MELBOURNE, December 3.
Th,e Trime Minister (Mr Fisher - ), replying to criticism in the Federal House of Representatives on the leniency and generosity accorded to German prisoners from Rabaul, <=aid he mue-t Tegnrd the terms of the capitulation, which are causing comment. It appears that the occupying forces agreed to generous terms in order to avoid los 3 of life and damage to property from unknown mines; also owing to tho fact that the kiand was handed over as a concern, with £40.000 in the Treasury.
HERR DERNBURG'S MISSION.
GERMANY'S CAUSE MISUNDERSTOOD.
NEW YORK, December 3.
Herr Pevnbui',', an ex-Colonial Secretary for Germany, hi tlie course of an address here, said that, the war was stupid, unnecessary, and uncalled for. Germany's cause was misunderstood by her enemies—who were able to supply the United States fully with statements from their side of the* question —a.'ui therefore the AmericanOniian \olations were becoming strained, lie hoped, on the- redumption of business between tho two countries, they would find the same spirit of friendliness prevailing as before tho war. He believed .America would play tho part of mediator at tho close of the war. FOOD SUPPLIES. MELBOURNE, December 3. Wheat Is selling at 6s 3d to 6a 5d per bushel. Tho sotting aside of a fixed price has brought largo supplies' of stared grain on to ihe market. Tho Millowners' Association advanced tho prices of flour to £l3 10s, bran to £8 15s, and pollard to £9 per ton. ADELAIDE, December 3. Tho Grain and Fodder Board have agreed to release all seized wheat upon millers and wheat merchants undertaking that there will be no export without tho express sanction of tho board. SOUTH AMERICAN NEUTRALITY. WASHINGTON, December 3. The South American Republics ar© submitting to a pan-American union conference tho question of the us* of American waters by belligerents. Argentina, Chile, Uruguay," Peru, and Ecuador intend to propose* tho prevention of the use of such :watera hj all belluerenU, ' ,
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NEW GUINEA., Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914