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EGYPT.

THE KHEDIVE'S BREAK. STRONGLY PRO-GERMAN. ENAMORED OF KAISER. CAIRO, December 11. The Khedive £s at Alexandretta (on the Levant, in Asia Minor), where 300 German officers and 40,000 Turkish troops are ga ere " BERLIN, December 13. The ' Vossisehe Zeitung publishes an interview obtained with the Khedive at Constantinople. ~„,,. Abbas Hilrai (the Khedive), according to that paper, said that Turkey was going to strike Britain in her most vulnerable point. The enterprise had been most carefully prepared, and when Britain's political pressure was removed economic coercion would cease, and Germany would take her proper place in the Egyptian markets. The Khedive added : " The Kaiser is our greatest living statesman. I revere him on account of his sympathy with Islamism."

A BRITISH APPOINTMENT. LONDON, December 12. Sir Arthur Henry M'Mahon is going to Egypt as High Commissioner. "OOR TAM." LONDON, December 12. The Hon. Thomas Mackenzie will go to Egypt to-day to complete arrangements for the comfort of New Zealanders and organise records for the department. ■ OUTRAGE AT HODEIDA. TURKS SEIZE BRITISH CONSUL. ITALY INTERVENES. ROME, December 12. Turkish soldiers endeavored to arrest the British Consul at Hodeida (in Arabia, on the Red Sea). The latter escaped to the Italian Consulate, but the Turks forced an entrance and seized tho British Consul. Italy has sent a strong protest to the Porte. Italian newspapers demand a complotc explanation. Later. The Italian warship Guiliana has arrived at Hodeida. ON THE BLACK SEA. THE TRANSCAUOASIAN CAMPAIGN. AMSTERDAM, December 12. Tt is reported at Berlin that the Turkish fleet bombarded tho coast in the neighborhood of Batoum. killing a number of Russians and wounding many. NO SMYRNA FRUIT. ATHENS, December 12. Turkey has forbidden the export of figs and grapes from Smyrna. CONVALESCENT HOME. LONDON, December 12. The Ravensbourne Club House at Lee has been converted into a convalescent home for New Zealanders. DUBLIN AND ARMS. LONDON, December 12. The military commander at Dublin has ordered the seizure of arms, ammunition, explosives, and warlike stores which may be landed there. OUR JAPANESE ALLIES. BRITISH COMMANDER LIONISED. TOKIO, December 12. Thousands lined the streets to welcome Colonel Bernadiston, commander of the British who operated against Tsing-tao. Tho festivities arranged exceeded the reception given to Admiral Kato. The nowspapers comment upon this in a eulogistic manner. They state that the event commences a new era in the relations between East and West. It sets the seal for ever upon tho Anglo-Japanese Alliance. A CHRISTMAS TRUCE. GERMANY JUMPS AT IT. THE ALLIES SAY "NO." ROME, December 12. The Vatican announces that its efforts for a Christmas truce have failed, owing to the opposition of certain Powers. LONDON, December 12. A Berlin wireless message states that Germany immediately assented to the Pope's suggestion for a Christmas truce. Tho decision of the other belligerents is not known. MR CARNEGIE DEFENDS HIS FRIEND. WASHINGTON, December 11. Mr Andrew Carnegie, interviewed, said it would be unchristianlike and immoral to stop the fighting at Christmas and rosumo it afterwards. It was impossible to believe that any nation which adopted tho suggestion of a Christmas truce 'would do so sincerely. When the war broke out, he continued, tho Kaiser was ill, and opposed hostilities, but the military caste overbore him. THE KAISER'S NERVES NOT SO STRONg'aS HE IMAGINED. COPENHAGEN, December 12. The Kaiser's temperature is lOldeg. His nervous breakdown continues serious, and the doctors have persuaded him to take opiates. MR BALFOUR AND THE ISSUES. A CRIME AGAINST CIVILISATION. HOW "KULTUR" WOULD BE APPLIED. LONDON, December 13. Speakini; at Bristol, Mr Balfour said that the war was due to a crime against civilisation —the crime of a nation which had resolved not merely to bo great, powerfulfi and prosperous, but saying: " All these things are valueless to me un]e«) I am able to dominate ar.d coerce the whole world." This fantastic conception of tho "superman " was highly absurd, but it was this conception of the ''superstate" that had brought civilisation to its present pciril. The fulfilment of Germany's ambition would bo a long farewell to Britain's greatness, independence, influence, and power for good—the power to develop our own affairs in our own way—and then that we would have Gorman "kultur" rammed down our throats with German bayonets REWARDS FOR INDIAN TROOPS. DELHI, December 12. For years it has been the practice of the Government to reward deserving Indian military pensioners by ,i grant or valuable land in tho Punjab Canal colonics, whore extensive irrigation has brought into cultivation enormous artas of now land, for which there is keen oampetition. Recently tho Punjab Government, with tho approval of the Government of India, have in the latest colony decided to increase the allotment of 103,000 acres n'scr\;o for army pensioners to 178.0C0 acres. The grants will be made at tho end of the year. The additional part of 103,000 acres, which is a reward for services in the present war, will be additional to 75,000 specially reserved for this purpose to be granted tolndians distinguishing themselves in tho present campaign or to their heirs, 'this policy will meet with the widest approval in the Punjab, which is tho best recruiting ground for the Indian army. COUNT BERNSTOFF'S CAMPAIGN DOOMED TO FAILURE. WASHINGTON, December 12. The Chief Secretary of State (.MiBryan) has ordered a legal inquiry to de- [ termine if a basis for United States action j existed if investigation established the Gcr- ; man allegations that dum-dum bullets had ! been made in tho United States, shipped to Canada, and then to Great Britain and France. The German Ambassador (Count Bernstorff) had alleged that American factories are making dum-dum bullets, but tho factoriea ho named promptly denied the accusation, saying that there was not one iota of truth in the charges. WORKING OUT HIS SALVATION. LONDON, December 12. Mr J. Ramsay Mac Donald, M.P., is serving in tho field ambulance in Belgium. [Mr Mac Donald was compelled to resign { the chairmanship of the Labor party in the House of Commons owing to his attitude on the war. Ho charged Sir Edward Grey with "dragging" the country into a

