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QUITE "WITHOUT PRECEDENT. (London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun' Serrioes.) LONDON, December 13. 'lll* TimesV corresi>ondent says that tho Serbs, by routing the Austrians. have rendered tho* Allies inestimable service. It 36 doubtful if a precedent exifit3 for such a complete and sudden change of military fortune. Advices received from Rome state that tho Servian* took 100,000 additional prisoners during tho retreat of tho Austrians. CHANGED STRATEGY. WAR MUNITIONS SHORT. LONDON, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8.40 a.m.) The Servian abandonment of Belgrade to a change of front was partly caused by lack of guns ami ammunition. SERVIA'S SHARE. BRITAIN'S RECOGNITION. LONDON, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8 a.m.) Sir Edward Grey, in thanking Servia for her congratulations on Admiral Sturdee'e naval victory, paid a warm tribute to the Servians, whose brilliant victories had greatly contributed to tho success of the common cause. LODZ REFUGEES PETROGRAD, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8 a.m.) When Lodz was evacuated the population were destitute, and lied en masse, fearing German atrocities. Many of them reached Warsaw.



PETROGRAD, December 13,

(Received December 14, at 8.40 a.m.) Official: The Goeben and another ship fired a few shots at the Batoum forts, and then withdrew.



(London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun' Sorriest.)

LONDON. December 13. Wounded Russians at Tifiis (Transcaucasia) are astonished at the extraordinary physical endurance of the Turks. They march barefooted in the snow, and shoot standing or kneeling—rarely from trenches. 7|jyonet charges "are their only dread. RUSSIAN MOSLEMS AND THE "HOLY WAR." PETROGRAD, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8.40 a.m.) Aga Khan's manifesto, circulated in Central Asia and Orenburg ('!), urges all Russian Moslems to fight for Russia. A COMMERCIAL STORY. (London 'Timei* and Sydney 'Sun' Senrioftj.) • LONDON, December 13. A 'leading German firm of chemical manufacturers wrote to the Imperial Bank in Persia: "Could forward goods through German Embassy at Teheran." Tho bank replied scouting the. suggestion, and adding: "When the armies of the Entente roach Berlin you will be able to send your goods direct via Russia.'' BRITISH STEAMER DEFIES GER.MAN SUBMARINE. LONDON, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8.55 a.m.) A German submarine, 30 miles off the Dutch coast, challenged the steamer Colchester, bound from Hook of Holland for Harwich, to stop and surrender. The Cclchestcr raced forward, zigzagged, and escaped. AN INTERRUPTED JOt'RNEV. OTTO IN THE BOX. LONDON, December 13. 'Received December 14, at 8.50 a.m.) The sentries superintending the departure from Gravosend Of some deported Germans over military age rolled a packing ease over and over along the decJc of the ferry boat. Tho lid was partly forced open, and the sailors shouted : " There's a man in tho box." The occupant, Otto Kcehm, was then released, after a 15honrs' journey. Koehm told the authorities ho was a German lieutenant, and was recently in America, but ho returned shortly before the war. Later he was arrested and interned. There are indications that his escape was plotted by the aliens in the camp at Dorchester. The packing case was addressed to Rotterdam. THE RAIL-SITTER. ITALY'S PREPARATIONS FOR A SAY AT~THE FINISH. LONDON, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8 a.m.) Washington reports that Italy is purchasing in America horses, wheat, and supplies on a hii£e scale. The 'Guilio Bologneso' explains that Italy intends to have 2.000,000 men ready for war when the belligerents conclude hostilities, with the object of asserting Italy's position. '• THE PEACEMAKER." AMERICA SNUBBED. GERMANY NOT DELUDED. COLOGNE PAPER'S PRONOUNCEMENT. AMSTERDAM, December 13. (Received December it, at 8 a.m.) The ' Kolnische Zeitung,' referring to President Wilson's desire that America should assume an important role in the conclusion of peace, declares: "Germany did not inspire the ]>eace movement. The United States and some American bankers with German names, in strongly urging the desirability of ptaec, render a doubtful service to Germany. Their language is likely to be interpreted as implying that Germany i» exhausted, and may tend to injure German credit in neutral States. Notwithstanding expressions of friendliness in some quarters in America, it would be an ostrich policy for Germany not to recognise that American public opinion as a. whole is entirely friendly to Britain. Tt may be argued that Washington has observed the strictest neutrality, but one can bo neutral in an indifferent manner, and, on tho whole, American neutrality hns been favorable to Britain. We cherish no irritation against America becauso she is friendly to Britain. This is natural, because* Britain is America's Mother -and. But for that reason we fear her prejudice, and must in a friendly tut firm manner reject America as an arbitrator." U.S. DEFENCES. * INVESTIGATION REFUSED. R'EVELATIONS~NOT WANTED. W 7 ASHL\ T GTON, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8 a.m.) A committee of the House of Representatives refused Mr Gardiner permission to raise the question of the investigation of the military and naval defences of the United States. All the Democrats sided with President Wilson in deprecating an investigation, as at present it would be injudicious. WALL STREET RESUMES. NEW YORK.'Decemher 13. . "Wall Street has reopened for business..

THE GERMAN WAY. SPIES INANGOLA. LISBON, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8 a.m.) The German mission recently studying the railways and agriculture in the south of Angola were really spies. One was captured, and the others fled. AFRAID TO LEAVE. GERMANS IN ARGENTLNA. NEW YORK, December 13. (Received December 14, at 8.40 a.m.) Thirty thousand Germans are held up at Buenos Aires, fearing capture by the British fleet should they embark and sail.

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SERVIA'S RECOVERY., Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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SERVIA'S RECOVERY. Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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