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FURTHER PROGRESS IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM. PARIS, December 18. (Received December 19, at 8.45 a.m.) A communique states: As a result of a vigorous offensive we captured several trenches at Auchy, near La Bassee, at Loos, and at St. Laurent, and the- whole of the first lino trenches at Blangy. Our artillery gained a distinct advantage at Tracv-le-Val, in the Champagno district. The enemy blow up our trench north of Four de Paris, and three German battalions of infantry attempted to debouch, but were repulsed. THE EAST COAST RAID. GERMAN ACCOUNT. AMSTERDAM, December 18. (Received December 19, at 9.55 a.m.) An official Berlin message states that out of the four destroyers that attackod the German cruisers when approaching the. English coast one was sunk and the others were damaged and disappeared. The German ships received some shots from the coast batteries, which did only slight damage. The Hartlepool batteries were silenced and a British destroyer was sunk. AID TO RECRUITING. PLACARDING THE COUNTRY. FORTY MINUTES' BOMBARDMENT. LONDON, December 18. (Received December 19, at 11.40 a.m.) The raid is materially increasing the number of those enlisting, particularly in the area affected by Wednesday's bombardment. The authorities are placarding the country with a poster headed " Avenge Scarborough!" and the sub-heading "Up and at 'em!'' The poster adds: "The wholesale murder of innocent women and children demands vengeance. Show the German barbarians cannot bombard Britain'.? shores with impunity." At the iniptest at Scarborough on the body of Dean, the coastguard, a petty officer gave evidence that the two largo cruisers were accompanied bv two smaller cruisers. The larger vessels fired their starboard guns, then turned and fired their j port guns. The bombardment lasted 40 , minutes, and 500 shells were fired. i BERLIN EN FETE. THE PEOPLE'S CRY: IRON CROSS FOR GALLANT RAIDERS. AMSTERDAM. December 18. (Received December 19, at 9.55 a.m.) Berlin is decked with flags and the bells are ringing because of the victories in. Poland and the raid on the. Yorkshire coast. The people of Berlin demand that the raiders be decorated with the Tmn Cross. j PARIS OPINION. (.VERMANY WILL PAY. j PARIS. December 18. I (Received December 19, at 9.55 a.m.) The newspapers are indignant nt ths | massacre of civilians. They say it will [ arouse the spirit nf England and prove fatal to tho German navy, which is de- I scribed as walking into the lion's mouth. AUSTRIA'S MISTAKE. j LOSSES IN SERVIA. (London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun * Services.) LONDON, December 18. Vienna officially admits that the Austrian killed and wounded in Servia numbered 100,000. General Potiorck eight days ago telegraphed to the Emperor Franz Josef that he would be in Nish in three weeks. ITALIAN VOLUNTEERS ' FOR GARIBALDIAN LEGION. i LONDON. December 18. I (Received December 19. at 9.55 a.m.) j One thousand citizens of London have enlisted in th>- Garibaldi Legion, and 20.000 aro already in training at the Garibaldi ramp in France. GERMAN SOUTH-WEST AFRICA. I BRITISH FORCE REPULSED. j CAPE TOWN, December 18. | (Received December 19, nt 9.30 a.m.) The Germans ambushed Duncan Mackenzie's forces nt Gr.rub, in Lnderitzland, on Wednesday. They maintained a furious rifle and machine-gun fire for two and a-half hours. Mackenzie's forces behaved with marked coolness, but stro-g German reinforcements compelled' them to withdraw. THE REBELLION OVER. p GENERAL BOTHA'S DESIRES. PATHETIC INTERVIEW. CAFE TOWN, December 18. (Received December 19, at 9.30 a.m.) General Botha, irt the course- of en interview, Eaid that the Dutch loyalists had i discharged a. painful duty, and it was row his wish, that the curtain bo rung down, without any controversy or it- ] crimination. ( Regarding tho ringleaders, people could be sure that justice would be done. "The . last threo months," added Botha, " have been the saddest of my life—hunting down old comrades." General Botha paid a tribute to General Snouts, who had done greater work than anybody. Van der Linden has been court maitialled at Pretoria for attempting to organise a rebellion. EGYPT. i SULTAN APPOINTED. LONDON. December 18. (Received December 19, at 9.30 a.m.) i The Khedive's uncle. Prince Hussein, i has 'been appointed Sultan of Egypt. i KEEPING THEM POSTED. i HOW GLAD TIDINGS ARE SPREAD. i (London 'Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) ] LONDON, December 18. i A Press Bureau nwesago state* that < "Bra-witness" says the newa of tho de- i "tjcuction of too Gorman cruisers in tho i


