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| An Amsterdam paper states that heavy forces of Germans have been sent to Ypres to make a supremo attaok. A groat battle is raging. The Cer/nans at Ghent are sending continued requests for reinforcements. Courtrai is a vast but inadequate German hospital. A wounded British Grenadier officer says that at Ypres 15,000 Cuards had to hold their position, until reinforcements came, against 76,000 Germans. At the end only 2,500 wero left of the British division. Obstinate fighting continues In Poland, with Russia more than holding her own. Since November u the Russians have taken 50,000 men and 600 officers (Austrian) prisoners. The presldont of the Carnegie Institute at Pittsburg, in reply to the German professors' manifesto, says: " We can only execrate your Emperor, who is responsible for this bloody and unspeakable conflict." THE GURKHAS. SILENT WARRIORS AND GRIM HUMORISTS. Frew AMOciation—By Telegraph—Copyright PARIS, December 1. (Received December 2, at 12.40 p.m.) The latest Gurkha exploit secured Dixmnde. For several days the British had been unable to dislodge a body of Germans, who were apparently heavily _ reinforced. A regiment of Gurkhas arrived and entrenched next to the British. Towards midnight the British officers noticed that a majority of tho Indians disappeared, and it was assumed that they had been drafted to another part of the lino. At dawn, however, it was noticed that they were back at their posts. The majority of them had their left arms and hands bandaged. Tho British did not think of asking the Gurkhas for an explanation, but they detected a curious silence in tho Gorman trenches. They feared a trap, but decided to risk an attack. Two Midland regiments charged and took the trenches without opposition. They found the guns in position, but only a- row of dead Germans within. The Gurkhas had evidently seized tho Germans' bayonets in their left hands while they knifed tho enemy with their right. TO BE SENT BACK TO SAMOA. [Per United Pkbss Association.] WELLINGTON, December 2. At the request of Colonel Logan, tho military authorities are sending back to Samoa' the man Gaudin, who was recently arrested at Auckland on suspicion of attempting to convey correspondence to the enemy's subjeote. THE REINFORCEMENTS. OVER-LOOKED BY THE PUBLIC. [Peb. United Press Association.^ WELLINGTON, December 2. | L"p to the present the second reinforeemonts, now encamped at Trentham, have received little or nothing from the public in tho way of gifts for use on the long voyage Home, the total donations up to date comprising only one piano from a. resident of Wellington and ono ton of literature from the Wellington Boy Scouts. The men feel sore at having been so overlooked, especially as all Jdnd.s of j*ifts wero showered upon tho main force. Gifts of two more pianos will bo specially welcomed by the men, also gramophones and records, "literature, cases ol fruit, tinned and dried fruits, cakes, etc All gifts ahould Ire addressed " .Second Reinforcement, care of Major Potter, camp commandant, Trentham." As the force comprise over 2.C00 men, it is hoped there will bo a- general and prompt response by the' public and the patriotic committees. A BROKEN LEG. WELLINGTON, December 2. A wireless message from Samoa states that Colonel C. Harcourt Turner, of Wellington, commanding the infantry there, broke his- leg yesterday in a 'buggy accident. 'THE MESSIAH.' The above oratorio will be given in tho Garrison Hall this evening under the auspices of the Church Choirs' Union, and the proceeds aro to bo devoted to the patriotic fund. Tho members of the union nave been practising assiduously, and as tho soloists havo been judiciously selected a good rendering ofJ ' The Messiah' may be anticipated. OUNEOIN WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION. Word was received by wire this morning just before 10 o'clock that the cases of goods got together by the women of Otago for the distressed Britons and Belgians could be forwarded by steamer today. These cases, to th-s number of 140, had been lying in store for tw<> weeks awaiting instructions, and those interested in the matter in Duncdin consider that they were certainly entitled to a little longer notice from the floYEWnienj, department in ' Wellington. Th<> vessel waa duo to sail at 2 p.m., and the packages, some of which measured half a, ton each, had to bo got, aboard the train leaving for Port Chalmers at midday. The consequence was that only some 60 cases could bo slapped. Had tho telegram been despatched yesterday afternoon, instead of practically at the eleventh hour, it would have made all the difference : every case would havo been shipped. Th<* tadv-6 wish it- known no parcels for the relief oi distressed Britons and Belgians will be i-eceived after Thursday, December 5, until the first week in February. The Counters of Liverpool has wired that tho Queen Mary caseg-were to have Wellington yeeterdjy for London. 'Jlieac contained 1,000 p.ii'rs jrieks and 1,000 woven belts fioni tliA wo.ncn. of Otago. Tho committee hup--- to wild another 1,000 belts within a week or two. Workers will bo very welcome .-it tho Early Settlers' Hall every "day thin v<<ok. UoUbtlh, handkerchiefs ," etc., for tho Expeditionary Force aro being made, and the committee would bo glad of any number of helpers. Tho following monetary donations have been received :—Joyce Collet t and Tior dog (Belgian fund), £2 *!* 4d : Mrs Emma Jen. . nings, ss: George Harper. 2s 6d. Smokers' fund: S.F..S. (Port Chalmers), £1 3s; Mrs Mnngo Watson, 4s; Nouj smoker, 2s 6d. Cardigan jackets: Anon., 5s 5 Mrs Woodhonse, ss. We have received from the employees of the Woodhaugh Paper Mills their contribution (£2 15s) for the Belgian fund.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE., Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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LATEST FROM EUROPE. Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914