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DEFENCE PLANS ADEQUATE. ROME, December 6. The correspondent of 'II Mattino* interviewed General Maxwell, commanding in Egypt, who stated that everything was ready for the defence of that country. 'There was no lack of troops. Australasian contingent. red tape~at home over egyptian"dlsembarkation. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun* Serrioes.) LONDON, December 4. Amusement was caused pmong the Australians in London by the suppression, of hi formation regarding the arrival of the troops m Egypt. Anxious relatives besieged the officials, who wore instructed to remain dumb, and protested ignorance. Suddenly tho wife of an officer burst in arid informed everybody that her husband had cabled to her that the troops had disembarked in Egypt. Tho New Zealand war contingent fund now amounts to £6,000. One-sixth of the amount is being spent in an artistic souvenir in the form of Christmas cards, which are being addiessed individually to the troops in Egypt. Twelve bags of letters for the New Zealanders have also been forwarded to Egvpt. The 'Pall Mall Gazette' says that the Commonwealth has already * reached a f-pecial glory of its own in the war, which is ret only in its beginning. In the New Zealanders a* well a* the Australians the Mother Land is proudly confident and proudly grateful. DE WET IMPRISONED IN A FORT. PRETORIA, December 5. De Wet and 11 of his followers have been Iwucd in a fort at Johannesburg. Hostile demonstrations were made against bim both in Mafeking and Johannesburg. GERMAN ROMANCE. PRETORIA, December 6. Official: The Germans in South-west Africa are disseminating news among the troops to the effect that the Russian fleet has been destroyed off Kronstadt, that in a great battle off Heligoland five British battleships were destroyed, and that the Emden is blockading the Suez Canal.

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EGYPT., Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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EGYPT. Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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