FRENCH FOOTING IN ALSACE.
THE FLANDERS POSITION INTERESTING. FRESH DEVELOPMENTS LIKELY. ; Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. PARIS. December 15. Officials Wo "have progressed along the Epres Canal and west of Hcllebcke. \\e repulsed several violent counter-attacks. The German offensive north-west of lerEtay was repulsed. [Ceroav (or Sennhoim) U in upper Aljace, between Thann and Mulhausen.] The High Commissioner reported, under ftato London, December 14 (8 p.m.) : Paris reports that French attacks have enabled progress to be made along the < canal from Yprcs. Severn! violent, German counter-attacks were repulsed. . In Alsace the enemy assumed the offensive north-west of Cernay, but were repulsed. THE CALAIS OBJECTIVE SEEMINGLY ABANDONED. LONDON, December L r >. The 'Daily Chronicle's' correspondent at Dunkirk states that a weakening f>f the German cannennde and infantry demonstrations is noticeable in Flanders. The enemv have abandoned many trenches, and a constant reshuffling is apparent behind the enemy's line*. Some- native troops from Belgian Congo co-operated in the Tcpnlse- of the attack on the Yser. NEW GERMAN PLAN. concentiiati6n"at COURTRAI. AMSTERDAM. December 15. Official : There ia an impo-rtawt eoncontration of German troops near Courtrai (17 miles cast of Ypres). This is interpreted to mean that the recent plans for an advance on Calais have been abandoned in favor of an attempt to break the Allies' lines further inland. The Germans around Bruges have been hurriedly transferred to the interior. THE ALLIES' AIM. GENERAL ADVANCE EXPECTED. LONDON, December 15. Press correspondents in the north of France expect a general advance by the Allies shortly. They point out that the situation is fraught with danger to zho civil population in the towns now occupied by the enemy, as the sympathies of the civilians are likely to lead to attempts to assist the Allies, and the result will probably be that the Germans will be compelled to resort to severe measures. CIVILIANS DISARMED. JOINT BELGO-GERMAN ACTION. AMSTERDAM, December 15. The Belgian and German authorities at Thielt (15 miles north of Courtrai) announce that anvbodv carrving arms in East Flanders after the 15th inst. will bo summarily shot. The whole of the public and historical buildings at Ghent have been mined. TEL lON ON OSS A. HAVRE, December 15. Official : Tho German Governor in Belgium has summoned the provincial councils to tak<» s f *'ps for tho payment of a war levy of. £I4,COQ.CCO sterling. BRITISH TERRITORIALS MAKE FINE FIGHTERS. jjondon ' TimC3' and Sydney 'Sun ' Seivijcs.) LONDON, December 14. The correspondent of 'The Times' in ihe north of France says that the_ number of the Territorials at "the front it* much larger than is generally supposed. The Territorial ha-3 proved himself a. fine fighter, and it is his one wish to meet the enemy and to share the work of the regulars. He has established a personal ascendancy over the German Territorial, and has been entrusted with heavy work. Many are now holding the- trenches against superior odds. His high daring and fine enthusiasm act a,s a tonic to the regulars when threatened with trench weariness. Ho fights with wonderful restraint and Felt-possession, gaining the respect of seatoned veterans. BRAVE FRENCH OFFICER, GEBMAN CAPTORS TRAPPED. PARIS, December 15. During tho fighting at Dixmule a company of French bluejackets was. surrounded and the majority were killed. The survivors surrendered, with their officers. The German officers demanded, to be shown B safe passage of tho Yser. A French officer led the way from Dixmude to a bridge where the French were in strong force. Then the prisoners shouted to their comrades: "We are captured." A German officer attacked tho French officer, who, however, shot him. The detachment escaped to the French lines, who covered their comrades with their tire. Tho French officer was decorated. NURSES* GRIEVANCE. A MATEUR ENTHUSIASTS. SOCIAL INFLUENCE AGAIN. LONDON, December 15. At a meeting of tho National Council of Trained Nurses it was alleged that sick and wounded soldiers in tho auxiliary hospitals were endangered _by the interference of unskilled and untrained nurses. Lord Kitchener asked tho council to submit evidence in support of tho complaint. Members of the council declared that women with social influence were placed in positions of responsibility and that experienced nurses wore ignored. THE SERVIANS RETAKE BELGRADE. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 15. Official: Tho Servians have recaptured Belgrade.
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FRENCH FOOTING IN ALSACE., Evening Star, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914