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FRANCO-BELGIAN FRONT.

ALLIES TAKE OFFENSIVE

ALONG WHOLE LINE.

PARIS, December 7. (Received December 8, at 9.25 a.m.)

A communique states: We attacked a few trenches on the left bank of the Yser which were still in the enemy's hands.

The superiority of our offensive on the Armentieres-Arras line, on the Oise, and the Aisne, and in the Argonne has gained. Our heavy artillery showed to marked a<h-antage in the Champagne district. ALLIES' AIRMEN. TRIBUTE TO SUPERIORITY. LONDON, December 7. (Received December 8, at 9 a.m.) Owing to the activity of the Allies' airmen in Belgium, the Germans are employing a fleet of armored motor cars equipped with anti-aircraft guns. A GALLANT BAND OF ISOLATED~FRENCHMEN HARASS ENEMY'S COMMUNICATIONS. PARIS. December 7. (Received December 8, at 9 a.m.) The 'Figaro' prints the story of the successful exploits o! a. band o£ I'tenchmcn. Late in August about 150 French soldiers and their officers wexo cut oil, and got behind the German lines. The/ succeeded in reaching the forests of Luxemburg. The little armv secured 17,000 cartridges on the battlefield, and have since defied all efforts, of the Germans to capture them. Working in small parties, the little band have directed all their energies to a systematic harassing of the Germans. In the gloom of the evenings they wreck bridges and railways, intercept Staff officers, destroy provisions, and otherwise worry the enemy. THE KING IN FRANCE. SAW ALL OUR TROOPS. LONDON, December 7. (Received December 8, at 9 a.m.) Official: His Majesty King George during his visit to the front saw practically all the British troops. He visited the headquarters of all the army corps and divisional commanders, and inspected the different departments at headquarters, as well as many of the hospitals. AN ARMY IN MAKING. KIPLING'S APPRECIATION. LONDON. Decembor 7. (Received December 8, at 9.10 a.m.) Rudyard Kipling is publishing a series of (sketches in the 'Daily Telegraph' upon the training of Kitchener's armies. Ho is of opinion that the men are passionately in earnest to learn soldiering. They are extremely well fed. and are overcoming every 'handicap by good-will, humor, self-eacritice, and common sense. RAILWAY MEN'S DEMAND. THEIR PATRIOTISM DEFENDED. LONDON, December 7. (Received December 8, at 9 a.m.) Mr J. H. Thomas, M.P., referring to the railway men's demand for a 5s weekly rise all round,, denied that the railway men would seize the opportunity to forco on their programme. \Vorking men realised and were prepared to tJiare their country's danger. [Mr Thomas, Labor member for Derby, is the recognised spokesman for the railway men in Parliament.] IRELAND AND THE WAR. LOYAL JOHN REDMOND. LONDON, December 7. (Received December 8, at 9 a.m.) Mr John Redmond, M.P., speaking at Tuam, said that there -were 89,000 Irishmen in the armv when war broke out, and 54,000 had since enlisted, apart from the Irishmen in the Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand contingents. Ireland had made a treaty of peace with England, the breaking of which would mean eternal disgrace. Yet there were men insane and wicked enough to advocate tearing up a solemn undertaking between democracies. NEAR STARVATION. THE BELGIAN POPULACE. LONDON, December 7. (Received December 8, at 9 a.m-) The Belgian Relief Commission state that practically all Belgium is dependent on the Commission for bread.

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FRANCO-BELGIAN FRONT., Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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FRANCO-BELGIAN FRONT. Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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