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The Belgian Relief Committee announce that the situation in Belgium Is grave, and unless more food arrives immediately the whole region round Blankenberghe will be plunged in direst famine. British submarine 811 entered the Dardanelles, torpedoed arid sank a Turkish battleship, and safely escaped. German newspapers confirm the side-tracking of Von Moltke, also that the Crown Prlnoe was sent for to attend his father's bedside. Rumor states that the great Goltorp Barracks, near Kiel, have been destroyed, and that the cause Is being kept secret. The Turk has commenced to mas* sacre the helpless Armenians. German officers control the situation. THE DRESDEN. EVIDENTLY ESCAPED. IN PATAGONIAN PORT, AND UNINJURED. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. WASHINGTON, December 14* (Received December 15 ; at 1.15 p.m.) Mr Latham, American Consul at Punta Arenas, reports that the German cruiser Dresden has arrived there, uninjured. INTEREMPIRE TRADE. AUSTRALIA'S NEW TARIFF. LONDON, December 14. (Received December 15, at 12.5 p.m.) The Trade and Industries Committee of the Colonial Institute have passed a re. solution expressing pleasure at the increased preference to British goods, which, they say, should do much to increase interempire trade and promote Im* perial unity. BEFORE THE WAR. UNIONISTS BACKED UP GOVERNMENT. LONDON, Decemher 14. (Received December 15, at 32.35 p.m.) As a result of an informal meeting of the leading L T nionists of Britain, Lord Lar-dsdowno and Mr Bonar Law wrote to Mr Asquith prior to the declaration of war, saying that all the colleagues whom they had been able to consult were of the. opinion that it would be fatal to the honor and security of the United Kingdom to hesitate in supporting France and Russia at the present juncture. The Unionists offered the Government an un« hesitating support in any meaasuves nece* sary. PANAMA CANAL. PRESERVING ITS NEUTRALITY. WASHINGTON, Decemher 14. (Received December 15, at 12.35 p.m. ) It is explained that Colonel Goethals. Governor of Panama Zone, required United States destroyers to enforce the neutrality of the canal zone, owing to Austrian colliers endeavoring to disregard the canal shipping law 3. Other colliers are reported as having arrived without clearances. NATIONAL RESERVE. No. 2 Company purpose continuing work in the form of miniature rifle shooting, which takes place in Wright, Stephenson's salcyards on Saturday afternoon and evenings. Lieut. Calvert lias kindly donated two rifles, and an enthusiastic member of the company (Mr Austin) has donated 1,000 rounds of ammunition. The Reserve Band have practised very assiduously every week since their formation, and now cease practice until the third Wednesday in Januarv. The band have ordered some up-to-date military band music, and as soon as it arrives from England they will go to work on it at once, and will without doubt be able to givo something good to the public, as well as to the Reserve, as it is their intention to givo some open-air concerts next year. REINFORCEMENTS. Recruiting for the reinforcements still continues, and applicants are being enrolled daily. The Defence authorities receive a goodly number of written inquiries from men in the country, and these, nfter being replied to, are forwarded to tbc officer commanding the group area in which the applicant resides. It is anticipated that applications received for some lime yet will be accepted, and will go to strengthen the third reinforcement which is now 'encamped at Trentham. Tbe fourth reinforcement will also be recruited immediately. A great deal has been written regarding the enthusiasm prevailing in Canadian recruiting circlef, and the number of applicants who havo been asked to hold themselves in readiness for possible vacancies. American file* to hind supply a possible reason for tbi large number of men offering. It would ap. pear that a large number of U.S. naval re« eervisls and others who bvc under the Stars nnd Stripes have been accepted for service, and in some cases are said to receive preference over others. There has been a fair number of enrol. ments for the Samo.-ui expedition from Ota<jo, and it is assumed that the men selected will be asked to go into camp by the middle of January. We have received for the Belgian fund 2s 6d as the result of an election wager on one of the Wellinsrton peats. At the Port Chalmers railway station, piior to the depaiture of, the reinforce-n-.ents yesterday morning, Mr W. Robertson, on behalf of the shore engineering ctaff of thp Union Steam Ship Company, presented Messrs J. Adair. J. Thomson, and R. Wilson with sets of Loewe pipes as tokens of esteem and aood wishes. Durinc last week the staff of Messrs Warns Bros., solicitors, met to say farewell to Mi C. E. Cole, who has held the position of manaeing clerk to the firm for over five yeais. and has Joined the Expeditionarv "Force for service on the Continent. Mr Adams, in making Mr Cole a suitable presentation, referred to his Irnn t«?rm nf service with the firm ami their retrret at losing hie valuable services. Mr W. "f. Stock, on behalf of the staff, then presented Mr Cole with a watch as a token of the esteem and regard in which thev held him. Mr Cole made a, suilabla replv, and cpoke of the pleasure he felt in being able to givo his services to hi* countrv.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914

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LATEST FROM EUROPE Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914