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Parts reports a vigorous offensive by the Allies, a distinct advantage, and further progress. Berlin Is gay with flags and bunting, and bells are ringing over victories in Poland and the great raid on the Yorkshire coast. The citizens demand that all the raiders should each receive an iron Cross. Germany claims to have sunk a British destroyer, damaged three others, and to have silenced the Hartlepool batteries. French comment on the raid is that it was a massacre that will prove fatal to the German navy, which is walking into the lion’s mouth. Vienna officially admits that the Austrian loss In Servla In killed and wounded was 100,000. The Germans in South-west Africa ambushed a Unionist force, which was compelled to retire. General Botha describes his last, three months as the saddest in his life. INQUEST ON THE VICTIMS. ENGLAND KNOWS*WHAT WAR IS. NO EXCrmiENT OR FEAR. VERDICT s KILLED BY GERMAN CRUISERS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, December 18. (Received December 19, at 1.10 p.m.) At Hartlepool tlic inquest has opened on the 77 victims of the German raid. The Coroner said tliat the raid had brought the war home to everyone. They had now some idea of what the Belgians and French had suffered and were suffering. It was, however, gratifying to know that the people of the cast coast were not living in fear of the enemy. Witnesses gave evidence that a shell burst into a breakfast room, where a number were seated. It killed the daughter of the house. Another instance i A shell passed right through the body of a woman. A grandfather was found with two grandchildren dead under a wrecked house. Their father, who was absent, is a stoker in tbe Navy. The jury’s verdict stated that, under cover of a dense fog, German ships fired shells into the twin ports, killing unarmed civilians. The jurymen handed their fees to the relatives of the victims fund. At Whitby thero was an inquest on two victims. The Coroner said: “ This Inquiry is unprecedented in your experience and mine. These days of excitement call for steadfast courage on the part of those who cannot serve their King in arms. We can do our best by going about with as little excitement and heroics as possible.” An artillery officer stated that common shell, not shrapnel, was used. The verdict was i ” Killed by German cruisers.” THE FRENCH WOUNDED. PARIS, December 18. (Received December 19, at 12.30 p.m.) The armv medical statistics reveal that tbe mortality rate of the French wounded is 3.40. It' lias been possible to return 54 J, per cent, to tbe front. GERMANY MEANT TO HAVE SWITZERLAND. PARIS, December 18. (Received December 19, at 12.30 p.m.) The * Matin ’ reproduces copies of stamps that were prepared in Berlin, indicating that Switzerland would have become part of the German Empire.

BOMBARDMENT OF PAROS, ATHENS, December 18. (Received December 19, at 12.50 p.m.) Details of the Soros bombardment show that, the barracks were completely destroyed and tlio fortifications seriously damaged. Tire Turks became panicstricken, qn<l fled far inland. WHAT AMERICA THINKS OF THE GREAT NAVAL RAID. NEW YORK, December 18. (Received December 19, at 12.30 p.m.) The ‘Tribune’ states that civilised opinion everywhere will share the indignation at the* bombardment of undefended coast towns. Such ruthlessncss will be certain to come home to roost. Tho Now York ‘Times’ says that these ruthless bombardments are utterly useless, and the massacre of non-combatants has aroused world-wide angry resentment, which cannot fail to be prejudicial to Germany. PRIESTS AND SOLDIERS. MASS CELEBRATED DURING LULLS IN FIGHTING. NEW YORK, December 18. (Received December 19, at 1.15 p.m.) Thpee New Zealand Marist priests, Dean Regnault and Fathers Holley and Kennedy, have arrived in San Francisco from the front. They state that a army captain, who is also a priest, calls his men for absolution when about to charge the enemy. It is nothing, they say. to see High Mass celebrated in the trenches during a lull in the fighting. Tire celebrants doff their warlike accoutrements and don priestly garb, and immediately tbe Mass is ended the priests discard their robes and buckle on their fighting uniforms. REINFORCEMENTS. So far some 50 men have enrolled for the Samoan Expeditionary Force, which it is anticipated will go into camp about tho middle of January. Otago’s quota is 122 men and two officers. A medical examination of those enrolled 'will take place on Tuesday evening. Applications for enrolment in the next reinforcement of tho Expeditionary Forces aro coming in freely ; in fact, much more so than has been the case for some tima With a view to facilitating recruiting, Captain Fraser has decided to locate one of the sergeant-majors of the staff at the Exchange Buildings. The principal recruiting office will continue to be at the Mobilisation Buildings in St. Andrew street. Lieut.-col. Nichols, V.D., and Major Hickey, D.5.0., left eu route for Wellington by tho 11.14 a.m. train to-day on departmental business.

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LATEST FROM EUROPE, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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