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SLIGHT FURTHER PROGRESS. PARIS, December 17. Official: We have progressed slightly as far as the eea north-cast of Nieuport. We have also progressed south-east of Ypres and along the railway towards the La Bassee Canal. USEFUL MONITORS. LONDON. December 17. The monitors on the Belgian coast continue to harass the Germans. THE RUSSIANS ABOUT HOLD THEIR OWN. PETROGRAD, December 17. Official: The Germans made obstinate attacks on the left hank of the Vistula, , jjoainjy toward* Keraoti.

We were obliged to resist attacks near Sochaczhev under conditions of local disadvantage, and retreated slightly. Our counter-attacks elsewhere along tho front held the enemy in their positions. The progress of the Auetrians in the Carpathians has -been checked. GERMAN RESERVES. (London 'Times'and Sydney 'Sun'Service*.) LONDON, December 17. From Dutch sources it is reported that Berlin is calling up the undnlled Landaturm from the ages of 39 to 45. TURKEY. ROME, December 17. Signor Sonnino, -in the Senate, announced that Turkey has consented to release tho British Consul at Hodeida, and to remove tho Vali who was responsible for the outrage on the Italian Consulate. i SYRIAN PREPARATIONS. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun'Services.) LONDON, December 17. A number of Arab officers who had beer, cashiered have received appointments. Seki Pasha has been appointed commander in Syria. Preparations are being made at Mount Cannel to mount German guns. General Von der Goltz has been recalled by Germany from Constantinople. EMDEN'S SKELETON. BRISBANE, December 17. The steamer Montoro, en route from Singapore, visited the scene of the destruction of the Emden three days after the tight. It was impossible to get near the wreck owing to the terrible stench of the corpses littering the crumpled deck of the Emden, which was battered beyond recognition. IN PARIS. WAR WELDS POPULACE. (London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 17. A correspondent says of the co-opera-tive cooking system "at Park, that thrsplendid courage and cheerful self-denial ot the voluntary women workers in proriding meals for thousands of people dailv is a striking evidence of the manner "in which the whole life of the French people is influenced by a spirit of comradeship, consequent on the ordeal of war. ' THE CHURCH AND WAR. SYDNEY, December 17. The Anglican Church has fixed January 3 as a. day of prayer and intercession in connection" with the war. THE GERMAN BELIEF. (London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun' Services) LONDON, December 17. Speaking at tho Roval Colonial Institute. Earl Grey said that a German had informed him that deep at the bottom of every German's heart there was ar opinion that Great Britain was rotten through and through, and sunk in sordid sloth "and sensuality ; consequently there was a desire to capture tho Empire which Great Britain was not strong enough to hold. WHAT THE WAR WILL DO. (London ' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 17. Lecturing on the training of tho new armies. Earl Meath pointed out that the co operation of the different races of the British Empire upon the battlefield would strengthen the respect and love which united all portions of the Empire. When tin war was over these men, trained under the same system, would be filled with patriotism. ' Fighting together in Europe, Egypt, China, and tho Pacific Islands, they would return impressed with a unanimity of Imperial feeling existing among th* snbjects of all races and colors. The Empire would probably owe the full accomplishment of its Imperial destiny to the Kaiser's envious, malevolent, and deep-laid plot. A QUEEN'S KINDNESS. (London 'Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 17. Queen Alexandra, with her daughter THricees Victoria, visited the hospital at Reigate. Queen Alexandra presented every wounded soldier with a £1 mote, her autograph, and a photograph of herself. We have received from "Two Brothers and a Sister" 15s for the Belgian relief fund, also 22s from the pupils of the Kaitangata School, making their eighth contribution.

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THE ALLIES., Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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THE ALLIES. Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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