflanking the enemy. The excellent Anglo-French feeling rendered this delicate operation successful. The despatch shows that about this time Major-general Rawlinsou, with cavalry apd infantry, was operating in support of the Belgian army and assisting its withdrawal from Antwerp. Consequently the battle line in Flanders was formed by British forces from the Aisne advancing northward and by Major-general Rawlinson falling back to tho line of the Yser. It is noteworthy that the Field-marshal says that the position at La Basse© throughout defied all attempts to capture it either by the French or the British.

(Received November 30, at 1.40 p.m.) Sir John French continuing his official report on the British part in operations at the front, says Sir 11. S. Rawlinson’s successful operatom? in the neighborhood of Ghent and Antwerp had a great influence on tV coureo of sub equeut operations. His forces fought w-tli the utmost gallantry without supports. A quest on of vital impoitanoc arose on the 19th October. The B-.g ans, utter their hard fighting, were exhausted and needed supp rt to enable them to resist the threatened turning movement, which was c.aidilated to lay bare the Channel poyts. Thereupon, .it the risk of having to operate on an extended front ebewhere, lie directed Sir Doujlas Haig to move his first army corps northwards of Yprce, so as to avoid such disastrous consequences as berg outflanked towaids Calais. Sir Douglas Ha g's object was to advance to 1 hourout for the eventual capture of Bruges, and subsequently, if possible, to drive the enemy towards Ghent. (Received November 30, at 2.15 p.m.) Sir Douglas Haigh advanced, but, owing to large and unexpected hostile reinforcements arriving ami pressing both the British and French, he took up a position on the outskirts of Ypros. .Meanwhile the remainder of the British line was successfully resisting the enemy’s desperate attacks with marvellous lighting power and indomitable courage. No more arduous task was ever assigned to British soldiers, and never was the call answered mure magnificently. It was decided, after consultation with General Joffre, to hold our lines against the enemy’s attempts to outflank or break through, General Joffre promising reinforcements. Field-marshal French himself was present, with Sir Douglas Haigh, at the most critical moment of the whole great battle, when the first divisions were retiring at Hogue (?) f. Major-general Sir H, S. Rawiinson is given in the Army List as commanding the old division of the British Army (Nos. 1 and 2, under Sir Douglas Haigh, being the Aldershot divisions). Tho 3rd Division forms part of the army corps commanded by General Sir H. L. Smith-Dor-riei:.] PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION. ! MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE. ' The fortnightly meeting of the executive of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association was held in the Town I'.T! :his item n . 'Caere was a good attendance of mcmbeie, and His Worship the Mayor (Mr J. B. hhacklock) presided. Messrs James f-p: ght and Co., Ltd., forwarded a cheque for £lO, biring the fifteenth weekly contribution of their employees to the patriotic fund. Tho secretary of the Drivers’ L’nion (Mr W. E. J. Mag'rir ) firwarded a cheque for £lO 10s; the Stock Exchange a cheque for £SO to be divided b tween Belgian fund i and local distress fund ; R. W. Glendin- i ing £4 4s, to be divided between British 1 1' :i : fund and Ik Iglan fund ; 1’.A.8. (Oamoru), £lO to Belgian fund ; Walter Bull (Anderson Bay), £5 to B.lgian fund; Otago Farm ora* Co-operative Association, £7 12s fcd, proceeds of sale of sheep donated bv Mr P. IT. Maclean (Waimum) and Messrs P. Callanan and Sons | (Manuka Greek) to Bo'gium fund ; T. L. j Bigg, £5 14s, being fourth monthly con- j tr.bution for relief of local,, a stre.-« from employees Messrs Oh. ist e Bros.’ coal mines at Saddle Hili; Westport Coal Company, £I,OOO, to be divided between Ex-| ped.toaary Force and Britirii and Belgian] funds, £SOO to each j Otago Women's i Patriotic Association, £350, to be appo;-ti-oned as fallow-—Belg an leliof £220 and Brt'eh r lief £lso.—Rlcrived, ana donors to be thanked. I