Atlantic was communicated to the enemy's trenches by moons of a brickbat, round which the message was wrapped, the best thrower available hurling it towards the enemy. Tho following day the sinking of the N urn-berg was transmitted to the Germans by means of a. signboard. Botli bulletins wore received in silence. THE KAISER'S THROAT. (London 'Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 18, A report states that tho Kaiser is suffering trom a malignant novo throat. His ontourago are gravely anxious. A WOMAN'S GUESS. PAIUSIENNES PROPHECY. ll.ondon 'Times'and Sydney ' Sun ' Services.) LONDON. December 18. Madame Do Thebes, tho Paris prophetess, describes tho year 1915 as full of tumults and splendors. Tho war should end between March and Jvlv, 1915. Italy will draw the sword Germanv will bo torn in pieces by revolution. POPE'S SYMPATHY FOR STRICKEN BELGIANS. (London 'Times* and Sydney 'Sun* SerrioM.) LONDON. December 18. Tho Pope hns written to the Archbishop of Malines deploring the condition o c tho Belgian people and the Royal Family-, and declining to accent offerings of "P«ter"6 jpence'' from Belgium at this sad moment. j LIFE INSURANCE. SOLDIERS' RISKS DECLINED. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun'Services.) LONDON. December 18. Many insuranivj companies refuse to accept insurance risks on combatants' live*. A deadlock has been leached, and it is suggested that the Government reinsure such liven lor war risk. TKING-TAO'S FALL. (London ' Times * and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 18. An Amerioaa who v,-as present at the s!cl><> of Tsing-tao, says that fioino of tho German guns had .previously lwH>n used in the siege of Paris in 1871. When tile Germans had exhausted their ammunition they dynamited tho pins. An aviator, Lieutenant Plushkow. escaped, and is interned with his machine in China. The Japanese arc unable to understand i why the garrison surrendered while one lighting man remained, also whv the Go- j vernor of Tsing-tao did not commit aiiicide. OLD ACQUAINTANCES. THE DANCING DERVISHES. I (London' Times' and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON. December 18. i The Turks are enrolling- regiments of i dancing dervishes. j OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL i WELFARE ASSOCIATION. _ The hon. treasurers of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association acknowledge the receipt of the following donations to the fund : Previously acknowledged £20,628 5 2 Employees J. Speight and Co., Ltd. (17th contribution) c 10 0 0 "Anonymous"' n 10 0 0 "A.r." ... n 4 10 0 ! Car and wnitgon insoec- '• tor's staff. \\.Z. Railways (Bth contribution) a and b 1 16 0 Palmerston Patriot ic Committee Aandß 7 15 6 '• Anouyinous'' b 2 0 0 Wanaka Station Employees b 7 17 6 Neiil and Co.. refund on . goods j, 6 15 0 ■Southhind Patriotic Committee D 250 0 0 Lawrence Patriotic Committee lands 228 14 0 Tuapeka West Patriotic Committee a and b 60 4 0 "Anonymous" n 57 0 0 Proceeds sale hogget presented by Miss Lravery, Lovell'e Flat ... B 1 10 0 Proceeds sale wether presented by Messrs Fahey Bros., Evan's , Flat B 110 Proceeds concert and gift auction at Kelso "... n 55 0 0 Kelso Ladies' Guild ... b 5 0 0 "Anonymous" A and b 0 10 0 Quecnstown Patriotic Committee Aandn 53 7 0 Mosgiel Patriotic -Committee a.-viklb 19 0 0 Proceeds art union conducted by A. Eocles... n 177 11 0 City Council Staff, electric power and light department b 44 19 6 City Council. portion official staff nande 21 0 3 £21,655 15 11 a Denotes Great Britain and Ireland Fund, b Denotes Belgian Fund, c Demotes Local Relief, d Denotes Expeditionary Forco Fund. The total of the-local patriotic funds to lata is £42,067 17s Id. CONVALESCENT HOME FOR NEW ZEALANDER3. We have been allowed to make the following extract from a private letter from London, from Miss Vida Reynolds, which a ill prove of interest to our readers:— "The convalescent home for the New Zealanders begins to materialise at last, ind I believe thoy have, an ideal place under offer within easy reach of London, which can take in 100 men, and all in working oyder. It is a club owned by a wealthy man for his employees, and" as Dnly 40 of hia men have not gone to the front it leaves 100 bedrooms free. There ire, swimming baths, lawn tennis courts, :ricket pitch, etc., and every convenience, ind it seems a chance of a lifetime. All that will have to be provided will be the nurses. If you hear of anyone wanting tt sond a small gift to the convalescent noma, get them to earmark it for tho Comforts Committee, which includes small J :hings such as cigarettes and odds and mds of things for the men, which will nake all the difference to their stay in , ihe homo." I

OVERSEAS CLUB. The Dunedin branch of tho Overseas Club acknowledges receipt of the following donations to the Belgian relief fund: Pupils of Awangu School, 4s 8d; Brighton School, 6s lid; lower classes Kaikorai School, 6b; and specially thank the pupils of the Green Island School for generously agreeing to forgo their prizes and donating tho handsome sum of £ls 4s 3d. The women of Clyde (por Miss A. Partridge) forwarded £56 17s, being proceeds of a social held there, the money to be spent on socks and belts for the Queen Mary fund. These have already been forwarded to Lady Liverpool. Goods have been received from the women of Clydo and some of "Dot's" Little Folks for the Belgians, and mention has to be made of the splendid parcel sent in by "Claurian." The branch has now closed the school children's Christmas fund for the Belgian children, the total amount received from school children in Otago amounting to £l6B 12s 4d. Of this amount £6O was cabled to London a few weeks ago and tho balance cabled Home to-day. The committee wish to thank the teachers and the pupils of tho Otago schools for their help and co-operation. MISCELLANEOUS. The Timaru Harbor Board yesterday voted £l5O for the British and Belgian Belief Fund. The South Canterbury Jockey Club last night voted £lO5 and the Licensed Victuallers £IOO additional to the British and Belgian Relief Fund. We have received from the majority of the employees of Reid and Gray, Limited, £5 12s 9d, being their eighth fortnightly contribution for the relief of local distress.

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BERLIN ELATED., Issue 15680, 19 December 1914

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