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LATEST FROM EUROPE

The British losses In the naval battle off the Falkland islands were seven killed and four wounded. Paris reports steady progress, despite German attacks, along the Allies’ line. There Is no official confirmation or denial of the reported German submarine attack on Dover Harbor. A Buenos Ayres message reports that the Dresden was sunk along with the Numberg. “ Our boys ” are camped near the Great Pyramid of Cheaps. Their oamp presents a fine sight, and they have been warmly welcomed. A Paris paper states that the Crown Prince was summoned to the Kaiser’s bedside on Tuesday. Petrograd reports a substantial Russian success south of Cracow. Thousands of dead were left on the field. Servla's victory over the Austrians is further confirmed by the announcement that she has captured 20 more guns. IN FLANDERS. SOME RECENT FIGHTING. RECAPTURE OP~T J A?SCHENDAELK BRITISH NIGHT ATTACK. THE FRENCH AT THE FERRY. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, December 11. (Received December 12, at 1 p.m.) The ‘Daily Chronicle’ states that the recapture of Passchendaclo (between Ypres and Roulers) by the British was the result of a victorious" night attack. The village was strongly held by the enemy, and fortified with many trenches and entanglements. During the day the British artillery silenced the German .guns, and it was decided to make au attempt to storm the village immediately night fell. The infantry crept up to the entanglements and cut the wire, the high wind drowning the noise. The line stealthily advanced and lay prone while a scout crept out and found that the Germans were busy sapping 20yds distant. The final charge was aided by searchlights, and the British effected a complete surprise. The Germans in the first trench were bayoneted where thev were working, and trench after trench was stormed. The Germans made a last stand in the village, but were driven out. The German attempt to take the ferryman’s house on the Yscr was a terrible failure. Bavarian prisoners declared that they were ordered to recapture it or not to return. The French withheld their fire until the last moment. Then their artillery, machine guns, and rifles all tired together. The ground was strewn with human fragments. Barely 50 Bavarians survived, and they were taken prisoner. A GERMAN GENERAL ON CLOSE-RANGE FIGHTING. LONDON, December 11. (Received December 12, at- 2.10 p.m.) An American journalist has interviewed General Von Wild, ehief quartermaster of the German army in France, who said : “It had always been reckoned that in modern warfare fighting would take place at 800 yds to I,oooyds, instead of which, to the surprise of experts, it lias mostly occurred at from 75yds to 150 yds. With the modern ) cine rifles and machine guns it is ) ole to allow the enemy to approach to within a short distance, and then open a terrific and deadly fire. I consider that the greatest factor and the most important lesson of the war.” CLEARING FRANCE OF THE INVADER. JOB HALF DONE. PARIS. December 31. (Received December 12, at 2.10 p.m.) The journal ‘Eclair,’ comparing the situation before the battle of the Marne with that of to-day, says that it shows the Allies to have recovered half the territory once occupied by the Germans. OFF TO EGYPT. LONDON, December 11. (Received December 12, at 2.10 p.m.) The High Commissioner (Hon. T.'-Mac-keii?ie) accompanies Sir G. Reid, who leaves for Egypt to-morrow. A MARKED IMPROVEMENT. LONDON, December 11. (Received December 12. at 2.10 p.m.) The. Hague reports that Iho Kaiser this morning had markedly improved. His physicians allowed him to ait up lev a few hours. PORT CHALMERS. The Port people are naturally pleased that so many of their young men are responding to "the nation’s call in the hour of crisis, and this evening a public meeting is Icing held in the Foresters’ Hall to wish God-speed to the boys who are leaving on Monday to join the reinforcements. The fact (hat the community honor the men who are going to fight the nation’s enemies was very nicely illustrated last night by tho send-off given by Messrs Love Bros, to two of their men who are leaving for tho North on Monday. The firm's employees, to the number of about 50, assembled at tho Druids’ Hall, where the firm had provided all the factors of a pleasant evening. Mr R. C. Love presided, and was heartily supported by the other members of the firm and the employees in honoring the guests of the evening—Messrs David Love and Charles Knewstubb. In proposing “The Guests of the Evening” Mr Love said lie was proud to honor the fighters. The firm wore gratified that one of their employees, Mr F. Sykes, went away in the first reinforcements, and that two more were now going. Those young men deserved to be honored, and those who were staying behind wished them God-spc-od and a safe return. (Applause.) Responding to this toast, the fatners of the departing troopers said that no obstacles whatever had been placed in the way of the young men going to do their duty. The Mayor (Mr ±. Scollay) was also present, and" wished the young men God-speed in terms of warm approval of their action in going to the front. Mr Love, on behalf of the firm's employees, then presented the guests of tho evening with a wristlet watch each as a token of good-will and good wishes. In responding, Mr C. Knewstubb said that they were not looking forward to a holiday trip, but wanted to do a bit of the work that the other men in the field were doing. (Applause.) Mr Ernest W. Fca, who has been representing \V. Gregg and Co. in the North Island, and who is leaving on Monday morning to go into camp, was presented by his fellow employees with a wrist watch. His brother (Sergeant-major j. H. Fea) is already in Egypt.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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LATEST FROM EUROPE Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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