war which had been entered upon in order to give the new British Dreadnoughts battle practice! Mr Mac Donald advocated strict British neutrality, as British interests were not affected. Hi 3 constituents subsequently refused to listen to him.]

NEW YORK EXCHANGE REOPENS,

NEW YORK, December 12. Tho Stock Exchange has opened after four months and a-half moratorium. One hundred and ninety-two approved stocks were traded in, and prices showed an upward tendency. Tho business was on a purely caah basis. Seven hundred brokers were present, and cheered tho reopening. A PAINFUL DUTY. CAPE TOWN, December 12. 'Onsland.' the well-known Boer newspaper, appeals to the British in South Africa for kindlv forbearance in discussing the problem of dealing with tho rebel raiders. General Botha's task, admittedly, will be a very painful one. A commission of Judges will probably try the rebels. RIOTS AT BROOME. GERMAN INFLUENCE SUSPECTED. PERTH, December 13. There was serious rioting, lasting for several hours, at Broomo between the Japanese and Koepang crews engaged in the pearling industry. Nine Japanese and If? Koeparnjers were injured— two of the Koepanpersscriouidy. Five hundred Japanese and 200 Koopangcrs participated. Sticks, bars of iron an axe, and a couplo of revolvers were picked up by (he police, who now patrol the town, after they had restored order. Further trouble is feared, and special constables have been sworn in. The riot is the outcome of depression in tho pearling industry Shell is unsaleable, so that many ox the boats'are laid up and the crews hare not received tlwir wages. The whites, so far, have not been molested, but development* aTo feared amongst some of tho 2.000 colored men forming the crows of the pearling fleets. Faction runs high It is rumored that sii:ee tho war a German element has been telling the natives that Australia will shortly belong to Germany, and then they will enjoy the -same rights as Europeans, and be able to enter hotels and enjov other privileges now denied to them.

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EGYPT., Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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EGYPT. Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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