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PETROGRAD, December 12.

Official : The Germans assumed an *nergotic offensive at Malwa (East Prussian frontier) on Thursday, but the Russians drove back some columns in disorder. On Wednesday and Thursday a series of desperato attacks were made upon Lowicz, which the Russians repulsed with enormous losses. The Russian offensive in the Cracow region continues. The Russians have captured an additional 2,000 prisoners and four guns southward of Cracow. Considerable Austrian forces have been discovered in the vicinity of the River Donajeo (which flows into the Vistula from the south near Tarnow), RUSSIA'S POSITION. CALM CONFIDENCE. PETROGRAD. December 12. The German offensive has hitherto failed in every direction. Simultaneous attacks at several points of the Russian centre, right, and left were repulsed with heavv German losses. The Russians are merely moving troops from the rear _to the fiint, and the Grand Duke remains in great and menacing strength equally on the front at Warsaw and southward at Cracow. TREATMENT OF PRISONERS. MORE GERMAN MURDERS. PETROGRAD, December 12. A Russian non-commissioned officer who escaped from the Germans at Lodz states that lie and two officers and 30 men were imprisoned in a stable for three days. Their tunics were removed, and they were left without food. When they asked for water the Germans knocked them down with the butt-end of their rifles. Finally the machine gun was turned on the stable, and amid jeers and laughter all were killed except three, who escaped, feigning death. GERMAN STATISTICS OF RUSSIAN LOSSES. AMSTERDAM, December 13. An official message from Berlin states that the German losses in the Lodz and Lowicz districts, and between Pabianice and the Vistula, are much below the Russian, and our estimate of the Russian casualties were 150,000. including 80,000 prisoners sent to Germany. THE RUSSIAN POSITION THROUGH GERmTn SPECTACLES. LONDON, December 12. A Berlin wireless message says that much remains to be done before the Russian resistance is broken at Lodz. _ There is the added significance of Lowicz. If the Russians are defeated at Lowicz their position will be untenable. The Russians have declined a Christmas truce. VIENNA MORE CHEERFUL. ANNOUNCe"s~SUCCESSES. AMSTERDAM. December 13. An official message from Vienna states that the Austrians are continuously and victoriously advancing in the Carpathians. They have captured 2,000 Russians. The garrison at Przemysl sortied and captured 700 Russians, 18 machine guns, and a quantity of ammunition. BERLIN'S HOPES. KRUPPS AND CALAIS. (London ' Times' and Sydney * Sun' Servioes.) LONDON, December 11. The victories in Poland are regarded in Berlin as assuring the safety of the eastern frontier until the spring, when the Russians will probably try another raid. The Germans believe that they will be able at Christmas to transfer 10 army corps from east to west, when an attempt will be made to reach the Channel or Taiis. Krupps in the meantime are finishing the new artillery required. IN SERVIA. WHAT ROUTED~THE AUSTRIANS. PARIS, December 12. 'Le Matin' states that when the Austrians penetrated to Doukouba they were outnumbering the Servians bv six to one. The. King, accompanied by Princes Alexander and George, then made a dramatic appearance on a charger and exhorted his troops to drive out the enemy. Thereupon followed the Servian victory. A MORE MATERIAL CAUSE. AMSTERDAM, December 12. The ' Frankfurter Zeitung' states that fivo Russian regiments from Archangel arrived at Autivari on November 29 and vein forced the Servians. BULGARIA. HER GERMAN GUEST. SOFIA, December 12. General Von dor Goltz is staying for a few days in Bulgaria. He says he will occupy "apartments in the Sultan's Palace and ;issume vice-regal functions. [Von der Goltz, formerly military governor of Brussels, wes recently transferred bv Germany to Constantinople, and attached to the Turkish Headquarters Staff.] HERMANS AND TURKS STILL DISAGREE. PARIS, December 12. A message receive*! from Athens reports | that for several weeks there has been a ! revolt amongst the Turkish officers and j men in Constantinople against the German officers' tyranny. This culminated in a serious riot at the barracks at Stamboul, when two German instructors were wounded. TURKISH GUNBOAT MINED. PARIS, December 12. A message from Constantinople states that a Turkish gunboat was sunk by a mine at the entrance to the Dardanelles

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THE RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN., Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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THE RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN. Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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