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LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15666, 3 December 1914
LATEST FROM EUROPE.
Amsterdam advises that another big battle Is expected In the Yser region.
Petrograd advises that the great battle Is still undecided, and that the main features of the battle ring are unaltered. The Paris Press assert that the German aggressive movement In Poland is ended.
Servia Is In sore plight, and the Austrians have at last occupied her capital. King George and President Polnoare visited the British lines to* gether. British naval gunnery closes up Zeebrugge from doing further harm.
Germany is said to be making great preparations on land and sea for her next aggressive movement.
The German Press continue to waste their energies on stirring up rebellion In Ireland. There have been anti-German riots In Valparaiso, and troops had to be called out to quell the disorder. The United States Chief Secretary of State (Mr Bryan) has Informed the president of the Pittsburg Steel Works that if his company make submarines for the belligerents their export will be prohibited.
THE EXPEDITIONARY FORCES
LAND IN EGYPT,
TO DEFEND IT AND COMPLETE TRAINING.
[Pee United Press Association.]
WELLINGTON, December 3.
A telegram received by His Ex* cellency the Governor this morning from the Secretary of State for the Colonies authorises His Excellency to announce that the Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary Forces have been disembarked in Egypt to assist in the defence of that country, and also to complete their training there. When their training is completed, both the contingents will proceed direct to the front, to fight alongside other British troops.
ON THE YSER.
BIG BATTLE IMMINENT.
Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright
AMSTERDAM, December 2. (Received December 3, at 12.35 p.m.) A big battle is expected in the Yscr region, where many heavy French guns have arrived.
OUT OF DATE
BERLIN, December 2. (Received December 3, at 12.85 p.m.) The newspapers continue to publish articles inciting Ireland to rebellion.
THE PACIFIC RAIDERS.
CHILE AND NEUTRALITY
VALPARAISO, December 2. (Received December 3, at 12.35 p.m.)
Tho violation of neutrality has resulted in anti-German riots. Crowds stoned the German Consulate, German hanks, and tho German-owned tramcars. The troops were called out, and several civilians were wounded.
MUST NOT LEAVE COUNTRY,
WASHINGTON, December 2. (Received December 3, at 12.55 p.m.) oin'nc to the reports that the Bethlehem Steel Corporation are about to build a number of submarines for the belligerents, Mr Bryan has conferred with Mr Schwab, president of the corporation, pointing out that a breach of neutrality was therein involved. Mr Brvnii intimated that submarines, if built in the United States, would be prohibited from exportation to Jturope.
WARTA VISTULA BATTLE.
POSITION ROUND LODZ. GERMAN LINE TURNED.
PETRDGRAD, December 2 (Received December 3, at 1.25 p.m.)
Twelve German army corps are now involved in the Vistula struggle—five corps under General Von Mackensen, two corps from Fast Prussia under General Von Francois, and live corps under General Hindenburg. The latter launched two of his army corps, and, upon the Russians encircling them, three of Von Mnckcnsen’s corps forced the Russians to loosen their grip, imitating Napoleon at Leipzig when lie liberated Macdonald by hurling the Old Guard and Murat’s cavalry upon the enemy. Though the German line, was momentarily reconstituted, it has since been turned at Grovno (? Glovno). The Germans are apparently retreating under cover of a strong rearguard on Strykow (between Lodz and Lowtcz). V.C. HEROES. TWO PUBLIC SCHOOL BOYS. Press Association —By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, December 2. (Received December 3, at 1.35 p.m.) Driver Drain and Lance-corporal Fuller, who have been awarded Victoria Crosses, were both public school boys. The former was educated at Walthamstow and the latter at Swansea.
[Driver Drain, with Driver Luke (also awarded the V.C.). volunteered to save some guns at Le Gateau when tho Germans were only 100 yds away. Lancecorporal Fuller, of the 2nd Battalion of the Welsh Regiment, advanced 100 yds and carried Captain Haggard, mortally wounded, to cover under heavy- fire near Chevy.]
THE BELGIAN REFUGEES
Already there are 30,000 Belgian refugees in London. Of course, they are not all poor, although many of the formerly wealthy ones have lost all they had. One meets them continually in every street in batches, most of thorn very evidently family parties, and almost always wearing signs of mourning. One wishes one were able to speak their language well, so thalone might be able to take a little.of the strangeness off their unhappy situation. But they have come to a country which has, for'the most part, disdained to learn French. Perhaps that, too, may be altered in the future. But mostly everyone is trying to help these refugees in other ways. One worthy Englishman the other day, who did not know them language, insisted on escorting a Belgian gentleman and his family to their destination when thev disembarked from their steamer. He proudly succeeded in his task of safely shepherding them right up to the Salvation Army homes. Judge of his disappointment when he discovered that the partv he had in tenv were one of the wealthiest families in Belgium, and that they had already telegraphed for rooms at the’ Ritz Hotel,’ the most fashionable establishment in the whole of London, to which they imagined that their conductor was leading them ! —Occasional correspondant»
[Per Unitud Press Association.!
WELLINGTON, December 3,
His Excellency tho Governor has received the following message from the Secretary of State In France:—
The Belgians are engaged in a sharp action north of Arras. The enemy endeavored without success to come out of their trenches south of Blxsohoote. Between Bethune and Lens the French carried the chateau and part of Vermelles by assault, after a somewhat hot encounter.
The Russian headquarters report that the Russian offensive Is successful north of Lowicz. German reinforcements from Kallsz have been engaged via Losse, where desperate fighting took place. In the south a brigade of infantry, including the Prussian Guards, with five batteries, were dislodged, and forced back in disorderly retreat.
FIJIAN RESIDENTS VOLUNTEER.
[Per United Press Association.;
WELLINGTON, December 3. The Government of Fiji recently offered a European contingent of volunteers to the Imperial Government for service in Europe. The Imperial Government replied that they would he very pleased to accept the offer, and that the most suitable method of making use of tho force would be to have it included in the New Zealand contingent. At the request of the Imperial authorities the New Zealand Government have now accepted the Fijian volunteers for inclusion in tho reinforcement drafts for the front, Fiji bearing the cost. It is hoped that the Fijian contingent will arrive in time to accompany the third reinforcements. They will undergo preliminary instructions *at Trentham camp.
CLOTHING FOR THE BELGIANS,
[Per United Press Association.]
AUCKLAND, December 3,
A trainload of clotliing for the Belgian* was despatched fiom Auckland to-day to be shipped to Wellington for London. A large number of people witnessed the departure of the tiain. Speeches of commendation wore delivered by the Prime (Minister and Sir Joseph Ward. The train consisting of 14 carriages and a 120-ton engine, was profusely decorated with national flays. Mr Bums, Belgian Consul, stated that 637 cases of clothing were being sent away to-day, and 101 more cases were to follow. The very lowest value of tho clothing was £20,000.
THE MEN OF LONDON.
To the poor stranded refugees from Belgium wandering in the streets of London the sight of so many tens of thousands of men going about their business as if war had never been thought of must be perplexing indeed. They themselves have, many of them, lost every male member of their families between the ages of 18 and 40, and here to their astonished eyes are an apparently unending stream of ablebodied young men about their peaceful business. I often wonder what they must think of it. The fall of Antwerp, however, has greatly increased tho rate recruiting, and England can send millions yet.
LATEST FROM EUROPE., Issue 15666, 3 December 1914
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