The Patriotic Recruiting Committee wrote asking to bo affiliated as a subcommittee of the association.—The Mayor explained that the suggest on arose out of two depv.tatdos which had waited on him with reference to assisting the Defence Department in the matter of recruiting lie had mggested to the committee the advisability .of being affiliated with the c • t. ?.l ex cutive.— Mr Mitchell suggested that the matter be held over until later in tjio pitting, when a report from the Exi-ed.tionary Force Committee would come up for enne icteratkm.—When the Expeditionary Force Commttee's report came up for consideration Mr Mitchell reported what has already appeared in the newspapers with reference to recruiting. Colonel Robin, when approached, said that .Otago was being maligned in the matter of recruiting. Colonel Robin explained that the trouble arose through some 200 men having been sent to Auckland. The Colonel expressed himself as pleased with Otago’s response to the appeal for more men. Major Hickey had also been approached, and b*

was willing to do everything possible to assist, the citizens of Dunedin in their ellorte to promote recruiting, and had offered to pay for advertising, if such wore found to bo advisable.—On the motion of Mr Mitchell, seconded by His Worship the Mayor, it waa resolved that the Recruiting Committee bo constituted a sub-committee of the association, with representation on the executive. On tho motion of Mr John Roberts, C.IVLG., seconded by Mr G. L. Donni/ton, it was resolved to remit £3,000 to tho Belgian fund and £I,OOO to the British distress fund.

Tho Finance Committee recommended payment of a number of small account©.— Adopted.

Mr M. M’Allen referred to a case that had come under his notice recently where a young man employed in tho carpentry shop connected with Hillside Workshops had been notified that if he was desirous of joining the Expeditionary Forces he would require to resign his position in the railway service. Ho (Mr M'Allen) regretted the action of tne Government in this matter.—Mr Emery said that the Prim© Minister had stated clearly that the Public Service must be carried on.—The Mayor corroborated what Mr Emery had said. Personally lie thought sametiling should be done.—The matter was, however, allowed to drop, Mr J. Haymes intimating that the subject matter of Mr M‘Allen’s complaint would be brought liefore the Recruiting Committee. Mr J. A. Johnfitohe reported as follows —“ I have now to report that the Public. Appeal Committee have concluded their series of seven country patriotic meetings |p raise funds for the British-Belgian relief fund, the net result of which is as follows:—Mosgiel £3BO, Clinton £360, Balclutha £441, Milton £454, Kaitangata £lB7, Lawrence £312, Palmerston £593 10s; a total of £2,527 10s. After the Milton meeting Mr Chas. King (the .Mayor of that town) arranged for similar gatherings, which he hiraseif addressed, at Lovell’s Flat and Glenore, with tho result that at the former place rather more than £IOO was promised, and at the latter over £3O- The total raised at the country meetings, therefore, has now reached the satisfactory total of £2,657 10s. Mr King has still to visit the miners at the AVaronui coal pits, where, doubtless as at Kaitangata, a fair amount will be raised, for miners everywhere are of all the working classes probably the most generous, The meeting held in the Garrison Hall on Wednesday night last in aid of the Belgian fund realised £1,643 10s. Included in this total were 139 written promises, the larger amounta of which were made up as follows :—One of £IOO, ten of £SO each, thirteen of £25, three of £2O, two of £lO 10a, ten of £lO, four of £5 ss, and twenty-eight of £5. Tho result of the foregoing meetings, together with the amount collected on Trafalgar Day (£3,800), makes the grand total of £B,lOl. A,, a result of the Country Organisation Committee’s work a total of £1,321 has been sent in from country branches of this association and other country sources, and no doubt considerable further amounts will yet como in.”— Adopted. The Chairman accordingly moved a resolution of thanks, which was unanimously adopted, to all those who had assisted in making the movement the pronounced success it had been.

