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GERMANY STRATEGY. LEFT WING EMPLOY El) TO THREATEN WARSAW. PETRfiGRAD, 0000111130? '9. With the assist once of fresh army corps • and cavahy divisions fromTlnrn the Germans are largely extending their operations on the Vistula. W lie maintaining their attack in the centre they are attempting to cut the railway communications behind Warsaw by means of a raid from yiava, whither they made a rapid and secret transfer of troops. Official: The fighting in the Mlava region is less stubborn. Jnder cover of darkness the Germ.'ns on the 7th Inst, made repeated attacks in compact columns on the lloff-Glovno front. Wo decimated the enemy by means of searchlights. The Germans unsuccessfully renewed desperate fighting on the Bth* inst. «n, the Lowicz-Iloffi front.

Fighting continues in the Piotrkow region, in which each has alternately taken tho offensive. South of Cracow two attempts to pierce onr front were repulsed with heavy loss. LODZ EVACUATION. a quiet’affair. PETROGRAD, December 10. An official statement denies the German report of heavy Russian losses at Lodz. It states that the Russians abandoned Lodz at midnight on the 6th inst. The Germans remained inactive before the empty trenches until next day, when they occupied them, THE KAISER’S COLD. AMSTERDAM. December 10. The Kaiser caught a chill during a secret visit to the Emperor Franz .Josef of Austria. He refused to take precautions, but secretly returned to Berlin at midnight on Thursday. SERVIA’S CAMPAIGN. TOE AUSTRIANS SURPRISED. NISH, December 10. The Servians had been forced to retreat further than they planned The Austrians, elated at this fact, time- a large force against the Servians’ left wing, which again fell back. Tho Austrians attempted to work down the Golijskamorava Valley towards Kruse vac. Mca-nwhilc the Servians, bolding the lino from Nacak to Belgrade, decided to evacuate Belgrade and concentrate on a shorter front. While tho Austrians were rejoicing over a bloodless victory, the Servians carried out an attack on the Austrian right, flhvdng hack two armv corps. The Servians on December 8 recaptured Valievo. A BIG CLAIM. ATHENS, December 9. Prince Alexander, heir-apparont of Servia, telegraphing from Kragnjcvatz, save : “ Fresh disaster for tho Austrians. We captured 20.000 prisoners and 50 cannon.” ON THE PERSIAN GULF. INDIAN TROOPS’ SUCCESS. LONDON. December 10. Official: 110 th Mahrattas, assisted by an armed steamer, on December 5 drove the enemy across the Tigris opposite Knrnah with heavy loss. They also captured two guns. Another force from Basia, under General Try, captured Maseru, opposite Kurnah, on the 7th inst., and they cleared the left bank of the Tigris and captured three guns. The combined British forces crossed the river on the Bth. and occupied Kurnah on the 9th. One British officer was killed arid three wounded; 40 Indians were ki’led and 120 wounded. Tho British have now complete control from the Tigris and Euphrates to the sea and the richest part of the fertile delta. AH LEIFS CASE. LONDON, December 10. The Press Bureau says that Herr Ahler’s conviction for high treason is subject to appeal. If the conviction is confirmed the Home Secretarv will consider the advisability of substituting penal servitude for the death sentence. KIAO-GHAU-ITS RESTITUTION DOUBTFUL. TOKTO, December 10. In the Japanese Diet the Opposition asked Baron Kato whether the Government were pledged to return Kiao-Chau to China. Baron Kato replied that the future of Kiao-Chau was not settled, nor had Japan committed herself to any foreign Power on this point. The restitution of KiaoChau after the campaign was not mentioned in the ultimatum. COMPULSORY SERVICE. WILL IT BE~NECESSARY? LONDON, December 10. The Earl of Selborne, in a letter to the newspapers, urges the Government to institute an immediate inquiry into what men can bo called to the colors to obviate delay if compulsory service proves necessary to end the war, as was tho case in America in 1853. BROKEN HILL, AND GERMAN* INTERESTS. MELBOURNE, December 10. Mr Hughes (Federal Attorney-General) states that beyond all question German capital and influence have monopolised the base metal industry in Australia. The profits upon a turnover of £200,090,000 have found their way through various channels into the pockets of German financiers. Common sense, self-interest, and patriotism impelled them to end this state of affairs.

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IN POLAND., Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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IN POLAND. Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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