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GERMANS FIGHT~TO THE LAST, AND GO DOWN WITH THEIR SHIPS. THE OCEAN NOW CLEAR. NEW YORK, December 12. The British squadron caught tho Nurnberg after an exciting chase, and summoned her to surrender. This was refused, and she fought till she sank. All the German supply ships were sunk after the crews had been removed, thus depriving the Karlsruhe and Prince Eitel Friedrich of the means of reprovisioning and rccoaling. BUENOS AYRES, December 12. It is reported that the kept up firing until her guns were suhmcrgcfl. AMSTERDAM, December 12. The ' Vossisehe Zeitung' states that two of Admiral Von Spec's sons were with his squadron. HEAVY FIRING HEARD. BUENOS AYRES, December 12. Heavy firing has been heard off the Chilian island .Mocha. It is believed that a British warship is engaging the Piiiu Eitel Fiicdrich. THE DRESDEN STRANDED. LAST OF THE FIVE. NEW YORK, December 12. A Valparaiso message reports that tin. Dresden is refuging in an inlet on the Patagonian coast. BUENOS AYRES, December 12. The Dresden is stranded on the Argentine coast, near Port Gallegos. BERLIN EX PL AN A IT ON S. LONDON, December 12. A Berlin semi-official message suggests that Admiral Von Spec, steamed southwards to seek the Canopus and Glasgow. Meanwhile a very strong British squadron was despatched. It must be remembered (says the message) that the German

squadron had been for four months on the high seas, thore being no dock available for cleaning the bottoms. THE PROBABLE LOSSES ESTIMATED AT 2,000 MEN. " (London ' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Sendees.) LONDON, December 13. 'The Times's' naval correspondent says that if the Nurnberg was sunk with all hands tho German losses probably amount to 2,000 men. It is manifest, he says, that the victorv fell to tho better fighting machines, and fias once more shown that an action is decided by gun-fire, which means annihilation, with little damage and small casualties to tho victors. It is tempting Providence to place weak ships in positions where they have to meet heavierarmed one j. THE KARLSRUHE DAMAGED. LONDON, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8.10 a.m.) The passengers cm the Vandyck, which was captured by the Karlsruhe on the 26th October, state that the Glasgow's 6in guns badly damaged the Karlsruhe's .steering gear and killed a number of the crew. 'J. he Karlsruhe substituted the steering gear of a captured ship. M ESSAGE TO JAPAN. LONDON, December 12. Replving to Japan's cordial congratulations, Mr Churchill cabled: "Though the British squadron struck tho final blow in destroying the German squadron that was based at Tsillg-tao, the result was largely duo to the powerful and untiring assistance of tho Japanese fleet, and had the. enemy turned westward the honors would have "rested with the Japanese and Australian squadrons. Peace in tho Pacific is now restored, and tho commerce of all nations is safe." Mr Churchill concludes by expressing, "on behalf of the British and Australian navies, renewed expressions of their earnest recognition of Japan's invaluable naval assistance." GERMAN MINES AT GIBRALTAR. LONDON, December 12. The 'Daily Chronicle's' Madrid correspondent states that the Admiralty frustrated a matured Gorman plan to sow mines in the Straits of Gibraltar by means of a Spanish trawler. GERMAN CRUISER SUNK. PARIS, December 12. The Minister of -Marine has been informed that the cruiser Frederick Karl was sunk bv a mine in the Baltic Sea at the end of' November. Most of the crew were drowned. [lf the above message should prove correct, tho loss is serious. The Frederick Karl was an armored cruiser of 8,858 tons, 21 knots speed, and with an armament of four B.2in, ten 5.9 in, ten 3.4 in, and fourteen smaller q.f. guns.j DROP IN INSURANCE RISKS. LONDON, December 12. Lloyd's have reduced the war risk to and from Australia to 30s per cent. CATCHING A TARTAR. A Cossack feat of horsemanship told by an official from Lvoff i.Leniberg) is thus related by the Petrograd correspondent of the 'Morning Post':—An Austrian general, finding his men unduly terrorised by legends current of Cossack prowess, decided to teach them that the Cossack was onlv an ordinary soldier, and ordered them to take one alive at all costs. This, after some time was done, and the Cossack was brought bound before the general. The general read his men a lecture from horseback, and explained that he would prove that a Cossack was nothing in particular. He ordered the prisoner to be released from his bonds, and bade him kiss tho cross round his neck. Finding that the Cossack readily understood signs, he explained that he would give him a sword, and he must show what he could do with it. The Austrian soldiers crowded round, delighted with the fun. Tho Cossack, whirling the sword around, and with a wild cry which is part of tho language used by all horse-loving peoples of ■ the world in all ages, and has a curious effect upon the equine species, suddenly leaped up behind the general. He forced the horse to charge into the crowd of soldiers, who were unable to shoot for fear of lulling their own chief, and made a ready way j before them. The Cossack headed for

home, and the Austrian outposts, surprised by the curious apparition, sent a few wild shots after the pair without effect, and the general went into captivity fully persuaded that there was, after ail, "something diabolical" about tbese Cossacks. His men were even more deeply convinced than their general, and the fame of the Cossack has still further spread. OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION. Tho hon. treasurers of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association acknowledge the receipt of the following donations to the fund :

a Denotes Great Britain and Ireland fund, b Denotes Belgian fund, c Denotes local relief. d Denotes Expeditionary Force fund. The total of the local patriotic funds to date is £41,062 6s 4d.

Previously acknowledged £19,905 7 11 City Corporation gasworks employees , 0 7 19 0 Grand Hotel, counter contribution (second contribution) B 1 18 0 St. Bathans Patriotic Committee (second contribution) a and b 3 15 0 Milton Patriotic Committee A and b 82 5 0 Palmerston Patriotic Committee AandB 15 2 0 Garrison Hall meeting B 58 10 0 Mrs Catherine Webster a andB 2 2 0 Employees Briscoe and Co. (fourth contribution) c 5 0 0 Employees J. Speight and Co., Ltd. (sixteenth • contribution) c 10 0 0 Girls' Peace Scouts D 4 4 0 J. R. Sinclair a and n 10 10 0 Dunedin Competitions' Society c and d 50 0 0 Balclutha Patriotic Committee u306 19 3 Balclutha Patriotic Committee a 137 5 6 "S.F.L." ji 2 0 0 Hillside Workshops (ninth contribution) 0 17 19 6 "T.T.M." ... n 5 0 0 Roslyn Mills, hosiery department c 2 8 0 £20.628 5 2

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THE NAVAL VICTORY., Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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THE NAVAL VICTORY. Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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