THE NEWSULTAN. REPLY TOTHE KING. CAIRO, December 21. The Sultan (Prince Hussein), in the course of a newspaper interview, said ho hoped that in future the Egyptians wouid hasten to defend their country as readily as the splendid Australasian troops whcim they had daily the opportunity of admiring’ at Heliopolis had done. The Sultan hag replied to King George’s address. He said that he desired to express to Hi* Majesty the deepest gratitude for the friendly sentiments His Majesty had been graciously pleased to honor him with; also for the valuable support assured for the safeguarding of the integrity and independence of Egypt. He was conscious of the responsibilities he was about to assume, and was determined to devote himself entirely to the progress and welfare of his people. He was fortunate in being able to relr on the good-will of His Majesty and the assistance of His Majesty’s Government in the accomplishment of his task. NEW ZEALANDERS PRAISED. “SplendidTiaterial.” *
LONDON, December 20. The ‘Daily Telegraph’s’ Cairo corresspondent writes stating that the New Zealand troops are splendid material, and their keenness cannot be matched. The Imperial officers are surprised at tho excellent condition of the New ■ Zealand horses. No British cavalry regiment could have brought them out better. EGYPT'S GRATITUDE FOR. COLONIALS* PROTECTION. MELBOURNE, December 21. Captain Bean, official correspondent with the Australian Expeditionary Force, cables that the Egyptian paper ‘ Misr,’ commenting on the Australasian troops, says: ‘‘lt suffices us to be proud and happy under the British Protectorate when thousands of soldiers are invading the streets of the capital without having recorded against them a single act of aggression. Were these troops of Turks we would -see a succession of scenes under the capitulations until the end of the war.” THE. OTTOMAN EMPIRE. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ” Services.) LONDON. December 20. ‘Le Matin ’ (Paris) say* that in Egypt the first stone has been detached from the arch, let the Sublime Porte beware of the fall of others. BLACK SEA GATE. ■ . ATHENS. December 21. The allied fleet bombarded, several forts in the Dardanelles on Saturday. MISCELLANEOUS CABLES. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, December 20. The ‘National Zeitung,’ Berlin, states that the Vatican has opened negotiations regarding the Catholic missions and institutions at Tsing-tao and in the Pacific islands. Genera Botha is spending Christmas on his farm, and will commence a campaign against German South-west Africa in January. COPENHAGEN, December 21. The conference of the Kings of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark at Malmo has strengthened those northern countries in their determination to maintain an attitude of neutrality.
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EGYPT., Evening Star, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914