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REJOICINGS IN AUSTRALIA AND CANADA. A CHALLENGE TO FIGHT DECLINED. OTTAWA, December 10. There are great rejoicings throughout Canada over the result of the South' Atlantic battle. Official circles express satisfaction, as the Pacific trade routes were constantly endangered by the presence of the German cruisers in the Pacific. It has not been so far disclosed that during tho early months of tho war H.M.S. Rainbow sent a wireless message intimating that the Leipzig was in San Francisco Harbor. The Rainbow took up her position outside, and asked the Leipzig to come out and fight. The Leipzig’s captain had previously told American interviewers that he intended to dispose of the British warships in the North Pacific one by ono, but he refused the Canadian challenge. The Rainbow is an older boat, not so well armed as the Leipzig, and the latter had the advantage in speed. It is nnderstood that only the Bremen and tho Karlsruhe aro now in the South Atlantic. FLAGS FLYING, DRUMS BEATING. SYDNEY, December 10. Intense satisfaction is expressed in trade and official circles over tho destruction of the German Pacific squadron ensuring tho security of Australasian interests in tho Pacific* and the safety of tho despatch of troops. MELBOURNE, December 10. Joy prevails in naval circles at Admiral Sturdce’s victory, tempered by regret that the Australian fleet did not participate. The Navy Office officially states that after tho destruction of tho Good Hope and Monmouth tho Admiralty despatched a strong squadron from European waters to deal with tho German ships. This fleet has brilliantly avenged Admiral Cradock’s defeat. Unprecedented enthusiasm prevails, and flags are flying.

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THE NAVAL BATTLE., Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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THE NAVAL BATTLE. Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914