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The British are reported to be gaining ground northwards, imperilling the Cerman position near the coast.

The French, after a sanguinary engagement, occupied Momes and Blescl, in Upper Alsace. Berlin admits total losses of 95(000 killed, 391,000 wounded, and 117,000 missing. Servia's wonderful recovery Is regarded as probably without precedent in military history. Tho Wall Street (New York) Stock Exchange has resumed business. ' The Times • naval correspondent's estimate of the loss of life in the Falkland Islands battle is 2,000. SEND-OFF CONCERT. At Port Chalmers on .Saturday night tho Foresters* Hall was packed with the people who assembled to say au rovoir to the men who left for the North this morning to join tho reinforcements. The enthusiasm displayed showed very pleasingly how the people honor the men who are going to the front. The meeting opened with a verso of the National Anthem, and then the Mayor, who presided., referred in stirring terms to the recent naval victory, and tho audience rcfe and gave three ringing cheers for " the boys in navy blue." Quitean enthusiastic scene of applauding and cheering was witnessed when the recruits •marched into the hall, and on Ihe invitation of the Mayor too seats on the platform. The recruits were John Perry, Robert Wilson, Charles Knowstubb, James Adair, John Thomson, Alt'. .Smith, Du-vid Love, Laurence Slukesby. Andrew -Moore. and Harry Leah. 'The Mayor said that the Port people- were proud of their boys who were going t<» the front, and that the large meeting and lino programme thatevening was evidence of it and of th-.? good wishes going with them. Mr John Mill, in the course of the evening, said it afforded him great pleasure to be there with his fellow-townspeople to wish the boys God-speed. ]t was very gratifying to know that the Mother Country was receiving the assistance of such lino young men as they had there that evening. They were going to help to keep the flag of freedom flying, and ho was satisfied they woidd acquit themselves worthily. The privileges we enjoyed were worth some sacrifice. Tho prayers of tho community would go with these young men, who were really acting in an, exemplary way. (Applause.) Mr D. A. Do Maus also spoke in similar terms.

At tho conclusion of the* programme the Mayor said he v.-ished to convey to the recruits tho very warm appreciation of the people. The large gathering showed it. He found it difficult to adequately express the predominant sentiment on such an occasion. It reminded him of Tennyson's fine portrayal of service to the King. Since- the war had started everybody had been asked how much they oauld do to servo their King. It seemed to him that those recruits stepped forward in response to that appeal, and said: "We give ourselves, our all, to servo our King and right for tho Hag that proclaims the freedom of his people." His Worship said he wished to thank those young men for their nohlo resolve, and to wish them a successful mission and a safe return.

Tho audience cheered, and the meeting closed singing ' God Save tho Kinjr.' A unique, feature of the evening was a little boy in khaki mounting tho platformajid taking a seat beside tho Mayor. And he, did liis duty. While Mrs J. Morgan was ringing "fipivrary' as an encore miml>er, the boy, assisted by one of (lie school band boys, took round a hat and collected £2 13s for the Belgian relief fund. Tho programme was contributed by Misfos M'Calhim and Johnston ipiano finer). Mr D. M'Larcn (sons?), Mrs \V. Morgan (song), Mr D. Itnssell (song). Mrs J. Morea-Ti (sons). Miss M'Callum isorici. Mr J Fat ton (recitation), Miss M'Donald (song), Captaii: Maxwell (son-a), Mr I)e M:nis 'sonic). Miss Thichan (son?:), Mr A. Thomson (soni:). Miss Flora. M'Donald, Miss Itosie Bavrie. Mr Barn, aid Mr M'Kenzie iHiirhland dances), and Mr J. Murray (bagpipe*). Mr Mayer played tho aceompanirnr-nts. REINFORCEMENTS. The men selected from th-s Dnnr.din area to join Otagr>'s quota of the third reinforcements of the Expeditionary Force, totalling about 200, left by the "first express this morning for Trentham, where tbev will be encamped. 'J he general feeling r- that there will be considerable difficulty in P-seurimr the 400 men required to complete, the Oiago ouota. It was at one time thought that there, was probably an overplus of mo:; offering fioin the Xnrth Islanad. but tho fact of a iwniifing meeting being hold at Palmerston North (reported in this issue) does not look too hopofuh At to-day's meeting of tho executive- or the Patriotic Association reference was made to this matter by Colonel .Stonebam, Mr M. M'AUcn, and others, and it was pointed out that while Puncdin proper bad responded fairly well to the_ appeal for more men. the country, district!-; had beer, most unresponsive. The opinion was expressed that recruiting meetings would require to be held in the. country centres if men wcr to be induced to join. The statements by the I'vinve Minkter and Minister of l)ei"enco that plenty oS men woo ottering had also had a prejudicial effect- on to. cruiting. arcc-rdiiifr to sonic of the speaker. l . Some 3.7 nieii who hud k.on passed for tho third reinforcements, and had received notice. t-> entrain to-day failed to turn up. The notions sent out to these applicants bad not been returned, which indicated that they had been received by the ad-dre««;-es. Fioliably tho absence of ?mall concent ration camps mav have had fonietVnnz to do with this failure to respond. It is a noticeable lecture that about 50 per cent, of those enrolling for active service arc married men. Can applicant presented himself on Saturday night at the defence, office in response to an advertisement appearing iu that evninn's issue of tho ' Star,' and asked to bo enrolled. He said he had six of a family, and a house which was not yet completely paid off, but that he felt it' was his duty to respond to the, Empire's rail. He asked that the whole of his pay, with the exception of 6d per day. be reserved for the use of his wife, and family.

Fireman Brown, of the South Dunedin Brigade, who liar, enlisted with \\v>. reinforcements for the. Expeditionary Force, was farcwelled on Saturday evening. Captain Price, on behalf of the members and horornry member. s , presented him with a wristlet" watch. Fireman Brown returned thanks in a brief speech. C. and W. Ridel's employees send va £2 9s in aid of the Belgian relief fund.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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