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OF GERMAN . RETREAT FROM WEST FLANDERS. TROOPS GOING EAST. Pre**' Association—By Telegraph.—Copyright. PARIS. December 3. It is understood that on Sunday the Germans evacuated several villages behind Dixmude and Avecapclle, on the Bocclaewe* line. Large stores of ammunition, also wounded, have been removed from Thielt, Doynze, Rollers eastwards. A desultory and aimless bombardment of the Allies" lines continues, but it is feebler. There is no indication of a renewal of the infantry attack, which it •was thought the "bombardment foreshadowed. German efforts to prevent the leanage of news from Belgium to Holland are more stringent, and the frontier patrols have been increased. Fresh reports state that an eastward movement of troops is in full swing.

[Avecapello is in the extreme western corner of Flanders, on the railway line \>etween Dixmude :m<l Dunkirk, close to Fumes.]



PARIS. December 3

Official : In Belgium there has been a violent bombardment of Laiupernisse, westward of Dixmude.

In tho Argonne the enemy have Mown up the salient north-west of the wood of Lasmirio. On the whole wo are strengthening and developing our progress on that part of the front. In Alsace our troops have taken Aspach-lo-has, south-west of Thanii. On the rest of the front there- is nothing to report. BRITISH TROOPS PROFITED BY LULL. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun" Services.) LONDON'. December 2. 'Tho Times'?' military correspondent says : " The British army now occupies a "thorn contracted and more secure position than that which it defended with Buch conspiciiona heroism in tho severest battles." AN ADVANCE IMPLIED. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON. December 2. When the Worcesters left the trenches for the advance one stuck the following notice on a wooden hut : " This undesirable residence to let; owner going to Potsdam; gravel soil; lovely view." IN HOLLAND. OUR INTERNED NAVALS STILL HOPING FOR ACTION. {London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON. December 2. ■ Commodore HeuJcrson, commanding the naval men who have been interned in Holland, writes : " It was crushing bad luck being rim out bo early in our innings; but wo refuse to be downhearted. At tho hack of our minds all •cherish a firm conviction that sonio turn -will come which will release us before the war ends. Wo must have, revenge for ''"Antwerp." Commodore Henderson meni ions that the interned naval men are busy knitting warm garments ami in other occupations. - VON MOLTKE RETURNING TO DUTY. (Londoa 'Times' and Sydney 'Sua.' Services.) LONDON, December 2. Amsterdam reports that General Von ; Moltko has recovered, and is returning .to the front. TROOPS NEED ENCOURAGEMENT. ROME, December 3. Advices from Berlin state that the " Kaiser has intimated that Count Von Moltke's return to the front, even if he is nnablo to ■ undertake any work, 13 netessary to inspire confidence in the troops. IN THE NORTH SEA. PRECAUTIONS AGAINST TREACHERY. LONDON. December 3. ' The ' Daily Telegraph states that the Admiralty has forbidden Grimsby traw- , lera to employ aliens. Fifteen hundred men, chiefly Norwegians, Danes, and * Swedes, are affected. Aliens among the craws of oil steamers attached to the. Admiralty's mercantile fleet auxiliary have also been discharged.

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PERSISTENT RUMORS, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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PERSISTENT RUMORS Issue 15667, 4 December 1914

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