Mr John Roberts, in seconding the motion, pointed out that Mr Johnstone had omitted to mention his own name. However, he would ask leave to move as a separate motion : “ That this executive desire to convey to Mr Johnstone their deepest thanks and appreciation of his efforts in connection with the Public Appeal Committee’s work." Mr Johnstone, said Mr Roberts, had not only been the organiser, but was the mainspring of the whole movement, and the i value of his services could not be estimated.—The Rev. R. S. Gray seconded the motion, and said that the exceedingly satisfactory response to the appeals was : largely due to Mi’ Johnstone's organisation; everything, indeed, had justified his confidence in the people of Otago.—Mr G. L. Denniston, as Belgian Consul, also added his quota of appreciation of Mr Johnstone’s efforts. The motion was carri»d by acclamaiio-. Rev. F. G. Cumming submitted the following rep:rt on lehaif o. tire Employment and Relief Committee:—To date 82 applications for relief have been considered. Relief amounting to £174 7s 3d has been granted, and 151 tons of coal distributed. To date £1,567 5s 6d has been paid in wages, and S8 men are employed on the various relief works as follows:—Leith wall —University section 20 | men, City Council section 12 men ; Ocean i Jiiive, 23 men: Flagstaff afforestation, 9 I men; Portobello Road Board. 8 men; Unitv Gtouml. 11 men; Wallace street road-formins, 15 men ; total, 98 men. Mr Gumming raid that he had hoped to be able to report that 30 or 40 men had been put on the Leith wall work instead of 12. There was no icason that lie knew of why this number should not be increased as riio dave go by. He also stated that a letter had bean sent to every sin lc ni<ni wliotsf nrnc on tn*2 committee’s books, aovising th r m that it was no use tlmr staying in town in anticipation of obtaining work, ns none could be found f< rth in.—Mr Hnr.lett asked the reason of the Leith wall wo k being started at th’ top end.—His Wo ship eaid that the Harbor Board had not y t approved of the places fo" the lower end. so he had given instructions for a atari to be made, so as to get the men at work. —Mr Fenwick pointed out that if a hood should come now the position would be worse D-an in the crs" of the former flood.—Mi J H. Walker said that the Mayor woe m e; 1-or in fiat t)g that the plans had not been approved. They had been passed, and were now in the -ffio ■ of the board.'IV Town Cli”k said that an agreement had vet to he signed by the board, and uvit. 1 ” this was ddne iho work could not he commenced at the, lower end. The Mayor said that if «!»• plans were agreed in he would *ec that the city engineer went on with the vork. Mr John Roberts gave notice that ho would move at the next meeting o! the ev-'ciitive—“ Tint an inner executive committee, consisting of His Worship the the two hon. treasurers, and the five chairmen of sub-committees, be formed doul with nil matters connected with the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare A-Miciatiun, uilh imtmctious to call a 1 necessary meetings, to carry on the t\orv of the association. and 1.0 call, the cxccntivo as a whole together only when lenuired.” _ The Expeditionary Force Committee (per Mr Mitchell) reported having interviewed Colonel Robin, who anticipated no difficulty in getting the required number of M iss Jean A. Burt, on behalf of the Otago Women's Patriotic Association, in a cheque lor £350. stnten that this sum was additional to the £6OO already forwarded some weeks ago. fehc suggested the amount he apportioned as follows :—£22o to Belgian fund and £l3O to British fund. £SO had been received from the Port Chalmers branch of the association, specially for the Belgian fund. One subscriber was desirous that £ls 15s be spent for milk for babies and £4 for Christmas boxes, that sum having been donated by children for children. As regards the £l3O for British relief, subscribers to fund of £l2 15s desired this sum to be expended in milk for babies, whilst 2ps should he devoted to Christmas boxes.—On the motion of His Worship the Mayor, the amount was received with thanks, the wishes of the donors to be given effect to. Hie lion, treasurers reported that the receipts to date from all sources amounted to £37.402 14s lid. Of this, £10,797 14s Id had been disbursed, leaving a balance £26,605 0s lOd.

The local repairs staff of the New Zealand railways forward us 30s, being their eighth contribution to the local distress fund.

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