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FRANCO-BELGIAN FRONT.

GERMAN ARTILLERY

PLAYS SECOND FIDDLE.

Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright,

PARIS, December 12. Official: The enemy have completely evacuated the west bank of tho Yser Canal north of th« ferryman's house, recently occupied on the bank. Our batteries ■ilenced tho enemy's in the region of NampoeL. Our heavv artillery silenced the field batteries and" destroyed the howitzer battery in the region of the Aisne. Artillery duels- and infantry engagements at Pethes and Bois de la Gaurie, north-east of Vailly, resulted to our advaatag©* , ~ ~ * Our artillery destroyed a blockhouse, several trenches, and a heavy anti-aero-plane battery at Deuxnouds, west of Vig-neullea-les-Concliatel. British howitzers recently outranged the German artillery and silenced the batteries west of Lille. The Germans have withdrawn from positions sonth-wast of La Bassee, as tho result Of the capture- of Verm*'.!**. Stubborn resistance continues at Arras, \mt the French are progressing towards Douai and Cambrai. Every advance ia difficult., na tho Germans constantly leave men concealed in pits havstack.*, and trees, working machine 4?uns, or snipers willing to run miy risk for the sake of killing a few of Ihe enemy. ENEMY'S DECIDED FAILURES at dixmudFand YPRES. * PARIS. December 12. A fierce night skirmish took place on the 10th inst. in the ruins of Dixmude. The Germans advanced, shouting loudly for the purpose of concentrating attention upon themselves, while an enfilading movement in another direction was developing. Both attacks were repulsed with heavy slaughter. The Germans, bewildered by the darkness, fired at their own troops in the belief that they were French Infantry. . A very violent German attack in the region of Ypres was Tepubed. We retook a trench in the same region that had previously been reached by the Germans. THE GERMAN SIDE. SMALL SUCCESSES CLAIMED. AMSTERDAM, December 13. An official message from Berlin claims that the French attack eastward of Langemarck was repulsed, and 340 were made prisoners and 200 killed. It adds that the Germans captured n point d'appui on the outskirts of the Argonne forest, the enemy suffering severe casualties and losing 200 prisoners. ON THE COAST. BRITISH CRUISERS ACTIVE. COPENHAGEN, December 13. A message from Berlin states that British cruisers on Thursday violently bombarded the coast for the purpose of stopping a German advance in tho region of Nieuport. IN ANTWERP BARRACKS. PRUSSIAN-BAVARIAN FRACAS. LONDON, December 12. The 'Daily Telegraph's' Amsterdam correspondent states that violent riots have occurred between the Prussian and Bavarian Landwehr at the Antwerp barracks. Several were killed and many wounded. The Bavarians- have been sent to the south-east of Belgium. CERMAN STRATEGY. VON M-OLTKE~AND KAISER AT CROSS PURPOSES. AMSTERDAM, December 13. The newspaper ' Handelsblad' states - that General Von Moltke some time back -wished to make an attack concentrated on Verdun, combined with an advance from the north-west, with a view to separating the British and French armies. whereas the Kaiser wanted Calais at all coats. General Von Falkenhoyn. the Kaiser's favorite, profited by General Von Moltke's alleged illness to work out the Kaiser's plan between Dixmude and Ypres with disastrous results. General Von Moltke, believing his -policy to be correct, re''*i signed. u ''■■. The Dutch Mate that only General Von rr. :|lindenburg is strong enough to escape F- influence of the Kaiser and his cn<A' courage. l } BOOTY' FROM BELGIUM. DUTCH PREVENT REMOVAL. AMSTERDAM, D.-cembpr 12. The 'Telesrraaf' states that the Dutch Authorities have seized at Hnnsweerm ( ? St. Jans Steen) 15 boats of gTain and various goods, apparently booty, which the Germans were trving to transport via the Scheldt. The Germans declare that it is private properly. THE DOVER SCARE. WAS IT JUSTIFIED! LONDON, December 12. The destroyers which left Dover on a search for the supposed submarines have returned, their errand having been fruitless. No confirmation has been obtained of the submarine attack. A similar attack on the Firth of Forth, which has been reported, also requires confirmation. FRENCH AVIATOR DISCOUNTS ZEPPELIN FEARS. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 11. The aviator, M. Pecroud, when interviewed declared that tho German airman, with his Mercedes engine, enn do 75 miles an hour, which is just a little faster than the French best. The Taubo is equal to 65 to 70 miles. Germany has some fearless pilots. "The Zeppelins," savs Pegoud, "are Hko geese racing swallows. They are bogies to frighten cities—owls, afraid of the daylight; too glow and unwieldy. Why. in four months' war they have blown up only half a dozen houses and killed 20 civilians. Sinco August we have dropped 620 shells in centres o: enormous groups of Prussian Infantry and artillery, and destroyed three captive balloons, bosides making several forts feel uncomfortable." KING AND KAISER. LONDON. December 12. The 'Daily Mail's' diplomatic correspondent, describing King Albert's interview with the Kaiser, In which the latter spoke of way with France as assured, states that the Kaiser finallv said t " Some . day vou will remember. You are a Coburß."" King Albert replied .• " Certainly, I am also an Orleanisi; but above all I am a Belgian." AN ESCAPEE. LONDON, December 12. The Customs officials at Gravesend seized a huge box on a liner bound for Rotterdam, and when it was opened a German officer stepped out. The box contained a bed, fowl, and comforts. It is believed that the officer escaped from the internment depot at Dorchester, and that he was aided by spie3. A passenger on the steamer sighted a trine in the channel, and tho soldiers AboaM it" l it with, riflas.

ENGLISH RECRUITS. LONDON, December 12. Twelve hundred and fifty solicitors and articled clerks are serving in the Army. Over a million above the age of 38 years and otherwise debarred from enlisting are now associated with the Central Association Voluntary Training Corps originally intended for London defence. It grew so rapidly that it has become, the central body, with local corps in all parts of Britain. The members wear armlets, and are entitled to rank as combatants.

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FRANCO-BELGIAN FRONT., Evening Star, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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FRANCO-BELGIAN FRONT. Evening Star, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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