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FATE OF THE REBELS. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Serrioes.) CAPE TOWN, December 6. The 'Cape Argus' says : "The fate of the rebel leaders may bo left to the Government with perfect confidence that nothing will be done to encourage the impression that rebellion is regarded as a venial offence." PROHIBITION ON WOOL. LONDON, December 7. The Board of Trade announce that they will decline to remove the prohibition of the export of wool and woollen goods for at least two months, but it is permissible to export cashmere in any form, shoddy containing more than one-third cotton, black cloth, and patterned faucy cloth (except underclothing). THE HOME NEW ZEALAND CONTINGENT MAY BE SENT TO EGYPT. (London ' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 6. The Homo New Zealand contingent camped on Salisbury Plain is mechanically perfect in ordinary drill, and is revelling in special courses of training. It is under orders to be ready to move at any time. It is believed to be going to Egypt. INSURANCE COMPANIES HARD HIT. AMSTERDAM, December 7. During the last three weeks German insurance companies have paid 15,000,000 marks (£750,000) to the widows of men killed upon policies upon which only one instalment had been paid. A STRANDED WARSHIP OFF THE CALIFORNIAN COAST. SANTIAGO DE CHILE, December 6. A four-funnelled warship, nationality unknown, is reported stranded off the Californian coast. The life-savers are standing by. The fighting tops of the vessel are visible. It is stated that the weather prevents work by the life-savers. TEE BELGIAN RELIEF FUND. THANKS AND APPRECIATION. The following communications have been received by the Mayor (Mr J. B. Shacklock) : London, October 26. Sir, —I have the honor to acknowledge, with many thanks, the receipt on the Bth instant, through the Bank of New Zealand, of a remittance of one thousand pounds |£1,000) for the relief of the Belgian poor. I need not say that I had great pleasure in handing this sum to His Excellency Count de Lalaing, the Belgian Minister, and herewith I enclose copy of the grateful reply of His Excellency, together with the formal receipt for the amount. 1 may add that the Press here were duly notified by me of this most generous help from Dunedin.—l am, etc., Tnos. Mackenzie. Belgian Legation, 15 West Halkin street, Belgrave square, London. S.W., October 13, 1914. The Hon. Thos. Mackenzie. Dear sir,—l am in receipt of your lettor of the 9th instant, enclosing £I,OOO from New Zealand, transmitted through the Mayor of Dunedin, and I hasten to ask you to convey to all kind contributors my very sincere thanks for so generous a gift. I can assure you such tokens of sympathy are most touching, coming, as they do, from so distant a part of the world, and are a means of greatly alleviating the distress among my suffering countrymen in this hour of trial. Belgium will never forget the help that she has received from all parts of the British Empire.—l am, etc., (Signed) Lalaing, Belgian Minister.

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IN SOUTH AFRICA., Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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IN SOUTH AFRICA. Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914