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THE KING’S VISIT., Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
THE KING’S VISIT.
LORD KITCHENER IN FRANCK. a notabliToatti bring. PARIS, December 3. King George's visit to the army is proving most interesting, and will possibly be prolonged for some days. PARIS, December 4. King George. M. Poincaro (President), King Albert of Belgium, Earl Kitchener, and General French met near Ypres, and proceeded to the British lines. King George addressed the troops, and congratulated and encouraced them. The Prince of Wales was also oresenfc at the meeting, which was of the simplest and most informal nature. General Joffre travelled specially from the eastern frontier of France lo the rendezvous, which was a place nearest to the lines of the throe armies. King George inspected the British troops at Barllenl and Armentieres. Ho visited the trenches, with their bomb-proof shelters, and conversed with the officers during a desultory German cannonade. His Majesty expressed admiration for the fighting qualities of the armies, and was accorded an enthusiastic reception from the troops. THE PRINCE OP WALES. LONDON, December 4. A military correspondent, describing the way in which the Prince of Wales is carrying out his duties, mentions that keenness, modesty, _ and _ energy are conspicuous , among his qualities. He has been under fire, and visited the trenches, including those of the Indians. A more zealous and indefatigable officer .with I fin Size’s tro^i
“FIELD FORTRESSES.” . WHAT THE SAPPERS HAVE DONE. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, December 3. ‘The Times’ correspondent in tho north of France says s “ Tho sappers have become tho big meii of the war. The whole 350 miles on tho front from the Ysor to tho Argonne is one fortress. Tho sapper i,s too busy even to swear. Unless he has left the base to control trains he carries a rifle, which he seldom uses, preferring bombs end hand-grenades. He sleeps in the daytime and works all night. It is a stealthy, creepy job—repairing entanglements, blowing up buildings. Mining is little used, because water is struck at a depth of a few feet.” Another correspondent says : “ Owing to the closeness of the trenches in tho Argonne, each side refrains from firing. The sentinels stand in full view of each ether, and each could kill tho other, bnt recognises the rules of tho game and confines Imnself to watching. When news discomforting to tho Germans reaches the French they shout to tho enemy, following tho announcement with the singing of the ' Marseillaise.’ Where the trenches are too far apart dogs are employed as messengers.” INTERNED BELGIANS RIOT IN DUTCH CAMP. GUARDS WERE NOT HASTY. AMSTERDAM, December 4. There were 12,000 Belgian soldiers interned at Zeist (near Utrecht, in the centre of Holland). The unrest was largely due to a refusal to admit relatives and other visitors except during prescribed hours. When some visitors were turned away a number of excited Belgians assaulted the guards, who gave six warnings before volleying in the air and then in earnest. The majority of those shot were severely and some critically wounded. TROUBLE IN ENGLAND. AN INDISCREET" FRENCHMAN. LONDON, December 3. A Frenchman confined in the Lancaster concentration camp for alien enemies, cm proving his nationality, received Ids discharge' He was about to leave to join the French army, when an indiscreet declaration of his intentions roused the fury of his fe’low-prisoneis, who wounded han on the head. A thousand highly-excited prisoners, armed with bricks n.l stones, rushed towards the outer gale, but tho soldiers, with fixed bayonets, charging at (he double, drove the rioters to the barrackrooms, A few were wounded, and se.yoial of the ringleaders were placed in solitary confinement. LORD KITCHENERS VIEWS. AMERICAN INTERVIEWER AGAIN. NEW YORK, December 5. Mr Irwin Cobb (an Ameiican journalist) states that lie recently interviewed Earl Kitchener, who considered that it would probably require three years to defeat the Germans. Lord Kitchener added: “We are prepared and determined to continue until victory has been won. The war will only end when Germany has been defeated on land and sea. The German campaign m the west is already a failure, which becomes mure pronounced as time pnsecs. When an invading army ceases to invade it merelv wastes its strength, ospecialh when, like the Germans. It has passed from its maximum strength and efficiency The soldier who judges the behaviour of the civil })Ooulation and inflicts punishment sea.-es to be a soldier, and becomes cin executioner. ’
THE KING’S VISIT., Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
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