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STILL A LULL. ENEMY BUSY RAFT-MAKING. BOULOGNE, December 7. There is little activity at the front, and a noteworthy decrease in wounded, though mnnv soldiers are in the hospitals, and particularly Indians, suffering from frostbitten hands and feet. The finer weather has enabled aviators to make reconnaissances, resulting in the Allies progressing between Dixmude and Ypres. The Germans at Thorout (East of DLxmnde) are cutting down the forest of Castelle, with the object of building bridges and rafts to cross the Yser floods. The German attempt to cross the flood waters at Pervyse resulted in the loss of eiaht machine guns mounted on rafts. The Belgians had only 40 killed and 17 wounded. FIGHT FOR A FERRY. FRENCH STORMING PARTY. LONDON, December 7. Four hundred French volunteers, including 100 Zouaves, made a night attack upon a ferryman's house at Poesele, commanding aii important bridge over the Yser Canal, which had been turned into a miniature fort.

The French crossed the bridge under a hail of fire from machine guns, and drove the Germans from the outer wails after a ferocious fight with bayonets and knives. The French then dashed in the doors, and with axes in hand engaged In hand-to-hand fighting on each floor. The- Germans were driven out, and those left surrendered.

FRENCH AMBUSHED. SPY IN T~BELFRY. LONDON, December 7. Details of the bombardment of Lamporaisse, west of Dixmude, show that 500 French soldiers were sleeping in a church •when a spy, hidden in the belfry, signalled to the Germans by means of a lamp. The Germans opened a violent bombardment, and the first volley killed a dozen of the sleeping Frenchmen. The church was soon in ruins. A few escaped unwounded. AEROPLANES v. ATRSHD?. BRITISH DESTROY LATTER. LONDON, December 7. A German airship loaded with explosives crossed the British lines near Lille. Three British aeroplanes appeared, won a superior altitude, and a single shell destroyed the airship. KING GEORGE. HONORS FOR-THE BRAVE. INDIANS RECEIVE V.C.s. LONDON, December 7. While at the front the King conferred the Order of Merit on Sir John French, decorated Kinc Albert with the Order of the Garter, and presented Victoria Crosses to Niiik Darwan and Sing Negi, of the Ist Battalion Garhwal Rifles, for valor on the battlefield, and also to a sepoy belonging to the Duke of Connaughts Baluchi*. FRENCH RECRUITS. (London ' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Service*.) LONDON, December 6. Tho French Government have ordered an immediate census, and 1916 recruits are to begin training in 1915. MONTENEGRO. FOUGHT TO A STANDSTILL. rETROGRAD, December 6. Kinc Nicholas has telegraphed to the 'Bourse Gazette' that a third of the Montenegrin army has fallen on the battlefield, her means are exhausted, and she would be grateful for assistance in money and kind. THE SERVIANS TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS, BUT CLAIM~V VICTORY. PETROGRAD, December 6. A telegram from Salonika states that the Servians have occupied strong positions in the mountains near Kragsoevatz ('')• An official message from Nish states that the Servians have repulsed the Austrian, capturing two generals, 2,500 men, and four complete batteries. It is denied that the seat of government has been transferred from Nish. [There are two towns of somewhat similar name to that mentioned above—Krushevatz and Kragujevatz—both to tho west of the river Morava, between Nish and the Danube.] WORN THREADBARE. BELGIAN NEUTRALITY AND GERMAN QUIBBLES. LONDON, December 7. The Press Bureau, replying to allegations that Great Britain contemplated forestalling Germany's invasion of Belgium, publishes »Sir E. Grey's despatch, dated April 7, 1913, which was communicated to the Belgian Government in consequence of similar rumors then in circulation. Sir Edward Grey then said that if Great Britain first violated Belgian neutrality it would giv« Germany justification for sending troops, and added : " So long as Belgian neutrality is not violated Great Britain will not send troops to Belgium." DISCLOSURE BY ITALY. AUSTRIA AND SERVIA. BREACH LONG~PREMEDITATED. ROME, December 6. Signor Oiolitti, in the Chamber of Deputies, disclosed that on August 9, 1913, Austria notified the Marqnis di San Giuliano that she proposed to send an ultimatum to Servia. Tho Note was substantially identical with that delivered in 1914. Austria invoked Italy to recognise a casus foederis involving military participation with Germany. The Marquis di San Giuliano replied that this would not be a defensive war, and the Triple Alliance treaty did not apply. He added that ho hoped Germany would exert her influence to dissuade Austria from so perilous an adventure. As a result Austria and Germany recognised that the Italian interpretation of the treaty was just. MORE TIMBER SEIZURES IX BALTIC SEA. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Servioes.) LONDON, December 6. Seven neutral ships laden with wood for Dutch ports were seized by German warships in the Baltic. SWISS NEUTRALITY. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Servioes.) LONDON, December 6. The fact that Swiss goods are reaching Canada through Germany raises the question of whether Switzerland is observing strict neutrality.

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IN FLANDERS., Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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IN FLANDERS. Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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