AT ISOLATED PLACES
ON WESTERN FRONT.
PARIS, December 3. (Received Docember 4, at 8.50 a.m.)
A communique states: The enemy directed a lively cannonade upon Nieuport and to the south of Ypres. There was a violent bombardment of Aix-Noulette, to the west of Lens (between Arras and La Bassee). We repulsed several attacks in the Argonne and made slight progress. The German artillery is activo m the, Woovre. WAR CORRESPONDENTS.
OFFICIAL STRINGENCY RELAXED
(London "Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Serrioes.)
LONDON, December 3,
The Press Bureau states that British pressmen are to be given permission to visit the front.
ON YPRES-ARMENTTERES LINE
(London ' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.)
LONDON, December 3,
A Press correspondent, who was officiallv conducted along th eallied lines, states that the Allies' losses in killed and wounded in the battles totalled 80,000, while tho German losses were 120,000. Tho correspondent visited Ypres while it was still under shell-lire, and he gives a Vivid account. Of the ruined and deserted .'treets. Amongst many other devastated buildings the catfvodval of St. Martin is a mass of ruins.
FRENCH AND GERMANS
CLOSE NEIGHBORS IN WOEVRE
NEUTRAL WORKING AGREEMENT. (London ' Tirue3 ' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.)
LONDON, December 3. A correspondent, describing the conditions round the Woevre district, says that the advanced trenches are- sometimes only 30 yards apart. A certain amount of fcmiiiarity and good fellowship has grown up in the" opposing ranks. In some places tEev have agreed upon fixed " close" times daily for meals and when drawing water for washing, when no shooting is allowed.
The soldiers roll up German or French papers, as the case may be, and toss them between the trenches. The French love to play little tricks. A corporal stole out in the darkness and placed a gramophone near the Gorman trenches, playing Ihe 'Marseillaise,' which caused a wild fusillade. The Frenchmen, safe m their shelters, enjoyed. the joke A cook, carrying two pots of soup, stumbled on a German trench. Placing the soup on the ground he knocked down two Germans, picked up his pots, and ran for his life. lie was made tho target for a few shots, but escaped.
NEW AND UNTRIED
GERMAN RECRUITS AND RIFLES.
(London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun* Service.)
LONDON, December 3. Another correspondent says that for tho assistance of aviators ingenious methods of signalling have been adopted. The hands of church clocks, tho bells in their towers, linen spread' on the ground, lighted windows, and open or closed shutters are amongst the ruses employed. The German shell cases picked up at the commencement of the war were dated 1903-07; now they are dated 1913-14. Many new rifles have been captured from which no shot has been fired, indicating that they had been token from the hands of untrained recruits. A BOLD AIRMAN BOMBS KRUPPS' WORKS. DAMAGE "UNKNOWN. j THE HAGUE, December 3. (Received December 4, at 8.50 a.m.) It is rumored in Berlin that an airman flew over Krupps' works at Essen on Wednesday, and dropped bombs on the cannon-hall. The damage done Is not known. The airman escaped. FAMOUS FRENCH AVIATOR KILLED AT THE FRONT. PARTS, December 3. (Received December 4, at 8.50 a.m.) The French aviator Maro Poirpre, famous for his Cairo to Khartoum flight, was kdWd while reconnoitring in the Somme district. THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR. NARROWESCAPE FROM BRITISH GUN FIRE. COPENHAGEN, December 3, (Received December 4, at 8.60 a.m.) A messago from Berlin states that during a recent visit to the west front Herr Von (Bethmann Hollweg had a narrow etcape. A British aeroplane located the German headquarters, and a British battery destroyed a room which Hollweg had just vacated. Their fire killed two men on tho very spot on which he had pre,yiou4x bMQ standing.
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GERMAN GUNS., Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914