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POSITION SAFE. METZ COMMUNTC VTIOXS THREATENED. LOXDOX, December 5. A * Daily Chronicle ' correspondent who visited the Vertl'in area disposes of the f?erir»n claims that that fortress is besieged, and that some of tho forts have been taken. Tho Germans, ho says, are not within 20 miles.- Tho communications aro intact The Germans have still to touch the Meuse at St. Mihiel, and their communications with Metz are precarious. The French are steadily progressing to the north of Verdun, anil aro excellently equipped for a winter campaign. The correspondent declares that for the present all danger in tho eastern frontier of Franco is past. IX LORRAINE. GERMAN PREPARATIONS FOR RETREAT OR DEFENCE. PARIS, December 5. Correspondents at Nancy emphasise the /act that there are signs of a possible German retreat from Lorraine. The Germans are constructing a huge entrenched camp between Blamont and Saarburg, proving the fear of a possiblo early invasion. The bombardment of Amaville continues. and threatens tho lino of supplies from Metz to St. Mihiel and the Woevre. [The Woevre is the wooded district between tho upper waters of tho Meuse and the Moselle —i.e., between Metz and Verdun.] IX ALSACE. once more"to ALTKIRCH. VARIS, December 5. Officials We took 901 prisoners in the northern region on Wednesday, and progressed towards Altkirch, to-day. ENEMY FEAR INVASION. BERNE, Decembor 5. The well-informed Geneva newspaper ' La Suisse' states that guns have been mounted by the Germans at Colmar, and that parts of Mulhauscn have been mined; also that preparations have been made at Strassburg to Hood tho country westward and southward of the town.

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IN NORTH-EAST FRANCE., Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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IN NORTH-EAST FRANCE. Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914