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f • ARTILLERYTREPARES THE WAY. ■ ■■/■■ i' I '"' ' "■■ ■■,■ ‘■■ V, Prew Association—By Telegraph.—Copyright. | * DUNKIRK, December 21. A fierce artillery duel preceded the I'" Allies' offensive at Arras. The Germans i " tried to destroy the I'rcnch advanced t' works with trench mortars, while their T aviators dropped bombs. The French V . shrapnel silenced the mortars within two * houra, The engineers mined the enemy's t. entanglements, which were blown up. ' As .the French infantry advanced over the muddy fields they mshed pell-mell across the gaps and hurled the Germans from their dugouts. There was a great fight round one machine gun, where a huge French Cuiras- / ‘ sier sabred and killed those trying to V remove it. t The Allies captured the trenches over - a front of two kilometres. ■ As a result of a recent bayonet change *, by the Allies seven of the enemy's t , trenches were captured. The trenches ‘ r were flooded, anti the Allies, waist deep in water, repelled desperate counter-at-tacks. , ! Many prisoners were taken on the Yser in a hunger-stricken condition. Numbers sin tendered without resisting the Francow .' Belgian bayonet charges. , An aviator from the Allies bombarded ai.n partially wveeked a train at Zee-1 liurge, killing 40 German. mav.ncs and wounding 100. A Tanoe aeroplane attempted to teach -■ Paris on Sunday. French aviators pursued It and brought it down. GERMANS SHELL AILMENTIERES. BOULOGNE, December 21. There was a violent bombardment of Armcntieres. A thousand shells and many incendiary bombs wero thrown into tiie town in 10 hours. The fatalities, however, were small. BETWEEN DIXMUDE AND THE SEA. BELGIANS' "GREAT DASH. AMSTERDAM, December 21. A correspondent at Tyd states that the British and Belgians carried nut furious and irresistible attacks in West Flanders. . The Flemings, singing their National Anthem, dashed down upon the Germans at Dixmude. The head of a bridge was captured by a, bayonet attack, supported by artillery, and an advance was made northward of Dixmude. Tho Germans evacuated strongly fortified trenches at Nieuport, leaving many dead. Hand-to-hand fights took place at si. Georges. The French cavalry made splendid charges, hut the Germans, de- , snito great losses, fought with tough tena- ’ __ HOLLAND'S BURDEN GROWS. ROTTERDAM, December 21. A great stream of Belgian refugees is flawing across the Dutch border without reason, beyond a vague feeling that something dreadful is about to happen in Belgium. It is believed that the nervousness of the Germans baa been communicated to the refugees. MORE MEN. (London‘Times* and Sydney * Sun * Services.) , LONDON, December 20. ; Germany has called up all her fit men from the age of 17 to 45. BERLIN RETICENT. j BERLIN, December 21. Official; We have repulsed the FrancoBritish forces at La Bassee. THE BELGIAN PRESS DEFY GERMAN GOVERNOR. { .2 (London* Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’Services.) 1 LONDON, December 20. ‘ . Baron Bissing, German Governor in i Belgium, requested the Brussels and Ant- ‘ werp newspapers to resume publication. < The editors replied that as long as the : King had not returned to Brussels and 1 the German censorship continued the i papers would not appear. 1 Baron Bissing then declared that he contemplated arresting tho threo leading editors in Brussels and sending them to a fortress in Germany, ( IN POLAND. SMALL RUSSIAN SUCCESS 1 BETWEEN LOdFaND WARSAW. t PETROGRAD, Dedsmber 20. Official: There have been engagements ■ it certain points on the left bank of the Vistula. ' Between the Bzura and the Rawka we > attacked two companies of the enemy, who crossed the Bzura near Dakhoro. Many of the enemy were made prisoners, and we captured some quick-firers. ' The Austrian sortie at Przemvsl failed. We caught tho enemy on the ‘flank and routed them. A number were made prisoners. ' - December 21. 1 Official i The remainder of the two * companies attempting to cross the Bzura 1 River have been annihilated. (The Rawka enters tho Bzura east of ‘ Lowicz.] ' WARSAW BOMBED, ZEPPELIN’S EXPLOIT. £ a ROME. December 21. t Warsaw newspapers stale that a Zep- c pelin dropped 18 bombs mi Warsaw on December-9. Two houses were demolished Ninety civilians were killed and 60 • wounded. RUSSIAN ARTILLERY c PRAISED BY GERMANS. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney * Sun * Services.) LONDON, December 20. f The Prussian semi-official Press highly 1 praise the Russian artillery, saying that a it was impossible at the battle of Ivan- 5 gorod to locate the batteries except with " the help of airmen. v t AUSTRO-GEPvMAN COMMUNIQUES, t t VIENNA, December 21. t . Official! We been successful on t the Krosno - Zakliczyu front and at s Latorcza. " a A great battle is developing in. the p Lupkaw Pass. t Strong Russian forces have appeared in < Galicia. , . . BERLIN, December 21. c Official t The Russians are trying to g maintain themselves at Ramka and the I River Nida, and have attacked every* a where. t THE SERVIANS fl ' FOLLOW Up" SUCCESS. a /■■ _ CETTINJE, December 21. p. The Servians and Montenegrins are pur- a suing,'an offensive along the whole front in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “ AUSTRIA’S EXCUSE. SHE STARVEDHER (TROOPS, a - P PARIS, December 21. 0 'A telegram from Rome says that the n Austrian.Embassy states that for several . days the Austrian army against Servia i was •without food or ammunition. Ten , thousand of the tfoops died from hanger. * V ’ It was this condition of affairs that led to ' r ' tho Servians annihilating the army. fe'-VVi fi

GERMAN NAVY.ACTIVITYAT KIEL. NEW YORK* December 21. The Kiel correspondent of the New York ‘Tribune,’ writing on November < 2A, elates that the Germane place great faith in a new super-Dreadnought submarine. Neval men who are.reservists are drilling under groat preastrreV a(id : 8,000 workmen by day and 3,000 by night are feverish Iv working on the vessels, -which, it is sai<l, can be completed withip three months, neglecting vessels which take a year to,build* .■ At Friedrichsdorf 3,0001 men are manufacturing torpedoes night, and day. German officers scout the idea tfiat 1 the Gei man ships'qre afraid to fight. , All are certain that a, great naval fight will come. ... THE KAISER. VARIOUS ACCOUNTS. NEW’ YORK, December 21. An American correspondent in Copenhagen says that the Kaiser knows that the game is up as far as the conquest of Russia and' France is concerned.. He realises that the civilised world has turned against him. . The Kaieer’s exasperation at England is almost equalled by his fury agams* America, which he declares British diplomats have tricked- • Tho Kaiser recently remarked: “My diplomats are wasted fubbers. The Brilisa knock spots off them ■ ■ . The Kaiter, ; r. desperation, spits at he Staff, whose, advico is continually in the direction of urging the fleet to make raids and create a. panic in Englehd, and so cheer up the Germans. Despatches from Germany describe the Kuieer as thin, worn, and broken in spirit. AMSTERDAM, December 21. It is officially stated that the. Kaiser has recovered and returned to the front. (London * Times ’ and Sydney 1 Sun ’ Services.) LONDON. December 20. It is reported that the Kaiser has recovered. and that he is going to France in ten days’ time.

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STORMING THE TRENCHES., Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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