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DIARY OF THE WAR, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
DIARY OF THE WAR
The following continues our day by day summary of the main happenings of the war as reported by the cable. The last instalment appeared in our issue of December 12 : December 12.—There is a report of a German submarine attack on Dover Harbor, but it is not officially confirmed, —The Germans are said to have evacuated Roulers and are preparing to abandon Thielt and Thorout.—Rheims is described as a city of death and desolation.—Cholera is said to have broken out among the Austro-German armies.— There is further confirmation and an admission from Austria that Servia has inflicted a substantial reverse on the Austrian army.—The Australasian contingent is camped near the great Pyramid of Cheops.—Germans and Austrian* continue to quit Egypt, and testimonies of loyalty to Britain continue to pour in.—Russ'ia and France express their delight over Admiral Sturdee's success. —The Crown Prince is said to have been summoned last Tuesday to his father's bedside.—The Kaiser, when at the eastern front, is said to have told his officers that with the help of God Germany would win a lasting peace.—The British Ambassador's (Sir Louis Mallet) despatches, showing that German in- ( trigues with Turkey began as far back as mid-August, have been published.— A French journal says that the Allies have recovered one-half of the territory once occupied by the Germans. December 14.—The enemy have completely evacuated the west bank of the Yser Canal.—British cruisers continue active along the Belgian coast.—Russia claims to have repulsed all German attacks iu Poland and herself to have continued tho offensive.—The Germans assert that their losses are less than those of Russia, and that the latter has had 150,000 casualties.—The Khedive of Egypt throws in his lot with the Kaiser, whom he regards as the greatest living statesman.—The British Consul at Hodeida takes refuge in the Italian Consulate.— The Turks force an entrance and seize tho Consul; the Italian Government strongly protest, and send a warship.— The Pope's well-meant but impossible proposal for a Christmas truce was accepted by Germany only.—Mr Balfour at Biistoi denounces the war as a crime against civilisation.—Largo area 3of land in India are being sot apart as rewards for the men at tho front or their heirs. —The New York Stock Exchange reopens. —'Tho Times's' naval correspondent estimates the German naval looses in tho Falkland Island engagement at 2.COO.—Mr Churchill advises Japan that peace in the Pacific is now restored.—After an eight-hours' engagement tho French fight their way into Upper Alsace.—Germany admits losses of 95,000 killed, 391,000" wounded. 1,171,000 prisoners.—A Berlin paper says that 7.200 theatrical artists are starving.—When the Russians evacuated Lodz the destitute populace, fearing the Germans, tied en masse.—ltaly is said to be making ready an army of 2,000,000 men. December 15.—Fighting continues along the Allies' line in North France.—The Allies in Flanders are pushing a vigorous offensive.—Russia claims successes along tho entire Polish front.—The Rome ' Messagero's' correspondent advises that the fate of Kalisz was even worse than that of Louvain.—Canada proposes to have 100,000 men all told at the front.—The Dresden is now said to have sought shelter in Punta Arenas ll'atagonia).—The Belgian Relief Committee state that the situation is grave; there must be more food, or blackest famine.—Amsterdam reports the destruction of barracks near Kiel Canal; the cause is not known.—General Von derGoltz is carrying personal letters from the Kaiser to-Sofia, Bucharest, and Constantinople.—The 20,000 Christians in Erzeroura fear massacre at the hands of the Turks. —The absolute loyalty; of the Soudan Arabs is said to be assured. —British submarine 81l (Commander Holbrook) enters the Dardanelles and torpedoes the Turkish battleship Messudieh. —Th& Uganda chiefs wish to 6end 500 men to serve in France. December 16.—The war correspondents anticipate that tho Allies will shortly make a general advance.—The Kaiser and the Emperor of Austria are said to have had an unsatisfactory interview.—Lord Halobury, an ei-Lord Chancellor, denounces the Kaiser as " a dirty thief, who ought to bo hanged.'*—Turkish women at Erzeroum hold an antiwar demonstration, and cause the Governor to send a protest against the war to Constantinople.—The Sultan opens Parliament, and in his Speech declares that Turkey will add her victories to those gained by the glorioii6 German snd Austrian armies. December 17. —News is to hand that three or four German cruisers on Sunday morning shelled Scarborough, Whitby, and Hartlepool, doing considerable damage, and killing and wounding about 200 people. They stayed about an hour, and wcro then attacked by British destroyers, but disappeared in the mist and" escaped.—Fighting continues in Flanders and along the French lines. Progress is reported both in Belgium and Al-acc.—Germany is concentrating large forces on the left bank of tho Vistula.—Austria claims a success in the neishborhood of Cracow.—Servia claims to have taken 28.000 Austrian prisoners, 70 guns, and 44 quick-firer?. The men at Woolwich Arsenal will have a three-days' holiday at Christm:is. This is the first time the machinery will have stopped since August 4.—Faris reports that tho British vinlei.tly bombarded the coaet between Ostend and "Nieuport.—A 24hours' intercessory service was held in i St. Paul's Cathedral. It was crowded throughout. December 18.—The Sultan of Imrkey snvs that the action of the Allies has compelled him to proclaim a holv war against the Christian world.—The new movement of the Allies has as its immediate objective the driving of tho Germans out of Belgium.—The operations of the Germans on the Vistula are fiaid to bo on an immense scale.—Throe steamers were sunk off Flam-borough Head (Yorkshire) through contact with mine*. —Austria is said to have lost two army corps in her recent battles with Servians.—The Britkli Government have appointed a committee to inquire into alleged German outrages and breaches of the law of war.—Egypt has been declared a British protectorate.
DIARY OF THE WAR, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914
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